Head of the BMBF Junior Research Group

Sociologist

 

Office:
University of Siegen
Faculty III
BMBF junior research group KontiKat
Campus Unteres Schloss
Kohlbettstr. 17
Room US-G-001
57072 Siegen, Germany

Mail: maren.schorch(at)uni-siegen.de

Phone: +49 (0) 271/ 740 – 2424

Office hours: On appointment

 

Vitae

  • Head of the BMBF junior research group „KontiKat“ (Civil and business continuity in extrem events by the help of socio-technical networking), University of Siegen, since 11/2017
  • Postdoc in the BMBF junior research group „KontiKat“ (Civil and business continuity in extrem events by the help of socio-technical networking), University of Siegen, since 06/2017
  • Researcher of the Collaborative Research Centre 1187 „Media of Cooperation“, project A05 „Cooperative creation of autonomy in the context of the ageing society”, University of Siegen,
    since 08/2016
  • Project leader and researcher, EU-Project “TOPIC – The Online Platform for Informal Caregivers”, University of Siegen, 2013-2016
  • Research assistant of the management of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, 2012-2013
  • Research assistant and coordinator of the research group “Communicating Disaster”, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University (Organisers: Prof. Dr. Jörg Bergmann, Prof. Dr. Heike Egner, Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf), 12/2009 – 09/2012
  • Lecturer in qualitative social research methods, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, 2008-2010
  • Research assistant and lecturer in Sociology, University of Trier (chair of Prof. Dr. Alois Hahn), 2002-2008
  • Erasmus delegate for Sociology, representative of the non-professorial teaching staff of Sociology at the faculty council, University of Trier, 2002-2008
  • Research assistant and mentor of the research project “Adolescents. A Comparison of Urban and Rural Communities” (Organiser: PD Dr. Waldemar Vogelgesang), University of Trier, 1999-2000
  • Student assistant, chair for Sociological Theory (Prof. Dr. Alois Hahn), University of Trier, 1998-2001
  • Volunteer, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Cheltenham, Great Britain, 1994-1995

Research Interests

  • Qualitative social research methods
  • Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
  • Qualitative disaster research
  • Dealing with health and sickness

Projects

  • BMBF junior research group „KontiKat“, University of Siegen: https://www.kontikat.de (since 06/2017)
  • Collaborative Research Centre 1187 „Media of Cooperation“, project A05 „Cooperative creation of autonomy in the context of the ageing society”, University of Siegen: https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/en/projects/a05/ (since 08/2016)
  • TOPIC – The Online Platform for Informal Caregivers (2013-2016)
  • ZiF-research group “Communicating Disaster”, ZiF, Bielefeld University, 2009-2012
  • “Arranged Marriages of Muslim Migrants in Germany”. Research group “Migration and Segregation Trier”, 2006-2010
  • Organiser of the students research project “Transnationality: Chance or/and Crisis?”, University of Trier (qualitative study), 2007-2008
  • Organiser of the interdisciplinary students research project “Social Capital and Career Entry of University Graduates”, University of Trier (qualitative and quantitative Study; with Karoline Krenn), 2004-2005
  • Research assistant of the research project “Adolescents and Traditions”, University Trier (organisers: Waldemar Vogelgesang, Jörgen Schulze-Krüdener, qualitative study), 1998-1999

Research outline

What concepts of continuity and (socio-technical, economic etc.) change can be observed and described in everyday practices in small and medium enterprises, but also generally in the civil society in Siegen and surroundings? How can we relate such concepts to the individual perception of crisis, their respective resilience and if any the corresponding preparation (emergency stocking, networking/cooperation, information gathering etc.)? Most of the previous works in the context of disaster research and prevention highlight guidelines and recommendations for actions provided by BOS (authorities and organizations responsible for security), the top-down perspective whereas the research project of Dr. Marén Schorch focusses the individual perspective.

Publications

2019

Konstantin Aal, Marén Schorch, Esma Ben Hadj Elkilani, Volker Wulf (2019): Facebook and the Mass Media in Tunisia. In: Media in Action. Issue 3/ 2018: 137-170 (im Druck).

Marc-André Kaufhold, Margarita Grinko, Christian Reuter, Marén Schorch, Amanda Langer, Sascha Skudelny, Matthias Hollick (2019): Potentiale von IKT beim Ausfall kritischer Infrastrukturen: Erwartungen, Informations-gewinnung und Mediennutzung der Zivilbevölkerung in Deutschland. In: Proceedings of the WI 2019: International Konferenz für Wirtschaftsinformatik, AIS: 1054-1068.

2018

Susanne Hensely-Schinkinger, Marén Schorch, Hilda Tellioglu (2018): Using Cultural Probes in the Sensitive Research Setting of Informal Caregiving. A Case Study. In i-com – Journal of Interactive Media (i-com) 17(2): 103–117.

Identity revisited. Selbstthematisierung und Positionierung in qualitativen Interviews. Fallanalysen von Personen mit transnationalen Biografien. Dissertation. Reihe: „Interkulturelle Studien“, Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2018 (im Erscheinen).

2017

Matthias Korn, Marén Schorch, Volkmar Pipek, Matthew Bietz, Carsten Østerlund, Rob Procter, David Ribes, Robin Williams (2017) E-Infrastructures for Research Collaboration: The Case of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative WorkCSCW ’17 Companion, February 25 – March 01, 2017, Portland, OR, USA, pp. 415-420. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3022198.3022655 

Christian Reuter, Marc-André Kaufhold, Marén Schorch, et al. (2017): Digitalisierung und zivile Sicherheit: Zivilgesellschaftliche und betriebliche Kontinuität in Katastrophenlagen (KontiKat). In G. Hoch, H. S. Brandt, A. Schwarz, & V. Stein (Eds.), Sicherheit (DIAGONAL Jahrgang 38), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, S. 207-224.

Oliver Stickel, Konstantin Aal, Marén Schorch, Volkmar Pipek, Dominik Hornung, Alexander Boden, Volker Wulf (2017) Computerclubs und Flüchtlingslager – Ein Diskussionsbeitrag zur Forschungs- und Bildungsarbeit aus praxistheoretischer Perspektive. In: Nikola Langreiter und Klara Löffler (Hg.): Selber machen. Diskurse und Praktiken des „Do it yourself“. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag 2017, S. 149-169.  url, doi:https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839433508

Marén Schorch, Claudia Müller, Johanna Meurer: Cultural Probes (2017) The best way to go for PD in sensitive research settings?  A methodological reflexion. In: Manuel Burghardt, Raphael Wimmer, Christian Wolff, Christa Womser-Hacker (Hrsg.): Mensch und Computer 2017, Workshopband. Regensburg: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., S. 73-78, pdf: doi:10.18420/muc2017-ws02-0304

Claudia Müller, David Struzek, Marén Schorch, Marleen Neumann (2017) Technology Probes als Mittel zur Unterstützung der Technik-Aneignung. In: Manuel Burghardt, Raphael Wimmer, Christian Wolff, Christa Womser-Hacker (Hrsg.): Mensch und Computer 2017, Workshopband. Regensburg: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., S. 87-93, Regensburg: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.

David Struzek, Marleen Neumann, Claudia Müller, Dominik Hornung, Marén Schorch (2017) Aneignungshilfen für Senioren-Projektpartner – am Beispiel Google Drive. In: Manuel Burghardt, Raphael Wimmer, Christian Wolff, Christa Womser-Hacker (Hrsg.): Mensch und Computer 2017, Workshopband. Regensburg: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., S. 249-253.

2016

Marén Schorch, Lin Wan, David Randall, Volker Wulf (2016) Designing for Those who are Overlooked. Insider Perspectives on Care Practices and Cooperative Work of Elderly Informal Caregivers, Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing – CSCW ’16, p. 785-797, New York, New York, USA: ACM Press, url, doi:10.1145/2818048.2819999

Markus Garschall, Theodor Hamm, Dominik Hornung, Claudia Müller, Katja Neureiter, Marén Schorch, Lex van Velsen (2016) Proceedings of the COOP 2016 Symposium on challenges and experiences in designing for an ageing society. Reflecting on concepts of age(ing) and communication practices, International Reports on Socio-Informatics (IRSI) 13(3), pdf

Katja Neureiter, Claudia Müller, Markus Garschall, Marén Schorch, Lex van Velsen and Dominik Hornung: Challenges and experiences in designing for an ageing society. Reflecting on concepts of age(ing) and communicating practices. In: Proceedings of the COOP 2016 – Symposium on challenges and experiences in designing for an ageing society, International Reports on Socio-Informatics volume 13 (issue 3) 2016, Bonn: IISI – International Institute for Socio-Informatics 2016, p. 5-20.

Foad Hamidi, Claudia Müller, Melanie Baljko, Myriam Lewkowicz, Marén Schorch, Abigail Stangl (2016) Engaging with Users and Stakeholders: The Emotional and the Personal. In: GROUP ’16 Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Supporting Group Work 2016, New York, NY, USA, p. 453-456.

2015

Heike Egner, Marén Schorch, Martin Voss (eds.) (2015) Learning and Calamities: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns.  London/New York: Routledge, url, doi:10.4324/9780203794678

Heike Egner, Marén Schorch, Martin Voss (2015): Introduction: Can Societies Learn From Calamities? In: Heike Egner, Marén Schorch and Martin Voss (Eds.): Learning and Calamities. Practices, Interpretations, Patterns. New York/London: Routledge 2015, pp. 1-23.

Heike Egner, Marén Schorch (2015) Learning and Calamities – What Have We Learned?. In: Heike Egner, Marén Schorch, Martin Voss (eds.) Learning and Calamities: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns, London/New York: Routledge,
p. 291-302.

2014

Claudia Müller, Marén Schorch, Rainer Wieching (2014) PraxLabs as a Setting for Participatory Technology Research and Design in the Field of HRI and Demography, Proceedings of the Workshop “Socially Assistive Robots for the Aging Population: Are we trapped in Stereotypes?“, Human Robot Interaction Conference, Bielefeld: Bielefeld University

Hilda Tellioğlu, Myriam Lewkowicz, Aparecido Fabiano Pinatti De Carvalho, Ivan Brešković, Marén Schorch (2014) Collaboration and coordination in the context of informal care (CCCiC 2014), Proceedings of the companion publication of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing – CSCW Companion ’14, p. 339-342, New York, New York, USA: ACM Press, url, doi:10.1145/2556420.2558862

2013

Andrea Hense und Marén Schorch (2013): Arranged Marriages as Support for Intra-Ethnic Matchmaking? A Case Study on Muslim Migrants in Germany. In: International Migration 51 (2/2013): p. 104-126.

Marén Schorch, Volker Wulf (2013) Digitale Medien: neue Wege politischer Partizipation? : das Web 2.0 und die Social Media in der Tunesischen Revolution ; ein Bericht aus Sidi Bouzid, Die Zukunft der Demokratie, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, p. 71-91.

2012

Heike Egner, Marén Schorch, Sarah Hitzler, Jörg Bergmann, Volker Wulf (2012) Communicating Disaster – Six maxims for a new take on disaster research, In: ZiF-Mitteilungen (3/2012), p. 4-10.

Heike Egner, Marén Schorch, Sarah Hitzler, Jörg Bergmann, Volker Wulf (2012): Communicating Disaster. A Case for Qualitative Approaches to Disaster Research. Report of a Research Group at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University. In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie 41 (3/2012): p. 247-255.

Sarah Hitzler und Marén Schorch (2012): Dealing with the Disasters of Others. Closing Conference of the ZiF Research Group “Communicating Disaster”. In: ZiF-Mitteilungen 2/2012: p. 33-37.

2011

Jörg Bergmann, Sarah Hitzler, Marén Schorch (2011): Tagungsbericht: ZiF- Forschungsgruppe “Communicating Disaster”: lnauguration Conference. In: Zeitschrift für Soziologie 40 (2/2011): p. 165-168.

vor 2011:

Marén Schorch (2009): Rituelle und symbolische Inszenierung von Zugehörigkeit. Das sorbische Osterreiten in der Oberlausitz. In: Willems, Herbert (Hrsg.): Theatralisierung der Gesellschaft. Band 1: Soziologische Theorie und Zeitdiagnose. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2009, pp. 331-354.

Alois Hahn und Marén Schorch (2007): Tests und andere Identifikationsverfahren als Exklusionsfaktoren. In: Gunsenheimer, Antje (Ed.): Grenzen, Differenzen, Übergänge: Spannungsfelder inter- und transkultureller Kommunikation. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag 2007, pp. 253-268.

Alois Hahn und Marén Schorch (2007): Technologies of the Will and their Christian Roots. In: Maasen, Sabine; Sutter, Barbara (Eds.): On Willing Selves. Neoliberal Politics and the Challenge of Neuroscience. London: Palgrave Macmillan 2007, pp. 53-76.

 

Teaching Experience

University of Siegen

  • Continuity and (IT-)Security in the Context of Digitization Processes (Master)
  • Individual and organisational concepts of continuity, (IT) security and emergency stockpiling (Master)
  • Crisis Management and Crisis Information Systems (with Christian Reuter and Volkmar Pipek) (Master)
  • Qualitative data analysis in CSCW and HCI
  • Social and literary communication of disasters (with Matthias Schaffrick)

University of Bielefeld

  • Opposites attract! Qualitative interviews about couples and oppositions
  • Qualitative interview practises
  • Qualitative methods counselling
  • Identity revisited? – Qualitative analysis of (auto-)biographical data
  • Basic concepts in sociology
  • Qualitative interviews as biography generators
  • Film analysis
  • “You are always welcome here!” Qualitative methods to the exploration of hospitality
  • Interviews as qualitative social research methods
  • Qualitative methods in migration research

University of Trier

  • Qualitative methods counselling and supervision
  • Ritual and symbol. Staging of national identity
  • Transnationality: chance or/and crisis?
  • Sociological classics: Norbert Elias and Michel Foucault
  • Sociological conceptions of the self and the other
  • Theories of identity and interculturality
  • Max Weber’s contributions to social and economic history
  • Processes of social exclusion (with Alois Hahn)
  • Secrets and secrecy (with Alois Hahn)
  • Minorities
  • Social capital and career entry of university graduates (with Karoline Krenn)
  • Sociology of health (teaching staff mobility, University of Galway, Ireland)
  • Concepts of (trans-)national belonging
  • Nation and national identity
  • Theodor W. Adorno’s sociology (with Alois Hahn)
  • Sociological classics: Max Weber
  • Sociological classics: Georg Simmel (with Alois Hahn)
  • Norbert Elias: The civilizing process
  • Attitudes towards death and their social conditionality (with Alois Hahn)
  • Theories of identity