Overview Focal Points

The ZBI's focal points reflect the diversity of research perspectives and projects on the subject of educational integration in migration societies at the University of Hildesheim.

History, Memory & Diversity

In modern immigration societies, diverse and variously competing ideas, perspectives and evaluations of historical events come together. The Focal Point asks which narratives and which places of remembrance are missing in Germany? Which social groups have so far not been represented or have been poorly represented, e.g. in school textbooks and at public memorial sites? Which narratives and interpretations of the past are contributed by different groups and claim public recognition? Which narratives of the past are currently having an impact?

Education Systems & Educational Inequality

The focal point looks at features of education systems and analyzes how these lead to different framework conditions at school and class level, and are ultimately related to different patterns of migration and stratified educational inequality. The macro perspective on systemic conditions implies an international comparative approach.

Diversity & Educational Media

As part of this focal point, the ZBI is working intensively on the intercultural opening of school in theory and practice. It also brings into focus the analysis of the representation and representation of social diversity in educational media.

Diversity & University

The ZBI supports the development and expansion of a comprehensive range of support and counseling services, which meet the needs of a diverse student body. For the purpose of inclusion-oriented and diversity-conscious accompaniment of the students, the ZBI regularly conducts diversity monitoring at the University of Hildesheim.

Diversity & Cultural Education

Cultural education is by now a complex field of work with heterogeneous actors, orientations and practices. Politics and pedagogy place hope in the cultural education and intuitively they are expected to inhere great potentials, e.g. contribute to the reduction of inequity in education and foster integration. The expectations of the effects are high and different discourses of legitimacy determine the landscape of the promotion.


The focal point ‘Multilingualism’ deals among other things with the study of the linguistic knowledge of multilingual children, research questions on multilingualism and the integration of refugees into university structures.

Migration Policy

Migration policy has become one of the most debated policy areas in Germany and Europe. Related questions pertain to the foundations of national sovereignty and democratic order: Is politics even capable of regulating migration? Who decides which are legitimate reasons for migration? How do pluralistic societies organize political and societal participation of newcomers? Which effects does the multi-level governance of migration have on integration outcomes on the local level? The Migration Policy Research Group (MPRG) at the University of Hildesheim addresses these questions by focusing on Germany and Europe in particular. 

Sport - Participation - Perspectives

The focal point ‘Sports – Participation – Perspectives’ embraces an examination of the dynamics of sport in the interplay between inclusion and exclusion. A critical-constructive, empirically oriented and theoretically reflected discussion of the opportunities and limitations of inclusion and exclusion processes in and through movement, games and sport is conducted. Categories such as otherness and inclusion, but also education-related potentials of sport, become reference points of reflection in research and teaching.

Transcultural Music Education

Under the vaguely formulated title of ‘Transcultural Music Education’, researchers from diverse disciplines encounter the special potentials of inclusion and exclusion in the context of music.



Educational participation of Sinti & Roma

The ZBI is mainly concerned with antiziganism in the society, especially in the education system. Currently, anti-gypsyism can be seen as a structure of discrimination that adversely affects educational opportunities and opportunities in different ways.