Finally, Dr.!

Today is a special day. For some reason. After almost two more years of waiting, I just received a WhatsApp-message from my father to which he attached ….. drumroll ….. my PhD certificate.

The reasons why it took so long are multiple. First, I had to publish my PhD research and I had to send according specimen copies to the University’s library. Well, I did this already in August. And waited since then. Every single evening when I got back form work, I was excited and couldn’t wait to check my mailbox. But nothing that looked like a PhD certificate was inside. After getting a bit uncomfortable, I contacted the University three weeks ago, but they did not reply to any of my messages. Eventually after sending another email cc to the chair of the PhD board, I got informed on Tuesday that the certificate will not be send out by snail mail to the UK because apparently you cannot send trackable and insured letters from Germany to the UK. Well, although that’s not true, I agreed to get the letter send to my parents address in Germany instead. And it arrived today. And I am finally a “Dr. phil” 😉


Instagram advertisement and first media review

Since the publication of my book, the publisher used various ways to advertise it. However, I was still waiting for a post on instagram. While a picture of the book cover and its content was already shared in an instagram story by the publisher two weeks ago, it took until yesterday before the book was also posted into their regular feed. And this is how it looked like:

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German Disability Studies in Social Media

I am a disability studies researcher from Germany living abroad. Since moving away from Australia in 2016, I started to work remotely for the Centre of Disability Studies of the University of Sydney. However, even if working for an Australian University from overseas, I do not feel disconnected to former colleagues and co-workers. Despite having regular email exchange with my colleagues, I also follow the official social media accounts of the Centre for Disability Studies. I can use their posts and updates to catch up with current projects, awards or even new faces.

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Social Media Advertisements…

This morning, when I was searching for the exact weight of my book to send the specimen copies to the University’s library, I saw that had only one copy left in stock and asked me to hurry up with my order… Hence, the book appears to sell pretty well. However, after the publication of my book, the publisher also started to advertise it on their social media channels:

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Unboxing day…

Here it is! Last week my book got published. While I was moving to the UK last week, the publisher shipped a parcel to Liverpool which I just received today. I thought it would be the best to make a video about the unboxing and the hours before the parcel finally arrived here…

If you are interested to buy your own copy of the book, do it!

PR is on its way

With approaching the date on which my thesis will get published as a book, the publisher also started to roll out its public relations concept. As part of these efforts, I was interviewed in German language about the book and its content. The original interview can be accessed here. I thought it might be a nice service to also provide an English translation of this interview on this page:

T: Why a book on this subject?

Arne: Discriminations that happen for a variety of reasons are part of the everyday life of many people. But not all reasons for discriminations are protected under German anti-discrimination law. Some discriminations happen despite these regulations while other people know the according regulations and how to fight against discriminations they were subjected to. Exactly these variations and differences are scrutinized in the empirical part of the study.

T: What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

Arne: It is one of the first studies in the German-speaking area that investigates discrimination on the basis of the overlapping or pervasive inequalities of disability, social class and gender. This is done against the background of the current state of research on discrimination and embedded in the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu: a new combination!

T: What new perspectives does your book open up?

Arne: The analysis of discrimination due to vertical inequalities offers an often neglected but not insignificant perspective, because traditional explanations of vertical social inequalities (and thus also legitimations of discrimination!) prove to be inappropriate, especially for the case of disability discrimination. However, a concept that sees disability as a restricted access to capital according to Bourdieu offers new access to the problem. Continue reading “PR is on its way”

Point of no return

It’s done. It’s really done. The final edition of my manuscript has been sent to the publisher and got approved for publication now!

Following weeks of additional layout work, last week I got informed that the manuscript will now be prepared for the printing and there’s nothing left for me to do except waiting for the final product. The point of no return is reached. My book will be published in July!

Additionally, the publisher has already started the advertisement of the book. It’s already available for pre-ordering on different book-seller’s webpages and I hope that it will sell accordingly! You can order your copy here. Do it. Now. 😉

And one more thing: I think the book cover looks amazing! It was also suggested by me ;-). I put some thoughts into the question how the topic of my project (mainly discrimination of people with disabilities) could be set correctly into a picture without serving the usual clichés. I actually found the cover picture (a black and white picture of a staircase in the sunlight) on and realized that it makes the perfect shot for the cover. Staircases were reported as discriminations of all people who use wheelchairs regardless of their social class background in my study and the chosen picture looks a little bit like a ying and yang sign…



I’m very happy and more than delighted to finally announce that my PhD-thesis will be published as a decent book in August 2018!

After editing the draft for one more time throughout 2017, it was finally accepted by my reviewers and they strongly advised me to search for a publisher instead of just publishing it on the university’s library website. I’m very proud that eventually even two publishers showed a huge interest for my draft and offered me a contract for publication.

The book will hit the shelves in August 2018 and will be published by the renowned German publisher named “transcript Verlag”. The book (in German language) will be available around the globe, sell for less than 30€ a copy and will contain around 300 pages of great stuff to read. Beside a hardcopy there will also be an e-book version available. To say it one more time: I’m soooo happy that this is finally going to happen and I’m already excited to get the book reviewed and read by a few more people.

Another paper got published…

As a result of my contributing work at the University of New England (2014-2015) a few publications are still awaiting their publication through peer-reviewed journals. Just a few days ago “Challenges in providing end-of-life care for people with intellectual disability: Health services access” made its way into the Special Issue of the “Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities”. You can find the paper online at: JARID.