CV and Publications


Dr. Johannes Becker

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


Publications

Becker, J. (in prep.). Reconstructing co-optation during the Jordanian state-building process.

Becker, J./ Bahl, E. (in prep.). Einführung: Transnationaler Vergleich. In: Bahl, E./ Becker, J. (eds.), Transnationaler Vergleich der Migrations- und Lebensbedingungen von Geflüchteten. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press.

Becker, J./ Hinrichsen, H. (in prep.): Die Allgegenwart von Flucht und Migration in Amman: Zur Figuration von Altansässigen, Rückkehrern und Zugezogenen in Jordanien. In: Bahl, E./ Becker, J. (eds.). Transnationaler Vergleich der Migrations- und Lebensbedingungen von Geflüchteten. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press.

Becker, J. (accepted for publication). Living in past neighbourhoods: Palestinians in Jerusalem’s ‘enlarged Jewish Quarter’. In: Maksudyan, N./ Alkin, H. (eds.), Urban neighbourhood formations: Materialities, networks and contested places. London: Routledge.

Becker, J. (accepted for publication). Refuge, migration and the tightening borders in the Middle East: Perspective from biographical research on the re-figuration of spaces and cross-cultural comparison. In: Baur, N./ Mennell, S./ Million, A. (eds.), The re‐figuration of spaces and cross‐cultural comparison (thematic issue). Forum: Qualitative Social Research.

Becker, J. (handed in). Die analytische Herausforderung mobiler Familien- und Lebensgeschichten von Flüchtlingen in Amman (Jordanien). In: Verhandlungsband für den 39. DGS-Kongress 2018 an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, „Komplexe Dynamiken globaler und lokaler Entwicklungen“.

Becker, J./ Hinrichsen, H./ Worm, A. (accepted for publication). Fluchtmigration von Syrien nach Jordanien im familiengeschichtlichen und regionalhistorischen Kontext: Zum Nutzen einer biographietheoretischen und figurationssoziologischen Forschungsperspektive. In: Köttig, M./ Witte, N. (eds.), Festschrift für Gabriele Rosenthal. Weinheim: Beltz/Juventa.

Becker, J./ Rosenthal, G. (handed in). Ethnographie und Biographieforschung. In: Poferl, A./ Schröer, N. (eds.), Handbuch soziologische Ethnographie. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Becker, J. (2019). Orte und Verortungen als raumsoziologische Perspektive zur Analyse von Lebensgeschichten. In: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/ Forum: Qualitative Social Research 20(1), Art. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.1.3029.

Becker J. (2017). Verortungen in der Jerusalemer Altstadt: Lebensgeschichten und Alltag in einem engen urbanen Raum. Bielefeld: transcript.

Becker, J. (2017). A mixed family of long-time residents and internal migrants in East Jerusalem: The established-outsider figuration of ‘Hebronites’ and ‘Jerusalemite families’ 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 (ed.): 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 (ed.): 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 (ed.): 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 / S. Grebenstein (ed.): 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

Bahl, E./ Becker, J. (eds., in prep.). Transnationaler Vergleich der Migrations- und Lebensbedingungen von Geflüchteten. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press.

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).



Awards
Dissertation Award of the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO)



Official positions and memberships

International Sociological Association (ISA) – RC 38 Biography & Society, Secretary and Treasurer

International Sociological Association (ISA) – RC 38 Biography & Society, Board Member

International Sociological Association (ISA)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS) – Sektion Biographieforschung

Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)

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Conference contributions

  • Fluchtforschung: Die analytische Herausforderung mobiler Familien- und Lebensge-schichten von Geflüchteten in Amman (Jordanien). 39. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), Göttingen, September 24-28, 2018.

    • Die Allgegenwart von Flucht und Migration in der Stadtgeschichte Ammans. Zur Figuration von Altansässigen, Rückkehrern und Zugezogenen (mit H. Hinrichsen). 39. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), Göttingen, September 24-28, 2018.

      • Understanding dynamics of belonging through complex migration processes and Intertwined Experiences of Violence
        XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, July 15–21, 2018.

        • Perspektive der Biographieforschung auf die Re-Figuration von Räumen. „Die Re-Figuration von Räumen und der Kulturvergleich“. Tagung zur Eröffnung des SFB „Die Re-Figuration von Räumen“ an der TU Berlin, June 14–15, 2018.

          • Palestinians in Jerusalem’s ‘Enlarged’ Jewish Quarter and the Question of Neighbourhood Belonging. Workshop: Neighbourhoods at Times of Change and Crisis, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), May 17–18, 2018.

            • Leben im Brennpunkt: Palästinensischer Alltag in der Jerusalemer Altstadt. Organised by Bündnis zur Beendigung der israelischen Besatzung (BIB), Göttingen, April 26, 2018.

              • Intertwined Experiences of Violence and Migration and their Relevance for Everyday Lives (with D. Abdul Karim). Biography and Violence. Violent dynamics and agency in collective processes and individual life histories. Center of Methods in Social Sciences, Göttingen, February 9–10, 2018.

                • 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

                                    Ad-hoc-Gruppe “Biographie und Raum” (mit G. Weidenhaus und N. Witte) 39. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), Göttingen, September 24-28, 2018

                                    Session: Ethnography and biographical research (with G. Rosenthal)
                                    XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, July 15–21, 2018

                                    Session: Biography and City (with N. Witte)
                                    XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, July 15–21, 2018

                                    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 2018/2019: Lektürekurs Übung: Ethnographie

                                    June 2018 & September 2018: Einführung in interpretative Methoden. Workshop im Rahmen des Forschungs-Lab ‚Transnationales Marxloh‘, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

                                    Summer term 2018: Einführung in rekonstruktive Auswertungsmethoden

                                    Winter term 2017/2018: Diversität, Diskriminierung u. Inklusion in der Sozialen Arbeit I (Teilmodul), Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

                                    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
                                    Historical sociology
                                    Ethnography
                                    Sociology of space
                                    Urban sociology
                                    Sociology of tourism
                                    Middle East


                                    Language Skills

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


                                    Field research/Archival research
                                    2017- Amman (Jordan), 6 months
                                    2010-2014 Jerusalem/West Bank , 10 Monate
                                    2007/2008 Archival research Bonn/Berlin, 2 months


                                    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