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Colloquia & Research

The Institute of Sociology hosts regular colloquia during the semester. Current research projects are presented and invited speakers present thematically interesting and suiting projects and concepts. In addition to the colloquium of the institute you can find links to the different colloquia of the department's chairs below.

At the bottom end of this page, you can have an overview of the research projects that are currently conducted by the chairs.

Colloquium of the Institute of Sociology


The colloquia of the institute's colloquium takes place on Wednesdays between 6 pm and 8 pm in room FH 804, Fraunhoferstr. 33-36, 10587 Berlin. Guests are very welcome to all of the talks!  

Dates and topics
"The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of the program "One Laptop per Child""
Morgan Ames (Berkeley)
"Überlegungen zu einer historischen Soziologie der Säkularität"Monika Wohlrab-Sahr (Leipzig)
"Biographieforschung und Figurationssoziologie"
 Gabriele Rosenthal (Göttingen)
"Planning Building Dwelling: A Sociology of Housing"
 Martin Fuller (Berlin)

Colloquia of the Chairs

Current Research Projects

Chair Theory of Modern Societies, Prof. Dr. Hubert Knoblauch

Overview over the projects and workshops of the chair

Centers of Coordination: The Polycontexturalization of Power in Control Rooms.

Subproject B02 of the Collaborative Research Center 1265 "Re-figuration of Spaces" Technische Universität Berlin 

Direction: Prof. Dr. H. Knoblauch. 

The Project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Audiance Emotions in Sports and Religion

Subproject C02 of the Collaborative Research Center 1171 "Affective Societies" (Freie Universität Berlin). 

Direction: Prof. Dr. H. Knoblauch.

The Project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Chair Sociology of Technology and Innovation, Prof. Dr. I. Schulz-Schaeffer

Reward-based crowdfunding as gift exchange

The research project aims at analyzing the peculiar combination of market exchange and donation in reward-based crowdfunding (or, in the German term, crowdsupporting) in the perspective of gift exchange theory.



The impact of different career patterns on the formation of independent research programs


„Independence of early career researchers”

Subproject in the network „Independence of Research“, funded by Volkswagenstiftung


Locative Media: Inclusion and Exclusion in Urban Spaces

The central focus of this project lies on cyber-physical interconnections of material and virtual spaces enabled by specific apps (such as "Pokémon Go" or "Tinder"), referred to as locative media.


Chair Sociology of Organisations

Entrepreneurial Group Dynamics

Freigeist-Fellowship, funded by VolkswagenStiftung

New Consumption Practices and the Change of the Role of the Consumer

funded by Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung

Chair Methods of Social Research, Prof. Dr. Nina Baur

Commodities and Knowledge - Spatial Knowledge of Consumers and Producers, subproject of SFB 1265

funded by DFG (German Research Foundation)

Chair Sociology of Architecture and Planning, Prof. Dr. Martina Löw

Star Architecture and its Role for Repositioning Small and Medium Sized Cities

funded by DFG (German Research Foundation)

Housing our Selves: An Ethnography of Active Inhabitation

funded by DFG

Smart cities - Everyday Actions in Digitized Living Spaces, subproject of SFB 1265

funded by DFG

Integrated Graduate School, subproject of SFB 1265
funded by DFG

Chair Urban and Regional Sociology

Non-governmental Organizations - Strategies of Spatial Ordering, subproject in the SFB 1265
funded by DFG

Chair Sociology of Politics, Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Voß

Doing Mini-Publics - Translocation of Politics, subproject of SFB 1265
funded by DFG

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