Review of the international conference „Relational Perspectives on the Life Course“

“Relational Perspectives on the Life Course” was the 3rd international conference of the research training group, which took place from May, 10th-12th, 2023 at the Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main. See a conference report in the issue of the Journal for Sociology of Education and Socialization, 4/2023. A big thank you to Kaisa Harju and Mari Vuorisalo from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, who participated at the conference and wrote this report.

Registration is open: May, 10th to 12th, 2023 – International Doing Transitions Conference “Relational Perspectives on the Life Course” in Frankfurt

The 3rd Doing Transitions International Conference will address “Relational Perspectives on the Life Course” and aims at bringing together the Doing Transitions research group with other researchers concerned with conducting research on life course transitions in a reflexive and relational perspective. The concept of relationality will be discussed in terms of different theoretical dimensions and methodological aspects of transitions across the life course. We are looking forward to exiting lectures and keynotes e.g. from Daniela Grunow (Goethe-University), Eric Widmer (University of Geneva), Silke van Dyk (University of Jena) and Rick A. Settersten Jr. (Oregon State University).


Wednesday, May 10th to Friday, May 12th, 2023

Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, Campus Westend, Casino-building, 1rst floor (Campus map)

The conference venue is accessible without barriers.


Here you can find a short overview about the program: Conference flyer

Here you can find the extended program with detailed information about the presentations, chairs, discussants and venues.


For attendance, please register here until May 4th, 2023.

Attendance is conditional on payment of a contribution to expenses of 30,- Euro in advance. For participants interested in joining the conference dinner at Thursday evening (50,- Euro for food and beverages) contribution to expenses is 80,- Euro in advance (until May 4th, 2023).

Please note: You will receive an automatically confirmation of the registration platform, but the official confirmation from the conference team will be sent after payment has been received on the university account.


Please check here to find a list of accommodations nearby the conference venue. Some of them have a special rate for our conference participants.

3rd International Doing Transitions Conference – Call for abstracts is now open! (Deadline: November, 1rst 2022)

The 3rd International Conference of the research training group “Doing Transitions” will be held from May, 10-12, 2023 in Frankfurt/Germany and focusses on “Relational Perspectives on the Life Course”. Interested applicants are now asked to submit abstracts until November 1rst, 2022.

The detailed call as well as the details for submitting the abstract can be found here!

We are looking forward to exciting submissions!

‘Doing Transitions’ is inviting applications for 12 doctoral student positions

Goethe University Frankfurt and Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen are inviting applications for

12 doctoral student positions

(TV-L E13, 65% part-time)

in the DFG Research Training Group „Doing Transitions“ starting on 1st of January 2023 for a fixed term of 3 years, located in Frankfurt and in Tübingen respectively.

The Research Training Group„Doing Transitions“  investigates how transitions are constituted on different individual and societal levels across the life course. It combines the disciplinary perspectives of educational science, sociology, psychology and related social sciences. You can find more information on our research programme as well as our training programme – please read these documents carefully before application.

The universities are committed to equal opportunities of men and women and therefore invite and encourage women to apply. The centre offers a variety of support for reconciling work and family. Applicants with impairments are prioritised in case of equal qualification.

The limitation of contracts are in line with the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz which regulates the employment of junior researchers in science and research.

The selection interviews are scheduled for October, 12th and 13th, 2022 in Frankfurt/Main. Unfortunately, travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.

The exact instructions for an application can be found in the following documents:

Information for applicants

Application form (please submit this with you application)

Please, send your applications by email (possibly in a single PDF file) to doingtransitions@uni-frankfurt.de until September 15th 2022.

Please note: Only the German version of this document is legally binding; this translation is only intended to assist your understanding.