Global and Transnational Sociology Summer School, 12 June–8 July 2017, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Publish Date: Feb 02, 2017

Deadline: Apr 07, 2017

Global and Transnational Sociology Summer School 2017

The Summer School is part of a new BA (BA+ Globale und Transnationale Soziologie) initiative in Comparative and Transnational Studies of the Institute of Sociology at the University Duisburg-Essen, and supported by strong research activities of the faculty in comparative, global and transnational sociology. Professors teaching at the summer school are also members of  the Institute of Work, Skills and Training, and the Institute of East Asian Studies.

June 12 – June 23, 2017 

Prof. Besim Can Zırh (Middle East Technical University)

Anthropology of Migration and Transnationality

This seminar is designed on this rationale and aims to assist its participants in developing an inter-disciplinary perspective of “transnationalism,” with which they can approach contemporary social and political phenomena without being trapped by national borders, namely “methodological nationalism.” By specifically focusing on the phenomenon of migration, this seminar attempts to discuss border-crossing engagements and activities from a historical, inter-disciplinary and case-comparative perspective. Equally important, the seminar also focuses on how scholars have attempted to understand these phenomena at different historical moments. It is expected that this perspective would be also helpful to understand the nature of paradigmatic shifts in the social sciences at large.

Prof. Kyoko Shinozaki (Acting Professor of Comparative Sociology and Japanese Society)

Care and Gender in Global Migration

Debates around contemporary childcare and eldercare have long been framed in national terms, or have been built on an implicit assumption that the issue of care is primarily a national one. However, as in many areas of our lives, the issue care is also profoundly being influenced by larger forces of globalization. How has international migration, an articulation of globalization processes, affected and continue to affect the practices and arrangement of, and policy concerning, care and gender? In what ways does this global perspective challenge the way we conventionally (used to) think about gender and care with a number of mobile and immobile actors connected across borders? How are gender-based hierarchies and inequalities being not only reproduced, but also reconstituted, as a result? Are there new, innovative alliances emerging to redress inequalities, and if so, on what basis? This course aims to deal with these questions, by drawing both on conceptual discussions and case studies from Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Prof. Thomas Haipeter (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Transnational Interest Representation of Workers: Institutions, Organizations, Regulations and Conflicts

The seminar deals with actors, structures and processes of transnational interest representation of workers. In terms of actors we will look at regional and global interest associations of labour  both inside (like Eurpean Works Councils or Global Works Councils) and outside (like Global Union Federeations) transnational companies and discuss their strategies of interest represenation and the ways these actors are linked together. In terms of structures we will focus on the resources of transnational actors and on the way they are organised as well as on regional and global regulations concerning labour standards and labour relations. And in with respect to processes, finally, we will look at the developments of global labour actors and their perspectives of interest representation in a globalised economy.

June 26 – July 8, 2017

Prof. Christian Etzrodt (Associate Dean, International College of Liberal Arts, Yamanashi Gakuin University)

Sociology of Globalization

Since the 1990’s it became a conventional wisdom that we live in the age of “globalization.” The various meanings of this claim are rarely explored, much less its basic assumptions ever challenged. We investigate the economic, political, and social dimensions of globalization and address several fundamental questions: Does globalization exist? Is it really global? Is globalization historically unprecedented? What are the economic, political, and social effects of globalization? Can it be stopped or altered? And what are the alternatives? This is an interactive lecture‐type course. Students are required to complete homework assignments prior to class, to contribute frequently to class discussions, to make a presentation, and to write a mid‐term test and a final paper.

Dr. Rumin Luo (Lecturer at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST), Institute of Sociology, University of Duisburg-Essen)

Transnationalism, Family and Gender

The purpose of the course is to help students develop an understanding of how transnationalism is reinterpreted and reshaped through family and gender. A specific focus will be placed on the commercialization of bodies and emotions, the dual roles of transnational daughters and wives, transnational families, marriage, assimilation of children, intergenerational relationship, and how it is associated with race, ethnicity, class and policy. Special attention will be given to the varied groups of women entrepreneurial migrants and sex workers from Middle East, Asia and Latin America mainly residing in North America and Europe. In terms of theory, this course will deal with how families and gender shape and reshape migration, migrants’ homeland ties and social welfare status. It is essential that students learn how moral dilemmas engender diverse forms of behavior. Films, group work and individual assignments will be flexibly used in the class, in order to involve students in an interactive learning process.


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  1. Send the application form and other required documents electronically to Maj-Britt Behrens (
  2. Note the application deadline: Summer School: 07.04.2017
  3. Ensure that the application form has been signed and stamped by your exchange coordinator.
  4. Include the following (digital) documents with your application:
    • One passport-size photograph (for your student ID card)
    • Transcript of records of your university to date

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