About

I am a sociologist and social anthropologist. 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. 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, as a fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt and at Kassel University, where I headed the group “Sociology of Social Disparities” four five years (2016-2021). In 2017 I have completed my habilitation in sociology at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena. The English book resulting of this major work on what I call “sociological experimentalism” will be published with Springer Nature in 2021/22.

Academic appointments and memberships

  • Visiting Researcher, 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 sections Cultural Sociology, Social Theory and Sociology of the Environment at the German Society for Sociology
  • 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)
  • Counsellor Professor for the Hans Böckler Foundation Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

On the next page find a summary on my academic CV in German.