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Advisory Board

Matthias Koenig

Matthias Koenig is professor of sociology at the University of Göttingen and Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. His research focuses on international human rights law and the governance of cultural diversity in global-comparative perspective. He is co-editor of "Democracy and Human Rights in Multicultural Societies" (Ashgate 2007, with Paul de Guchteneire), "International Migration and the Governance of Religious Diversity" (McGill/Queen’s University Press 2009, with Paul Bramadat) and author of numerous articles in international journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and International Sociology.


Rainer Schmalz-Bruns

Professor for Political Theory and the History of Ideas, Leibniz University Hannover (LUH). Core research areas with respect to World Society and within the field of International Political Theory are International Political Legitimacy, Transnational Democracy and Transnational Constitutionalization. Among his recent respective works are: “Political Legitimacy and Democracy in Transnational Perspective”. Oslo (RECON Report 13) 2011 (ed., together with Rainer Forst); „Das unbestimmte „Selbst“ der Selbstgesetzgebung: Volkssouveränität und die Theorie der Internationalen Beziehungen“. In: Oliver Eberl (Hg.), Transnationalisierung der Volkssouveränität. Stuttgart: Steiner 2011, 147-173; „Die Idee der deliberativen Demokratie in der Bewährungsprobe“. Baden-Baden: Nomos (ed., together with Claudia Landwehr) 2014.


Willibald Steinmetz

Willibald Steinmetz is professor of modern political history at the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Bielefeld University. His research interests include theory and practice of historical discourse analysis, interactions between language use and political action in various institutional settings (18th - 20th centuries) and Anglo-American and continental European traditions of law in comparison (19th - 20th centuries). Recent publications: Writing Political History Today. History of Political Communication, Vol. 21, 2013 (ed., with Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey and Heinz-Gerhard Haupt), Frankfurt: Campus; Semantiken des Politischen. Vom Mittelalter bis ins 20. Jahrhundert. Das Politische als Kommunikation, Bd. 8, 2012 (with Ulrich Meier and Martin Papenheim), Göttingen: Wallstein.


Theresa Wobbe

Theresa Wobbe is professor of sociology and gender sociology at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of Potsdam University, Fellow at the „Potsdam Centre for Policy and Management“, and member of the training research group WIPCAD „Wicked Problems – Contested Public Administrations “. Her long time interest is in the institutional transformation of gender, knowledge and social differentiation at the interface of policy, law, and science. A second area of interest is the European Union in world society, especially the interplay of national, supranational, and global institutional levels. During her current stay at the IGK “Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History” (Humboldt University Berlin), she is working on “Making up people – Reworking gender. Labour statistics, legal norms and gender categorization in the European and global context”. The project explores the extent to which today’s occupational statistics reflect a global standardization of productivity and simultaneously, reconfigure gender relations. Recent publications include „Weltgesellschaft. Soziologische Einsichten“, Bielefeld: Transcript 2000 (second edition in preparation); „Menschenrechte im Sog des Binnenmarkts? Die Antidiskriminierungsmaßnahmen der Europäischen Union im globale Deutungsrahmen der Menschenrechte“, in: Bettina Heintz/Britta Leisering (Ed.), Menschenrechte in der Weltgesellschaft. Semantischer Wandel und rechtliche Institutionalisierung. Fankfurt/M./New York: Campus 2014.