Current dissertation and habilitation projects
Dissertation: The interplay of (e-) valuations, subjectification and interaction
Dhenya Schwarz, M. A.
Valuations and assessments have always represented central social order mechanisms, which are formally perceived as regulated processes of, for example, online evaluations or assessments of scientific work in peer review processes. But these processes also take place more subtly and influence how we perceive ourselves, how we think others perceive us and how we put ourselves in a social context. Embedded in a field of norms, role expectations and structural system preconditions, the subject emerges, our fitting in the current social context. Assessments and valuations thus influence the subjectification of the human being. Self-tracking, (self-) representations and discussions in social networks as well as more general evaluations in (new) media are starting out points for processes in the area of tension between external and self-evaluation in the digital age. It is therefore arguable that through the digital expansion of evaluation possibilities, the shaping elements also spread further and thus also penetrate more deeply into processes of subjectification. How we position ourselves as subjects in society in turn influences the way we interact. Thus, it can be assumed that processes of interaction also change with modified processes of subjectivation. Contemporary phenomena such as shitstorms, cancel culture or the flared-up debate about the threat to freedom of expression are case studies that can be analysed under this template. New theoretical approaches in the sociology of values and evaluations as well as classical sociological theorists (such as Boltanski/Thevenot, Mead, Reckwitz and Goffman) will provide the basis for a diagnosis of the present with an outlook for the future.