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Christy Kulz

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiterin
mit Lehraufgaben

Fraunhoferstr. 33-36 
FH 9-1
10587 Berlin


Biographical sketch


Dr Christy Kulz is currently a research fellow at the Technical University Berlin where she is writing her Habilitation entitled On the Continent: postcolonial migrations, race, whiteness and belonging in Berlin.  She will start work this autumn on a Volkswagen Stiftung funded project entitled Sensing ‘race’, whiteness and the nation: sonic and olfactory experiments through text and spaces of Berlin in partnership with Dr Christine Barwick. This project will mobilise new sensory approaches to better understand how sonic, olfactory and spatial phenomena shape how racialisation processes unfold and how new spaces of multiculture are forged in Berlin’s Wedding district. Her broad research interests centre around exploring how intersectional inequalities like race, class and gender are historically constructed in relation to particular formations of space and power, and how these shifting signifiers are (re)created through everyday interaction. Mobilising ethnographic, discursive and visual methods, her spaces of inquiry have included educational institutions, as well as social and cultural organisations and more informal spaces of urban sociality. Prior to moving to Berlin, Christy was a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a research associate at the Open University after receiving her doctorate in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London.



Research interests

migration, urban space, neoliberalism, education, race, class, gender, inequality

Academic Career
Since September 2019
IPODI Fellow, Sociology Department, TU-Berlin. Project New Borders. 

May 2016-August 2019 
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
March 2013-March 2014
Research Associate. Department of Social Policy and Criminology, Open University. 
October 2013-May 2015
Associate Lecturer. Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
March 2014
PhD. ‘Structure Liberates?’: making compliant, consumable bodies in a neoliberal academy. Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London. 
MA Social Research. Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
BA. Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
(2017Kulz, C. Factories for Learning: making race, class and inequality in the neoliberal academy, Manchester: Manchester University Press. 

(2020) Kulz, C., McGinity, R., and Morrin, K., eds. Inside the English Education Lab: Critical Ethnographic Perspectives on the Academies Experiment, Manchester: Manchester University Press. 
(forthcoming, 2022) Kulz, C. ‘I leave the everyday behind, everyday’: the sounds, spaces and socialities of new-build gentrification in Berlin’s Fünf Morgen Dahlem Urban Village, Urban Studies (under review).’
(forthcoming, 2022) Kulz, C. and Rashid, N. ‘Femonationalism, gendered anti-Muslim racism and reproductive anxiety: vantage points from the UK and Germany’, The Sociological Review.
(2022) Kulz, C. ‘Spaces of the local, spaces of the nation: intersectional bordering practices in post-Brexit BerlinEuropean Urban and Regional Studiesdoi.org/10.1177/09697764221087644
(2021) Kulz, C. ‘British migrants in Berlin: negotiating postcolonial melancholia and racialised nationalism in the wake of Brexit’, Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2021.192439
(2020) Kulz, C. ‘Everyday erosions: neoliberal political rationality, democratic decline and the Multi-Academy Trust’ (submitted to Journal of Education Policy, currently in review).
(2018) Kulz, C. ‘Mapping folk devils old and new through permanent exclusion from London schools’, Race, Ethnicity and Education, DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2018.1497961.
(2015) ‘Heroic heads, mobility mythologies and the power of ambiguity’, in British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2015.1044071 
(2014) “'Structure Liberates?': Mixing for mobility and the cultural transformation of 'urban children' 
Book Chapter
(2022) Kulz, C., McGinity, R. and Morrin, K. A time and a place: doing critical qualitative and ethnographic work across an academised educational landscape, in Kulz, C., Morrin, K, and McGinity, R., eds., Inside the English Education Lab: Critical Ethnographic Perspectives on the Academies Experiment, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
(2022) Kulz, C., Morrin, K. and McGinity, R. Embedding an educational settlement: coercion, contestation and localised struggles, in Kulz, C., Morrin, K., and McGinity, R. eds., Inside the English Education Lab: Critical Ethnographic Perspectives on the Academies Experiment, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
(2015) Kulz, C. “'Structure Liberates?': Mixing for mobility and the cultural transformation of 'urban children' in a London Academy” in James, Malcolm, Helen Kim and Victoria Redclift eds. New racial landscapes, contemporary Britain and the neoliberal conjuncture. London: Routledge. 
Research reports/ media
(2021) Kulz, C. Class, Control and Classical Music by Anna Bull [Online]. The Sociological Review Magazinedoi.org/10.51428/tsr.ktob7285.
(2020) Kulz, C. The coronavirus, new nationalisms and the limits of Second World War fantasies, SFB 1265 Refiguration of Spaces Blogsfb1265.de/en/blog/the-coronavirus-new-nationalisms-and-the-limits-of-second-world-war-fantasies/.
(2018) Kulz, C. Can Structure Liberate? Race and class in the urban academy school, Sociology Review Magazine, Philip Allan Magazines: London.
(2015) Kulz, C. Mapping the Exclusion Process: Inequality, Justice and the Business of Education, (London, Communities Empowerment Network). 
(2014) Kulz, C. and Rashid, N. Education and the Prevent Agenda: Myth-making and the Limits of Freedom, Discover Societywww.discoversociety.org/2014/08/05/education-and-the-prevent-agenda-mythmaking-and-the-limits-of-freedom/. 
(2014) Kulz, C. Academies and the neoliberal project: the lessons and costs of the conveyor belt, Open Democracywww.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/christy-kulz/academies-and- neoliberal-project-lessons-and-costs-of-conveyor-belt. 
(2014) Kulz, C. ‘4,000 down, 20,000 to go’ – the academies drive gathers pace, The Conversation, theconversation.com/4-000-down-20-000-to-go-the-academies-drive-gathers-pace-26028. 
(2011) Kulz, C. 'New Directions, New Voices: Emerging Research on Race and Ethnicity,’ Runnymede Trust publication. 

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