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Sophie Schmalenberger - New PhD at the Department of Global Studies

Sophie Schmalenberger will be working on a PhD-project focusing on far-right populism in Germany

My name is Sophie Schmalenberger and since 1st September I am a PhD Student at the School of Culture and Society affiliated to the European Studies section. Together with my supervisor Christoffer Leiding Kølvraa and co-supervisor Wulf Kansteiner (History) I will develop a PhD-project focusing on far-right populism in Germany: At the interface of right-wing extremism research, populist communication literature and memory studies I will aim to fill a gap in existing academic work by investigating how the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) manoeuvres between ethnocentric ideas, nationalist Euroscepticism and a German post-Holocaust politico-cultural context.

I hold a B.A. in Media and Communication Studies from Freie Universität Berlin (2015) and a M.A. in European Studies from Aarhus University (2017), was an Erasmus-student at the University of Gothenburg in 2013, spent 4 months as intern with a Hungarian NGO in Budapest in 2016 and have worked at Freie Universität Berlin´s Press and Communication Office until July 2018.  In my spare time I like to learn (about) languages (still working on my Danish and happy to be talked to in Danish) as well as a good mix of mental (reading, writing, music) and physical (running, swimming, generally being outdoors) activities and love to spend my holidays doing volunteer work on ecological farms throughout Europe.

Contact Information:

Sophie Schmalenberger
Institut for Kultur og Samfund - Afdeling for Globale Studier
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 7
bygning 1461, 623
8000 Aarhus C


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