Scholars 2012/2013

(Urban) Culture and Public Space

Meagan Elliott Meagan Elliott | Copyright Meagan Elliott Meagan Elliott (*1985) earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master's degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan and Georgetown. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan in urban and regional planning, and is conducting research on how the city of Detroit is improving its neighborhoods, while facing a decline in population and resources, and is working on a set of recommendations for action. Her research interests include urban and cultural sociology, economic reconstruction and preservation of historical monuments. By participating in the "Scholars-in-Residence" program, she hopes to create a network between the University of Dortmund and the University of Michigan and foster an exchange of information about their shared area of research: the phenomenon of "shrinking cities” from a global and comparative perspective. In collaboration with her tandem partner Julia Sattler, she plans to explore the differences and similarities between the Ruhr region in Germany and the "Rust Belt" in the United States.

Julia Sattler Julia Sattler | Copyright Katrin Schluser Julia Sattler (*1980) Julia Sattler (b.1980) is study coordinator in the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the Technical University of Dortmund and research coordinator of the project "Spaces-Communities-Representations: Urban Transformation in the USA" in collaboration with the Mercator Foundation and the "University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr". She passed her state exams in English and American Studies at the TU Dortmund. Her research interests focus on American studies, African-American studies, and urban studies. After completing her doctoral dissertation, entitled: "Family Secrets: Roots, Memory and Mixed Race Heritage in Contemporary America," she is now working on her habilitation which deals with post-industrial regions in Germany and the USA. Participation in the "Scholars-in-Residence" program will enable her to do research in the U.S., which she considers to be crucial for her comparative analysis of the Ruhr region and Detroit within the context of “(Urban) Culture and Public Space."

(Urban) Culture and Public Space

Andreas Brück Andreas Brück | Copyright Andreas Brück Andreas Brück (*1980), born in Spain, studied geography at the University of Bonn, earning a master's degree in international cooperation and urban development at the TU Darmstadt, as well as in architecture at the UPC Barcelona. Currently, Andreas Brück is working on his dissertation project, which deals with the impact of new digital technologies in urban systems, in collaboration with the "Advanced Research in Urban Systems" (ARUS) program at the University of Duisberg-Essen. Other areas of research include SMART Cities, Future Cities and urban planning and development. Since 2011, he has been working as a research assistant at the Department of Planning and Land Management at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning (ISR) and at the TU Berlin. During the "Scholars-in-Residence" program, Andreas Brück will conduct research on public space and collaborate on the joint research project "Public Space – Ramallah vs. Berlin" with Palestinian photographer Yazan Khalili.

Yazan Khalili Yazan Khalili | Copyright Yazan Khalili Yazan Khalili (*1981), born in Syria, Yazan Khalili (b. 1981, Syria) lives and works in-and-outside Palestine. He studied architecture at Birzeit University and graduated with a master’s degree at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, London. As a photographer, he explores the relationship between the social and spatial elements of urban areas. His works have been shown in Brussels, Palestine, London, Dubai, Granada, Rome and at the Venice Biennale. The British Museum recently has acquired his work. He is currently working as a researcher for the newly established "Image Research Foundation" (RIF) in Ramallah. His research focuses on visual identity and visual representation of space. In 2009, Khalili curated the "Arab Shorts" - Festival at the Goethe-Institut in Cairo. During the "Scholars-in-Residence program," he is collaborating with Andreas Brück on the subject of public space and reflecting on the ways Berlin and Ramallah are connected.

Migration and Integration

Susanne Becker Susanne Becker | Copyright Susanne Becker Susanne Becker (*1981) is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt / Main. Her dissertation focuses on post-colonial power structures and the (lack of) recognition of language as cultural capital. After completing her undergraduate studies in sociology, psychology and education at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, she continued working there as a research fellow at the "Center for Advanced Studies". Her research interests include: migration research, postcolonial theory, anthropology, and qualitative methods. As her research deals with language policy from a transnational perspective, she sees her participation in the "Scholars-in-Residence" program as an opportunity to move beyond the national bias of her theoretical assumptions and methods.

Yolandi Ribbens-Klein Yolandi Ribbens-Klein | Copyright Yolandi Ribbens-Klein Yolandi Ribbens-Klein (*1978) is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town in the Linguistics Department and works as a research assistant in the project "Mobile Literacies - Digital Communication and Information Access in the Multilingual Society" at the University of Cape Town. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Dietetics from the University of Stellenbosch, she completed a bachelor’s and master's degree in linguistics from the University of Cape Town, while also teaching a variety of courses in the area of linguistics. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and dialectology. As a participant in the "Scholars-in -Residence" program, she plans to further develop her dissertation project which focuses on the construction of local identity and the use of language as a social practice. She hopes to gain new insights from the German language and the cultural research community.