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Lilli Alexa Braunisch

Graduate Student of the 2nd cohort




Subsequent activity

Lilli Braunisch starts working as a research assistant at the chair Methods of Social Research of the department of sociology at the TU Berlin in 2019.

Research project

The idea of “innovation” as a leading concept in the German parliament. Dynamics of a reflexive Innovation society.

The term “innovation” has become one of the most popular and dominating concepts in the language of the Federal Republic of Germany. Since the 1950s “innovation” appears as a cue element in discussions and debates of governing society. Used in different contexts such as tax regulation, job-creating measures or healthcare provisions, the concept establishes different meanings over time: first indicating a technological and industrial concept (1950-1970) the meaning of “innovation” becomes a dominantly technological and economical one (1965-1985), shifting to an economic meaning of the creation of value (1975-1990) and further to a social-political meaning in terms of sustainability and a social oriented economy (1990-2000). Since the 2000s “innovation” occurs in the context of knowledge as a combining element between science, economy, politics and society. As such “innovation” does not only appear as an active tool to solve social problems. Identifying social problems and putting them on the political agenda it rather becomes a constituting element of the policy process itself as a reflexive instrument of governance. As a consequence thereof the concept of “innovation” does not only transport but also creates a certain idea of how society and social order should be.

My research project analyzes the process of “innovation” becoming a reflexive instrument of governance in the political system of Germany. Further it identifies what “innovation” implicates concerning conceptions of social order. From the perspective of the “Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse” (SKAD) the project analyzes the concept of “innovation” and its semantic change between 1949 to 2015 looking at mechanisms on the semantic level and its institutional dynamics as well as power relations that are creating a reflexive society in the 21th century in the empirical field of the ´Deutscher Bundestag´.



"Katholische Denkformen in der Soziologie: Zum Verhältnis von Religion und Wissenschaft am Beispiel der italienischen Soziologie in Bologna", spring meeting of the DGS section Sociology of Knowledge "Religiöse Kommunikation und weltanschauliches Wissen", Universität Bayreuth, 07.05.2015.

"Ein Beitrag für eine Soziologie soziologischer Erkenntnis: Religion und Wissenschaft in der Moderne am Beispiel der Soziologie in Italien", Spring School Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz, 29.04.2014.


since April 2015
Doctoral candidate at DFG Graduate School "Innovation Society Today: „The Reflexive Creation of Novelty", Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
10/2010 - 03/2015
M.A. Sociology; Master-Thesis: „Is there a catholic sociology? A sociological perspective on the relation between science and religion in modern societies“. Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
10/2013 - 03/2015
Research assistent at DFG Graduate School "Innovation Society Today: „The Reflexive Creation of Novelty", TU Berlin
07/2013 - 09/2013
Research member of the EU-project on working conditions in the car industry of the European Union, CGIL-Gewerkschaft, Bologna (Italien)
09/2012 - 09/2013
 Stay abroad University of Bologna, Italy
02/2011 - 03/2012
Teaching assistent at the Department Chair for Technology Studies, Prof. Werner Rammert, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin
10/2010 - 04/2011
Research assistent for Sonja Steffen, Member of the German Parliament   Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin  
10/2006 - 09/2009
B.A. Communication & Cultural Management,
Zeppelin-University, Friedrichshafen, Germany 





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