Ulrike Bialas, *21

Forever 17: The Contested Ages of Asylum Seekers in Germany

Ulrike’s research interests include International Migration, Science and Technology Studies, and Urban Sociology. Her ethnographic dissertation examines the role of age in the lives of young asylum seekers in Germany. Minors are entitled to protections and resources denied to adults, yet many young asylum seekers do not know their exact age or lack documentation of it. Ulrike’s book, Forever 17—under contract with the University of Chicago Press—explores age as a culturally contingent, politically charged proxy for vulnerability and shows the complexity of age in young migrants’ lives. Ulrike received her BA and MA in Social Sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin, where she also worked as a research assistant at the Urban Sociology department.

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