Ulrike M Vieten


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- Gender and intersectionality - Gender, (institutional) violence and far right populism - Migration, minorities and citizenship - Loss, displacement and the spatial-social nexus - Cosmopolitanism and nationalism in Europe - Far-Right populism, racism and gender


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Research Statement

Dr. Ulrike M Vieten joined Queen's University Belfast in 2015. She was based with the prestigious QUB Fellowship at the Mitchell Institute first, and moved to the SSESW in summer 2019. Dr Vieten's research developed over more than 15 years, investigating and theorising the (symbolic, legal and social-cultural) configuration of Ethnic Minorities, Citizenship, Migration and Gender in Europe.

She is interested in the transformation of European societies with respect to Inclusion, Europeanisation and Transnationalism. Theoretically, Dr Vieten is inspired by the Critical Theory of the early Frankfurt School (in exile), Feminist (e.g. Nancy Fraser, Angela Davis & Iris M Young) and De-colonialising Theory (e.g. Maria Lugones and Walter D. Mignolo).

Dr Vieten is one of the founding members, and on the Executive Committee, of the Centre for European and Transnational Studies, 2017, based in the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/centre-european-transnational-studies/


Internationally, she is working across the globe with sociologists organised through the ISA (RC05) and the ESA. Since 2020, she is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.


Research Focus

Dr Vieten is a Lecturer in Sociology, with particular expertise in Gender, Ethnic and Sexualities Studies.

Her research engages theoretically and empirically with the (de-)construction of racialised, classed and gendered group boundaries, looking at processes of normalisation and the critique of it. She published widely on the shifting notions of difference and otherness, in the context of gendered cosmopolitanisms, far-right populisms and archives of racisms, in Europe.

Foremost, Dr Vieten is interested in processes of European socialisation, and the emergence of multi-layered transnational identities. She is a comparativist, who applies a range of qualitative methods (e.g. Critical Discourse Analysis; visual methods/ semiotics; narrative methods). Having worked academically in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and England before coming to Northern Ireland, countries of expertise include: Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Poland, Austria and Turkey.

Dr Vietens research has been funded by the British Council/ Newton Fund; Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE)/ Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), Stormont. The pilot study 'Loss and the Language of Dance' (2017-2018), for example, explored how the experience of loss can be culturally translated across different countries and collective memories, such as Northern Ireland and Turkey'.

Refugees, displacement and moving bodies: studying loss and the ...



Currently, Dr Vieten is writing two books: her second monograph, Loss and Liquid Citizenship: the post-migration condition in a populist age looks at the fragile conditionality of citizenship rights as well at the migration and mobility nexus in a populist age (with ROUTLEDGE). The other, co-authored book (with Scott Poynting, Australia) concentrates on the normalisation of the global far right. This book is commissioned by Emerald Publishing, and was chosen to be included in the Knowledge Unleashed program, to make it accessible as open access title.


Before 2002

Before migrating to London/ UK, in 2002, and embarking on an academic career, Dr Vieten worked professionally (Organisational Sociology) on gender equality implementation as far as Germany is concerned.

The legal commentary in the field of gender equality and German anti-discimination law was published in 2002:

'Frauengleichstellungsgesetze des Bundes und der Laender', (2002), co-authored with Prof Dr Dagmar Schiek, Prof Dr Heike Dieball et al., published with the BUND Verlag in Frankfurt/ Main.



Beyond 2002

Dr Vieten co-edited with Prof Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL), The Situated Politics of Belonging (also with Prof Kalpana Kannabiran), published in 2006 (with SAGE).

Dr Vieten's first monograph, Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: a feminist perspective, was published with ASHGATE (now ROUTLEDGE), in 2012.


 The Situated Politics of Belonging


In 2016, Dr Vieten published the co-edited book (with G. Valentine) 'Cartographies of Differences: Interdisciplinary Perspectives', this book is now available (August 2018) as OPEN ACCESS.




Dr Vieten's theoretical interest in the tension between processes of normalisation (and the critique of it) on the one hand and notions of democratic inclusion led first to a symposium I organised in Amsterdam in 2012; and second, in 2014 to an edited collection:


Revisiting IRIS



Internationally and professionally Dr Vieten is organised with the International Sociological Association (ISA), since 2003. Between 2010 and summer 2018 She was elected Board Member of the ISA Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05). As part of these international activities she was convening and contributing to different ISA Forum and World Congresses of Sociology, e.g. in Durban/ SA (2006), Goeteborg/ Sweden (2010) Buenos Aires/ Argentina (2012), Yokohama/ Japan (2014), Vienna/ Austria (2016), Toronto/ Canada (2018) and Porto Allegre/ Brazil (2020). The latter is cancelled due to the Global Pandemicu COVID 19, and will take place February 2021.

Further, she is member of the Irish Sociological Association (SAI), and the European Association of Sociology (ESA).

Since January 2020, Dr Vieten is one of the three Editors in Chief (special responsibility: book reviews) of the refereed European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.




Convenor of:

  • MA Conflict and Social Justice -  Dissertation Module (Mitchell Institute)                                       CSJ7002 (2017-2019)

Dr Vieten contributed with a specially designed slot on 'gender, conflict and justice' to the Theoretical Core Module Global Concepts and Practices of Conflict Transformation 

                   CSJ7001 (2017-2019)

In the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW) she convened

  • MRes Module  - Approaches to Social Research, SOC9012 (in 2019)

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Sociology Elective  - Understanding Gender & Migration  

          SOC2051 (since 2019)

  • Qualitative Research Skills, SOC2003 (2020/2021)



Before coming to NI, and teaching at QUB, Dr Vieten was involved in teaching and convening modules at British universities (UEL/ London Metropolitan University), in the Netherlands (VU Amsterdam) as well as in Germany (University of Applied Studies, Hanover) on 

Undergraduate Teaching/ modules (between 2004 and 2008)

  • Communication and Media
  • Youth Cultures
  • Media Meaninings
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Globalisation and Society
  • Gender & Race
  • Diversity, Difference and Identity in Organisations, Winter term 2011/2012 (VU Amsterdam)

Postgraduate module/ workshop

on 'Roma Studies' (2001-2002), University of Applied Studies Hanover ('Social Work')


Postgraduate (PhD) supervision:

  • Netherlands

Dr Melanie Eijberts (2013). Migrant Women Shout It Out Loud. The Integration/ Participation Strategies and Sense of Home of First- and Second-Generation Women of Moroccan and Turkish Descent. VU University Amsterdam (cuma sum laude).

  •  UK/ Northern Ireland

Emily Mitchell-Bajic, The Silencing of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Survivors in the Post-Yugoslav Space). SSESW, since 10/ 2017 (ongoing)

 Salah Uddin, Forced Migration of Rohigya refugees to Bangladesh, since 10/2020


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