• 14.08.2015 The module "MApping REfugees´arrivals at Mediterranean borders - MAREM" takes place in winter term 2015/2016 and summer term 2016. Students who are interested in the research of the situation of refugees in Mediterranean countries of the European Union are requested to apply for participation. The seminar will take place on Tuesdays from 10:15h to 11:45h, the room will be announced soon. In addition to the seminar during the semester, participating students have the possibility to go on a field trip to Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Italy or Spain. Travelling costs will be financed by the University. Students in the optional area (Optionalbereich) can receive 20 credit points, students of social science can attend the module as the obligatory "Empiriemodul" and receive 14 credit points. The seminar is completely taught in English. Further information can be found on the VVZ homepage or in the university calendar . If you would like to participate, please send your english letter of motivation to Anna Gansbergen by E-Mail at: The administration in VSPL will be processed by the lecturer.
  • 01.12.2014 Kyoko Shinozaki gave a talk on "Gender and migration in the European labor market" at International Experts' Conference on Building a gender just society at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Brussels.
  • 06.11.2014 We welcomed a group of students and lecturers from the Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) led by Prof. Oscar Calderon from Mexico. The visit aimed to foster and intensify the academic cooperation between the BUAP and the RUB, especially with respect to the planned double master degree in the Master-Program "Management und Regulierung von Arbeit, Wirtschaft und Organisation" (MaRAWO; coordinator Prof. Ludger Pries) at the Faculty of Social Science. During their stay in Bochum, our guests visited seminars and had an opportunity to gain impressions about courses offered by the Faculty as well as had gone on cultural excursions in the Ruhr region.
  • 27.05.2014 ISA XVIII World Congress in Yokohama: Kyoko Shinozaki and Martina Maletzky will convene a joint session on "Social Inequalities in International Skilled Labour Migration and Mobility in a Globalized World" (RC 31 Sociology of Migration and RC 30 Sociology of Work) on July 14. --> Program
  • 08.07.2013 We cordially invite you to a guest lecture on "Migrant workers' organizing in German trade unions" by Mr. Szabolcs Sepsi from the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) on July 11, 2013. He is a counselor of the DGB's project "Faire Mobilität" in Dortmund that supports mobile workers from Central and Eastern Europe. read more...
  • 05.04.2013 Kyoko Shinozaki gave a talk, entitled "Invisibility contested: religious practices as 'migrant citizenship from below'" at the conference on Transnational Spaces and Gender in Paderborn. read more
  • 13.03.2013 Kyoko Shinozaki gave a paper on "Religious practices as 'migrant citizenship from below'" at the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013 in Oxford. Read more...
  • 08.10.2012 Kyoko Shinozaki, Ph.D.'s new article appeared: Kyoko's most work entitled "Transnational dynamics in researching migrants: self-reflexivity and boundarydrawing in fieldwork" is now being published in <Ethnic and Racial Studies>, 35(10): 1810-1827 (Special Issue on Methodologies on the Move: The Transnational Turn in Empirical Migration Research). This article was nominated for the shortlist of the Goethe-Institut's Interculture Award 2012: Sociology.
  • 26.06.2012 Kyoko Shinozaki, Ph.D., will convene a hands-on methodology workshop on "Doing qualitative research on transnational care work/ers"
    at Utrecht Summer School, Global Migration and Development (July 2-13) For further inforamtion click here.
  • 18.06.2012 European Works Councils as Actors in the Process of Structural Transformation of the Automotive Supply Industry The findings of the on-going research project "European Works Councils as Actors in the Process of Structural Transformation of the Automotive Supply Industry", financed by the German Hans Böckler Foundation, were presented during "GERPISA - The International Network of the Automobile" on 29.05.-01.06.2012 in Cracow, Poland. Following the theme of the 20th International Colloquium "Structuring new automotive industries, restructuring old automotive industries and the new geopolitics of the global automotive sector", the research team, represented by Ludger Pries and Valentina Mählmeyer, presented a paper on "Managing Complexity: European Works Councils of Diversified 1st Tier-Suppliers". In comparison to the findings of the preliminary research project "The European Works Council: A Transnational Organization? Typology, Negotiation Results and Context Conditions of European Works Councils in Selected Companies in the European Automotive Industry" (2007-2010), financed by the German Research Foundation, the European Works Councils (EWC) in the automotive supply industry have a lower degree of communication, authority and expertise. Furthermore, they also achieve a lower output that is not only reflected by the activities of the EWCs as well as by the number and quality of the concluded agreements to such "hard" topics as company restructurings, but also by the quality of information and consultation. In the first step, by verifying the 'organisational (mis)fit' between the structures of the company and its EWC, the connection between the structural premises and the low output of the EWCs could be proven. In the second step, this output was explained by a number of further case-related independent variables. The presentation of the project team found a very interested auditorium and was discussed extensively. The research project will be finished at the end of summer 2012.
  • 21.05.2012 A research project proposal of Kyoko Shinozaki, Ph.D. "Gender and migration- related diversity statistics" is being approved. It envisages generating much-needed cross data analysis on gender and international spatial mobility among young, junior and senior scientists in the context that German higher education institutions are undergoing rapid internationalization. The project, funded by the Ruth Moufang Fonds, is carried out at the Goethe University Frankfurt a.M. and Dr. Shinozaki will act as a coordinator of the project.