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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karin Knorr Cetina PDF Drucken E-Mail
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1981 Habilitation (Sociology), University of Bielefeld, January

1972 Post-doctoral Diploma (Sociology), Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna

1971 Ph.D. (Cultural Anthropology, minor in Sociology), University of Vienna


2001 Professor of Sociology, University of Konstanz, Germany

2004 Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, USA

1983-2001 Professor of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Germany

1999-2001 Co-director, Institute for World Society Studies, Bielefeld

1982-1983 Professor of Sociology and Science in Society, Wesleyan University, USA

1981-1982 Visiting Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Science and Society, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

1979-1981 Max Kade-Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

1976-1977 Ford Fellow, Institute for the Study of Social Change, University of California, Berkeley, USA

1972-1978 Assistant Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria


Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies for the Behavioral Sciences (projected for 2008-09)

Honorary doctorate degree, University of Luzern, Switzerland (2005)

George Wells Beadle Distinguished Service Professorship, University of Chicago, USA (2006)

Member, Leopoldina, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher (since 2004)

Robert K. Merton Professional Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology (2001)

Ludwik Fleck Price for the best book in sociology of science, Society for Social Studies of Science (2001)

President, Society for Social Studies of Science (1994 - 1995)

Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1992 – 1993)

Research Areas

Contemporary Social Theory; Economic Sociology and Social Studies of Finance; Globalization and Global Society Studies; Qualitative Methods; Sociology of Culture; Sociology of Science, Knowledge and Technology; Knowledge Society

Functions within the Center

Coopted member of the Plenary Assembly

Research project (completed) "Post-social mechanisms of integration" (with Stefan Laube)

Selected Publications

(Author and co-author of more than 54 articles, 11 books, and 61 book chapters, over 115 invited lectures)

Knorr Cetina, K. (2009). The Synthetic Situation: Interactionism for a Global World. In: Symbolic Interaction, 32, 1, 61–87.

Knorr Cetina, K. (2006). Microglobalization. In: Rossi, Ino (Ed.): Frontiers of globalization research: Theoretical and methodological approaches. New York: Kluwer. S. 65-92

Knorr Cetina, K. (2005). Complex global microstructures: The new terrorist societies. In: Urry, John (Ed.): Complexity. Special Issue of Theory, Culture & Society, 22, 213-234

Knorr Cetina, K., & Preda, A. (Eds.) (2005). The sociology of financial markets. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Knorr Cetina, K., & Bruegger, U. (2005). Global microstructures. The virtual societies of financial markets. American Journal of Sociology, 107, 905-995. (Four republications and translations)

Knorr Cetina, K. (1999/3rd 2003). Epistemic cultures. How the sciences make knowledge. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Translations into Spanish, German and Chinese; e.g. Wissenskulturen: Wie Wissen produziert wird. Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp. 2002)

Knorr Cetina, K. (2003) From pipes to scopes. The flow architecture of financial markets, Distinktion 7: 7-23 (Two republications)

Schatzki, T., Knorr Cetina, K., & von Savigny, E. (Eds.) (2001). The practice turn in contemporary theory. London: Routledge

Knorr Cetina, K. (1981/2001). The Manufacture of Knowledge. Oxford, Pergamon Press (Translations into Spanish, German and Chinese, e.g. Die Fabrikation von Erkenntnis (1984/2nd 2002). Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp)

Knorr Cetina, K. (1997). Sociality with objects. Social relations in postsocial knowledge societies. Theory, Culture & Society, 14, 1-30. (Two translations into German, one into Russian)

Knorr Cetina, K., & Cicourel, A. (Eds.) (1981). Advances in social theory and methodology: Toward an integration of micro- and macro-sociologies. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul

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