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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 (digital) labour, culture and social theory. In his dissertation, he analyses the professional workforce that renders digital technologies, so-called "tech workers". Specifically, Robert asks whether understandings of Post-Fordist workers as entrepreneurial selves that long for autonomy, flexibility, and creativity hold true for tech workers, or whether new cultures of subjectivation are emerging.

Robert studied sociology and political science at Duke University, Humboldt University and the University of Kiel. 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 in sociology and political science. From 2017-2018 he worked as academic assistant to Prof. 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 and professions, economic sociology, cultural sociology, sociology of knowledge, digitalisation, science and technology studies, social theory


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) Discovering Needs for Digital Capitalism. The Hybrid Profession of Data ScienceBig Data & Society, 8(2), pp. 1-13.

Dorschel, Robert / Brandt, Philipp (2021) Professionalisierung mittels Ambiguität: Die diskursive Konstruktion von Data Scientists in Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 50(3-4), pp. 193-210.

Allmendinger, Jutta / Dorschel, Robert (2021) Der Raum des Möglichen. Kursbuch, 207, pp. 61-72.

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

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

Key Publications - Other

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

PhD Supervisor

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


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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