Stefan Hirsch

Stefan Senne (Hirsch)

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Institut für Soziologie
Im Moore 21
D-30167 Hannover
Phone: 0511-76219034


"A Genealogy of Self-Governing. On the Historicity of Technologies of the Self in 20th Century Self-Help Literature" (Working Title)


Self-help literature provides instructions for self-governing. These texts offer techniques which aim at changing the reader´s life as a whole. This includes the transformation of personality as well as a rearrangement of work, relationships and social status. For that purpose, mental, social and material resources are unlocked and utilized for various goals of life, which are often described quite expressively. The modern, enlightened imperative at the heart of these texts, i.e. not to be determined by others, is transferred – in historically alternating ways – into an imperative of life-planning, life-enhancement and a re-utilization of the self.  more...

Main Areas of Research

  • Gender Theories
  • Critical Social Theory

Brief Vita

since 04/2012Research Associate at the Research Project “Genealogy of Self-Governing” (funded by the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation)
since 10/2011Member of the DFG Research Training Group: “Self-Making. Practices of Subjectivation in Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspective”
12/2009Admission to the Conferral of a Doctorate at the Leibniz Universitaet, Hannover
10/2002- 09/2009 Study of Social Psychology and Sociology in Hannover (M.A.)


10.02.2010 "Ein ständiges Prinzip der Unruhe"-Foucault und die Psychoanalyse, Vortrag zum jour fixe der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Politische Psychologie an der Leibniz Universität Hannover


"Ein ständiges Prinzip der Unruhe - Foucault und die Psychoanalyse", in: Freie Assoziation. Zeitschrift für das Unbewusste in Organisation und Kultur, 13. Jahrgang (04/2010), S. 25-51.

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