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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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Personal profile

Research Focus

My research developed over more than 15 years, investigating and theorising the (symbolic, legal and social-cultural) configuration of Minorities, Citizenship, Migration and Gender in Europe.

Apart from being a Fellow of the Mitchell Institute, I am also one of the founding members, and on the Executive Committee, of the Centre for European and Transnational Studies, 2018, based in the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.





Research Statement

I am a Lecturer in Sociology, based in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work here at QUB. I joined QUB via the prestigious QUB Fellowship (March 2015 - June 2019, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice).

My 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. I have published on the shifting notions of difference and otherness, in the context of gendered cosmopolitanisms, far-right populisms and archives of racisms, in Europe. Foremost, I am interested in processes of European socialisation, and the emergence of multi-layered transnational identities. I am 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.

My 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, I am writing two books: my 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, Autralia) 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, I 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

I co-edited with my dearest mentor, friend and colleague Prof Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL), The Situated Politics of Belonging (also with Prof Kalpana Kannabiran), published in 2006 (with SAGE).

 The Situated Politics of Belonging

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



Gender and Cosmopolitanism in Europe: A Feminist Perspective (Hardback) book cover


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



My 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 Marion Young



I am internationally and professionally organised with the International Sociological Association (ISA), since 2003. Between 2010 and summer 2018 I was elected Board Member of the ISA Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05). As part of these international activities I am 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, I am member of the Irish Sociological Association (SAI), and the European Association of Sociology (ESA).

Since January 2020, I am 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)

I also 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) I convene

  • MRes Module  - Approaches to Social Research (SSESW)                  SOC9012 (in 2019)
  • 2nd year undergraduate sociology  - Understanding Gender & Migration  

          SOC2051 (since 2019)



Before coming to NI, and teaching at QUB, I 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:

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).


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


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Research Output

Cultural and political sociology for the new decade

Blokker, P., Eranti, V. & Vieten, U. M., 12 Mar 2020, In : European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 7, 1, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Populism (Far-Right)

Vieten, U. M., 14 Feb 2020, (Accepted) Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. (Routledge Encyclopedia of Race and Racism).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Thinking and Writing in the Time of Pandemic Covid-19

Vieten, U. M., Eranti, V. & Blokker, P., 06 May 2020, In : European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology. 7, 2, p. 117-122 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

    Vieten, Ulrike M (Recipient), 24 Jun 2019

    Prize: Appointment

  • PhD Scholarship

    Vieten, Ulrike M (Recipient), Jun 2003

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    Gendered Islamophobia and its transnational normalisation

    Ulrike M Vieten (Advisor), & Scott Poynting (Advisor)

    14 Jul 202018 Jul 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Belfast Symposium: Gender, Asylum Seekers and Refugees

    Ulrike M Vieten (Organiser)

    01 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Populism in New Media Democracies: The case of Gerrmany and the AFD

    Ulrike M Vieten (Advisor)

    30 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    ‘Post-Brexit scenarios, and gendered perspectives on borders and group boundaries’

    Ulrike M Vieten (Advisor)

    17 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology (Journal)

    Ulrike M Vieten (Peer reviewer)

    01 Sep 201901 Sep 2022

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity