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Visiting Professor of Cultural Sociology

Teaching

Focus
The university is a privileged because categorical place. And nowhere is it more privileged because more categorical than in a seminar. We see the university seminar as a place where intelligence is trained on the basis of research and discussion. Our topics revolve around the theory and analysis of culture, seen as the memory of society. We train ourselves in the highlights and in the further development of sociological theory, and we develop an awareness of our role as observers of society. Whatever we find out about society also applies to ourselves. Our expectations of society can be seen in how we deal with ourselves.

Working Methods
We observe and we discuss. We read texts and deal with cases. We practice the art of the problem statement, the most demanding of all, and we look for hypotheses that enable us to develop a feeling for society and for ourselves in dealing with this society. Our most important method is that of self-observation via the detour of society and its culture. And we try to calculate and to express the required models.

Disciplinary Background
Sociology, with a certain passion for mathematics.

Introductory Literature
Giambattista Vico, The New Science, eds. Thomas Goddard Bergin, Max Harold Fisch, Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1984 [1725]
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Sciences and Arts (First Discourse); and, Polemics, eds. Roger D. Masters, Christopher Kelly, transl. Judith R. Bush, Roger D. Masters, Christopher Kelly, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1992
Bronislaw Malinowski, A Scientific Theory of Culture and other Essays, with a Preface by Huntington Cairns, Chapel Hill, NC: North Carolina UP, 1944
Dirk Baecker, Wozu Kultur? 2., erw. Aufl., Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2001
John W. Meyer, Weltkultur: Wie die westlichen Prinzipien die Welt durchdringen, dt. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2005
Dirk Baecker, Kulturkalkül, Berlin: Merve, 2014