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Dr. Sophia Schubert

Sophia Schubert

Department of Sociology

Research Associate and Lecturer (Postdoc)

Macrosociology

Curriculum Vitae

  • April 2013-September 2020 Research associate (postdoc) and lecturer at the Chair of Macrosociology (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards), Department of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin (parental leave: 09/2015 to 09/2016 and 07/2017 to 08/2018)
  • 2012 Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol.), University of Stuttgart, Dissertation Thesis: The global configuration of political cultures. A theoretical and empirical contribution to ‘diversity research’ within the political culture paradigm
  • 2006-2013 Research associate and lecturer at the Chair of Political Theory and Empirical Democracy Research (Prof. Dr. Dieter Fuchs), Department of Social Sciences, University of Stuttgart, and Ph.D. student at the Franco-German graduate school “Comparing Democratic Societies in Europe” (CODESE)
  • 2006 M.A. (Diplom-Sozialwissenschaftlerin, University of Stuttgart, and Diplômée de l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux)
  • 2001-2006 Studies of Sociology, Political Science and Economics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux and at the University of Stuttgart within the framework of the integrated Franco-German double degree program ‘Social Sciences’

Prizes and Awards

  • Prize for the best dissertation 2013 by Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) (Laudation)
  • 2006–2009: mobility grants by Deutsch-Französische Hochschule (DFH) in the context of CODESE graduate school
  • 2001-02 and 2003-04: mobility grants by DFH for 1. and 3. year of studies in Bordeaux

Publications

Monograph

Edited Book

Articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes

  • Schubert, Sophia/Weiß, Alexander (2016): Demokratiekonzeptionen jenseits des Westens: ein theoretischer Rahmen für ein neues Forschungsfeld, in: Dies. (Hrsg.): ‚Demokratie‘ jenseits des Westens: Theorien, Diskurse, Einstellungen. Sonderheft 51 der Politischen Vierteljahresschrift, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 6-34.
  • Schubert, Sophia/Weiß, Alexander (2016): Für eine global-transkulturelle Demokratieforschung, in: Dies. (Hrsg.): ‚Demokratie‘ jenseits des Westens: Theorien, Diskurse, Einstellungen. Sonderheft 51 der Politischen Vierteljahresschrift, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 590-609.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2016): Inwiefern universal? Zum Demokratiebegriff in der vergleichenden Demokratieforschung, in: De La Rosa, Sybille/Schubert, Sophia/Zapf, Holger (Hrsg.): Transkulturelle Politische Theorie. Eine Einführung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 285-303.
  • De La Rosa, Sybille/Schubert, Sophia/Zapf, Holger (2016): Einleitung, in: Dies. (Hrsg.): Transkulturelle Politische Theorie. Eine Einführung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 1-11.
  • Gerhards, Jürgen/Lengfeld, Holger/Schubert Sophia (2015): Legitimacy of European Citizenship: Do Europeans believe that all EU citizens should have the Right to Vote in another EU country? In: Comparative Sociology 14(5): 635-661.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2014): On the Assessment of 'Civilizations' in Political Culture Research. Criticism and Alternative, in: Comparative Sociology 13(5): 556–586.
  • Schubert, Sophia/Zapf, Holger (2013): Komplementäre Perspektiven? Was politische Kulturforschung und transkulturelle Politische Theorie voneinander lernen können, in: Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie 4/2 (Schwerpunktheft „Politische Theorie(n) der Politischen Kultur“), 147-169.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2012): Welche Bedeutung/en hat „Demokratie“ weltweit? Aktuelle Befunde aus der empirischen politischen Kulturforschung als Beispiel für eine Variante transkulturell vergleichender „Politischer Theorie“, in: Zapf, Holger (Ed.): Nichtwestliches politisches Denken: Zwischen kultureller Differenz und Hybridisierung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 185–212.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2012): Zwischen Universalismus und Relativismus. Die multikulturalistische Demokratietheorie, in: Lembcke, Oliver/Ritzi, Claudia/Schaal, Gary S. (Ed.): Zeitgenössische Demokratietheorie, Band 1: Normative Demokratietheorien, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 387–416.
  • Fuchs, Dieter/Guinaudeau, Isabelle/Schubert, Sophia (2009): National Identity, European Identity and Euroscepticism, in: Fuchs, Dieter/Magni-Berton, Raul/Roger, Antoine (Ed.): Euroscepticism. Images of Europe among mass publics and political elites, Opladen & Farmington Hills, MI: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 91–112.
  • Schubert, Sophia/Kosow, Hannah (2007): Das Konzept der Deutungsmacht. Ein Beitrag zur gegenwärtigen Machtdebatte in der Politischen Theorie? In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 36/1 (Schwerpunktthema „Perspektiven politischer Theorie“), 39-48.

Other

  • Schubert Sophia (2015): Unity, Plurality and/or Hybridity? Assessing the Global Pattern of Political Cultures, in: World Values Research 8(4), 123-150.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2015): Arbeitsmarkt, in: Kufer, Astrid/Guinaudeau, Isabelle/Premat, Christophe (Hrsg.): Handwörterbuch der deutsch-französischen Beziehungen, 2. Überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 32-33.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2015): Intellektuelle, in: Kufer, Astrid/Guinaudeau, Isabelle/Premat, Christophe (Hrsg.): Handwörterbuch der deutsch-französischen Beziehungen, 2. Überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 150-153.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2009): Book Review: Cerutti, Furio/Lucarelli, Sonia (Ed.): The Search for a European Identity. Values, Policies and Legitimacy of the European Union, London/New York: Routledge, in: West European Politics 32/6, 1290–1291.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2009): Arbeitsmarkt, in: Kufer, Astrid/Guinaudeau, Isabelle/Premat, Christophe (Ed.): Handwörterbuch der deutsch-französischen Beziehungen, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 21-23. In Französisch erschienen als: Marché du travail, in: Guinaudeau, Isabelle/Kufer, Astrid/Premat, Christophe (dir.)(2009): Dictionnaire des relations franco-allemandes, Bordeaux: PUB, 138-140.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2009): Intellektuelle, in: Kufer, Astrid/Guinaudeau, Isabelle/Premat, Christophe (Ed.): Handwörterbuch der deutsch-französischen Beziehungen, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 109-112. In Französisch erschienen als: Intellectuels, in: Guinaudeau, Isabelle/Kufer, Astrid/Premat, Christophe (dir.)(2009): Dictionnaire des relations franco-allemandes, Bordeaux: PUB, 117-122.
  • Schubert, Sophia (2006): „Macht“ und „Demokratie“ – ein unterbelichteter Zusammenhang? Zum machttheoretischen Potential liberaler, republikanischer und deliberativer Demokratietheorien. Diploma Thesis, Universität Stuttgart/Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux.

Talks

  • "Democracy as a Global Hybrid Concept?" ECPR General Conference 2019, Breslau, with Alexander Weiß

  • "’Democracy’ beyond the West: Theories, discourses, attitudes”, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Research Unit ‚Democracy and Democratization‘ (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel), 28 February 2017, Berlin, with Alexander Weiß.

  • “Bridging Political Theory, Comparative Politics and Area Studies: A plea for global-transcultural democracy research”, German Political Science Association (DVPW) Comparative Politics section conference ‘Unlike Twins?! Comparing Autocracies and Democracies”, 15-17 March 2017, Tübingen, with Alexander Weiß.

  • „Konzeptionelle Einführung: Demokratiekonzeptionen jenseits des Westens – ein theoretischer Rahmen für ein neues Forschungsfeld“. Opening remarks at the conference “‘Demokratie‘ jenseits des Westens: Theorien, Diskurse, Einstellungen”, March 18.-20, 2015, Hamburg, with Alexander Weiß.

  • „Is there a clash of meanings regarding the value of democracy? A comparison of Europeans with and without different migrant backgrounds“, 8. General Conference of ECPR, September 3-6, 2014, Glasgow.

  • „Einheit, Vielfalt, Hybridität? Eine Analyse der globalen Konfiguration politischer Kulturen“, Meeting of the DVPW section on comparative political science, October 9-11, 2013, Leipzig.
  • „Die politisch-kulturelle Vermessung der Welt. Eine Einladung in das Paradigma der politischen Kultur“, invited talk within the framework of the lecture „Social Sciences: Objects and Theories“ (lecturer: Dr. Holger Zapf), January 24, 2013, Göttingen.
  • “Yes, we will? Searching for resources of legitimation for ‘democracy’ in the political cultures of non-western countries”, presentation at the general conference of the German Political Science Association (DVPW), Panel of the DVPW-Research group  „Transkulturell vergleichende Politische Theorie“ (Comparative Political Theory), September 24-28, 2012, Tübingen.
  • „Welche Bedeutung hat ‚Demokratie‘ in nicht-westlichen Bevölkerungen? Aktuelle Befunde aus der empirischen politischen Kulturforschung“, presentation at the founding conference of the DVPW-Research group  „Transkulturell vergleichende Politische Theorie“ (Comparative Political Theory), September 16-17, 2011, Göttingen.
  • “Assessing the global configuration of political cultures”, 3rd ECPR Graduate Conference, August 30-September 1,2010, Dublin.
  • “Cultural groups and their relevance for democratic culture in the EU - An empirical contribution to the multiculturalism controversy”, 2nd ECPR Graduate Conference, August 25-27, 2008, Barcelona.
  • “National identity, European identity and Euroscepticism”, Franco-German LEA conference “Euroscepticism”, January 23-25, 2007, Stuttgart, with Isabelle Guinaudeau.

Research Project

„‘Democracy‘ beyond the West: Theories, Discourses, Attitudes” (special issue 2016 of the German journal Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS), edited by Sophia Schubert and Alexander Weiß)

This book project addresses the question of how democracy is conceived of beyond the West. More precisely: How is democracy conceptualized in non-western theories as well as in non-westernpolitical discourses and which conceptions of democracy do non-western peoples’ attitudes mirror? This is a pressing question as German political science still mainly focusses on western conceptions of democracy although people all over the world do think about democracy. Increasing migration both of persons and ideas as well as new cases of (un)successful democratization (e.g. in the ‘Arab Spring’) and emerging global perspectives in the social sciences do however back up the claim that theoretical and empirical democracy research should take non-western theories and realities into account. Until now, however, the establishment of an appropriate research field has only been realized in part, also internationally, and it is still fragmented into different debates with different emphases either on non-western political theories, mainly under the label of ‘Comparative Political Theory’ (Dallmayr 1997), or on non-western mass understandings of democracy (cf. e.g. the special issue 2010, 21:4, of the Journal of Democracy). The present book project thus pursues two aims: First, it aims at connecting German political research to these international debates and, second, a dialogue shall be stimulated between researchers who are embedded in three different research traditions in order to sound out the chances of their respective perspectives’ complementing each other to build up a new interdisciplinary research field: Political theorists who investigate into non-western traditions of democratic thought and philosophers’ theories of democracy, area specialists who mainly explore non-western political elites’ and social movements’ discourses on democracy as well as political culture researchers who analyze non-western mass democratic attitudes and understandings of democracy.

The authors have met in order to present their contributions’ first drafts at the University of Hamburg from 18 to 20 March 2015 (please find the conference program here) and the book has been published by Nomos in 2016. The project was partly funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

Memberships

Teaching

Institute of Sociology at FU Berlin

  • Seminar: The European Network Society and the Politics of Digitalization (WiSe 2019/20)

  • Research Placement: Digital Europe. Chances and Risks of Digitalization (WiSe 2018/19)
  • Lecture: Introduction to European Integration (WiSe 2016/17)
  • Seminar: Discussing European Integration (WiSe 2016/17)
  • Seminar: Theories of Globalization (SoSe 2015, SoSe 2017)
  • Seminar: Introduction to the Political System of the European Union (WiSe 2014/15)
  • Seminar: Introduction to European Integration (WiSe 2014/15)
  • Seminar: China's Political Culture (SoSe 2013, SoSe 2014)
  • Colloquium: Discussion of Master's Theses (SoSe 2014, SoSe 2105)
  • Research Placement: The Political Relevance of Culture (WS 2013/14)
  • Seminar: Multiculturalism in Europe. Political Implications (WS 2013/14)
  • Seminar: Cultural Commonalities and Differences in the World – Theoretical Controversy and Empirical Results) (SoSe 2013)

Department of Social Sciences at the University of Stuttgart

  • Proseminar: China’s Political Culture (WS 2012/13)
  • Proseminar: Theories of Power (SoSe 2006, SoSe 2012)
  • Proseminar: ‘Multiculturalism’ as a Challenge to the Theory of Democracy (SoSe 2007, SoSe 2009, SoSe 2011, SoSe 2012)
  • Proseminar: Introduction to ‘Comparative Political Theory’ (SoSe 2011, SoSe 2012)
  • Proseminar: Cultural Commonalities and Differences in the World – Theoretical Controversy and Empirical Results (WS 2007/08, WS 2008/09, WS 2010/11, WS 2011/12)
  • Proseminar: The Political Culture Paradigm (SoSe 2010)
  • Proseminar: Introduction to the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory (WS 2008/09, WS 2009/10)
  • Exercise Course: Introduction to Social Science (WS 2007/08, WS 2009/10)
  • Proseminar: Approaches to Empirical Culture Research (SoSe 2008, SoSe 2009)
  • Proseminar: Cultural Requisites of Democracy (SoSe 2008)
  • Proseminar: Contemporary Concepts of Power (SoSe 2007)
  • Proseminar: What does ‘Justice’ mean in Modern Societies? The State of the Normative Controversy and Some Results of Empirical Justice Research) (WS 2006/07)
  • Proseminar: The Concept of (Political) Culture in an Empirically Oriented Political Theory (WS 2006/07)