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.

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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

Dr. Monica van der Haagen-Wulff

Köln University

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.

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