Ulrike M Vieten

    Dr Ulrike M Vieten

    Queen's University Research Fellowship

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    Research Interests

    European and Transnational Studies

    Gender & Ethnic Studies

    • Critical Discourses of Cosmopolitanisms
    • Far Right Populism & Gender
    • Normalisation, difference and otherness
    • Migration, Citizenship and the EU
    • Social Inequalities (focus on class, gender and ethnicity) and Social Justice
    • Diaspora, Loss & Displacement
    • Feminist Theory (Intersectionality)

    Research Statement

    I studied first, Law and Social Sciences in Germany (Bremen and Oldenburg), and later on specialised in Gender & Ethnic Studies (incl. Sexualities), during my years in London (England).

    Before coming to Belfast I held Fellowships and researcher positions at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), at the University of Sheffield, and at the University of Luxembourg.

    My research engages theoretically and empirically with the (de-)construction of racialised, classed and gendered group boundaries, particularly in the context of nationalism, cosmopolitanism and the shifting axes of difference and otherness. My focus is on Europe, looking at 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).

    Countries of expertise include: Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Poland, Austria and Turkey.

    As a political and historical sociologist I analyse patterns of migration, mobility and citizenship (e.g. the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in NI), the rise of far right populism and its normalisation in Europe and beyond, and further look at conceptual issues related to social inequality and justice (e.g. class, gender & ethnicity).

    Currently, I am writing my second monograph on what I call the 'post-migration condition'. The book looks at the fragile conditionality of citizenship rights as well at the migration and mobility nexus in a populist age.

    Achievements and Distinctions

    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).


    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

    Achievements and Distinctions

    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.


    Research Interests

    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).

    Further, I am member of the British Sociological Association (BSA), the Irish Sociological Association (SAI), and the European Association of Sociology (ESA), here with the RN15 (global, transnational and cosmopolitan sociology) and RN32 (political sociology), connecting to my expertise on gender, ethnicity and transnational Europeanisation. 

    As part of these activities I am convening and contributing to different ISA Forum and World Congresses of Sociology, e.g. in Durban (2006), Goeteborg (2010) Buenos Aires (2012), Yokohama (2014), Vienna (2016) and Toronto (2018).


    I am convening the MA Dissertation Module of the Mitchell Institute's Master programme.

    Since last year, I am also teaching 'gender, conflict and justice' as part of the theoretical module of the Master programme.

    Willingness to take PhD. students


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