Ulrike M Vieten

    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 Post Doc Research Fellowships 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.


    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.


    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).

    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).

    Further, I am member of 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. 

    From September 2019, I will join the new editorial team (special responsibility:book reviews) of the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology.




    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


    PhD projects

    - 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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    Frequent Journals

    • City

      ISSNs: 1360-4813

      Oxfordshire Publishers

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.55 SJR 1.903 SNIP 1.417


    • Patterns of Prejudice

      ISSNs: 0031-322X


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.7 SJR 0.541 SNIP 0.886


    • Journal of Intercultural Studies

      ISSNs: 0725-6868


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.32 SJR 0.498 SNIP 0.836


    • Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power

      ISSNs: 1070-289X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1547-3384


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.2 SJR 0.839 SNIP 1.309


    • Polish Sociological Review

      ISSNs: 1231-1413

      Polish Sociological Association

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.34 SJR 0.153 SNIP 0.913


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