Sociologist, ethnographer

Eva Bahl

I am a post-doc researcher at the Center of Methods in Social Sciences, University of Göttingen. I have contributed to the collaborative research projects “The social construction of border zones: A comparison of two geopolitical cases” (2014–2019) and “Biographies of migrants from Syria and West Africa in Brazil and in Germany – Processes of inclusion and participation in the context of so-called irregular migration” (2019-2022).


In 2022, I will start to work in the context of the collaborative project “Individual and collective memories of slavery and the slave trade: A contrastive comparison of different communities, generations and groupings in Ghana and Brazil.” All the three projects are funded by the German Research Foundation. From March until June 2022, I will be a visiting professor (focusing on gender and postcolonial studies) in the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. In my Ph.D. thesis, I investigated memory practices and constructions of belonging in the Spanish border towns of Ceuta and Melilla. My research interests include interpretive sociology, historical sociology, ethnography, biographical research, migration and border studies, gender and postcolonial studies and collective memory.


Doing global sociology for me means examining transregional and transcontinental interdependencies and inequalities, and analyzing them in their historical context and from a processual perspective. It also means recognizing that the social sciences are Eurocentric and have neglected other knowledge currents and traditions – and that this calls for an important change on various levels of scientific work (practical, epistemological, theoretical…). As I see it, the aim of global sociology is to build theories that are based on empirical research in, and comparison of, very different societal, historical and regional contexts. This requires collaboration and exchange between researchers from different parts of the world.
* Photo: Kathleen Kunath