Social Theory and Scholarly Communication

I research and write about scholarly communication and society. I look at how scholars communicate and how, by means of this communication, scholarship impacts society, or how societal developments impact scholarly communication. I’m particularly interested in the humanities since what it means to being human and the constitution of Western societies is intricately intertwined with the thought and tradition of the Geisteswissenschaften. This feeds back ontological questions of how action and meaning can be understood, the fundamental questions of social theory and social philosophy. I combine aspects of contemporary practice theory with cultural sociology (Yale Sociology’s strong programme). Find out more about my intellectual programme here.

I was a doctoral researcher at University College London. I finished my PhD with the doctoral dissertation: Rationalities of Scholarly Discourse: A Cultural Sociological Analysis of Authorship and Publishing in the Humanities in July 2021. Find out more about the research here.

I currently work as a researcher at the DZHW (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies), Berlin, after having finished a research stay at the Department of Sociology at Yale University, currently funded by the German Research Ministry (BMBF).

My work is funded and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). Find out more about me and my work here.

I’m a member of the German Sociological Association (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie), the European Sociological Association, and the Society for Social Studies of Science.

Reach out: marcel.knochelmann.15[at]


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