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Advisory Board

Antje Flüchter

Antje Flüchter is Professor for History at Bielefeld University with special emphasis on the early modern period.

Bettina Heintz

Bettina Heintz is Professor for Sociological Theory at the University of Lucerne. From 2004 to 2013 she was Professor at the Faculty of Sociology of Bielefeld University and Director of the Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) ?World Society ? Making and Representing the Global?. Her research concentrates on world society theory, historical sociology, human rights and sociology of quantification.

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.


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.