Doctoral Research Group Sociology & Cultural Organisation

Sociology and social sciences relating to cultural theory influence this doctoral research group Sociology and Cultural Organisation. The doctoral research group is handling and mentoring doctoral projects in this field of study. Its common feature is the sociological analysis of empirical culture phenomena and culture-theoretical questions. Inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives are constantly added here. Empirically, the focus is on qualitative methods of participatory observation, interviewing; textual, visual and data-based analysis as well as mixed-methods and performative methods.

The doctoral research group is cooperating with the research training group Cultures of Critique especially on the topic of social criticism. Another cooperation exists with the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) concerning the study of sociality shaped by media-technique and the structure of media-technical apparatus.

The doctoral research group is organizing colloquia every semester where ongoing projects are presented. Guests are welcome to attend. Additionally, doctoral candidates have the possibility to participate in a methods colloquium and further classes, which are recognized within the framework of the doctoral courses.

Areas of Research

  •  cultural sociological theory
  •  sociology of law and crime
  •  political sociology          
  •  social movement research
  •  sociology of the arts and cultural fields
  •  urban and spatial sociology, cultural organization and the city
  •  migration research
  •  critical racism research
  •  sociology of organization, organization studies
  •  art organization, organizational art (esp. theatre, literature, visual arts, museums)
  •  digital cultures
  •  political economy

Doctoral degree

The respective faculty confers the doctoral degree Dr. phil.


  • Prof. Dr. Timon Beyes

Doctoral Supervisors

  • Prof. Dr. Armin Beverungen
  • Prof. Dr. Timon Beyes
  • Prof. Dr. Serhat Karakayali
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Kirchberg
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Kretschmann
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Lisa Ramella
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Scheel


  • Prof. Dr. Sigrid Bekmeier-Feuerhahn
  • Prof. Dr. Boukje Cnossen
  • Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother
  • Apl. Prof. Dr. phil. Ulf Wuggenig

Doctoral Courses

As a doctoral candidate at Leuphana, you not only write your dissertation, but also participate in the interdisciplinary doctoral courses to the extent of 30 credit points, which include (inter)disciplinary colloquia (Research Forum I and Research Forum II) and furthermore comprises four interdisciplinary modules on research ethics, research methods, scientific practice and current perspectives on science. Please find more information about Leuphana's doctoral courses here.


If you wish to pursue your doctorate at Leuphana, you must be enrolled as doctoral student. Information about admission to the doctorate at Leuphana and the application procedure can be found here.

Leuphana Graduate School offers advice and coaching to academics in the qualification phase. The Graduate School's advisor will be happy to support you in questions of decision-making, challenges in the course of your doctorate, and career planning and development. You can find more information about the counselling and coaching services here.