Kira Kosnick
Kira Kosnick

Personal Information
Prof. Kira Kosnick, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Goethe-University Frankfurt
Grüneburgplatz 1
PEG-Gebäude 3G024
D-60323 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
Tel +49 (0)69-798-36582
Email: kosnick at em.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours
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last modified: June 2013

Present Appointment:

Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt

Prior Academic Appointments:

  • 2006-2010 Junior Professor of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Institute for Cultural Anthropology and
    European Ethnology, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • 2004-2006 Lecturer in Cultural Analysis, Institute for Cultural Analysis, School of Arts, Communication and Culture,
    Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • 2003-2004 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southampton, UK. Researcher for EU Fifth Framework Project, „Changing City Spaces: New Challenges to Cultural Policy in Europe”
  • 2002-2003 Scientific Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in World Heritage Studies (International Postgraduate Programme) at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany
  • 2001 Marie Curie Research Fellow (European Commission), Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex at Brighton, UK

Academic Education

  • Ph.D. awarded 31/1/2003, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, NY
  • Ph.D. program in Anthropology (1994-1997), Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, NY
  • Ph.D. program in Anthropology (1992-1994), The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • M.A. 'with honors' in Sociology (1991), Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, NY

Current Research:

ERC Starting Grant Project “New Migrant Socialities: Ethnic Club Cultures in Urban Europe”, starting date: April 01, 2009.
http://www.migrant-socialities.eu

Project Summary:
The project investigates new forms of sociality that young people with migrant background are producing in the context of urban club cultures in three European cities. It comparatively studies the phenomenon of ethnic club scenes with Turkish, South Asian and Maghrebi orientations in Berlin, London and Paris, corresponding to the major immigrant groups in each city and country. The project aims to explore how young post-migrants participate in forms of social engagement and cultural experimentation that are specific to metropolitan city life, but have so far been not been addressed as relevant to the lives of ethnic minorities. Research seeks to shift attention from the predominant research focus on (post-)migrant identity to a focus on practices of sociality, countering the heavy bias towards the study of attitudes and cultural identifications that tends to dominate across different disciplines. Its novel approach combines a focus on socio-cultural practices with an interest in urban scenes as fluid social formations that are semi-public and lack defined membership or criteria of belonging. Through ethnographic case studies carried out with a team of researchers in and across the three cities, the project explores the potential of urban club scenes for producing and experiencing different kinds of solidarity and encounter among disadvantaged groups.

Contact: Mitra Moghadassian, M.A. moghadassian (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de


“ Staging Culture. The valorisation of ethnic cultural diversity in the context of urban restructuring processes ” (funded by DFG)

Project Summary:
In the context of the emergence of the entrepreneurial city, "ethnic cultural diversity" becomes a resource that can be used as a location factor to increase competitiveness. For this purpose, the heterogeneity of the urban population caused by migration is 'put into value' in different dimensions. Taking Frankfurt am Main as an example, the project examines how cultural differences are orchestrated and commodified in the context of urban valorisation processes. Through an analysis of ethnographic case studies, the project focuses on three different fields of research: (1) the impacts of reduced government funding for cultural institutions and events, (2) the use of cultural production and cultural institutions to improve the image and touristic attractiveness of cities, and (3) the development of large, low-threshold cultural formats that can be summarized with the concept of festivalization. Paying particular attention to the areas around Frankfurt central station and the Gallusviertel as well as their surrounding quarters, the project focuses on the presentation, orchestration and transformation of intra-urban sub-districts and on the cultural initiatives, institutions and political stakeholders active there. [See also the website of the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology: http://www.uni-frankfurt.de/fb/fb09/kulturanthro/Drittmittelprojekte/index.html#Insz]

Contact: Nils Grube, Dipl. grube (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de

Selected Publications

Books:

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • (2012 forthcoming) „Out on the Scene: Queer Migrant Clubbing and Urban Diversity”, in Geoff Stahl (ed.): „Poor but Sexy”: Reflections on Berlin Scenes. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.
  • (2012 forthcoming) „Mediating Migration: New Roles for Mass Media”, in Riki Van Boeschoten et al. (eds.): Gender and Migration in South-East Europe. Athens: Nefeli.
  • (2012) „'Foreign Voices' Multicultural Broadcasting and Immigrant Representation at Germany's Radio MultiKulti”, in Lucas Bessire and Daniel Fisher (eds.): Radio Fields: anthropology and wireless sound in the 21st Century. New York: New York University Press, pp.179 - 196.
  • (2012) „Author meets Critic: Kommentar zum Buch 'Die Transnationalisierung der Sozialen Welt? von Ludger Pries”, im Kongressband des 35. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.
  • (2012) „Utopien des Sozialen. Das Nachtleben als Sozialisationsinstanz und Spiegel von Gesellschaft?”, Vortrag auf der Konferenz Safer Nightlife Schweiz, Biel, 19.September 2012, http://www.infodrog.ch/tl_files/templates/InfoDrog/user_upload/tagungen_de/SNS_2012_Vortrag%20Safer%20Nightlife%20Biel.pdf.
  • (2012) „Ethnic Clubbing and Niche Entrepreneurialism in the European Metropolis”, in Helmut K. Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (eds.): Cultural Policy and Governance in a New Metropolitan Age, The Cultures and Globalization Series, Volume 5. London: Sage, pp.56-58.
  • (2011) „'To Whom Honour is Due': Mediated Crime-Scenes and Minority Stigmatization in a Transnational Context”, New Perspectives on Turkey, No. 45, Fall 2011, homer kitabevi, pp. 101-121.
  • (2011) „Gender and Diversity”, in Cristina Allemann-Ghionda and Wolf-Dietrich Buckow (eds.): Orte der Diversität. Formate, Arrangments und Inszenierungen. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, S.161-169.
  • (2010) „Diasporas and Sexuality”, in Kim Knott and Seán McLoughlin (eds.): Diasporas: Concepts, Identities, Intersections. London: Zed Books, p.123-127.
  • (2010) „Sexualität und Migrationsforschung: Das Unsichtbare, das Oxymoron und heteronormatives Othering” in Helma Lutz, Maria Teresa Herrera Vivar und Linda Supik (eds.): Fokus Intersektionalität. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, S. 145-163. (German translation of 2010)
  • (2010) „Sexuality and Migration Studies: The Invisible, the Oxymoronic and Heteronormative Othering?” in Helma Lutz and Linda Supik (eds.): Framing Intersectionality. Debates on a Multi-Faceted Concept in Gender Studies. Farnham: Ashgate, p.121-135.
  • (2010) „Einführung”, Sherry B.Ortner und Gayle Rubin, in Ute Gerhard and Ulla Wischermann (eds.): Klassikerinnen feministischer Theorie II. Sulzbach: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, S. 230-236.
  • (2010) „Scientific Report: Postmigrant Youth Scenes in Urban Europe”, European Science Foundation (ESF) Exploratory Workshop, Goethe University Frankfurt, http://www.migrant-socialities.eu/fileadmin/redaktion/PDF/09-164_ScientificReport.pdf.
  • (2010) „Migrant Publics: Mass Media and Stranger-Relationality in Urban Space”, in: Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, Vol.26, Nr.1, p.37-55.
  • (2009) „Comment on Ulrika Sjöberg's and Ingegerd Rydin's working paper Discourses on media portrayals of immigrants and the homeland”, http://www.media-anthropology.net/kosnick_comment.pdf.
  • (2009) „Cosmopolitan Capital or Multicultural Community? Reflections on the Production and Management of Differential Mobilities in Germany's Capital City” in Magdalena Nowicka und Maria Rovisco (eds.): Cosmopolitanism in Practice. Farnham und Burlington: Ashgate, S. 161-180.
  • (2009) „Kulturalisierte Migration: Migrantische Identitäten im Fokus politischer Debatten und interdisziplinärer Forschungsansätze”, in Ricarda Strobel und Andreas Jahn-Sudmann (Hrsg.): Film transnational und transkulturell. Europäische und amerikanische Perspektiven. München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, S. 45-53.
  • (2008) „Out on the Scene: Queer Migrant Clubbing and Urban Diversity”, in Ethnologia Europaea, Vol.38, Nr.2.
  • (2008) „Exit and Voice Revisited: the Challenge of Migrant Media“, Working Papers Forschungsgruppe Transnationalisierung, Institut für Kulturanthropologie und Europäische Ethnologie, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, https://bscw.server.uni-frankfurt.de/pub/bscw.cgi/d203098-1/*/wp/index.html
  • (2008) „Conflicting Mobilities: Cultural Diversity and City Branding in Berlin” in Stephanie Donald, Catherine Kevin, Eleonore Kofman (eds.): Branding Cities: Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism and Social Change. New York: Routledge, S.28-41.
  • (2008) „Mit eigener Stimme? Migrantische Medien und Alevitische Strategien der Repräsentation”, in Martin Sökefeld (Hg.): Aleviten in Deutschland, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, S.109-132. (German reworked Version of „‘Speaking in One's Own Voice’: Representational Strategies of Alevi Turkish Migrants on Open-Access Television in Berlin,” in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol.30, Nr.5, September 2004, pp. 979-994.)
  • (2007) „Ethnic Media, Transnational Politics: Turkish Migrant Media in Germany,” in Olga G. Bailey, Myria Georgiou und Ramaswami Harindranath (eds.): Transnational Lives and the Media. Palgrave McMillan, S.149-172.
  • (2005) „Selecta at the Door: Queer ‘Oriental’ Space and the Problem of Getting the Mix Right at Gayhane HomOriental Clubnights.” in Berliner Blätter, Nr. 37, pp. 126-131.
  • (2004) „‘Extreme by Definition’: Turkish Migrant Broadcasting on Berlin's Open Channel.” in New German Critique, 92, Spring/Summer, pp.21-38.
  • (2004) „The Gap between Culture and Cultures: Cultural Policy in Berlin and its Implications for Immigrant Cultural Production,” European University Institute, Working Paper Series RSCAS No. 41.
  • (2004) „‘Speaking in One’s Own Voice’: Representational Strategies of Alevi Turkish Migrants on Open-Access Television in Berlin,” in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol.30, Nr.5, September, pp. 979-994.
  • (2003) „Ethnicizing the Media: Multicultural Imperatives, Homebound Politics, and Turkish Media Production in Germany,” in New Perspectives on Turkey, Nr. 28/29, Spring-Fall, pp. 107-132.

Honors and Awards / Fellowships

  • 1822-Universitäts-Preis for Excellence in Teaching, Goethe-University Frankfurt, 2009.
  • Stanley Diamond Memorial Award 2003 for outstanding dissertation in the social sciences, New School for Social Research.
  • New School Dissertation Fellowship 2001-2002.
  • Marie Curie Research Fellowship awarded by the European Commission, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex at Brighton, UK, January - April 2001.
  • Goldmark Black Dissertation Fellowship for Advanced Studies in the Dynamics of Social Change. Awarded by the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, „in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievement” 1997.

External Funding

2010 Research project „Transnational life contexts and gender-specific care arrangements of elderly Turkish migrants in Frankfurt”, funded by the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, „Fokus Geschlechterdifferenzen: Theoretische Neuorientierungen, soziokulturelle Differenzierungsprozesse und internationale Entwicklungen”
2009 Research project „Transnational life contexts and gender-specific care arrangements of elderly Turkish migrants in Frankfurt”, funded by the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, „Fokus Geschlechterdifferenzen: Theoretische Neuorientierungen, soziokulturelle Differenzierungsprozesse und internationale Entwicklungen”
2008 Research project “New Migrant Socialities: Ethnic Club Cultures in Urban Europe”, ERC Starting Grant, European Research Council, EU
2005 Research project "Beyond the Community: Migrant Club Cultures and Queer Diasporic Identifications", Diasporas, Migration and Identities Small Grants Scheme, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK
2003/4 Co-Author of successful application to the Capital City Culture Fund Berlin, for the interdisciplinary Workshop and film festival "Europe in Motion – Moving Images, Shifting Perspectives in Transcultural Cinema". (together with the Changing City Spaces Consortium and Kultursprünge Berlin e.V.)
2003 Co-Author of successful application to the Asia-Link Program of the European Commission, "Management Strategies for Conflicts between Conservation and Use at Heritage Sites", for the World Heritage Studies M.A. Programm at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus
1998 Dissertation Grant, Sawyer Seminar for the Study of Media and the Public Sphere, New School for Social Research, New York
1997 Research grant "Reaching Beyond the Local: Turkish Migrant Broadcasting in Berlin", Predoctoral Dissertation Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, New York