Collaborative Research Project with the Bremen Police Service
Frank Müller, Thomas Müller, Robert Linke
The project has been running for a number of years and has contributed to changes to the police force’s advanced training courses. The aim is to explore the impact social diversification has on police work at the grassroots level and to develop new content for inclusion in the course with police executives, as well as support for on-the-ground police officers. Using observation and focused guided interview techniques, ethnographic descriptions of a typical ‘day-in-the-life’ of uniformed police officers have been produced that provide new insights into current problem areas from the perspective of the lower ranks – areas not normally brought to light via traditional police reporting mechanisms. Joint discussion then allows current problem areas to be identified and problem-solving strategies to be devised.
Collaborative Research Project on Decolonization
Margrit E. Kaufmann, Manfred Weule, Aissatou Bouba, Bianca Wambach, Joline Rosado and others
We (i.e. a group of affiliates, teachers and students) are currently focusing on the Colonial Dimension of Knowledge. The project is based on long-term collaboration with Arbeit und Leben Bremen e.V. that has included research, the event series and symposium “AfrikaBilder in deutschen Medien” (with corresponding publication), the event series „Nein danke, wir haben schon ein Buch über Afrika” and the teaching modules “Afrika gibt es nicht” (https://www.afrika-gibt-es-nicht.de). The project focuses on awareness-building in relation to existing stereotypes, primarily in the education sector (schools, adult education and higher education). It also highlightsalternative images e.g. of the African continent, its history, narratives and current living conditions by promoting self-representations in line with decolonization processes. Workshops, an expert conference in partnership with the Landesinstitut für Schule Bremen and an exhibition are all in the pipeline.
Collaborative Research Projects in the Framework of Practical Diversity Seminars
Margrit E. Kaufmann, Ayla Satilmis, and students in collaboration with Diakonie Bremen, Partnerschaft für Demokratie, Werkstatt Antidiskriminierung and others.
Increased social pluralization has meant that the concept of diversity is now omnipresent in today’s world of work e.g. in private corporations and institutions of higher education. Correspondingly, an increased demand has arisen for diversity-related expertise,as seen in growing requests for partnerships from practitioners in a wide variety offields. In this project we tackle diversity as a societal phenomenon and treatit as both field of study and methodology, the aim being to provide students with a formal qualification in the field (i.e. the Diversity Module). Knowledge transfer, public outreach, social engagement, awareness-building and further training initiativesare key areas of inclusion in terms of a Third Mission.
The module incorporates three fundamental concepts: Research-based Learning, Diversity and Public Anthropology
1) Research-based learning is a didactic, methods-based andsocially definable teaching-learning process that allows students to explore current societal challenges in quasi real-world settings. They develop expertise in relation to these areas and then feed this expertise back into society (Huber 2009, Kaufmann 2015, Satilmis 2018).
2) Diversity isseen as a transfer of knowledge between academia and the world beyond, as both object of study, methodology, and a key to various fields of vocational practice. Both students and practitioners acquire diversity skills needed in their (subsequent) professional careers (Satilmis 2019, Kaufmann 2019).
3) Public Anthropology provides the conceptual framing for the teaching-learning activities. Years of experience in collaborative and socially engaged projects at the interface of academia and the world of work mean that knowledge transfer is firmly rooted in a critical school of Anthropology in subject-based terms(Besteman 2013, Beck 2011).
Diversity in Progress – An Overview of Diversity-related Activities and Teaching Practices at the Department of Cultural Research
Transculturalization and Diversity