Universität Bonn

Forum Internationale Wissenschaft

Curriculum Vitae

2023 George Sarton Medal, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Gent University, Belgium; Sarton Lecture "Sociology in the System of Scientific Disciplines", April 20, 2023.
2021- Member Advisory Board "Hamburg Institute of Advanced Studies"
2021 Niklas Luhmann Distinguished Visiting Chair in Social Theory, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld (October to December).
2020 - Group Member, Lise Meitner Research Group, "China in the Global System of Science", Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
2020 - Senior Professor Sociology "Forum Internationale Wissenschaft" and "Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies". Director Department "Comparative Research on Democracies", FIW.
2018 - 2025 Principal Investigator in the Excellence Cluster "Beyond Freedom and Slavery. Asymmetrical Dependencies in Premodern Societies" and Member of "Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies", University of Bonn
2017- Member of "Leopoldina. National Academy of Sciences"
2017 Visiting Professor at Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, Winter Quarter
2014 - Member of the North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
2012 - 2020 Dahrendorf Professor for "Theory of Modern Society" at the University of Bonn and Director of the "Forum Internationale Wissenschaft", Bonn
2012 - Permanent visiting professor at the Faculty for Cultural and Social Sciences at the University of Lucerne
2011 Visiting Professor at the Department of German, Princeton University, Princeton N.J., USA (February - June)
2011 "Alexander-von-Humboldt-Lecturer" at the Department of Human Geography, Radboud-University Nijmegen, Netherlands (January)
2007 and 2009 Visiting professor at the "Faculty for interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education" at the University of Klagenfurt in Vienna
2006 – 2010 Rector of the University of Lucerne
2005 – 2006 Fellow at the "Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin"
2003 – 2012 Professor for "Sociological Theory and General Sociology" at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland
2002 – 2003 Executive director of the "International Graduate School in Sociology", University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Sociology
2002 – 2003 Speaker of postgraduate program (Graduiertenkolleg) "Weltbegriffe und globale Strukturmuster. Ausdifferenzierung und funktionale Diversifikation der Weltgesellschaft" (World Concepts and Global Structural Patterns. Differentiation and Functional Diversification of the World Society), University of Bielefeld
2001 – 2002 Visiting professor at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Vienna (October – January)
2000 – 2003 Executive director of the "Institute of World Society of the University of Bielefeld"
2000 "Professeur invité" at the "École des hautes études en sciences sociales", Paris (February - March)
2000 - Member « Arbeitskreis für moderne Sozialgeschichte »
1999 – 2001 Dean at the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld
1996 – 2001 Member "Werner Reimers Konferenzen – Suchprozesse für innovative Fragestellungen in der Wissenschaft". Werner Reimers Stiftung, Bad Homburg.
1994 – Editor of the journal "Soziale Systeme. Zeitschrift für soziologische Theorie".
1994 – 2003 Professor for "Sociological Theory and General Sociology" (C4) at the University of Bielefeld
1993 Call for a chair for "Comparative Cultural Sociology" (C4) at "Europa-University Viadrina", Frankfurt/O., teaching as deputy in Frankfurt O. 1993/94, call rejected in 1994.
1991 Deputy of a chair for sociology at the University of Mannheim
1990 Habilitation at the Faculty for Sociology at the University of Bielefeld
1989 – 1994 Research fellow at the "Max-Planck-Institute for the History of European Law", Frankfurt/M.
1987 Research fellow at the "Maison des Sciences de l'Homme", Paris
1985 – 1989 Research fellow at the "Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies", Cologne
1984 – 1986 Research fellow at the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne
1978 – 1983 Research for Dissertation; Doctorate (Dr. rer. soc.) at the University of Bielefeld
1973 – 1977 Studies of sociology and philosophy at the University of Bielefeld; diploma degree in sociology
1972 – 1973 Studies of sociology and philosophy at the FU Berlin
1971 Member of the "Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes"
1970 – 1972 Community service at the "Heil- und Pflegeanstalt Eben-Ezer" (Lemgo) and at the "Kreiskrankenhaus Detmold"
1958 – 1970 Primary School and Gymnasium in Lemgo/Lippe
1951 Born in Lemgo/Lippe, Germany
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