Current research activities
Postdoc: Digital practices of bi-cultural teenagers and young adults and negotiation of hybrid identities (working title)
Ever more people face a difficulty when confronted with a once straightforward issue of their provenience. Migrants of second and third generation, children from binational families, third culture kids travelling around the world with their parents for years as digital nomads - few, if any, can give an unequivocal answer to the question of their identity, cultural belonging and homeland - both to the others and to themselves alike.
Owing to the processes of globalisation and the spread of international networks, bi- and multicultural people - that is, those who have internalised at least two different cultures - have become a considerably large social group in Germany. From the beginning of the 1950s to the present, the number of binational marriages has tripled. Today, one in nine marriages is binational and every fifth child born in Germany has at least one parent of foreign nationality.
My research focuses on the life-worlds of bicultural teenagers and young adults as well as the role played by digital media in their negotiation of identity. Digital media and new communication technologies enable these people to live their diverse cultural identities in an active and productive way, both in their daily environment and through polydirectional and multifaceted translocal networking. With the help of digital media it is possible for them to eschew essentialist dichotomies with regard to their belonging, and to transform multiple cultural identities in a dynamic, plural form of Self.
Further research topics
- Anorexia: between a psychosomatic disorder and self-optimisation. The Web-based Pro-Ana movement in cross-cultural comparison
- Processes of intercultural learning in cinema and literature
- Bicultural families and unions
- Historical reception and collective myths