David Adler

David Adler

Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118 
D-26129 Oldenburg
Building A3, Room A3 1-107
Tel.: +49 441 798-4373


Post-Disciplinary Architectures. Subjectivation within the Office as a Dispositif


In my research project, I will inquire the governing of office work in and through its architectural conditions in late capitalism. Within the framework of an ethnographically extended dispositive analysis, I am especially interested in two aspects. On the one hand, I will investigate spatial control programs, generated by managerial and architectural discourses. An analysis of enacted and embodied practices, which take place with and within such 'formatted' spaces, on the other hand, will shift the focus towards the inner restrictions of these programs and local moments of subversion and resistance.

Main Areas of Research

  • Sociology of Space
  • Governmentality Studies
  • Economic Sociology
  • Methodology of Qualitative Research (Discourse Analysis, Ethnography)
  • Political Sociology
  • Critical Theory

Brief Vita

2006 - 2013    Study of Sociology, Philosophy and Political Science at Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz
2008 - 2013Foundationer of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
2009 - 2010Study of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal, Canada
since 2013Member of the DFG Research Training Group: “Self-Making. Practices of Subjectivation in Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspective”



Doppelte Hegemonie. Hegemonialisierung im War on Terror-Diskurs nach der Tötung Bin Ladens, ed. von Eva Herschinger, Judith Renner und Alexander Spencer (Politische Diskurse | Political Discourse, Bd. 2), Baden-Baden: Nomos 2015.


Solid Futures. Office Architecture and the Labour Imaginary, in: Hannes Krämer/Matthias Wenzel (ed.): How Organizations Manage the Future. Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Insights, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan 2018, pp. 299–319.

Die Entstehung einer Lounge. Ästhetisierung als praktischer Vollzug, in:
Ove Sutter/Valeska Flor (ed.): Ästhetisierung der Arbeit. Kulturanalysen des kognitiven Kapitalismus, Münster: Waxmann 2017, pp. 33–49.

Globalisierung und Flexibilisierung als Realität und Mythos, in: Simone Schröder/ Ulrike Weymann/ Andreas M. Widmann (ed.): Odysseus/Passagiere. Über Selbstbestimmung und Determination in Literatur, Medien und Alltag, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2011, pp. 179–194.

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