Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster: Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration

Prof. Dr. Willfried Spohn †


Willfried Spohn

1964-1970 Studies in Sociology, Political Science, History and Protestant Theology in Tübingen und Berlin

1970 Diploma in Sociology at FU Berlin; Thesis: "Theories of Convergence and Divergence”

1976 Dr. phil. at FU Berlin, Dissertation Thesis: "World market competition and German industrialization, 1870-1914"

1984 Habilitation in Sociology at FU Berlin, Habilitation Thesis: "Sociology and History – Critique of the Controvery between Edward P. Thompson und Perry Anderson"

1970-1984 Assistant and Assistant Professor as well as

1984 Adjunct Professor at Institute of Sociology, FU Berlin

1988-1989 Fellow at Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, N.J., USA

1989-2005 Guest Professor in International and European Studies, Sociology and Political Science at several US American universities:
University of Washington, Seattle, WA; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; New York University; Columbia University; New School for Social Research, New York

1999-2001 Senior Fellow at European University Institute Florence: European Forum

2001-2004 Research Director of EU-Project EURONAT (with B. Strath und A. Triandafyllidou) „Representations of Europe and the Nation in current and prospective member states - elites, media, and civil society“ (5th framework programme, DG XII), affiliated with European-University Viadrina, Frankfurt-Oder

2004/2005 Guest Professor in Sociology at Institute for Latin American Studies at FU Berlin

2006/2007 Otto von Freising Guest Professor, Catholic University Eichstätt

since 2009 Professor, Willy Brandt Center, University of Wrocław

2012 Willfried Spohn has died.

Research Areas

Historical and Comparative Sociology; Multiple modernities, globalization, and social change in comparative-civilizational perspective, Nationalism, ethnicity and religion in Western and Eastern European comparison, European and International Studies

Function within the Cluster

Alumnus of the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz (October 2007-September 2008)
about the Institute for Advanced Study

Research Project „Europeanization, Multiple Modernities and Collective Identities - Religion, nation and ethnicity in an enlarged Europe“

Selected Publications


Politik und Religion in einer sich globalisierenden Welt, Wiesbaden: VS (2007 forthcoming)

Collective Memory and European Identity. Effects of Integration and Enlargement (edited with Klaus Eder), London: Ashgate 2005

Entangled Identities. Europe and the Nation (edited with A. Ichijo), London: Ashgate 2005

Europeanisation, National Identities and Migration: Changes in Boundary Constructions Between Western and Eastern Europe (edited with A. Triandafyllidou), London: Routledge 2002

Kulturanalyse und Vergleichende Forschung in Sozialgeschichte und historischer Soziologie, edited special issue, Comparativ. Leipziger Beiträge zur Universalgeschichte und Vergleichenden Gesellschaftsforschung, Leipzig 1998/1

Can Europe Work? Germany and the Reconstruction of Postcommunist Societies (edited with Stephen Hanson), University of Washington Press, Seattle 1995


Globale, multiple und verwobene Modernen - Perspektive der historischen Soziologie, in: Thomas Schwinn (ed.), Einheit und Vielfalt der Moderne. Struktur- und kulturvergleichende Analysen, Wiesbaden: VS 2006

Multiple Modernitäten und Europastudien, in: Timm Beichelt, et al. (eds), Interdisziplinäre Europastudien. Eine Einführung, Wiesbaden: VS 2006

Neue Historische Soziologie: Charles Tilly, Theda Skocpol, Michael Mann, in: Dirk Kaesler (ed.), Aktuelle Theorien der Soziologie, München: Beck 2005: 196-230

Multiple Modernity, Religion and Nationalism - A Global Perspective, in Ulrike Schuerkens (ed.), Social Transformations Between Global Forces and Local Life-Worlds, Current Sociology 51, 3/4, London: Sage 2003: 265-286

Nationalismus und Religion. Ein historisch-soziologischer Vergleich Ost- und Westeuropas, in: M. Minkenberg und U. Willems (Hg.), Politik und Religion, Sonderheft Politische Vierteljahresschrift 2003: 323-345

European East-West integration, nation-building and collective identities: the reconstruction of German-Polish relations, in: Europeanisation, National Identities and Migration. Changes in Boundary Constructions between Western and Eastern Europe (edited by Willfried Spohn and Anna Triandafyllidou), London: Routledge 2002: 123-143