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Prof. Ph. D. Rebecca Pates

Prof. Ph. D. Rebecca Pates

Politische Theorie und Demokratieforschung
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room H3 0.05
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-35636
Fax: +49 341 97-35694

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More about Rebecca Pates

Rebecca Pates studied at the University of Oxford, the University of Hong Kong and McGill University in Montreal. She has been at the University of Leipzig since 2001.

She is currently active in academic self-administration as Chair of the Examination Board, Chair of the Doctoral Committee, member of the Senate, member of the Equal Opportunities Commission and member of the STiL Steering Committee. Outside the university, she is co-editor of the Interdisciplinary Studies of Sex for Sale series at Routledge. Her team consists of staff members of the project "PoliLab: Strangers in their own country?".

Our Team

Doctoral Students

Lara Helmke is doing her doctorate on the topic of "Affinity for violence in political movements". She completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in educational science with a focus on international and intercultural educational research at Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg.

Contact
lh87sori@uni-leipzig.de

Christine Körner M.A., is doing her doctorate on the stigmatisation of sex workers (with Prof. Rebecca Pates, Phd and Prof. Dr. Christine Wimbauer). Her PhD project is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation (since 2018).

She studied Social and Cultural Sciences at the European University Frankfurt (Oder) (2007-2014) and subsequently worked as a research assistant in projects on health services for sex workers (2015-2019). Her latest publications are "Lebenslagen männlicher Sexarbeiter und HIV/STI-Prävention" (Social Work 02/2020) and "Sexuelle Gesundheit in der Sexarbeit vor dem Hintergrund des Prostituiertenschutzgesetzes (ProstSchG): Einschätzungen von Berater*innen und Sexarbeiter*innen" (Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung 04/2020).

Contact
christine.koerner@hu-berlin.de 

Florian Krahmer, M.A., is doing his doctorate on the topic of changes in policing (actors and forms) using the example of the Free State of Saxony. From 2013 to 2019, he was a research assistant to the internal policy spokesperson of the Left Party in the Saxon state parliament. Since 2014, he has been a freelancer for the Kulturbahnhof Markkleeberg e.V. association in the field of political and democratic education. His work focuses on criminological and police research.
 

Recent publications (selection):

  • „Predictive Policing – Wer haftet künftig bei unzulässigen Grundrechtseingriffen?“ (Netzpolitik.org 07.02.2021)
  • „Keine präventive Wirkung, gerichtlich nicht verwendungsfähige Aufzeichnungen – Die Ergebnisse des Abschlussberichts Body-Cam in Sachsen-Anhalt“ (Bürgerrecht und Polizei 21.0.2020)
  • „Waffenverbotszone in Leipzig“ (Heise.de 12.11.2020)
  • Stellungnahme zur Parlamentarischen Anhörung „Evaluation der Polizei Sachsen“ (Drs. 7/1743, 2020).

Contact:
info@florian-krahmer.de

Mario Futh has been working on his doctorate since 2018 with a political science situational analysis of the 2019 Saxon election campaign.

Academic career
2012-2015 Bachelor's degree in social sciences and philosophy with a core subject philosophy
2015-2017 Master's degree in political science at the University of Leipzig
2018-2021 Research assistant in the BMBF-funded project "Strangers in their own country? A study on the changeability of national narratives with the help of political laboratories (PoliLab)"
2021- PhD scholarship from the Hans Böckler Foundation
Contact
mario.futh(at)uni-leipzig.de

Laura Maren Michel is doing her doctorate on the topic of "Environmental justice in and nature-related participation opportunities of precarious milieus". She is a state-certified social worker/social pedagogue and completed her Master's degree in social work with a focus on education and participation at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences North Rhine-Westphalia, Aachen Department. She has been working as a research assistant in the BfN-funded research project NaBiKo (short for: Enabling participation in nature experience. Protecting Biodiversity. Promoting competence development in the field of education for sustainable development).

Newest Publication
Michel, Laura Maren (2021): Digital, interaktiv und rechtsextrem. Jugendliche als Zielgruppe rechter Online-Rekrutierung. In: Baum, Markus/ Breidung, Julia Maria/Spetsmann-Kunkel, Martin: Rechte Verhältnisse in Hochschule und Gesellschaft. Rassismus, Rechtspopulismus und extreme Rechte zum Thema machen. Leverkusen. S. 163-188.

Contact
l.michel@katho-nrw.de

Tobias Neidel, M.A., is doing his doctorate on forms of municipal security provision and civic engagement in the context of the German security architecture.

He studied Social Sciences (B.A.) and Political Science (M.A.) at the University of Leipzig from 2011 to 2018. During this time, he spent time abroad at the University of Bath (UK) and in Chiapas. From 2019 to 2021, he worked as a research assistant in the BMBF project "Strangers in their own country? A Study on the Changeability of National Narratives with the Help of Political Laboratories (PoliLab)" at the University of Leipzig. Since 2020, he has been a PhD scholar of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. In addition, he is active in various honorary political offices and in the field of political education.

Newest Publications

  • Bader, S.; Neidel, T. (2021): PoliLab Pakete N°1-N°4. Available at: https://www.politische-laboratorien.de/politische-bildung.
  • Leser, J.; Neidel, T.; Spissinger, F.; Stratenwerth, J. (2021): Die Nation als Exklusionsmaschine. Eine multimediale Erzählung. Available at: https://www.politische-laboratorien.de/die-nation-erzahlen/die-nation-als-exklusionsmaschine.
  • Neidel, T. (2020): Selbstgemachte Sicherheit als Fundament der öffentlichen Ordnung? Private Gruppen im staatlichen Sicherheitssystem Deutschlands. In: Arbeitstitel – Forum für Leipziger Promovierende, Vol. 8, Nr. 1. S. 10-12.
  • Leser, J.; Spissinger, F.; Homeyer, J.; Neidel, T. (2019): Performing ‚resistance’ – the far right’s master narrative. In: The Journal of Culture 8 (1): 13–21.

 

Contact
tobias.neidel@uni-leipzig.de

Florian Spissinger has been working on his doctorate since 2018 with a political science ethnography on the affective milieu of new right activism in Germany.

Academic Career:
2009-2012 Bachelor's degree in social work at the DHBW Stuttgart
2013-2015 Coordination of an Aktion Mensch-funded inclusion project
2015-2018 Master's degree in political science at the University of Leipzig
Since 2018 associate, 2019-2021 research assistant in the BMBF-funded project "Strangers in their own country? A Study on the Changeability of National Narratives with the Help of Political Laboratories (PoliLab)"
2018-2021 PhD scholarship of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

Newest Publications:

  • Spissinger, F.; Leser, J. (i. E.): Affektive Komplexität in rechten Kontexten – Methodologische Impulse. In: Forum für Kritische Psychologie.
  • Spissinger, F.; Leser, J. (i. E.): Die Übersetzung situativer ‚Bauchgefühle‘ in eine Analyse politischer Affekte. Potentiale ethnografischer Affektforschung für die Untersuchung von rechter Politik. In: Blättel-Mink, B. (Hg.): Gesellschaft unter Spannung. Verhandlungen des 40. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2020.
  • Leser, J.; Spissinger, F. (2020): The functionality of affects: Conceptualising far-right populist politics beyond negative emotions. In: Global Discourse. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Though 10 (2): 325–342.
  • Spissinger, F. (2020): Affekte in Bewegung – affekttheoretische Perspektiven auf neurechte Politik. In: Arbeitstitel – Forum für Leipziger Promovierende 8 (1): 13–16.
  • Feustel, R.; Spissinger, F. (2019): „Selbsterhalt ist kein Rassismus“ - Zur neurechten Politik der Entpolitisierung. In: Zeitschrift für Diskursforschung 7 (3): 285–304.
  • Leser, J.; Spissinger, F.; Homeyer, J.; Neidel, T. (2019): Performing ‚resistance’ – the far right’s master narrative. In: The Journal of Culture 8 (1): 13–21.

Contact:
florian.spissinger@uni-leipzig.de

Jamela Stratenwerth has been working on her doctorate since 2018 with a political science ethnography on the understanding of order and security of municipal public order services.

Academic Career:
2011-2015 Studies in Political Science (B.A.) at the University of Erfurt
2015-2018 Studies of Political Science (M.A.) at the University of Leipzig
2017 Semester abroad at Stellenbosch University, South Africa
2018-2021 Research assistant (WHK) in the BMBF-funded research project "Strangers in their own country? A study on the changeability of national narratives with the help of political laboratories", University of Leipzig
Since 2018 PhD "The public order office as a producer of public order and security - municipal public order services in the security society".

Newest Publications:

  • Dellenbaugh-Losse, M.; Homeyer, J.; Leser, J.; Pates, R. (2020): Toxische Orte? Faktoren der regionalen Anfälligkeit für völkischen Nationalismus". In: Üblacker, J.; Berg, L. (Hrsg.): Rechtes Denken, Rechte Räume? Demokratiefeindliche Entwicklungen und ihre räumlichen Kontexte. Bielefeld: transcript.
  • Leser, J.; Spissinger, F.; Homeyer, J.; Neidel, T. (2019): Performing ‚resistance’ – the far right’s master narrative. In: The Journal of Culture 8 (1): 13–21.

Contact
jamela.stratenwerth@uni-leipzig.de

Jamela Stratenwerth has been working on her doctorate since 2018 with a political science ethnography on the understanding of order and security of municipal public order services.

Academic Career:
2011-2015 Studies in Political Science (B.A.) at the University of Erfurt
2015-2018 Studies of Political Science (M.A.) at the University of Leipzig
2017 Semester abroad at Stellenbosch University, South Africa
2018-2021 Research assistant (WHK) in the BMBF-funded research project "Strangers in their own country? A study on the changeability of national narratives with the help of political laboratories", University of Leipzig
Since 2018 PhD "The public order office as a producer of public order and security - municipal public order services in the security society".

Newest Publications:

  • Dellenbaugh-Losse, M.; Homeyer, J.; Leser, J.; Pates, R. (2020): Toxische Orte? Faktoren der regionalen Anfälligkeit für völkischen Nationalismus". In: Üblacker, J.; Berg, L. (Hrsg.): Rechtes Denken, Rechte Räume? Demokratiefeindliche Entwicklungen und ihre räumlichen Kontexte. Bielefeld: transcript.
  • Leser, J.; Spissinger, F.; Homeyer, J.; Neidel, T. (2019): Performing ‚resistance’ – the far right’s master narrative. In: The Journal of Culture 8 (1): 13–21.

Contact
jamela.stratenwerth@uni-leipzig.de

Former employees and doctoral students

Jan Korr has been studying in the Master's programme in Political Science at the University of Leipzig since 2017 and worked in the PoliLab project from 2018-2021. His responsibilities included public relations, visual conception and design of publications as well as the work area of science communication in the context of political education.

Academic career
2012-2017 Bachelor's degree in social sciences at RWTH-Aachen University with a focus on political science and sociology.
2015-2017 Editorial director of philou., interdisciplinary student magazine at RWTH-Aachen University, since 2018 board member of philou. e.V.
since 2017 Master's degree in Political Science at the University of Leipzig
2018-2021 2018 student assistant (SHK), from onwards 2019 research assistant (WHK) in the BMBF-funded project "Fremde im eigenen Land? [Strangers in their own country?] A study on the changeability of national narratives with the help of political laboratories (PoliLab)".

Publications

Contact 
jan.korr@studserv.uni-leipzig.de

Julia Leser is a researcher at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and has been working there since 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher in the research project "Challenging Populist Truth-Making in Europe: The Role of Museums in a Digital 'Post-Truth' European Society (CHAPTER)". In 2018-2020, she worked as a Research Associate and Deputy Project Leader in the BMBF project "Strangers in their own country? A Study on the Changeability of National Narratives with the Help of Political Laboratories (PoliLab)" at the University of Leipzig; 2017-2020 as a research assistant in the BMBF project "Jenseits der Gläsernen Decke: Professorinnen zwischen Anerkennung und Marginalisierung (academica)" at the TU Darmstadt/HAWK Hildesheim, Holzminden & Göttingen; and 2014-2017 as a research assistant in the DFG project "Menschenhandel im Lichte institutioneller Praktiken. A German-French Comparison (ProsCrim)" at the University of Leipzig. Julia Leser researches and teaches in the field of political anthropology and political ethnography. Her thematic focus includes political affects, nationalism, populism and police. Since 2020, she has been co-spokesperson of the DVPW thematic group "Ethnographic Methods in Political Science".

Publications:

Books

2021    The wolves are coming back. The politics of fear in Eastern Germany. Co-Author, with Rebecca Pates. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

2020    On the sensory policing of vices. Morality at work in a German vice squad. Journal of Extreme Anthropology, 4(1), pp. 22–44. Open Access.

2020    The category of ‘culture’ in vice squad policing in Germany. Sociologus, 70(1), pp. 57–72.

2020    The functionality of affects: conceptualizing far-right populist politics beyond negative emotions. Co-Author, with Florian Spissinger. Global Discourse, 10(2), pp. 325–342.

2020    Ostdeutsche Identität(en) im Wandel? Perspektiven für Intra- und Interkohortenvergleiche. Co-Author, with Lars Vogel. Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, 14, pp. 171–197.

2019    Performing ‘resistance’ – the far right’s master narrative. Co-Author, with Jamela Homeyer, Florian Spissinger, & Tobias Neidel. The Journal of Culture, 8(1), pp. 13–21.

2019    On the affective governmentality of anti-trafficking efforts: an ethnographic exploration. Co-Author, with Rebecca Pates. Journal of Political Power, 12(3), pp. 339–357.

2017    The Emotional Leviathan: How street-level bureaucrats govern human trafficking victims. Co-Author, with Rebecca Pates, & Anne Dölemeyer. Digithum, 19, pp. 19–36. Open Access.

2016    Schwierige Verhältnisse. Menschenhandelsopfer und Geschlecht vor Gericht. Co-Author, with Rebecca Pates, & Anne Dölemeyer. Femina Politica, 25(1), pp. 24–38.

Chapters in Books and Edited Volumes

2020    Toxische Orte? Faktoren der regionalen Anfälligkeit für völkischen Nationalismus. Co-Author, with Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse, Jamela Homeyer, & Rebecca Pates. In Rechtes Denken – Rechte Räume, L. Berg & J. Üblacker (Eds.). Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 47–82. Open Access.

2019    Befindlichkeiten des Demos – Zur politischen Funktion von Affekten im Zeichen des Populismus und einer „Krise“ der Demokratie. Co-Author, with Rebecca Pates, & Florian Spissinger. In Komplexe Dynamiken globaler und lokaler Entwicklungen. Verhandlungen des 39. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Göttingen 2018, N. Burzan (Ed.). Göttingen: DGS. Open Access.

2018    Policing the absence of a victim: An ethnography of raids in sex trafficking operations. In Policing the Sex Industry: Protection, Paternalism and Politics, T. Sanders & M. Laing (Eds.). Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, pp. 109–125.

2013    Radioactivists: Wurzeln und Dynamiken von Protest und Dissidenz in Japan seit Fukushima. Co-Author, with Maria Trunk. In Lesebuch „Fukushima“: Übersetzungen, Kommentare, Essays, L. Gebhardt & S. Richter (Eds.). Berlin: EB-Verlag Dr. Brandt, pp. 337–348.

Other Academic Writing (Invited Blog Posts, Project Reports, Etc.)

2021    Die Nation als Exklusionsmaschine (Interaktives Scrollitelling). Co-Author, with Tobias Neidel, Florian Spissinger, Jamela Stratenwerth. PoliLab, https://www.politische-laboratorien.de/die-nation-erzahlen/die-nation-als-exklusionsmaschine.

2020    Affective politics of the far right beyond negative emotions. Co-Author, with Florian Spissinger. Global Discourse Blog, https://globaldiscourseblog.co.uk/2020/03/23/affective-politics-of-the-far-right-beyond-negative-emotions/.

 

Contact:

Julia.leser@hu-berlin.de

Philipp Lemmerich works as a journalist for public broadcasters. From 2018 – 2019, he was a research assistant in the BMBF project "Fremde im eigenen Land? [Strangers in their own country?] (PoliLab)" and was responsible for public relations. In this context, he developed and realised the "Nationalities Project - Voices on the Nation".

Academic career:
2013 – 2015: Research assistant in the research area Identity & Representation, among others in the DFG project „Menschenhandel im Lichte institutioneller Praktiken (ProsCrim)“
2012 – 2015: Studied Political Science at the University of Leipzig (M.A.)
2008 – 2012: Studied Political Science & Sociology (B.A.) in Kiel and Salamanca

Contact:
lemmerich@posteo.de

Christian Stößel completed his doctorate from 2014 to 2019 as part of an external PhD project with Prof. Rebecca Pates (PhD) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fach on the impact of institutional gender constructions.

Professional Career

since 2019
Demography officer of the Saalekreis district

2015-2019
Demography and Disability Officer of the Saalekreis district

2013-2015
Project coordinator at the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig for the "Medical Jubilee 2015

2012-2013

Research assistant in the press and public relations department of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Leipzig

2011-2012

Research assistant in the Department of Public Relations and Research Funding at the University of Leipzig

Academic career

2009-2011

Master's degree in Political Science at the University of Leipzig

2006-2009

Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and Philosophy with Political Science as core subject at the University of Leipzig

Contact

Christian.Stoessel@yahoo.de

1998-2006

Master's degree in cultural and political sciences at the University of Leipzig

2005-2006 Student assistant (SHK) at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Leipzig
2006-2009 Researcher in the AGIS research project on cross-border crime prevention and the RYPP project (Right-Wing Youth Violence Prevention Programme) of the European Commission
2008-2013 Managing Director of the DIE LINKE Nordsachsen District Parliamentary Group
2013-2017 Member of the German Bundestag DIE LINKE
2018 East Coordinator for the parliamentary group DIE LINKE in the German Bundestag
2018-2019 Minister for Labour, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family in the Brandenburg State Government
 Seit 2020

State Secretary for Housing, Construction and Transport in the Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture 

President of the Volkssolidarität  

Sophia Bader has been studying the Bachelor's programmes Cultural Studies and Political Science at the University of Leipzig since 2017 and worked in the PoliLab project from 2018-2021. There, she conducted events in Saxony as well as various digital political laboratories in German and English and developed methods of political education together with Tobias Neidel.

Publications:
Bader, S.; Neidel, T. (2021): PoliLab Pakete N°1-N°4, available at:
https://www.politische-laboratorien.de/politische-bildung

Contact:
sophia.bader(at)gmx.de

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