Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Arpacı from Mimar Fine Arts University (Turkey)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Arpacı completed his Ph.D. at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (in Turkey) at Sociology Department. He has been a postdoctoral guest researcher at the Department of Intercultural and International Comparative Education at the University of Hamburg since 22 September 2021.
His research interests are sociology of body, gender, sociology of family, ethnicity studies, sociology of childhood and international migration. His research title at the University of Hamburg is “Transformation of Family Habitus of Turkish Workers in Germany: A Case Study in Hamburg”.
JProf. Dr. Melanie Bangel from Universität Bielefeld (Germany)
Melanie Bangel is juniorprofessor for german language didactics at Universität Bielefeld. Her Researchinterests are morphology, acquisition of reading and writing and language didactics.
Prof. Dr. Alisa Belzer from Rutgers Graduate School of Education (USA)
Alisa Belzer, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching at Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
Focused largely on adult literacy education, her research includes study of policy, professional development, and learner experience. Belzer’s interest in the field stem from her early experience working as an adult literacy practitioner, during which she was inspired to gain a greater understanding of adult literacy students, teaching, curriculum, and assessment, as a means of improving the quality of instruction.
Assoc. Prof. Carol Bloch (South Africa)
Carol Bloch is Associate Professor in Early Language and Literacy at the University of the Western Cape. Since 2012, Prof. Bloch has directed Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA). PRAESA is a non-government multilingual language and literacy organisation.
Her work and research interests are in multilingual education involving transformative early childhood pedagogies, including Froebelian approaches, meaning based early literacy, storybook and materials development and literacy cultural practices. Her current interest is in integrative neuroscience and literacy.
Prof. Dr. Doria Daniels from Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Prof. Dr. Doria Danials is Professor in the department of educational Psychology. Her resarch interests are in adult learning theory and support.
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Piller from Macquarie University Sydney (Australia)
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Piller is Distinguished Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. She has held appointments in several universities around the globe (e.g. Germany, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates an USA).
Ingrid Piller is an applied sociolinguist with research expertise in intercultural communication, language learning, multilingualism, and bilingual education. She has published, lectured and consulted widely in these areas. She is editor of the sociolinguistics portal Language on the Move, through wich many of her publications (and those of her team) can be accessed.
Prof. Dr. Esther Prins from Pennsylvania State University (USA)
Prof. Dr. Esther Prins research employs critical and sociocultural theories to examine adult and family literacy, adult basic education, rural adult education, and participatory approaches to education, community development, and research. In particular, her scholarship explores the "wider benefits" of adult education and how adult education reproduces and/or mitigates inequities rooted in race/ethnicity, class, gender, and immigration status.
Prof. Dr. Suzanne Smythe from Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Prof. Dr. Suzanne Smythe works at the intersections of adult literacy, digital equity and community-based learning. Her current research program explores new technologies, literacies and digital justice in community-based adult learning settings.
Guest PhD Students and Candidates
Nuo Hou from Shanxi University
Hou Nuo is a PhD candidate and visiting scholar from China supervised by Prof. Dr. Ingrid Gogolin and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nauck. During her master's degree, she majored in sociology at Shanxi University. Now, her research interest is about intergenerational relationship, social inequality, youth education, family studies and quantitative analysis. To be more specific, she mainly focuses on the effect of grandparents on the children’s education among multigenerational co-residence households, which can be found in China.
Abdullah Atmacasoy from Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Abdullah Atmacasoy is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at Middle East Technical University and a visiting researcher in DivER from October 2020 to September 2022 in the Department of General, Intercultural, and International Comparative Education. In his dissertation research, he is working on the language education for newly arrived migrant students in their transition to national education systems in monolingual settings.
He is awarded to DAAD Research Grant and the Technological and Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) 2214-A Research Grant for his doctoral dissertation research. He is interested in research on developing effective curriculum and instructional strategies in low-resource contexts and for youth with migration background. He has 10 years of teaching experience and serves as the editor of Refugee Review, a publication of the ESPMI (Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues) Network.
For more information, please visit https://abdullahatmacasoy.com