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  Frank Welz
  Frank Welz Innsbruck University, Austria
 

 

European Sociological Association, President

 

 

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Prof. Frank Welz
Innsbruck School of Political Science and Sociology
Department of Sociology, Innsbruck University
Universitätsstr. 15, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
phone:   +43-512-507 -73405, -73420 (secretary)
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recent invited keynotes/plenaries  
         
   
  • Contemporary European Sociology: Conditions of Knowledge Production (keynote)
    World Sociology Summit: New Developments, New Notions, Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China, 2016.
   
   
  • Rethinking Social Theory for Rethinking Social Change (keynote)
    Rethinking Social Change. Social Theory Conference, European Sociological Association, RN29, Barcelona, 2016.
   
   
  • Reproduction of global inequalities - the financial crisis (plenary)
    Closed Societies. 38th Conference of the German Sociological Association, Bamberg, 2016.
   
   
  • Compass lost? Sociology in the Post-Welfare Society (keynote)
    Sociology as a Compass: Past, Present, Future. Annual Conference of the Israeli Sociological Society, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, 2016.
   
   
  • Protest - how to understand people's movements in Europe (plenary)
    Development, Marginalisation and People's Movements. Indian Sociological Society, 41st All India Sociological Conference, Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), 2015.
   
   
  • From Inequalities to Differences: Retuning C. W. Mills's 'Sociological Imagination' to the Post-Cold War Era (plenary)
    Cultivating Differences and the Sociological Imagination. 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association on ›Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination‹, Prague (Mid-day Special), 2015.
   
   
  • Social systems, the prescientific lifeworld and the task of social science (keynote)
    XIV. International Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES) Conference, Moscow, 2015.
   
         
curriculum vitae  
   


Frank Welz has been teaching sociology at the Innsbruck School of Political Science and Sociology since 2006. He obtained his MA and PhD degree in Sociology, History, Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Habilitation (2nd dissertation) from Innsbruck University, Austria.

He currently presides the European Sociological Association (ESA). Before he has been a member of the Executive Committee and vice-president of the ESA from 2011 to 2015. He coordinated ESA's Social Theory Research Network (RN29), and - at home, in Austria - he served as Vice-President of the Austrian Sociological Association.

Recently Frank has been publishing on sociological theory, sociology of culture, particularly law, and the history of sociology. His main interest is, first, exploring the theoretical underpinnings of the significant questions of macro-historical change, particularly the current ongoing transformation of sovereignty, and, related to the former, second, incorporating a processual view resp. 'historical epistemology' into sociology. In addition, with a group of about 10 PhD candidates he currently works toward a "Theory of Social Practice", that is, exploring and applying theories and concepts of thinkers such as Foucault, Bourdieu and others.

Before his appointment to the research and teaching unit Social and Political Theory at Innsbruck University, Department of Sociology, he has worked out the idea and put into practice the "Global Studies" Master's Freiburg-Durban-N.Delhi at Freiburg/Germany (GSP) where he directed the program from its takeoff in 2002 to 2006.

Frank studied sociology, modern history, philosophy and psychology at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg where he had been teaching since 1988. He further was a research fellow at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University, Germany, and at the Department of Sociology of the University of Cambridge, UK. He has been an invited keynote and plenary speaker around the world.

His initiatives at Freiburg have been awarded with several prizes, among others e.g. the State's Excellence in Teaching Award 1999, the Heilmann Prize for the 'virtual' seminar series "LEC" Freiburg-JNU New Delhi (2000) and the BMW Group Award (Munich 2005) and Stifterverband/DAAD's quality label "Top 10 International Master's degree courses made in Germany" (2006) for the GSP.

education:
MA (with distinction), Freiburg, Albert-Ludwigs University (Sociology; Philosophy, Psychology, History)
PhD (summa cum laude), Freiburg, Albert-Ludwigs University (Sociology; Philosophy, Psychology)
Habilitation (venia docendi)/2nd dissertation, Innsbruck, Leopold-Franzens University (Sociology)

employment:
Innsbruck School of Political Science & Sociology, Innsbruck University, Austria (assoziierter Professor); 2001 to 2006 Program director, Global Studies Master's Program, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg; 1988-2006 Assistant and Associate Professor of Sociology (C1/C2), Freiburg; 1997-98 Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University of Bielefeld; Visiting Scholar, International Institute for the Sociology of Law: Onati, Spain.

fellowships, grants, awards:
1988 Kurt Hahn Memorial Fellowship (DAAD), Cambridge University, UK (declined in favour of a position at U Freiburg)
1997 Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University
1998 Department of Science of the State of Baden-Württemberg/German Telekom, International
LEC-teaching project "European Social Structure" & "Cultural Globalization" (DM 300 000)
1999 Distinguished Teaching Award, State government Baden-Württemberg, Minister of Science
(DM 15 000)
2000 MeDiDa-Prix 2000/honors award (Media Didactic University Prize of GMW), Finalist, Innsbruck, Austria.
2000 Dr. Wolfgang Heilmann-Prize for human use of information technology (DM 10 000), 1st Prize,
Stuttgart, Germany
2001 BMBF DAAD Institutional grant for the International Study Programme "Global Studies Programme"
(DM 1 000 000).
2004 BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning (€ 5000), 1st Prize, Munich, Germany
2006 Quality Label "Top 10 International Master's Degree courses made in Germany" (€ 20000),
Berlin, Germany

membership:
European Sociological Association (ESA); International Sociological Association (ISA); American Sociological Association (ASA); Austrian Sociological Association (ÖGS), German Sociological Association (DGS).

conferences - selected (main organizer)
2011 Innsbruck: Three-Nation Conference, "The New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere"
2008 Innsbruck - 2009 Lisbon - 2010 Prague - 2011 Geneva: ESA Social Theory Conference
2003 Freiburg:
ISA Executive Committee Conference, "The Quality of Social Existence in a Globalising World”

   
         
main areas of research  


Sociological theory and methodology
Norms, law, and society
Social structure and cultural change
Culture & knowledge

Ongoing empirical research:
project
courses taught  


more than 100 courses, recently among others:

Contemporary Sociological Theory
Theories of the State, Democracy and Power
Philosophy of Social Science
Introduction to Sociology - Contemporary Society (Innsbruck)
Modern European Thought (Global Studies Program Freiburg-Durban-N. Delhi)
Cultural Globalization (LEC seminar Series Freiburg-JNU New Delhi)
Sociology of Law


    A. Sociological Theory D. Sociology of Culture  
    B. Philosophy and Methodology of Social Science E. Empirical Social Research  
    C. Sociology of Norm and Law F. Further (Master's)  
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(2012) Kutilové identity – Sběrači idejí – Stopaři. Ke vztahu historie a systematiky sociologické teorie po Robertu K. Mertonovi
(2005) Rethinking Identity: Concepts of Identity and the 'Other' in Sociological Perspective
(2004) El mundo de la vida y la historia

supervision  

PhD and graduate student supervision
main publications  

selected books




 

Law and Modernity: Structural transformation of normative orders
A Metacritique of the Kantian Foundations of Social Science, 2017.

 

Morality and Law in the Discourse of Modernity
The Legitimation of the Social Order (ed. with G. Dux) Opladen: Leske & Budrich, 2001.
In German: Moral und Recht im Diskurs der Moderne. Zur Legitimation gesellschaftlicher
Ordnung.

Reviewed in Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (2001), Wissenschaftlicher Literatur
Anzeiger (2002).

Sociological Theory and History
(ed. with U. Weisenbacher) Opladen/Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1998,
328 pages.
In German: Soziologische Theorie und Geschichte.

Reviewed in Soziologische Revue (1999), Schweizer Zeitschrift für Soziologie (1999),
Wissenschaftlicher Literatur Anzeiger (2001).

The Critique of the Life-world
A Sociological Study of Edmund Husserl and Alfred Schutz. Opladen: Westdeutscher
Verlag, 1996, 256 pages.
In German: Kritik der Lebenswelt. Eine soziologische Auseinandersetzung mit Edmund
Husserl und Alfred Schütz.

Reviewed in Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie (1997), Ruch Filozoficzny (1997),
Soziologische Revue (1999).
Cf. for discussion in English: Michael Barber (2006), 'Philosophy and reflection: A critique of
Frank Welz's sociological and 'processual' criticism of Husserl and Schutz'
,
Human Studies, 29/2, 141-157.

   
   

selected articles


 
       
   

The European Sociology We Want
In Czech Sociological Review 52(3), 2016.

 
   

Was heißt und zu welchem Ende studiert man Soziologie?
In Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie 38(1), 2013 (ISSN: 1011-0070).

 
    Vorläufer, Zeitgenossen und Pioniere: Über den Umgang der Soziologie mit ihren
Klassikern
In Soziologie 41(2), 2012 (ISSN 0340-918X).
Cf. Gernot Saalmann, Klassiker als Pioniere, in: Soziologie 41(3): 311-316.
 
    Kutilové identity – Sběrači idejí – Stopaři. Ke vztahu historie a systematiky
sociologické teorie po Robertu K. Mertonovi

In Sociální studia, No. 1, 2012 (ISSN: 1214-813X), 75-91.
 
   


Wissensgeschichte jenseits von Ahnenkult und Andeutungssuche
In Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie 37(1), 2012 (ISSN: 1011-0070).

Pioniere, Vorläufer und Zeitgenossen. Was oder wer macht die Klassiker klassisch? In
Transnationale Vergesellschaftungen. Verhandlungen des 35. Kongresses der Deutschen
Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Frankfurt am Main 2010, ed. on behalf of the German Sociological
Association by H.-G. Soeffner,
Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2012.

 


Niklas Luhmann’s Sociology of Law: A Critical Appraisal
In Understanding Law in Society. Developments in Socio-legal Studies, ed. K. Papendorf/S. Machura/
K. Andenæs, Münster et al.: LIT, 2011, 51-72.

Bastler - Sammler - Spurensucher. Zum Verhältnis von Geschichte und Systematik der soziologischen Theorie nach Robert K. Merton.
In Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie 35(3), 2010 (ISSN: 1011-0070).
For discussion:
Conference on "What is history of sociology and why does one study it?", Graz, 07.05.2011;
and articles in Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie 37(1), 2012 (ISSN: 1011-0070).

100 Years of Indian Sociology: From Social Anthropology to Decentring Global Sociology.
In International Sociology 24(5), 2009 (ISSN 0268-5809).

Soziologische Forschung und Lehre nach der digitalen Revolution.
In Soziologie 37(1), 2008 (ISSN 0340-918X).

Rethinking Identity: Concepts of Identity and 'the Other' in Sociological Perspective.
In The Society. An International Journal of Social Sciences 1, 2005.

El mundo de la vida y la historia. In Daimon. Revista de Filosofía. Numéro 32, Mayo-Agosto 2004,
Fenomenología y Ciencias humanas, 39-54.


reviews

Among others in Berliner Journal für Soziologie; Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie; International Sociology; Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie; Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie; Politische Vierteljahresschrift; Soziologische Revue; Wissenschaftlicher Literatur Anzeiger.

other

"Approaching Cultural Change in the Era of Globalization. An Interview with T.K. Oommen" (in cooperation with A. Kumar), in: Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 9(1), 2003, 1-26
( Online video version: currently not available).

"Culture in the World-System. An Interview with Immanuel Wallerstein." (in cooperation with A. Kumar). Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 7(2), 2001, 221-231
( Online youtube video version; cf. text version)

       
   

editorial responsibilities

Austrian Journal of Sociology
European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology
European Societies
Revista Sociologia

 
       
       
       
   

referee

Academy of Finland
Austrian Academy of Sciences Fellowship Committee (OeAW)
Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD)
Czech Science Foundation
European Science Foundation (ESF)
VolkswagenStiftung
Austrian Journal of Sociology (OeZS)
Current Sociology
Human Studies
SAGE Publications
Social Identities
Sociological Theory
Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie

 
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