Academic Employment / Education
Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Department for Urban and Regional Sociology, Faculty for Spatial Planning, TU-Dortmund University
Doctoral student at the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Topic: Skateboarding and social inequality in Cape Town and Johannesburg (Mentors: Prof. Beate Binder (HU-Berlin), Prof. Katharina Schramm (FU-Berlin))
10/2005 – 01/2014
M.A. (Magister) at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Major Fields: Social and Cultural Anthropology, European History, Thesis: Noise, booze and revolution: Geschlechterverhältnisse in der DIY-Punkszene (Ethnographic Research exploring Gender Relations in the Left Wing Punk and Squatters Movement in Eastern Germany), Mentors: Prof. Richard Rottenburg, Prof. Katharina Schramm
(Historical and Intercultural) Gender Studies, Men’s Studies, Feminist Theory, Racism Research, Whiteness Studies, Class Relations, (Dis)Ability Studies, Intersectionality, (Post-)Marxist Theory, (European, South African and North American) Youth Cultures, Anthropology of Music, Social and Protest Movements, Urban Anthropology, Social Production of Space, Sociospatial Relations, Gentrification, Spatial Planning and Urban Design, Anthropology of the State, Political Anthropology, Critical Development Studies, (Neo)Colonialism, Imperialism, German Colonial Empire, Globalization, Neoliberalism, Sociology and History of (Lifestyle) Sports, Skateboarding Studies, Sport for Development and Peace, History of Western Europe (High and Late Middle Ages, Modernity), History of the United States of America, (Post-Apartheid) South Africa, Science and Technology Studies, Digital Worlds, History and Philosophy of Western Science, History of German Anthropology, Historical Anthropology, Qualitative Methods of Social Sciences, Ethnographic Methods, Ethnomethodology, Historical Methods
Wintersemester 2015 – Sommersemester 2016: Bachelor-level seminar on skateboarding spaces in Bielefeld and Cologne (Faculty for Spatial Planning, Institute for Urban and Regional Sociology)
Skateboarding and social inequality in Cape Town and Johannesburg
Globally a discourse emphasizing 'positive effects' of sports on individuals and societies is evident thus substantiating the promotion of sports and sports architecture as sociospatial interventions.
With my doctoral thesis I strive to give insights into one current sub-field within the mentioned context: skateboarding and skateparks. The promotion of skateboarding (in urban environments) by governmental and non-governmental actors became a popular phenomenon in the so called Western World since the 1970s. This trend has since spread globally and is noticeable in South Africa as well.
My research interest is to explore the social relations generated through skateboarding in South African urban spaces from an intersectional and historical perspective.