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Academic Education and Professional Career

1992/1993 M.A. and state examination ('Lehramt') in Political Science, German Literature and Philosophy, University of Freiburg

1995 Research Assistant, Harvard-University, Cambridge, Mass.

1996-1997 Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Mannheim

1997 Doctoral degree in Political Science, Humboldt University, Berlin (supervisors: Herfried Münkler and Axel Honneth)

1997-1999 Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Jena

1999-2004 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Jena

2001/02 Visiting Fellow, New School for Social Research, New York

Since 2002 Affiliated Professor at the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, GF, New School University, New York

2004 Habilitation and 'venia legendi' in Sociology and Political Science, University of Jena

2004 Substitute Professor of Political Theory, University of Essen

2004-2005 Substitute Professor of Political Science, University of Augsburg

Since 2005 Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, University of Jena

2006 Call to the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland); declined

Since 2013 Director of The Max-Weber-Kolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), University of Erfurt

2016 Visiting Professor at the FMSH/EHESS in PAris



Administrative Positions, Awards and Experience

1987-1993 Study-grant and PhD-Scholarship by the German National Merit Foundation

2000-present: Co-director of the annual international "Philosophy and the Social Sciences"-conference, Prague (with Nancy Fraser, Rainer Forst, Axel Honneth et al.)

2001-2002 Feodor-Lynen research fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2002-2014: vice-president/secretary-general for the Research Committee 35 (Commitee on conceptual and Terminological Analysis; COCTA) of the International Sociological Association (ISA)

2006 Research Award of the State of Thuringia

Since 2008: Co-Editor of Time & Society (Sage, with R. Hassan)

2008-2016: Member of the Review Board 'Social Sciences' (111) of the DFG (re-elected 2011)

2008-2011 Director of the Research Center "Laboratory of the Enlightenment", FSU Jena

Since 2009: Development and Supervision of the new M.A.-program Gesellschaftstheorie, FSU Jena

Since 2010: Member of the International Expert Council (IEC) for Sociology at the National Research University/Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Since 2011: Appointed Counsellor of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

Since 2011: Co-Director of the DFG-Kollegforschergruppe (Center for Advanced Studies) 1642 "Landnahme, Beschleunigung, Aktivierung. Dynamik und (De-) Stabilisierung moderner Wachstumsgesellschaften" at FSU Jena

2016 Tratctatus Award for Philosophical Essays

Since 2016 Appointed Member of the 'Kuratorium' of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows 

2018 Erich Fromm Award

Member of the scientific advisory boards for the journals "Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory"; "Handlung, Kultur und Interpretation"; "International Journal on Politics, Culture and Society"; "Zeitschrift für Soziologie"; and "Social Geography"