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Prof. Dr. Michael Baurmann

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Michael Baurmann

Michael Baurmann studied sociology, philosophy and law at the University of Frankfurt. Since 1997, he has been Professor of Sociology at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, where he was Senate Chairman from 2010 to 2015.

Curriculum vitae

  • From 2016 – 2020, he was the spokesperson of the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID).
  • in 2016, he visited the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm as a Visiting Researcher.
  • in 2006/07 he held a Visiting Professorship at the Department of Politics at New York University, and in 2009 and 2012 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald.
  • in 1999, he was a visiting professor at the Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, and from 2001 to 2009 he was a regular fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) at the Australian National University in Canberra.
  • From 1978 to 1997 he was a research assistant, university assistant and academic councillor at the law departments of the Universities of Frankfurt and Mainz.
  • He is a member of the advisory boards of the research network Pragmatic Solutions for the Implementation of Stress Prevention Measures in Micro and Small Enterprises(PragmatiKK), the research network NRW Digital Society and the competence network Artificial Intelligence North Rhine-Westphalia (KI.NRW).
  • His research focuses on general social science theory and social epistemology; in digitalisation research, he is interested in epistemic dynamics of trust formation and internet-mediated democratic participation processes.
  • As early as 1984, he worked on a DFG project on artificial intelligence in the social sciences, and in 2004 he published an anthology on Trust and Community on the Internet: Opportunities and Restrictions for Online Cooperation
  • For 40 years Michael Baurmann has been co-editor of Analyse & Kritik: Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory

Below you will find a selection of publications. The complete list of publications can be found here.

Prof. Dr. Michael Baurmann

Scientific Director