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Katharina Girndt

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PhD Student

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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum
Germany

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Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

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Research Topic

Dealing with the Impact of Social Control:
Strategies and Coping Mechanisms of LGBT+ People in South Africa

South Africa has one of the most progressive Constitutions in terms of the rights of LGBT+ people. However, there is an existing gap between law and lived reality for LGBT+ people in South Africa.

My research discusses social control mechanisms that derive from and lead to the (re-)production of this gap. I am looking at LGBT+ people, groups, and activists in South Africa in order to find out how they are dealing with the impact of social control mechanisms.

The study focuses on the perception of norms and values that underlie and reinforce the stigmatization of LGBT+ people. Thus, it points out how strategies and coping mechanisms are developed and applied to cope with theses circumstances.

Supervisor: PD Dr. Stefan Karduck, University of Cologne

Research Interest

coping mechanisms, eurocentrism, gender, heteronormativity, LGBT+, neo-colonialism, neo-liberalism, post-apartheid, postcolonial studies, resilience, social control, South Africa, qualitative intercultural communication research

How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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Latest Publications

Raffael Beier: Towards a New Perspective on the Role of the City in Social Movements. Urban Policy after the 'Arab Spring', in: City, 22 (2018) 2, pp. 220-235

Diotima Chattoraj: Experiences of Sri Lankan Tamils Displaced to Colombo: Three Narratives, in: eTropic Vol. 17 No. 1 (2018)

Ruth Knoblich and Dr. Tobias Schonwetter: Rising Middle-IP Powers dissolving the North/South polarization in the international IP system (blog article on the IP Unit's blog-website)

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IEE on Tour

June 08 - July 15:
Ruth Knoblich
at Cape Town and Pretoria / South Africa, for lecturing in the MADM Programme; field research; and attending a conference

June 25 - 26:
Zena Mouawad
at the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn/Germany, attending the 2nd International Research and Policy Workshop on Migration and Development: "Forced Migration Process: trends, concepts and patterns"

June 25 - 30:
Raffael Beier
at the National Distance Education University (UNED), Madrid/Spain, participating in the ESA RN 37 III. Midterm Conference "Inequality and uncertainty: current challenges for cities" (presenting 'Pictures of Contrast – Casablanca's Tramway between Urban Inclusion and Exclusion')

July 03 - 07:
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Dr. Elkhan R. Sadik-Zada
presenting at Universita Ca'Foscari Venezia, Venice/Italy, for the International Conference on Economic Modeling (EcoMod2018)

July 08 - 17:
Anne Siebert
at University of Cape Town, South Africa, for a Consuming Urban Poverty workshop

IEE on Field Research

Anne Siebert has a research stay at the International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague/Netherlands, from May to June 2018.