Curriculum Vitae

University Education

Since 3/2010
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale)
Ph.D Candidate at Department I ‘Integration and Conflict’

4/2008 – 03/2009
University of Cologne
Postgraduate study course: Intercultural Education and German as a Second Language
Areas of study: memory and migration; ethnicity; globalization, migration and mobility; intercultural communication
Thesis: Memory and Migration: Experiences and Narratives of Lao Refugees in Germany (in German)

10/1993 – 03/2000
University of Dortmund
Diploma (‘Masters’) in Educational Science
Areas of Study: Rehabilitation and mental disability; intercultural dimension of disability; sociology; development work; art therapy
Thesis: Disability in intercultural and comparative perspective: Socio-cultural dimensions of disability in South India (in German)


Collection of qualitative data on memory and migration among a group of Laotian migrants in a city in Germany

05/2004 – 03/2005
Various field trips in the context of a community based rehabilitation program in rural areas of Laos

01/1999 – 04/1999
Collection of qualitative and quantitative data on disability, religion and modernization in South India

Work Experience

09/2005 – 08/2007
Bildungszentrum des Handels, Recklinghausen
Social worker in a vocational training institut
Social and psychological support of migrants during their apprenticeship; interaction with state agencies and companies; teaching various subjects for vocational training; teaching social and intercultural skills

05/2004 – 03/2005
Handicap International Belgium, Laos
Volunteer and training consultant
Development of seminar modules for training of trainers; organising and running a workshop; writing and compilation of a manual; recommendations for projects in rural areas of Laos; research on disability

07/2001 – 06/2003
Christliches Jugenddorfwerk e.V., Dortmund
Social worker in a residential home for unaccompanied young refugees. Supervision und mentoring in the procedure of granting right of asylum; counselling and psychological support; crisis intervention;
tuition/teaching; interaction and mediation with state institutions

07/2001 – 06/2003
04/1998 – 11/1999
Student Working Group ‘Development Work in the Third World’ (University of Dortmund)
Organisation of seminars and workshops, participation in seminars on development politics; public relations work

07/2001 – 06/2003
Integrative Community Asha Niketan (Bangalore, India)
Internship: Vocational training and teaching of social skills in a residential Home for mentally handicapped people

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