Since July 2018, I am one of the new PhD representatives of GGG. I studied Political Sciences at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and did my Masters in Intercultural Theology at the University of Göttingen. Since 2016, I have been a PhD student at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Göttingen, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Alexander-Kenneth Nagel.
My PhD project is entitled “the civil society potentials of Ghanaian immigrants ‘Christian congregations [GICCs] and at which capacities do they contribute to social integration in the light of transnational debate?” (working title). I focus on mechanisms and the role immigrants’ churches play for the integration of their members in Germany.
Despite my studies, I have been volunteering at “ATW-Göttingen, Studentenwohnheim-Fahrrad-Tutorium” as tutor. For me this was a great opportunity to get into contact and to connect with local and international PhD students from various parts of the world.
I want to be the representative and contact person for all PhD students. But out of my personal experience as international PhD student, living here with my family, I am especially motivated to support both internationals and PhD students with family responsibilities. In order to be your representative and to defend your interests I am eager to know about what troubles you, what you need and what should be changed. So don’t hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to getting into contact with you and to learn about your needs and ideas.
Please feel free to contact me:
Benson Matawana, M.A.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology