Prof. Dr. Reiner Keller

Chair of Sociology
Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Phone: +49 (0)821 - 598 4095
Fax: +49 (0)821 - 598 144074
Room: 3048 (D)
Address: Universitätsstraße 10, 86159 Augsburg

Office Hours

During the lecture-free period, the office hours of Prof. Keller take place on 21st July, 28th July, 11th August, 18th August,  25th August, 1st September and 5th October 2021.


Please register via the secretary's office and indicate a telephone number.




Secretary's Office:

Brigitte Ploner

Phone: +49 (0) 821 598 - 4074


Research foci

  • Sociological Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Societies
  • Sociology of Knowledge and Culture 
  • Discourse Research and Theory (the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse)
  • Sociology of Societal Relationship to Nature (Risk, Technology, Environment)
  • Qualitative Methods
  • French Sociology 

Further Information on the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse - SKAD





  • German Sociological Association (DGS), Board member since 2015, Sections Sociology of knowledge, Environment and Society, Qualitative research methods
  • DGS Section Sociology of knowledge (Chairman 2011-2016)
  • Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française (AISLF)
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • European Sociological Association (ESA)
  • German University Association
  • Association Francophone pour la recherche qualitative (founding office)
  • Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum (JFZ), Member of the board of directors, Fellowship in the summer semester of 2014


(applied filters: semester: current | institute: Soziologie (Lehrstuhl) | lecturers: Reiner Keller | course types: all)
name semester type
Übung zur B.A. Arbeit (Lehrstuhl für Soziologie; Prof. Dr. Reiner Keller) winter semester 2021/22 Übung
Einführung in die Soziologie: Tutorium B winter semester 2021/22 Tutorium
Das Ende der Welt, wie wir sie kannten? winter semester 2021/22 Hauptseminar
Einführung in die Soziologie: Tutorium A winter semester 2021/22 Tutorium
Einführung in die Soziologie winter semester 2021/22 Vorlesung
Master: Abschluss- und Forschungsseminar winter semester 2021/22 Seminar

The registration for courses takes place on Digicampus.


Open Access publications by Reiner Keller in the OPUS of the University of Augsburg can be found



A Selection of English Publications:


2018: Reiner Keller, Anna-Katharina Hornridge, Wolf J Schünemann:   Abingdon: Routledge


SKAD is anchored in interpretive traditions of inquiry and allows for broadening – and possibly overcoming – of the epistemological biases and restrictions still common in theories and approaches of Western- and Northern-centric social sciences. An innovative volume, this book is exactly attentive to these empirically based, globally diverse further developments of approach, with a clear focus on the methodology and its implementation. Thus, The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discoursepresents itself as a research program and locates the approach within the context of interpretive social sciences, followed by eleven chapters on different cases from around the world that highlight certain theoretical questions and methodological challenges.

SAGE Publications Inc.

2012: Reiner Keller: Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications Inc.


This book provides an introduction to the basic principles of discourse research, offering practical research strategies for doing discourse analyses in the social sciences. The book includes guidance on developing a research question, selecting data and analyzing it, and presenting the results. The author has extensive practical experience in the field of discourse research and shows, throughout, how the methods suggested are compatible with numerous research questions and problems in sociology, cultural, political and social studies and related disciplines.



A Selection of English Journal Articles 


Keller, Reiner & Poferl, Angelika (2020). Epistemic Cultures in Sociology Between Individual Inspiration and Legitimization by Procedure: Developments of Qualitative and Interpretive Research in German and French Sociology Since the 1960s [97 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 17(1), Art. 14.


Has Critique Run Out of Steam? On Discourse Research as Critical Inquiry. In: Qualitative Inquiry, 2016 (July), pp. 1-11.


Entering Discourses: A New Agenda for Qualitative Research and Sociology of Knowledge. In: Qualitative Sociology Review 2012, Vol. VIII Issue 2, S.46-55.


The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD), in: Human Studies 2011, 34 (1) S.43-65.