Dr. Viola Thimm - Ethnologin

Dr. Viola Thimm -- Universität Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, in 20146 Hamburg (Deutschland)
tel.: +49-40-42838-7537  
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Bereich der Kompetenzen

 

Arbeitsbereiche:
Ethnizität, Gender, Identität, Identitätspolitiken, Islam, Migration, Organisationsforschung, Projektentwicklung, Projektmanagement, Religion, Tourismus, Wissenschaftsmanagement

Themen:
Ethnologie des Islam

Regionen:
Mittlerer Osten, Südostasien

Länder:
Malaysia, Singapur, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate

Sprachen:
Arabisch, Bahasa Melayu, Deutsch, Englisch, Spanisch

 

Profil von Viola Thimm

 

CURRENT POSITION
University of Hamburg, Asia-Africa-Institute, Department of Languages & Cultures of Southeast Asia
Research Fellow (“Eigene Stelle” by the German Research Foundation DFG), 01/2017 – present

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
Zayed University, Department of Social Sciences (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Research Fellow (Visiting), 12/2017 – 04/2018

Monash University (Malaysia), School of Arts and Social Sciences, Gender and Religious Studies
Research Fellow (Visiting), 05/2017 – 10/2017

University of Hamburg, Asia-Africa-Institute, Department of Languages & Cultures of Southeast Asia
Associate Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 03/2015 – 12/2016
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 10/2013 – 02/2015

HIS Institute for Higher Education Development, Hanover, Germany
Research Assistant, 03/2015 – 07/2016
    
University of Kassel and University of Göttingen, DFG Research Training Group 1599/1
“Dynamics of Space and Gender” (“Graduiertenkolleg” by the German Research Foundation)
Doctoral Student/Research Assistant, 10/2011 – 09/2013    
Associate Doctoral Student, 10/2010 – 09/2011

University of Göttingen, Institute for Social & Cultural Anthropology; Gender Studies,
Lecturer, 10/2009 – 09/2012

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Institut Kajian Malaysia dan Antarabangsa –
Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS)
Visiting Scholar, 02/2009 – 08/2009

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) (now ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute), Singapore
Visiting Scholar, 09/2008 – 01/2009
  
EDUCATION
Doctoral degree (Dr. disc. pol.) in Cultural Anthropology, 08/2013. University of Göttingen, Germany. Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, 04/2008-08/2013.
Dissertation: Wechsel¬wirkungen zwischen Geschlecht und Bildungsmigration:
Lebensent¬würfe und Weiblichkeitsbilder malaysischer Bildungs¬migrantinnen in Singapur”
[Gender and Educational Migration: Life projects and Images of Femininity of Female Educational Migrants from Malaysia in Singapore] (Supervised by Prof. Dr. Andrea Lauser)

Magistra Artium (M.A.), 01/2007. University of Göttingen, Germany. Major: Cultural Anthropology. Minors: Gender Studies and Romance Studies. Studies: 10/2001-01/2007

LEADERSHIP OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
“From Malaysia to Dubai: Muslim pilgrimage and gender in the context of consuming practices“, since 10/2013 (funded by the German Research Foundation [DFG, “Eigene Stelle”] and by the “Nachwuchsinitiative Universität Hamburg” – Initiative for young scholars)

“Educational migration and gender in the regional context of Malaysia and Singapore“, 04/2008-08/2013 (funded by the German Research Foundation and by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation)

“Doing cultural difference in ethnological museums”, 02-08/2006 (self-funded)

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS
“Quality of study and teaching in German institutions of higher education”, 03/2015-07/2016
(funded by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony)

Interdisciplinary Research Training Group “Dynamics of Space & Gender“, University of Kassel and University of Göttingen, 10/2010-09/2013 (funded by the German Research Foundation)


RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Gender relations and intersectionality

Kinship and family networks
    
Identity and identity politics; especially concerning the categories and practices of
gender, ethnicity, class, and religion

Islam and its socio-cultural entanglements

Cultural practices of mobility; especially those of (transnational) migration, pilgrimage, and tourism

Educational research; especially on education policies and higher-education research

Consumer culture and consumption

Cultural practices in Southeast and Western Asia; especially in Malaysia, Singapore,
and the United Arab Emirates

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS (SELECTION)
Research Fellowship (“Eigene Stelle”) (299,279 Euro), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 01/2017-12/2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship (25,500 Euro), funded by the Nachwuchsinitiative Universität Hamburg, 10/2013-02/2015

Doctoral Fellowship (41,400 Euro), funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, 07/2008-08/2011

Travel funds (700 Euro) from the Nachwuchsinitiative Universität Hamburg for the explorative fieldwork in the United Arab Emirates, 2014

Travel funds (800 Euro, declined) from the KMU network of Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences for a conference trip to Sydney, Australia, 2013

Remuneration for internship (2,100 Euro) by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation for the organization
and supervision of the exhibition “The Third World in the Second World War”, 03/2011-04/2011

Funding (4,300 Euro) for language course, travel, rent and living expenses from the Hans-Böckler-Foundation for the ethnographic fieldwork in Singapore and Malaysia, 2008

Listed for The David Myers Research Scholarship, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia), 2016

Listed for TIAS Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Turku (Finland), 2016

Listed for the Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme, RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia), 2016

ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK
United Arab Emirates and Malaysia (in total 10 months, multi-sited), 04/2017-04/2018     

United Arab Emirates (1 month), 04/2014

Malaysia (2 months), 12/2013-01/2014    

Malaysia, Singapore and Germany (in total 14 weeks), 12/2009-01/2015    

Singapore and Malaysia (12 months, multi-sited), 09/2008-08/2009

Singapore (1 month), 08/2007

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Monographs
Consuming Piousness: Muslim pilgrimage, Gender and Consumption in Malaysia. Work in progress

(with Chaudhuri, Mayurakshi and Sarah J. Mahler): Scaling Intersectionality. Work in progress

(with Jongmanns, Georg): Förderprogramme in der Lehre und die Frage der personellen Nachhaltigkeit: Kriterien für eine tragfähige Aufgaben- und Personalstruktur (Funding programmes in teaching and the question of “personnel sustainability”). Hannover: HIS. Forthcoming 2017 (in press)

Geschlecht und Bildungsmigration: Lebensentwürfe und Weiblichkeitsbilder malaysischer Bildungs-migrantinnen in Singapur [Gender and Educational Migration: Life Projects and Images of Femininity of Female Educational Migrants from Malaysia in Singapore], 2014. Bielefeld: transcript.

Editorial work
Special Section “Postcolonial Intersections: Asia on the Move” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, 2018 (Guest editor, with Mayurakshi Chaudhuri)

Special Issue “Understanding Muslim mobilities and gender” Social Sciences Vol. 6, 2017
(Guest editor)

The International Journal of Diverse Identities, 2016, Vol. 16 (Associate editor)

Original articles in peer-reviewed journals
Commercialising Islam in Malaysia: Ziarah at the intersection of Muslim pilgrimage and the market-driven tourism industry. Siri Kertas Kajian Etnik UKM (UKM Ethnic Studies Paper Series) Bil. 56

(with Chaudhuri, Mayurakshi): Migration as Mobility? An Intersectional Approach. (Under review)

Embodying and consuming Muslim pilgrimage: Gendered shopping and clothing practices by Malaysian women on “umrah and ziarah Dubai.“ (Under review)
 
(with Chaudhuri, Mayurakshi and Sarah J. Mahler): Enhancing intersectional analyses with polyvocality: Making and illustrating the model. Social Sciences. Special Issue: Gender, Family and Society: Reciprocal Influences. Guest editor: Michele Adams. 2017, 6(2), 37; doi:10.3390/socsci6020037

“I really love that guy!” Romantische Liebe als Weg zur Moderne im regionalen Kontext Singapurs und Malaysias [“I really love that guy!” Romantic love as a path to modernity in the regional context of Singapore and Malaysia]. Asien – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia 139 2/2016: 25-43.

“I can give you money but there is no use. The best thing I [can] give you is education.” Negotiating educational migration and gender in a Chinese Malaysian family. TRaNS: Trans-Regional and National Studies of Southeast Asia, 2016, 4(1): 65-84.

Die arabische abaya in Malaysia: Verhandlungen von muslimischen Kleidungspraktiken, weiblicher Körperlichkeit und Modernität [The arabic abaya in Malaysia: negotiations of Muslim practices of clothing, female corporeality and modernity]. Paideuma, 2015, 61:95-116.

Soziale Mobilität für Frauen durch bildungsmotivierte Land-Stadt-Migration: Eine Biographie aus Malaysia [Social mobility for women through education-motivated rural-urban migration:
A biography from Malaysia]. Ethnoscripts, 2014, 16(2):27-41.

Education, Migration, Gender: Policies of Education in Malaysia and Singapore.
GSE Journal of Education 2013:1-11.

“My dad wants to see me graduate with a good degree (…)” Bildungsmi¬gration und Geschlecht im regionalen Kontext Malaysias und Singapurs [“My dad wants to see me graduate with a good degree (…)” Educational migration and gender in the regional context of Malaysia and Singapore].
Journal Netzwerk Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung NRW, 2012, 31: 62-67

Book chapters, peer reviewed
(with Chaudhuri, Mayurakshi and Sarah J. Mahler): Scaling Educational Policy and Practices Intersectionally: Historical and Contemporary Education Policies, Practices and Effects in South and Southeast Asia. In: Hankivsky, Olena and Julia Jordan-Zachery (eds.): Bringing Intersectionality to Public Policy. Houndsmills: Palgrave MacMillan (accepted for publication).
 
(with Chaudhuri, Mayurakshi and Sarah J. Mahler): Gendered Geographies of Power: Their Value for Analyzing Gender across Transnational Spaces. In: Gruhlich, Julia and Birgit Riegraf (eds.): Transnationale Räume und Geschlecht, 2014, pp. 94-209. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot.

The Female Body in Transnational Space between Malaysia and Singapore. In: Buccieri, Kristy (ed.):
Body Tensions: Beyond Corporeality in Time and Space, 2014, pp. 55-72. Oxford: ID-Press.

Gender and the Body in Transnational Space: Female Educational Migrants from Malaysia in Singa-pore. In: McLean, Loyola et al. (eds.): Exploring Bodies in Time and Space, 2014, pp. 37-45. Oxford: ID-Press.

“Gendered Geographies of Power”. Ein Modell zur Analyse von Bildungsmigration und Geschlecht am Beispiel von Malaysia und Singapur [“Gendered Geographies of Power”. A model to analyse educational migration and gender using the example of Malaysia and Singapore]. In: Förschler, Silke et al. (eds.): Verorten – Verhandeln – Verkörpern, 2014, pp. 61-84. Bielefeld: transcript.

Education, Migration, Gender: Policies of Education in Malaysia and Singapore. In: Mokmin Basri et al. (eds.): Emerging Trends for Sustainability in Global Education: Opportunities and Challenges, Kajang (Malaysia): WorldConferences.net, 2013, pp. 1-11.

Other publications
Die Bersih-Bewegung in Malaysia [The Bersih movement in Malaysia]. Südostasien 1/2014:27-29.

“Singapore sucks!” – Skateboarding als Grenzraum zwischen Subkultur und staatlicher Kontrolle [“Singapore sucks!” – Skateboarding as a contested space between subculture and state control]. Südostasien 4/2012: 26-28. 


INVITED PRESENTATIONS AT CONFERENCES, LECTURES & SEMINARS
Clothing and shopping practices among Malay umrah and ziarah travellers. Presentation by invitation of Prof. Dr. Monika Arnez. Research colloquium of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau (Germany), 11/2017

Von Malaysia nach Dubai: Muslimisches Pilgern und Geschlecht im Kontext von Konsumpraktiken. Presentation by invitation of Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe. Research colloquium of Society of Geography and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg (Germany), 11/2017

Going shopping on Muslim pilgrimage: Clothing and consumption by Muslim Malay pilgrims on ‘umrah and ziarah Dubai’. Presentation by invitation of Prof. Dr. Shamsul AB. Seminar Series of the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 10/2017

Umrah and Ziarah Dubai: Muslim pilgrimage, gender and consumption in the Malaysian context. Presentation by invitation of Assoc Prof Sharon A. Bong. Lectures series of the Faculty for Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University (Malaysia), 07/2017

Embodying and consuming Muslim pilgrimage: Gendered shopping and clothing practices by Malaysian women on “umrah and ziarah Dubai.“ Presentation by invitation of Prof. Dr. Guido Sprenger. Colloquium of the Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Heidelberg. Heidelberg (Germany), 04/2017

From Malaysia to Dubai: Muslim Pilgrimage and Gender in the context of Consuming Practices. Public lecture by invitation of Prof. Dr. Monika Arnez. Lecture series: “50 Years ASEAN.” Hamburg (Germany), 04/2017

Sustainable quality in study and teaching (together with Dr. Georg Jongmanns). Presentation by invitation of Uwe Krüger. Network meeting: Network Science Management. Hanover (Germany), 06/2016

Sustainability: The Teaching Quality Pact and consequences for structuring academic personnel (together with Dr. Georg Jongmanns). Network conference ‘Quality Offensive Teaching’. Presentation by invitation of Karolina Bielak. Wolfenbüttel (Germany), 05/2016

Gendered Geographies of Power: An analytical tool to study educational migration and gender in Malaysia and Singapore. Presentation by invitation of A/Prof. Sarah J. Mahler. Annual Conference of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Chicago (USA), 11/2013         
    
Methodische Fragen akteurszentrierter Forschung [Methodological questions on person-centred research]. Presentation by invitation of Dr. Ina Alber. Conference of the Centre of Methods in Social Sciences, University of Göttingen, Germany. 11/2010  

Across the Causeway: Bildungsmigrantinnen zwischen Malaysia und Singapur [Female educational migrants between Malaysia and Singapore]. Presentation by invitation of Dr. Gundolf Krüger. Matinee of the Ethnographic Collection, University of Göttingen. Göttingen, Germany, 02/2010


OTHER ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCES (Selection)
Migrations, Mobilities and Intersectionalities: Feminist Scaling of Transnational Family Negotiations (together with Dr. Mayurakshi Chaudhuri). Paper to be presented at the Tenth Global Studies Conference: Global Mobilities. Singapore, 06/2017

Personelle Nachhaltigkeit in der Lehre [Personnel sustainability in teaching] (together with Georg Jongmanns). Paper presented at the Symposium “Funding programmes and sustainability in the field of teaching and learning”. Hanover, Germany, 03/2016

Touristic Mobility: Negotiating “Modernity” through Gender Religion in Malaysia and the Arabian Peninsula. Paper presented at the Colloquium of the Department for South East Languages & Cultures, University of Hamburg. Hamburg, Germany, 11/2014    

Ethnologie ohne Gender? Modernität in Malaysia ist weiblich! [Cultural anthropology without gender? In Malaysia modernity is feminine!]. Paper presented at the Conference of the German Anthropological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde). Mainz, Germany, 10/2013

Educational Migration and Gender: Perspectives from Malaysia and Singapore. Paper presented at the Conference of the European Association for South East Asian Studies (EuroSEAS).
Lisbon, Portugal, 07/2013

Education, Migration, Gender: Policies of Education in Malaysia and Singapore. Paper presented at The Global Summit on Education. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 03/2013
    
Gender and the Body in Transnational Space: Female Educational Migrants from Malaysia in Singapore. Paper presented at the 1st Global Conference “Time, Space & the Body”.
Sydney, Australia, 02/2013    
    
Trans- und interdisziplinäre Überlegungen: Migration und Geschlecht im regionalen Kontext Malaysias und Singapurs [Trans- and Interdisciplinary Considerations on Migration and Gender in the Regional Context of Malaysia and Singapore]. Paper presented at the Symposium of the network “Women and Gender Studies NRW”. Essen, Germany, 11/2012        
 
Gendered and Ethnic Processes of Identification through Educational Migration from Malaysia to Singapore. Paper presented at the International Young Scholars Conference.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11/2011

Geschlechtsspezifische und ethnische Identifikationsprozesse durch Bildungsmigration von Malaysia nach Singapur [Gender-specific and Ethnic Processes of Identification through Educational Migration from Malaysia to Singapore]. Paper presented at the Conference of the German Anthropological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde). Vienna, Austria, 07/2011    


Geschlecht, Migration und Bildung im Kontext des multikulturellen Malaysias [Gender, Migration, and Education in the Context of Multicultural Malaysia]. Paper presented at the Summer School
of the German Anthropological Association. Frankfurt, Germany, 09/2011     



REVIEW ACTIVITIES
Genealogy

The Global Studies Journal

The International Journal of Diverse Identities (Common Ground Publishing)

International Journal of Diversity in Education

Educational Research and Reviews (ERR)


SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY SERVICES  
For The Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (Germany) on sustainable project funding in institutions of tertiary education, 2016

For six German universities and universities of applied sciences on how to deal with temporal project funding in a possibly sustainable way, 2016

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Modernity & Gender in Malaysia & Singapore. MA Seminar, summer term 2012

Ethnographic fieldwork. BA Lecture & exercise, winter term 2011/12

Migration and Gender. BA & MA Seminar, summer term 2010

Gender and identity in Malaysia and Singapore. BA & MA Seminar, winter term 2009/10

Intersectionality – history and perspectives of theory BA Tutorial, summer term 2008