Methodenzentrum Sozialwissenschaften

CV and Publications


Dr. Johannes Becker

johannes.becker@sowi.uni-goettingen.de
http://uni-goettingen.academia.edu/JBecker


Publications

Becker J. (2017). Verortungen in der Jerusalemer Altstadt. Lebensgeschichten und Alltag in einem engen urbanen Raum. Bielefeld: transcript [Jerusalem’s Old City: Everyday life, place-making, and life-stories in a dense urban space].

Becker, J. (2017). A mixed family of ‘long-time residents’ and ‘internal migrants’ in Palestinian Jerusalem: The established-outsider figuration of ‘Hebronites’ and ‘Jerusalemites’ in the context of the Israeli occupation. In: Bogner, A./ Rosenthal, G. (eds.), Biographies in the global South: Embedded in figurations and discourses. Frankfurt: Campus, 209-235.

Becker, J. (2016). Commitment to the Old City and ambivalent emplacement. In: G. Rosenthal (ed.), Established and outsiders at the same time: Self-images and we-images of Palestinians in the West Bank and in Israel. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press, 125-146.

Becker, J./ Worm, A. (2016). Palestinians in East Jerusalem. In: G. Rosenthal (ed.), Established and outsiders at the same time: Self-images and we-images of Palestinians in the West Bank and in Israel. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press, 111-123.

Hinrichsen, H./ Becker, J./ Rosenthal, G. (2016). On the brittleness of the homogenizing we-discourse: Christians in Bethlehem and Ramallah. In: G. Rosenthal (ed.), Established and outsiders at the same time: Self-images and we-images of Palestinians in the West Bank and in Israel. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press, 31-44.

Becker, J. (2015). Bekenntnisse zur Altstadt und widerstrebendes Erleben. In: G. Rosenthal (Hg.) Etablierte und Außenseiter zugleich - Selbst- und Fremdbilder in den palästinensischen Communities im Westjordanland und in Israel. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 167-194.

Becker, J./ Worm, A. (2015). PalästinenserInnen in Ostjerusalem. In: G. Rosenthal (Hg.) Etablierte und Außenseiter zugleich - Selbst- und Fremdbilder in den palästinensischen Communities im Westjordanland und in Israel. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 149-165.

Hinrichsen, H./ Becker, J./ Rosenthal, G. (2015). Zum Brüchig-Werden des homogenisierenden Wir-Diskurses: Christen in Bethlehem und Ramallah. In: G. Rosenthal (Hg.) Etablierte und Außenseiter zugleich - Selbst- und Fremdbilder in den palästinensischen Communities im Westjordanland und in Israel. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 43-61.

Rosenthal, G. / Hinrichsen, H. / Becker, J. (2015). Zur interaktiven und kollektiven (Selbst-)Vergewisserung eines brüchig werdenden Wir-Bildes: "Wir Christen in Palästina haben keine Konflikte mit den Muslimen!" In: S. H. Griffith / Grebenstein, S. (Hg.): Festschrift für Martin Tamcke - Christsein in der islamischen Welt. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 567-586 [On the interactive and collective (self-)assurance of a we-image becoming fragile: "we Christians in Palestine have no conflicts with the Muslims"].

Becker, J. (2013). Old men's truth: the 'poverty generation' of neighborhood men talk about life in Jerusalem's Old City. In: Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 6(3), 264-285.

Becker, J. / Belkind, N. / Karkabi, N. / Wood, A. (2013). Introduction: geographies of identity: (per)forming space in Palestine and Israel. In: Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 6(3), 259-263.



Edited volumes

Becker, J. / Belkind, N. / Karkabi, N. / Wood, A. (2013). special issue: "Geographies of identity": (per)forming space in Palestine and Israel. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 6(3).


Conference contributions

  • Analysing places with reconstructive biographical methods. 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology, Leicester, September 11-16, 2016.

    • Outsiders’ silence about their past in the city. Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, July 10-14, 2016.

      • Talking about the Old City of Jerusalem from the outside and from within: devaluing discourses and the self-images of the inhabitants.
        International graduate conference: why discourse matters, Frankfurt, October 17–18, 2014.

        • Biographical narrations, discourses and collective history of Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City and in a Palestinian refugee camp (with A. Worm).
          XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, July 13–19, 2014.

          • Jonah in the 'Holy City'. Life stories of monks in Jerusalem between affirmation and ambivalent experiences.
            'The making of Jerusalem: constructed spaces and historic communities'. Jerusalem July 3–4, 2014; Calouste Gulbenkian Library of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

            • Palestinian men in the Old City of Jerusalem – intergenerational negotiations.
              MESA, 2013 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, October 10–13, 2013.

              • Why Hafez fought for (and narrated about) establishing parking lots for his neighbors.
                Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, August 1–4, 2012.

                • Materialities of (urban) space: emergence and sensory perception in social processes.
                  Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, August 1–4, 2012.

                  • Localising collective belongings: Palestinians in the Old City of Jerusalem.
                    12th EASA Biennial Conference: Nanterre, July 10–13 2012.

                    • Localising collective belongings in the Old City of Jerusalem.
                      Workshop: Recent ethnography on Palestine/Israel; Tel Aviv-Jaffa, March 2012.


                    • Organization of sessions and conferences

                      Experiences and narratives of travel and mobility (with S. Laux)
                      Session at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, July 13–19, 2014.

                      "Creating knowledge – a theory-building workshop in case-reconstructive research in the social sciences" (in cooperation with a group of Göttingen PhD-students).
                      University of Göttingen, November 19–20, 2010.


                      Courses and workshops taught

                      Winter term 2015/2016: Qualitative research methods in multilingual and multicultural contexts (at the University of Siegen)

                      Winter term 2015/16: Einführung in die qualitative Sozialforschung [Introduction to qualitative social research]

                      February 2014: Introduction to ethnography; workshop at Sousse University, Tunisia

                      Winter term 2013/14: Conducting narrative interviews: experiences of travelling and mobility

                      Winter term 2012/13: Praxis der qualitativen Sozialforschung: Einführung in die Ethnographie [qualitative social research in practice: introduction to ethnography]

                      Winter term 2010/11: Einführung in die qualitative Sozialforschung [Introduction to qualitative social research]


                      Research interests

                      Interpretative methods
                      Biographical research
                      Ethnography
                      Sociology of space
                      Urban sociology
                      Sociology of tourism
                      Middle East


                      Language Skills

                      German, English (fluent); Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic; conversation level)


                      Education/Work Experience

                      Since April 2017 Postdoctoral researcher in the research project ‘Dynamic figurations of refugees, migrants, and longtime residents in Jordan since 1946: Between peaceable and tension-ridden co-existence?’, funded by the German Research Organization (DFG); Center of Methods in Social Sciences, University of Göttingen.

                      Oct 2010 - Jan 2017 Doctoral student at the University of Göttingen; title of the dissertation: Verortungen in der Jerusalemer Altstadt: Eine biographietheoretische und raumsoziologische Studie [Emplacement in Jerusalem’s Old City: Perspectives from biographical research and the sociology of space].

                      2010–2015 Research assistant in the trilateral project ‘Belonging to the Outsider and Established Groupings: Palestinians and Israelis in Various Figurations’; funded by the German Research Organization (DFG); Center of Methods in Social Sciences, University of Göttingen

                      2008–2009 MA. in ‘Anthropology of Media’, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London; funded by a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

                      2001–2008 ‘Magister Artium’ in the subjects history, German literature and musicology, Humboldt-University of Berlin and Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

                      Sept.–Oct. 2005 & 2006 Language studies in Cairo and Damascus

                      Winter 2006; 2007 and 2008 Editorial Assistance, 3sat/ZDF, Berlin

                      April–Sept. 2004 Freelance journalist, Badische Zeitung, Freiburg im Breisgau

                      Oct. 2003–Jan. 2004 Internship, Goethe-Institut Ramallah, Palestine