Field of research activity

Migration, Language, Culture & Discourse

Projects in this cluster cover a wide range of topics, including social integration, national isolationism, cultural identity, xenophobia, racism, etc.


Members – Migration, Language, Culture & Discourse

Lilit Karapetyan, MA cand.

Kiel University, Institute of Romance Studies & Departement of Psychology

Armenophobia/Anti-Armenianism from intergroup and sociolinguistic perspectives

Prof. Dr. Rolf Kailuweit

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Institute of Romance Studies 

Civil Society Reactions to Islamist Terror in Western Europe: Setting Signs in Analogue and Digital Spaces

Abstract: Since 9/11, Islamist attacks have changed western democracies forever. After the end of the Cold War, a new geopolitical antagonism emerged; Western political leaders called for a “war on terror” (Truc 2016). In addition to military operations, there were security policy measures with far-reaching consequences for civil society (CS). The security policy discourse of the decision-makers contrasts with the reactions of the CS to Grassroots Memorials (GM) (Margry & Sánchez-Carretero 2011 eds.)… read full abstract

Dr. phil. Anita Sauckel

University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Medieval Icelandic Studies, Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies

 “They are properly frightened now.” Anxiety in the Sagas of Icelanders

Abstract: Studying emotions in different genres of medieval Icelandic literature has become a popular field of research in recent years: Fear and anxiety have played a major role in times of crisis throughout the centuries and have been addressed, processed, and functionalized in different ways. In medieval Icelandic literature, however, it seems, anxiety hasn’t been depicted to a great extent: This also holds true for the renown genre of Íslendingasögur, the “Sagas of Icelanders”… read full abstract

Marisa Stahl-Kügler, PhD cand.

Kiel University, Institute of Romance Studies

Anxometer – What does language do to anxiety?

The influence of multilingualism on the processing of anxiety.

Dr. Monica van der Haagen-Wulff

University of Cologne, Cultural Sociology in the Department of Education and Social Sciences at the Faculty of Humanities

Doctorate of Creative Arts (DCA),  Associate Lecturer 

hier: ACP-Forschungsthema

Abstract: We are interested in the question as to how affect-articulations and affective communication contribute towards shaping the social context of school life and thus provides information about the social conditions of migration societies at large. Following John Dewey, we understand school as a kind of societal microcosm of the wider society, in which the affectivity of the migration society is introduced and manifests itselfread full abstract 

Dr. phil. habil. Jan Alexander van Nahl

University of Iceland, Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies

Associate Professor for Medieval Icelandic Literature

The domestication of anxiety – Handling contingency in medieval Icelandic literature


Medieval Icelandic literature, saga literature in particular, is often said to be composed along predefined structural and thematic patterns, which would reflect the actual nature of society in the medieval North. Saga scholarship has tried to demonstrate how the observing of certain rules in society and politics, or their breaking, would entail a predictable outcome—and predictability, after all, seems desirable… read full abstract

Prof. Raphaël Liogier

Sciences Po Aix,
Researcher at Sophiapol (University of Paris X -Nanterre)

Prof. Dr. phil. Timo Felber

Kiel University, Institute of German Studies

W3-Professorship for German Literature of the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age

The functionalization and coping of anxiety in the premodern age. Literary imaginations in medieval texts as forerunners of a recent culture of fear

Abstract: Anxiety is functionalized in very different ways in cultural products of the Middle Ages: terror and deterrence can be viewed and used in the political sphere as a legitimate instrument for securing power, fear of the punishment of the judging God can be used as a religious instrument, fear of the foreign, of social isolation and death is imagined in literature… read full abstract