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Prof. Dr. Maja Apelt

Funded by: Federal Ministery of Education and Research

Granted project volume: 229.029,60 € (+20% overhead)

Run-time: 01.04.2018 – 31.12.2020


The project was conducted from April 2018 to December 2020. It was managed by Prof. Dr. Apelt (University of Potsdam) in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Liane Schenk (Charité Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Ines Michalowski (WZB). It was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and part of the funding measure “Migration and Social Change.” There were two research assistants in the project: Izem Günyakti and Annika Koch.

Main research question:

How do organizations change formal and informal rules concerning the body as a consequence of immigration and increasing pluralism?

The main research question investigates:

We analyzed how members of human service organizations dealt with diverse body norms. We focused in particular on wearing revealing clothing, covering one’s body with a headscarf, and fasting during Ramadan. We conducted an online-survey with 201 school administrations and four qualitative case-studies in high schools. 

Research objective:

We worked on contributions to the academic discourse and generated reflective knowledge for teaching practice and teacher educators.  We conducted workshops and presented the results to school administrations, teachers and actors in the field of teacher education.