I am glad to announce that my paper entitled "Reframing human rights discourse: the global network of moral conservative homeschooling activists" (co-authored with Kristina Stoeckl) has been accepted for publication in the highly ranked journal Global Networks.
PRESENTATION AND BLOG PUBLICATION On 17-18 October 2019 I had the pleasure to present a paper in the workshop "The Globalization of the American Culture Wars" at the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs (Georgetown University) in Washington, D.C. hosted by José Casanova and Kristina Stoeckl.
My habilitation project Migration as Morality Politics: The Contentious Politics of Sanctuary in Europe and the United Stateshas been awarded the prestigious "Elise Richter Grant" of the Austrian Science Fund!
The project addresses a research gap concerning the role of values in migration politics. It does so through an empirical study of the contentious politics of sanctuary in Europe and the United States. On the basis of qualitative interviews and primary document analysis, the project investigates three types of sanctuary practices: church asylum, sanctuary cities/firewall policies, and humanitarian rescue operations in the Mediterranean and at the United States-Mexico border. These practices are highly contested, generate contentious political dynamics, implicate religious values and actors, and involve moral controversies and dilemmas. The project uses these three types of sanctuary as empirical case studies that will serve as building blocks for the development of a theory of migration as morality politics.
Project duration: 1 October 2019 - 30 September 2023