Prof. Dr. Volker M. Heins

Academic Career

2023–2025: Senior Researcher and Convener (with Sabine Hess, Dana Schmalz and Frank Wolff), “Internalizing Borders: The Social and Normative Consequences of the European Border Regime“, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University.

2017–2022: Member of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Since 2017: Member of the Council of the Academy in Exile.

Since 2013: Senior Researcher and (since 2018) member of the executive board of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg.

Since 2012: Fellow at the KWI.

Since 2010: Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.

2014–2017: Member of the Social Science Faculty of the University of Bochum.

1998–2012: Researcher at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany.

2006–2010: Lecturer in Political Theory at McGill University, Montreal.

1995–2010: Visiting Fellowships in the United States, Canada, India and Israel.

2001: Habilitation in Political Science at the University of Giessen, Germany.


Research Interests

Modern political theory, migration and democracy, exile studies


Recent Publications

  • Heins, Volker M., Frank Wolff (2023): Hinter Mauern. Geschlossene Grenzen als Gefahr für die offene Gesellschaft. Berlin: Suhrkamp.
  • Heins, Volker M. (2021): “The Plasticity of Our Fears: Affective Politics in the European Migration Crisis”, Society 58, 500–506.
  • Heins, Volker M. (2021): Offene Grenzen für alle. Eine notwendige Utopie. Hamburg: Hoffmann & Campe.
  • Heins, Volker M. (2021) „Mythos Redefreiheit: Toleranz und No-Platforming in der vielstimmigen Demokratie“, Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 18 (1), 171‒184.
  • Heins, Volker M. (2020):  “Can the refugee speak? Albert Hirschman and the changing meanings of exile”, Thesis Eleven 158, 42-57.
  • Heins, Volker M. (2019): “Kultureller Pluralismus und Kritische Theorie. Von Adorno bis Honneth”, in: Ulf Bohmann, Paul Sörensen (Eds.) Kritische Theorie der Politik. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 672-693.

Further selected publications by Volker M. Heins.

See also:
Volker M. Heins on Academia.edu