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Sociology Research

 

Robert Dorschel is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, where he is supervised by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and Professor Andreas Reckwitz.

Robert conducts research in the fields of labour, culture and social theory. Specifically, he is interested in the digital economy and the emerging class of 'tech workers'. Deploying qualitative and quantitative methods, he investigates the subjectivities and practices of the professional workforce that is responsible for generating and managing digital technologies.

Robert holds a BA from the University of Kiel and a MA from the Humboldt-University in Berlin. From 2018-2019 he was a visiting graduate student at Duke University. For his master's thesis, which combined Bourdieu's field theory and Foucault's discourse theory to analyse the profession of data science, Robert received the Best Thesis Award by the German Sociological Association. 

Robert has teaching experience for courses in both sociology and political science. From 2017-2018 he worked as an academic assistant to Professor Jutta Allmendinger at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). Since 2019, Robert is co-convener of the Cambridge Technology and New Media Research Cluster.

Research Interests

Sociology of work, economic sociology, cultural sociology, sociology of knowledge, digitalisation, science and technology studies, social theory

Teaching

Academic Year 2020:

Lecturer: Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis (University of Cambridge)

Lecturer: Introduction to Sociological Theory (University of Potsdam)

 

Academic Year 2016-17:

Tutor: Introduction to Sociology; Introduction to Political Science (University of Kiel)

 

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Dorschel, Robert (2020). "A Field Theoretical Discovery of the Tourism Industry". In Pietzcker, Dominik & Vaih-Baur, Christina: Ökonomische und Soziologische Tourismustrends. Springer Verlag, Wiesbaden.

Dorschel, Robert & Allmendinger, Jutta. (2019). "Über die sozialen Fesseln unserer Sprache". In Eichinger, Ludwig & Plewnia, Albrecht: Neues vom heutigen Deutsch. Empirisch – methodisch – theoretisch. Jahrbuch des Instituts für Deutsche Sprache. De Gruyter, Berlin.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Dorschel, Robert (2021) “Data Science“ Analyse einer emergierenden Profession mittels einer Verknüpfung von Diskurs- und Feldtheorie. Soziologie, 50(1), 94-102.

Dorschel, Robert (2021) Contours of the Networked Self. New Media & Society, 23(1), 193-198.

Key Publications - Other

Sommergäste und die Angst vor Morgen. Deutsches Theater Berlin, Programmheft (with Jutta Allmendinger)

PhD Supervisor

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations

Awards

Best Master's Thesis Award, German Sociological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie)

 

MA and PhD Scholarships, Foundation of the German Economy (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft)

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, Darwin College
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