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Research Training Group
World Politics
RTG 2225

Sandra Holtgreve - Doctoral Researcher


Sandra Holtgreve

Doctoral project:
Coloniality in the Global South and North. An Analysis of Social Work Education in Germany, Mexico and Ecuador


 

Biography
since 10/2017 Doctoral Researcher in the Research Training Group "World Politics", Bielefeld University
2015 - 2017 Student Assistant for international exchange programs, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University
2014 - 2017 M.A. Sociology, Bielefeld University
2014 - 2017 M.A. Inter-American Studies, Bielefeld University
2013 - 2014 Student Assistant, Research project: Intersections of gender and indigenity in Ecuadorian pre-school education
2013 - 2014 Specialization in Migration, Development and Human Rights, Universidad Latinoamericana de Postgrado Líder en Ciencias Sociales, Quito, Ecuador
2009 - 2013 B.A. Social Work, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
Abstract

In the dissertational project, I analyze consolidation processes of knowledge on the decolonial theory in Social Work education in Germany, Mexico, and Ecuador. This research aims to elaborate an empirical case of micro-foundation of word cultural models: providing detailed insights on how undergraduate study curricula in Germany, Mexico, and Ecuador take up intellectual models of the global Social Work discourse. The dissertational project responds to the observation that interest in the decolonial project has exponentially grown over the last two decades. But little consciousness exists on how its content spreads in Social Work and why this happens now. My research intersects knowledge sociology, the theoretical lens of neo-institutionalist world culture; decolonial theory as an object of concern; and Social Work education as a field of study. I reconstruct the semantic landscapes by analyzing word frequencies, keyness-factors, and co-occurrences about decolonial theory in the 2020?s discussion of the Global Agenda as well as curricula in five Social Work Schools in the three countries. Additional content-analytical evaluation of 35 expert interviews on the curricular design and 5 IFSW-panel discussions sheds light on the background processes in the elaboration of these documents. My unique explorative approach underlines the interplay of intellectual trends and organizational models in the translation from decolonial theory to Social Work curricula. It evidences how semantic patterns and meaning-making of the decolonial project correlate with organizational dynamics and shows how diverse decolonial ideas are included and regarded in Social Work curricula.

The results of this project will remind readers of the very initial concerns of knowledge sociology. It invites them to see that the decolonial project too is situated knowledge that speaks to a normative mainstream of respect for diversity in response to the racialized-ethnicized and politicized discourse of our time. The project argues by example that it is possible and necessary to examine critically how exclusive and unequal the decolonial project consolidates across universities, how vague its theoretical argumentation has become, and how strongly the promotion the decolonial project against organizational constraints depends on the persistent work of individual actors and their allies. Finally, the work shows that it is possible and necessary to question the trajectory of theories, without necessarily questioning their normativity.

Publications
Conferences
  • Holtgreve, S. (2019) "Colonizando al giro decolonial: Ética, patrones de violencia epistémica, y pensamiento decolonial en la academia alemana," Talk in the panel: "ética y violencia en América Latina: una reflexión del quehacer práctico en contextos subversivos" 23-27 May 2019, Boston. Latin American Studies Association Congress (LASA).
  • Holtgreve, S. (2019) "Dekolonisierung als Thema der Sozialen Arbeit im Vergleich: Ecuador, Mexiko und Deutschland," Talk in the panel: Dekoloniale Perspektiven Sozialer Arbeit auf Transformationsprozesse. 26-27 April 2019, Stuttgart. Yearly conference of the German Social Work Association.
  • Holtgreve, S. (2018) "Dekolonialisierung als Herausforderung für die Sozialarbeitsausbildung im Globalen Norden," workshop (with Prof. Cornelia Giebler) at the Bundeskongress für Soziale Arbeit, 5-7 September, Fachhochschule Bielefeld.
  • Holtgreve, S. (2018) Chair at the panel "Social Work in the Americas: Managing tensions between localization and globalization in the world society," at the International Congress of Interamericanist Students," Bielefeld University, 6-8 June, Bielefeld.
  • Holtgreve, Sandra (2017). Kolonialisierung, Kolonialität und Dekolonisierung: Zugänge aus Lateinamerika zum Sozialen. Talk in the lecture series: "Diskriminierungs- und Rassismuskritik in Sozialer Arbeit und Bildung", 16 May 2017, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Department of Social Work.

News

Forthcoming:

12/01/21:
Guest lecture by Christina Morina (Bielefeld) "The Intervention of Marxism. How an idea conquered the world",
12/01/21 at 18:00 via Zoom (registration: iw@uni-bielefeld.de)
**The lecture will be postponed to the summer term 2021.**

 

Past:

26/01/2021:
Book launch "What in the World? Understanding Global Social Change" by Mathias Albert (Bielefeld) and Tobias Werron (Bielefeld),
26/01/2021 at 18:00 via Zoom (registration: iw@uni-bielefeld.de)

21/01/2020:
Guest lecture by Masoud Mohammadi Alamuti (Teheran): From a 'World' to a 'Global' Society: Normative Globalization.
An event jointly organised by institute for World Society Studies & Research Training Group "World Politics"

15/12/20:
Guest lecture by Rudolf Stichweh (Bonn): "The COVID-19 Pandemic in the system of World Society",
15/12/20 at 18:00 via Zoom (registration: iw@uni-bielefeld.de)

19/11/2019:
Guest lecture by Hannah Bennani (Tübingen): 'Globalizing Categories. The Case of "Indigenious Peoples"'
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' organised by the Institute of World Society

28/10/2019:
Guest lecture by Eva Hausteiner (Bonn): "In the Conceptual Twilight Zone: Federation, Empire, and the Description of Large Polities"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' organised by the Institute of World Society

08/10/2019:
Guest lecture by Boris Holzer (Konstanz): "Social Structure and Semantics in the Sociology of World Society"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' organised by the Institute of World Society

05/06/2019:
Guest lecture by Anja Jakobi (Braunschweig): "Governing Global Illegal Markets - Countering Crime or Regulating Economic Flows"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' organised by the Institute of World Society

21/05/2019:
Guest lecture by Lene Hansen (Copenhagen): "Images and International Security: How Visual Representations Impact World Politics"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised by the RTG World Politics & Institute of World Society

14/05/2019:
Guest lecture by Jennifer Mitzen (Columbus): "Symphony or Schism? The Concert of Europe in History and Theory"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised by the RTG World Politics & Institute of World Society

07/05/2019:
Guest lecture by Andrew Zimmerman (Washington): "A Global History of the American Civil War"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' organised by the Institute of World Society

15/01/2019:
Guest lecture by Kamran Matin (Sussex): "The International Constructions of Nationalism: Societal Multiplicity and Nation-Formation"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised by the RTG World Politics & Institute of World Society

08/01/2019:
Guest lecture by Anja Weiß (Duisburg-Essen): "Sociology of Global Inequalities"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

18/12/2018:
Guest lecture by Theresa Koloma Beck (Munich): "Globalisation an the Everyday. How sociologies of everyday life can contribute to globalisation research"
Public Lecture Series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

09 and 10/2018:
Second workshop organised by RTG researchers: 'Balance and Competition in World Politics'

24/10/2018:
Guest lecture by Benjamin Tallis (Institute of International Relations, Prague): "Identities, Borderscapes, (dis)orders: Understanding the EU's Migration and Neighbourhood Crisis"
(lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

01 and 02/10/2018:
First workshop organised by RTG researchers: 'Imagining Belonging in World Politics: Concepts, practices and struggles'

13/09/2018:
Workshop with Deborah Ruggieri "Attention please & the power of persuasion". A workshop for female PhD students funded by the RTGs equal opportunity fund.

12/07/2018:
Guest Lecture by Georgios Varouxakis (London)
"Towards a genealogy of the concept of the West" presented by Prof. Dr. Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary University), Thursday 12 July at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

19/06/2018:
Guest Lecture by Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Observing transnational labor markets through the lens of economic sociology - on the production of a transnational labor market in the meat industry" presented by Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld University), 19 June at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

07/06/2018:
Workshop with Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)
Workshop jointly organized with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology on "Boundaries of the International" held by Prof. Dr. Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)

05/06/2018:
Guest Lecture by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Cultural Convergence or Political-economic Divergence: A Comparative Perspective on the Welfare Development in Greater China" presented by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Bielefeld).

08/05/2018:
Guest Lecture by Or Rosenboim (London)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Globalism: Historical Perspectives on a Contested Concept" presented by Dr. Or Rosenboim.

10/04/2018:
RTG newsletter was launched
The RTG successfully launched its newsletter. The first issue is now available online. The newsletter provides an overview of past developments and events of the RTG and informs about future events. The next issue is expected to be published at the end of the summer semester.

02/03/2018:
New doctoral researcher joined the RTG
On 01 March, Karlson Preuss took up his position in the Research Training Group. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on "The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics".

19/12/2017:
A touch of world politics in Bad Salzuflen
The RTG participated in the Annual Retreat of the Institute for World Society Studies on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bad Salzuflen. More.

08/11/2017:
Guest lecture by George Lawson (LSE) on 28 November
>We would like to invite you to the Guest lecture "Global Historical Sociology" by Dr. George Lawson (LSE) on Tuesday, 28 November at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

27/10/2017:
RTG "World Politics" officially launched
Ten international young scientists and eleven principal investigators will investigate the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. More.

13/10/2017:
Official Opening of the RTG on 24 October
We would like to invite you to the Official Opening of the RTG and the guest lecture "'Lies are the Law of the World!' News and Global Media Networks in the Twentieth Century" by Prof. Dr. Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) on Tuesday, 24 October at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

01/10/2017:
The RTG "World Politics" started on 01 October
On 01 October 2017, the Research Training Group "World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society" started. Nine doctoral researchers and one post-doctoral researcher took up their positions.

01/11/2016:
The RTG is approved
We are pleased to announce that the DFG has approved our Research Training Group application. The new Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ will start 01 October 2017.