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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - TRANSFORmIG

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Nowicka

My interests are in social theory which I have always tried to apply in empirical studies. I currently employ the conceptual toolset of Pierre Bourdieu to study the processes involved in cultural encounters in migration. Previously, I worked with Bourdieu's theory to address social change in the course of integration of Poland with the European Union. In my Ph.D. thesis I confronted the theory of reflexive modernization with empirical evidence from the study on mobile professionals, thereby making use of the theories of space. Through empirical investigation I hope to contribute to the development of theoretical concepts such as globalization, modernization, cosmopolitanism or conviviality.




Magdalena Nowicka and Łukasz Krzyżowski (2016): The social distance of Poles to other minorities: a study of four cities in Germany and Britain. In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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Teaching and Supervision

Subject areas:

Migration, Transnationalism, Cosmopolitanism, Conviviality, Theories of Space, European Integration, Qualitative Methods

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Research Outputs


Conviviality, difference and inequality. Presentation at the "New Urban Multicultures: Conviviality and Racism" conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, 17 May 2016 (together with Tilmann Heil, University of Konstanz).

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Founded Projects


Transforming Migration: Transnational Transfer of Multicultural Habitus (TRANSFORmIG)

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Professional affiliations