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Désirée Bender


Activities within TRANSSOS:
Working Group "Transnational Aging"
Working Group "Transnational Knowledge"

Institutional Website:
Institute of Education, Mainz University

Research Interests

  • Migration studies
  • Qualitative Methods (discourse analysis, ethnography, qualitative interviews)
  • Studies in the field of knowledge, space and subjectivation
  • Transnational Aging and Care)


  • Since 2014: "Moving Elder Care Abroad"
  • Since 2013: PhD Project "Subject(ivation) and knowledge in Social Work
  • Discourse and narrative Practices in (transnational) Spaces"
  • Since 2010: PhD project "Knowledge, Agency, Power and Subjectivation. Discourse and narrative practices in (transnational) spaces"
  • 2010-2013: Migration and Poverty in a transnational perspective (Research Cluster "Social Dependency and Social Networks" of the Universities Trier and Mainz, Germany) )


  • Since 2010: Researcher, Institute of Education, University of Mainz
  • 2016: PhD at the Institute of Education, University of Mainz, Germany (Dr. phil.)
  • 2013: Diploma in Sociology
  • 2010: Diploma in Educational Sciences
  • 2004-2012: Studies of Educational Sciences and Sociology, University of Mainz)


Désirée Bender
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Institute of Education
Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
55099 Mainz, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0) 6131 39-26816