Marcel Knöchelmann

I’m a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, with a fellowship of the German Research Foundation. My scholarly interests are civil sphere theory, discourse ethics, and how the two can be used to understand authorship and literary fiction in society.

I received my PhD from University College London in 2021 with a sociology of authorship and publishing in the humanities. After my PhD, I worked as a researcher at DZHW Berlin, looking into the meaning of authorship in science, and new developments of science cultures in Germany. I also contribute critically to the discourse on open access to scholarly publications and have been instrumental in the debate on open humanities.

My studies were supported by doctoral scholarships of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK (AHRC UK) through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Subsequent projects were funded or commissioned by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), and the Volkswagen Stiftung. Currently, I hold a postdoctoral scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

I’m a trained bookseller. I worked at different publishing houses in the UK and Germany prior to my research. Projects included work at John Wiley & Sons (Oxford), De Gruyter (Berlin), The Academic Book of the Future project (London), Knowledge Unlatched (Berlin & London), and the International Arthurian Society, among others.


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