IHSK   Board & Professional Staff



PD Dr. Andreas Franzmann (chair) studied Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychoanalysis in Frankfurt. In his dissertation, he tested a model of the public role of the intellectual by focusing on the Dreyfus affair in France (1894-1906). Since 1999 Andreas Franzmann has been part of the DFG-funded research project on "The structure and emergence of professional action as vicarious crisis management." Within this research project, he has focused on science as a profession and reproductive medicine in particular. In his new book (Habilitation), he analyzed interviews with research scientists to develop a theoretical model of a habitus peculiar to scientists. He was a member of the board of the Association for Objective Hermeneutics. With Axel Jansen, he worked on a research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. He now teaches at the Fachschule für Sozialpädagogik des Instituts für pädagogische Diagnostik.

Prof. Dr. Roland Becker-Lenz, holds degrees (Dipl.) in Social Work and Sociology, and for several years has been engaged as a social worker. He has also been a consultant in this area. He is now Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, School of Social Work. His current focus in research and teaching are socialization theory, theories of professionalization, and methods and theories of Social Work.

PD Dr. Axel Jansen completed an M.A. in History at the University of Oregon (Eugene) in 1995 and a Doctorate in American Studies at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt in 2001. In his dissertation he analyzes the motivation of Americans who volunteered to serve as ambulance drivers nurses, soldiers, fighter pilots, etc. along the front in Europe before the U.S. had entered the war (1914 to 1917). He wrote a book project on Alexander Dallas Bache and the role of science and education in the emerging nineteenth-century American nation-state. He has taught at various universities in the U.S. and in Germany, among them UCLA, the University of Oregon, and universities in Tübingen, Heidelberg, and Kassel. He is a Privatdozent in American Studies at Universität Frankfurt and currently the Deputy Director of the German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington DC.

Katharina Worch, completed her M.A. in American studies, German studies, and sociology at Frankfurt University. She was an assistant professor (wiss. Mitarbeiter) in the Institute for English and American Studies there. Her reserach focuses on the history, culture, and literature of the American South.


Former Board Members

Prof. em. Dr. Ulrich Oevermann developed the methodology of Objective Hermeneutics since 1969 as part of his research on socialization theory and on the sociology of the family. Following his appointment to a chair for Social Psychology (1970) at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt he tested the methodology and its tools by analyzing a range of material taken from various fields in the humanities and the social sciences. This process was completed in the mid-1990s. Ulrich Oevermann also sought to make the methodology available in areas outside of academia through clinical sociology and socioanalysis. The development of Objective Hermeneutics and its applications went hand in hand with advancing theoretical work in key areas of sociological investigation, such as the sociology of the family, the analysis and identification of interpretive patterns (Deutungsmuster) and habitus, the sociology of language and of knowledge, and the sociology of religion. Ulrich Oevermann passed away on October 11, 2021.



Depending on the research or consulting problem at hand, the institute will recruit colleages from appropriate disciplines with expertise in objektive hermeneutics.


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