Anna Dorn


Fields of Interest

Theories of Practice
Sociology of Artefacts / Sociology of Materiality
Sociology of Education
Qualitative Methods


Academic Education

09/2013 Diploma
Diploma Thesis: Mit Dingen Rechnen. Ethnographische Untersuchungen zum Gebrauch des Taschenrechners im Mathematikunterricht (Calculate with Things. Ethnographic Investigations on the Use of Calculators in Mathematic Classes)
2007-2013 Studies of Sociology, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz


Professional / Academic Positions


since 08/2018 Research Assistant at the Institute of Sociology, Department of Knowledge, Education and Qualitative Methods, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
2015-2018 Scholarship holder Gutenberg Council for Young Researchers (GYR): Materiality and Sociality in Culture and Society
2013-2015 Research Assistant at the Insititute of Sociology Department of Knowledge, Education and Qualitative Methods, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


Doctoral Disseration

Substances, Elements, Mixtures. (Out-of-)School Chemical Experiments and their Representation (working title)
Over the last few years, various research projects have proven the significance of technical artefacts in very different areas: in private life, in professional contexts as well as in the science and technology studies themselves. The focus on these artefacts has resulted in other materialities (such as substances, organisms, nature) to be... [read more]

Teaching Experiences

Qualitative Methods

Research Training Exercise Module (summer term 2017, with Torsten Cress)
Research Training Exercise Module (winter term 2016/17, with Ulla Bröcker)
Exercise Qualitative Methods (winter term 2015/16, winter term 2016/17, winter term 2017/18)

Sociology of Education

Seminar Communication and Interaction (winter terms 2013/14, 2014/15 ans 2017/18, summer terms 2014 and 2015)
Seminar Social Differences in Education (summer terms 2014 and 2015, winter terms 2014/15 and 2019/20)
Exercise Society and Socialization (summer term 2016, winter term 2016/17)


Colloquium Exam (Ab Kalthoff SoSe 2017


Invited Lectures and Conference Papers

"(In)visible Substances. Air and its Materiality. Tagung Good Relations. Practices and Methods in Unequal and Unceratin Worlds." 4S Annual Meeting. Toronto and worldwide, 6.-9. Oktober 2021 (digital).

"Use and Representation of Substances. Experimentation in natural science lessons." Tagung Meetings - Making Science, Technology and Society together (EASST Conference), Lancaster University, 25th to 28th July 2018.