CV and Publications


Positions

Since 2020 Affiliated researcher at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin

Since 2017 Postdoctoral researcher and coordinator of 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.

2016 Research Assistant, University of Göttingen

2010–2015 Researcher in the 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

Degrees

2017 PhD in Social Sciences; University of Göttingen (summa cum laude)
2009 MA. in Anthropology of Media, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
2008 ‘Magister Artium’ in the subjects history, German literature and musicology, Humboldt-University of Berlin and Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

Scholarships and Awards

2020 Thomas A. Herz-Award for qualitative social research by the German Sociological Association (DGS)
2017 Dissertation Award of the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO)
2008–2009 Full scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a master’s degree abroad

Field research/Archival research

2017–2019 Amman (Jordan), 6 months
2010–2014 Jerusalem/West Bank, 10 months
2007–2008 Archival research Bonn/Berlin, 2 months

Language Skills

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

Publications

Monograph

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

Edited volumes

Becker, J./ Weidenhaus, G./ Witte, N. (eds., in preparation). Raum und Biographie. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press.

Bahl, E./ Becker, J. (eds., 2020). Global processes of flight and migration: The explanatory power of case studies. Göttingen: Göttingen University Press, https://doi.org/10.17875/gup2020-1310

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

Journal articles and book chapters

Becker, J. (under review): Kooptierungsverläufe, Modernität und familiale Mobilität in Jordanien: „You are the top man in the country with your family and the King drops you just like this“

Becker, J./ Hinrichsen, H./ Worm, A. (in print). Fluchtmigration von Syrien nach Jordanien im familiengeschichtlichen und regionalhistorischen Kontext: Zum Nutzen einer biographietheoretischen und figurationssoziologischen Forschungsperspektive. In: Köttig, M./ Witte, N. (eds.), Biographien in Gesellschaft. Weinheim: Beltz/Juventa.

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

Becker, J. (2021). Refugees, 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. Forum: Qualitative Social Research.

Becker, J./ Hinrichsen, H. (2020): Milieuspezifische Fluchtmigrationsverläufe und die Etablierung in neuen räumlichen Kontexten: Das Beispiel irakischer Flüchtlinge in Amman. In: Bahl, E./ Becker, J. (eds.). Global processes of flight and migration: The explanatory power of case studies. Göttingen: University Press, 163-181. https://doi.org/10.17875/gup2020-1319

Bahl, E./Becker, J. (2020): Global processes of flight and migration: How case studies help to understand their complex and heterogeneous character. In: Bahl, E./ Becker, J. (eds.). Global processes of flight and migration: The explanatory power of case studies. Göttingen: University Press, 9-21. https://doi.org/10.17875/gup2020-1311


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

Becker, J. (2020). Past Neighbourhoods: Palestinians and Jerusalem’s ‘enlarged Jewish Quarter’. In: Maksudyan, N./ Alkan, H. (eds.), Urban neighbourhood formations: Boundaries, narrations and intimacies. London: Routledge, 99-118.

Becker, J. (2019). Die analytische Herausforderung mobiler Familien- und Lebensgeschichten von Flüchtlingen in Amman (Jordanien). In: Burzan, N. (ed.), Komplexe Dynamiken globaler und lokaler Entwicklungen. Verhandlungen des 39. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Göttingen 2018, https://publikationen.soziologie.de/index.php/kongressband_2018/article/view/1018

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). 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.

Hinrichsen, H./ Becker, J./ Rosenthal, G. (2016). On the brittleness of the homogenizing we-discourse: Christians in Bethlehem and Ramallah. In: Rosenthal, G. (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. (2016). Commitment to the Old City and ambivalent emplacement. In: Rosenthal, G. (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: Rosenthal, G. (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.

Becker, J. (2015). Bekenntnisse zur Altstadt und widerstrebendes Erleben. In: Rosenthal, G. (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: Rosenthal, G. (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: Rosenthal, G. (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. In: Griffith, S.H./ Grebenstein, S. (eds.), Christsein in der islamischen Welt. Festschrift für Martin Tamcke zum 60. Geburtstag. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 567-586.

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.

Official Positions and Memberships

International Sociological Association (ISA) – RC 38 Biography & Society, Secretary and Treasurer, Board Member
International Sociological Association (ISA) – RC 09 Social Transformations and Sociology of Development
International Sociological Association (ISA) – RC 56 Historical Sociology
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS) – Sektion Biographieforschung
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS) – Sektion Migration und ethnische Minderheiten
Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)
Quatext e.V.

Presentations in conferences and guest lectures

Reconstructing Processes of Settlement and Urbanization in Jordan: Advantages of Multigenerational Research. Fourth ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, 23.-27. Feb. 2021.

Speaking from an Oil Platform in the Sea: Analyzing the Interrelation of “Narrated Life”, Present Life Situation and “Experienced Life”. Fourth ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, 23.-27. Feb. 2021.

Zur Wechselwirkung von Altansässigkeit und Migration im Kontext postkolonialer Staatsbildung. 40. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), Berlin, 14.-25. Sept. 2020.

Places and emplacement in the reconstruction of arrival contexts: Socio-historical processes and the analysis of everyday practices and life histories. 40. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), Berlin, 14.-25. Sept. 2020.

Abendvorlesung: Perspektiven der Biographieforschung. Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg, 12. Dec. 2019.

Making it to Amman: Exile and forced migration in the Levant (with H. Hinrichsen). Exile-Flight-Migration. Jahrestagung der Sektion Biographieforschung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Göttingen, 28.-30. Nov. 2019.

Arabische Dialekte, Panarabismus und Geflüchteten-Altansässigen-Figurationen in Jordanien (with H. Hinrichsen). Exile-Flight-Migration. Jahrestagung der Sektion Biographieforschung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Göttingen, 28.-30. Nov. 2019.

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

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

Understanding dynamics of belonging through complex migration processes and intertwined experiences of violence. XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, 15.-21. July 2018.

Perspektive der Biographieforschung auf die Re-Figuration von Räumen. „Die Re-Figuration von Räumen und der Kulturvergleich“. Eröffnungskonferenz des SFB „The re-figuration of spaces”, Berlin, 14.-15. June 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), Berlin, 17.-18. May 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, 9.-10. Feb. 2018.

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

Outsiders' silence about their past in the city. Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, 10.-14. July 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, 17.-18. Oct. 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, 13.-19. July 2014.

Jonah in the ‘Holy City’: Life stories of monks in Jerusalem – affirmation and ambivalent experiences. ‘The making of Jerusalem: Constructed spaces and historic communities’. Library of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, 3.-4. July 2014.

Palestinian men in the Old City of Jerusalem: Intergenerational negotiations. Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA), 2013 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 10.-13. Oct. 2013.

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

Materialities of (urban) space: Emergence and sensory perception in social processes. Second ISA Forum of Sociology, Buenos Aires, 1.-4. Aug. 2012.

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

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

Organisation of sessions and conferences

Organisation and Chair: Biography and ‘middle class’ in the Global South (with H. Hinrichsen). Fourth ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, 23.-27. Feb. 2021.

Organisation and Chair: The individual and the city: Urban life (stories) a neglected area of biographical research (with N. Witte). Fourth ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, 23.-27. Feb. 2021.

Organisation and Chair: Ad-hoc-Gruppe Biographie und Raum (with G. Weidenhaus and N. Witte). 39. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), Göttingen, 24.-28. Sept. 2018.

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

Organisation and Chair: Biography and city (with N. Witte). XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, 15.-21. July 2018.

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

Organisation and Chair: Experiences and narratives of travel and mobility (with S. Laux). XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, 13.-19. July 2014.

Organisation: 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, 19.-20. Nov. 2010.

Teaching experiences

2020: Doing Research on Social and Political Movements in the Global South, Universität Göttingen
2018/19: Lektürekurs Ethnographie, Übung, Universität Göttingen
2018: Forschung im Kontext von Flucht: Interpretative Auswertungsverfahren, Tutorium, Universität Göttingen
2017/18: Diversität, Diskriminierung und Inklusion in der Sozialen Arbeit I, University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt
2015/16: Qualitative research in multilingual and multicultural contexts, Universität Siegen
2015/16: Einführung in die qualitative Sozialforschung, Universität Göttingen
2013/14: Experiences of travelling and mobility: Conducting narrative interviews, Universität Göttingen
2012/13: Praxis der qualitativen Sozialforschung: Einführung in die Ethnographie, Universität Göttingen
2010/11: Einführung in die qualitative Sozialforschung, Universität Göttingen

2020: Doing Research on Social and Political Movements in the Global South, Universität Göttingen
2018/19: Lektürekurs Ethnographie, Übung, Universität Göttingen
2018: Forschung im Kontext von Flucht: Interpretative Auswertungsverfahren, Tutorium, Universität Göttingen
2017/18: Diversität, Diskriminierung und Inklusion in der Sozialen Arbeit I, University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt
2015/16: Qualitative research in multilingual and multicultural contexts, Universität Siegen
2015/16: Einführung in die qualitative Sozialforschung, Universität Göttingen
2013/14: Experiences of travelling and mobility: Conducting narrative interviews, Universität Göttingen
2012/13: Praxis der qualitativen Sozialforschung: Einführung in die Ethnographie, Universität Göttingen
2010/11: Einführung in die qualitative Sozialforschung, Universität Göttingen

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