Institute of Sociology

Migration and Diversity

Prof. Dr. Boris Nieswand

Profile of the research area

The "Migration and Diversity" team takes a reflexive and ethnographic approach to migration and diversity.

By reflexivity we seek to understand social processes and orders of knowledge by which persons obtain their knowledge of migration and diversity. For example: which social circumstances lead to the perception of migration as a problem of integration, instead of something else?

Ethnography asks how things are done in everyday life and what the contexts in which people live their lives look like. It is less interested in how attributes are distributed in society or which general accounts people give of themselves, their identity or attitudes.

The team co-organizes the interdisciplinary research network UnKUT – Undisciplined Knowledge at the University of Tübingen

Topics we work on:
  • How do threats affect social life in heterogeneous urban districts?
  • How does the inclusion of forced migrants work in small towns and villages?
  • What role do notions of morality play in the perception of social differences and inequality?
  • How do people justify critique towards orders of migration and/or gender relations, and what consequences does this have on social life?

News and upcoming events



Prof. Dr. Boris Nieswand

Team assistant

Karolin Mattes


Manuel Dieterich, M.A.
Dr. Damián Omar Martínez

Dr. Claire Bullen

Polina Manolova 

Student Assistants

Daniel Bräunling

Past researchers

Research projects

ongoing projects:
Threat and Diversity in Urban Contexts

A cross-border comparison of ethnically heterogeneous and unequal neighborhoods

Sub-project of the SFB 923 "Threatened Order - Societies under Stress"

completed projects:
Refugee Shelters: Between modus vivendi and Threatened Order

Associated project of the SFB 923 "Threatened Order - Societies under Stress"


Courses in summer semester 2019
BA Sociology
MA Soziologie mit Schwerpunkt empirische Sozialforschung

Courses archive

Guidelines for writing theses (pdf-download, in German language)