About

I am sociologist and social anthropologist at Kassel University where I am heading the group „Sociology of Social Disparities“ since 2016. Being originally from Hamburg and having a background as a trained industrial mechanic, I have served more than ten years as a teamer in German-French exchanges for young apprentices for the German Workers Union (DGB) and German-French associations. Enriched by these political and professional experiences, my bonds with France had also a strong impact on my academic life. Other important influences are US-american pragmatism, comparative social and cultural anthropology, as well as science and technology studies (STS). I earned grants for research projects at the crossroads of social theory, human-environmental relations, biodiversity research, and social cohesion (DFG, BMBF, FMSH, DAAD). In 2011/12 I did an ethnographic inquiry on marine taxonomy at the Natural History Museum in Paris that led to a study of a large international biodiversity expedition in Papua New Guinea. Stemming from my implementation within the expedition, a newly discovered species was named after me. Before Kassel I have been appointed as a visting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, the Collège de France Paris, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and as a fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt. In 2017 I have completed my habilitation in sociology at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena. The book resulting of this major work on what I call “sociological experimentalism” was published in 2018.

Funktionen und Mitgliedschaften 

  • Member of the sections Cultural Sociology, Sociological Theory, Sociology of the Environment, Science and Technology Studies, (and) the German Association of Sociology (DGS = Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie)
  • Counsellor Professor for the Hans Böckler Foundation Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
  • Member of the Consortium, Graduate Programme “Ecologies of Social Cohesion”, Faculty Social Sciences at Kassel University
  • Second Representative Deputy Speaker, Graduate Centre for Environmental Research and Teaching at Kassel University (GradZ) (GradZ)
  • Appointed Member, Strategy Group Social Sciences in the German Marine Research Consortium KDM (KDM)
  • Member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • Correspondant Member of the Centre d’Etudes des Mouvements Sociaux, EHESS Paris (CEMS/EHESS/CNRS) (CEMS/CNRS/EHESS)
  • Founder of the Ethnolab, Kassel University

On the next page find some information on my academic CV (in German).