About the Project

Contestations of the ›Social‹

„Con­test­a­tions of ‚the social’ — Towards a Move­ment-Based Eth­no­graphic Social (State) Regimes Ana­lysis” is a research pro­ject that exam­ines the ongo­ing trans­form­a­tions of social secur­ity sys­tems in cit­ies of the Global North. In col­lab­or­a­tion with mul­ti­lin­gual com­munity organ­iz­a­tions of pre­cari­ously employed and unem­ployed indi­vidu­als, we invest­ig­ate socio-polit­ical con­flicts within the crisis-rid­den every­day life of today’s migra­tion and labor society.

The first pro­ject phase (2022–2026) takes place in Ber­lin, Olden­burg and Frank­furt (Main). A second phase (2026–2028) will extend the per­spect­ive to the UK and the USA.

Our Emmy Noether Junior Research Group is based at the Insti­tute for Empir­ical Cul­tural Stud­ies and European Eth­no­logy at Lud­wig-Max­imili­ans-Uni­versität München and is fun­ded by the Ger­man Research Foundation.

Subprojects and Partners

The research group leader Dr. Lisa Ried­ner works with the unem­ployed ini­ti­at­ive BASTA! in Ber­lin. She is inter­ested, among other things, in dis­putes about social wel­fare fraud and fam­ily values.

About Basta
BASTA! is made by the unem­ployed, low-income work­ers and stu­dents with little money. BASTA! opens a con­sulta­tion café sev­eral times a week on issues related to the citizen’s income, and con­ducts cam­paigns and train­ing ses­sions. The group speaks mainly Italian, Greek, Eng­lish, and Ger­man.
More info: https://bastaberlin.de/

A. Valentina Moraru works on migra­tion, mor­al­ity and pro­cesses of dif­fer­en­ti­ation in the con­text of pre­cari­ous labor mar­kets in Olden­burg. Her pro­ject part­ner is the Arbeitslo­senselb­sthilfe Olden­burg, also known as ALSO. 

About ALSO
The Arbeitslo­senselb­sthilfe Olden­burg (Olden­burg Unem­ployed Self-Help) ranks as one of the old­est inde­pend­ent unem­ployed ini­ti­at­ives in Ger­many. It is occu­pied since the 1980s with help­ing indi­vidu­als nav­ig­ate and poten­tially argue with dif­fer­ent author­it­ies and  at the same time, tries to cre­ate a place of com­munity in the city. They carry out these activ­it­ies in sev­eral lan­guages and in sev­eral places nearby Olden­burg.
More info: https://www.also-zentrum.de/

Tim Herbold focuses on the inter­ac­tions between migrants, grass­roots organ­iz­a­tions, pub­lic insti­tu­tions and local politi­cians. He works together with Pro­ject Shel­ter in Frank­furt am Main. 

About Pro­ject Shel­ter
Project.Shelter is part of a polit­ical move­ment that advoc­ates for more solid­ar­ity and par­ti­cip­a­tion for all city dwell­ers. We are a group of people with and without a his­tory of flight or migra­tion, work­ing in a grass­roots demo­cratic way to fight for or pro­tect the rights of home­less migrants and refugees in Frankfurt/Main and to guar­an­tee that their needs are met. This includes first and fore­most the pro­vi­sion of private hous­ing, but also the pro­vi­sion of tick­ets for pub­lic trans­port and bicycles, the fin­an­cing of food, med­ical care and cloth­ing, as well as lan­guage sup­port and trans­la­tions for offi­cial mat­ters. Last but not least, the pro­ject provides a focal point for gath­er­ing, mutual exchange and joint activ­it­ies of par­ti­cipants and inter­ested parties. It enables migrants and oth­ers to organ­ize them­selves, to develop com­mon demands and to carry these out­ward in the form of actions and demon­stra­tions. In this way, among other things, hier­arch­ies between people with innate priv­ileges and those who are dis­ad­vant­aged qua iden­tity papers are to be recog­nized and dis­mantled.
More info: https://projectshelterde.noblogs.org/arbeitsweise/