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Curriculum Vitae


Venia Legendi for Sociology and Cultural Anthropology


Habilitationsschrift "Ethnoheterogenesis. The dialectics of hetero- and homogenization in processes of ethnic framing and membership"

Since December 2013      

Research Fellow and Lecturer in Social Theory, Institute of Sociology, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Associated Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (www.ics.ul.pt)

2008 – 2013                     

Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), Centre of Excellence

2004 – 2008                      

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon(ICS-UL)

2004 – 2013                      

Member of the Research Clusters Identity, Migration and Religion, as well as Families, Lifestyles and Education, and of the Permanent Youth Observatory of the Associated Laboratory of the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology at ICS-UL

Summer 2006

Resident Fellow at the Bellagio Dialogue on Migration, Rockefeller's Bellagio Study and Conference Centre (Italy), org. by German Marshall Fund if the USA, funded by Rockefeller Foundation, NYC

February 2004                   

Defence of the doctoral thesis "Home and Enstrangement since 1989. On the New Islamic Presence and the developmental history of Islamic concepts in European settings" (in German) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Hannover (summa cum laude)

1999 – 2003                      

PhD scholarship, awarded by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin

December 1998           

Master of Arts in Comparative Studies of Religion, Sociology, and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Hannover

  Main Areas of Research and Teaching



 Social Theory, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Religion

Migration Studies

Migration Experience and Daily Life Cultures; Concepts of Home and Belonging, Collective Subjectivity, Ethnogenesis; Religion and Migration; Sport and Migration

Globalisation Studies

Sport Globalisation, Globalisation of Football

Comparative Studies

Religion and Migration, Muslims in Europe of Religion                     


  • Member of the international advisory board of the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe (Brill)
  • Member of the Managing Board, Institute of Sociology, Leibniz University of Hannover
  • Member of the Managing Board, Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies, Leibniz University of Hannover
  • Deputy Member, Managing Board of the interdisciplinary study course Transformation Studies & the master course Atlantic Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Leibniz University of Hannover
  • Member of the Executive Board of the international Sport Migration Network (hosted at Aarhus University, Denmark)

 Peer reviewer for Scientific Journals, Publishers & Grant Applications

Since 2016  Start-Up Research Grants for Postdocs "Wege in die Forschung", Leibniz Universität Hannover (evaluation of applications)

Since 2016  Sport in History (Taylor & Francis) Since 2014 Ethnicities (Taylor & Francis)

Since 2013  Soccer and Society (Taylor & Francis); Leisure Studies (Taylor & Francis) Since 2012 Portuguese Studies (Modern Humanities Research Association); European Journal for Sport and Society (EASS)

2011 Anthropology and Medicine (Taylor & Francis)

Since 2010  C. Hurst & Co. Publishers Ltd. (London)

Since 2009  Vibrant - Virtual Brazilian Anthropology (Brazilian Anthropological Association)

Since 2008  Contemporary Islam (Springer); Etnográfica (CRIA, Lisbon)

Since 2006  Religião e Sociedade (Scielo, Brazil); Lusotopie (Brill)

Since 2005  Análise Social (ICS, Lisbon); Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas (CELTA; Lisbon) Social Science Press (Lisbon)