Research Group Leader

Prof. Dr Volker M. Heins

Other Colleagues

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg
Germany

Tel:  +49 (0)203-379-5256
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: heins@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de or volker.heins@spam protectuni-due.de

Research Interests

  • International political theory/sociology
  • NGOs and international interventions
  • Human rights
  • Military ethics
  • Multiculturalism and migration
  • New regionalism

Current Projects

  • Soldiers, NGOs, and the Construction of New Military Ethic
  • New Regional Formations: Rapid Environmental Change and Migration in Coastal Regions of Ghana and Indonesia
  • Social Performances of Cultural Trauma and the Rebuilding of Solid Sovereignties (SPECTRESS)

Vita

From 2014 Ruhr University Bochum
Affiliate Professor of Political Science ("apl. Prof.")
Since 04/2012 Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen
Research Unit "Interculturality"
Senior Fellow and Head of Research Unit
2006-2010 McGill University, Montreal
Lecturer in Political Theory
2009-2010 Hebrew University Jerusalem
European Forum
Visiting Professor
2009 Yale University
Center for Cultural Sociology
Visiting Fellow
2003-2004 Harvard Kennedy School
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Visiting Fellow
2001 University of Giessen
“Habilitation” in Political Science
1998-2010 Frankfurt University
Institute for Social Research
Research Fellow

Selected Publications

Heins, Volker M. / Christine Unrau (forthcoming 2018): ‘Refugees welcome: Arrival gifts, reciprocity and the integration of forced migrants’, Journal of International Political Theory 14, no. 2.

Heins, Volker M. / Christine Unrau / Kristine Avram (forthcoming 2018): ‘Gifts and reciprocity in global society: Introducing Marcel Mauss in international studies,’ Journal of International Political Theory 14, no. 2.

Heins, Volker M. / Christine Unrau (forthcoming 2018): 'Anti-immigrant movements and the fracture of the civil sphere’, in Jeffrey C. Alexander et al. (eds.), Civil Sphere and Radicalism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Michael Flitner / Volker M. Heins / Johannes Herbeck (forthcoming 2018): ‘Critical beaches: Coastal erosion and geosociality in south-eastern Ghana’, in Elisabetta Nadalutti and Otto Kallscheuer (eds.), Region-Making and Cross-Border Cooperation: New Evidence from Five Continents, London and New York: Routledge.

Heins, Volker M. (forthcoming 2018): 'Another Critical Theory: Judith Shklar and the Frankfurt School', in: S. Ashenden and A. Hess (eds.), Judith N. Shklar: A Political Companion. University Park, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Heins, Volker M. (2017): 'Multikulturalismus in der Ära Trump', Mittelweg 36 26 (2): 53-62.

Heins, Volker M. (2016): Krisenbewältigung durch Kooperation? Die Grenzen des EU-Modells’, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 26 (4): 445–53.

Heins, Volker M. (2016): 'Die Gegenwart der Homophobie', WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 13 (2): 75–81.

Heins, Volker M. (2016): 'Habermas on the European Crisis: Attempting the Impossible', Thesis Eleven 133: 3–18.

Heins, Volker M. / Kai Koddenbrock / Christine Unrau (eds.) (2016): Humanitarianism and Challenges of Cooperation, London and New York: Routledge.

Heins, Volker M. (2016): 'Recognition, Multiculturalism, and the Allure of Separatism', in Patrick Hayden and Kate Schick (eds.), Recognition and Global Politics: Critical Encounters between State and World, Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 69–84.

Heins, Volker M. (2015): 'Recognition Going Awry: NGOs and the Rise of the Unelected', in Christopher Daase, Caroline Fehl, Anna Geis, Georgios Kolliarakis (eds.), Recognition in International Relations: Rethinking a Political Concept in a Global Context, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Heins, Volker M. (2013): Der Skandal der Vielfalt: Geschichte und Konzepte des Multikulturalismus <The Scandal of Diversity: History and Concepts of Multiculturalism>, Frankfurt / New York: Campus.

Heins, Volker M. (2012): The Global Politics of Recognition, in: Shane O‘Neill / Nicholas H. Smith (eds.): Recognition Theory as Social Research: Investigating the Dynamics of Social Conflict, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 213–230.

Heins, Volker M. (2012): Three Meanings of Equality: The "Arab Problem" in Israel, in: Res Publica, Vol. 18, No. 1, 79–91.

Heins, Volker M. (2011): Beyond Friend and Foe: The Politics of Critical Theory, Leiden / Boston: Brill.

Heins, Volker M. / Andreas Langenohl (2011): A Fire That Doesn’t Burn? The Allied Bombing of Germany and the Cultural Politics of Trauma, in: Ron Eyerman et al. (eds.): Narrating Trauma: On the Impact of Collective Suffering (Yale Cultural Sociology Series), Paradigm, 3–26.

Heins, Volker M. / Aditya Badami / Andrei S. Markovits (2010): The West Divided? A Snapshot of Human Rights and Transatlantic Relations at the United Nations, Human Rights Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1–16.

Heins, Volker M. (2008): Nongovernmental Organizations in International Society: Struggles over Recognition, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

See also https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Volker_Heins

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Dept of Political Science, Ruhr University of Bochum

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Volkswagen Foundation
  • Referee for numerous journals

Seminars and Conferences

  • The Future of Religious Pluralism, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen, 05/2013

Membership

  • Faculty Fellow, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University
  • Associate Fellow, Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main

Awards

  • Foundation German-American Academic Relations
  • Volkswagen Foundation
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Jennifer Apé, B.A.

Dr Markus Böckenförde, LL.M.

Andrea Bosserhoff

Susanne Brunnbauer, B.A.

Marie Abla Dikpor, B.A.

Saina Klein, B.A.

Philipp Michaelis, M.A.

Patricia Rinck, M.A.

Matthias Schuler, M.A.

Dr Katja Freistein

Dr Frank Gadinger

Prof. Dr Volker M. Heins

Tobias Niclas Schäfer, B.A.

Elena Simon, M.A.

Eva Marie Trösser, M.A.

Dr Christine Unrau

Daniela Weißkopf, B.A.

Carla Gierich, M.A.

Freya Köhler, M.A.

Rakchanok Chatjuthamard, M.A.

Till Christofzik, B.A.

Julia Fleck, B.A.

Juliana Fischer, B.A.

Martin Wolf, M.A.

Prof. Dr Tobias Debiel

Prof. Dr Claus Leggewie

Prof. Dr Dirk Messner

Prof. Dr. Jan Aart Scholte

Prof. Dr Sigrid Quack

Dipl.-Soz. Wiss. Uwe Amerkamp

Senyurt Isbecer

Dr Rainer Baumann

Hannah Bollig

Dr Rainer Baumann

Tina Berntsen, M.A.

Magdalena Albers, B.A.

Luis Aue, MSc, MSc

Kristine Avram, M.A.

Wren Chadwick, B.A. J.D.

Patrick Clasen, B.A.

Lena Delfs

Daniela Dietmayr, B.A.

Nina Fink, B.A.

Niklas Graf, B.A.

Ingo Haltermann, M.A.

Florian Heimes

Fentje Jacobsen, M.A.

Nele Kortendiek, M.Sc.

Jonas Krischke

Nadja Krupke, M.A.

Annegret Kunde, M.A., M.P.S.

Max Lesch, M.A.

Tim Linka, B.A.

Anika Mahla, B.A.

Dennis Michels, M.A.

Denis Neumann, M.A.

Stefanie Ostheimer, M.A.

Pol Bargués Pedreny, M.A.

Franziska Perlick, B.A.

PD Dr. Alexandra Przyrembel

Jana Rademacher, M.A.

Jan Schablitzki, B.A.

Moritz Schönleber, B.A.

Jan Schuster, M.A.

Marcel Siepmann, M.A.

Christian Skorupa, B.A.

Jörn Skowronek

Christopher Smith, M.A.

Jutta Teuwsen, M.A.

Stephen Virchow, B.A.

Shahira Wassef

Dr. Silke Weinlich

Gisela Wohlfahrt, M.A.

Dr. Andrea Licata