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Scheffer, Thomas (in 2010) Learning being guilty: on the procedural attribution of deficit. In: Christopher N. Candlin & Jonathan Crichton (Eds.) Discourses of Deficit. New York: Palgrave.

Scheffer, Thomas & Jörg Niewöhner (in 2010) Thick Comparison. Reviving the Ethnographic Aspiration. (International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology) Brill.

Albrecht, Steffen; Michaeler, Matthias; Schank, Jan; Scheffer, Thomas & Rixta Wundrak (in 2010) Die Anhörung von Politprominenz oder: zur Selbstbeschränkung von Untersuchungsverfahren. In: Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger und André Krischer (Eds.) Herstellung und Darstellung verbindlicher Entscheidungen Legitimation durch Verfahren in modernen und vormodernen Gesellschaft. Münster.

Scheffer, Thomas; Hannken-Illjes, Kati & Kozin, Alexander (in 2010) Doing Procedure. Ethnographic Comparisons of Law-in-Action. Palgrave.

Scheffer, Thomas (in 2010) Adversarial Case-Making. An Ethnography of the English Crown Court procedure. (International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology) Brill.

Scheffer, Thomas (2010) Indirect Moralising. An Ethnographic Exploration of a Procedural Modality. FirstView in Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior (JTSB).

Scheffer, Thomas (2009) Knowing how to sleep walk. Placing Psychological Expert Evidence in an English Jury Trial. OnlineFirst in Science, Technology and Human Values (ST&HV).

Scheffer, Thomas; Hannken-Illjes, Kati; Kozin, Alexander (2009) How Courts know. Comparing English Crown Court, U.S.–American State Court, and German District Court. Space and Culture, 12 (2): 183-204.

Scheffer, Thomas; Michaeler, Matthias; Schank, Jan (2008) Starke und Schwache Verfahren. Ein explorativer Vergleich der Englischen "Hutton Inquiry" und dem "CIA-Ausschuss" der EU. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 37(5), 423-444.

Scheffer, Thomas (2008) Creating Comparability Differently: Disassembling Ethnographic Comparison in Law-In-Action. Comparative Sociology, 7, 286-310. PDF

Hannken-Illjes, Kati; Holden, Livia; Kozin, Alexander; Scheffer, Thomas (2007) Trial and Error - Failing and Learning in Criminal Proceedings International Journal for the Semiotics of Law , PDF

Kozin, Alexander (in 2008) Unsettled Facts: On the Transformational Dynamism of Evidence in Legal Discourse. Text and Talk.

Kozin, Alexander (in 2008) Scrapbooking the Criminal Defense File. Crime, Media, Culture.

Scheffer, Thomas; Hannken-Illjes, Kati (in 2007) Courtooms de-centred. Comparing the English Crown Court and the German Landgericht. Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie, 28(2).

Kozin, Alexander (2007) Standing for the client: on the Interactional Becoming of the Defence Attorney. International Journal of Legal Profession, 14(2), 173-193.

Kozin, Alexander (2007) On Making Legal Emergency: Law Office at its Most Expeditious. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 8(1), 121-140.

Kozin, Alexander (2007) The Legal File. Folding Law: Folded Law. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 20(2), 191-216.

Scheffer, Thomas (2007) Event and Process. An Exercise in Analytical Ethnography. Human Studies, 30(3), 167-197.

Scheffer, Thomas (2007) Statements, Cases, and Criminal Procedures. The Ethnographic Discourse Analysis of Legal Discourse Formations. Research Report in: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, online, 8(2).

Scheffer, Thomas (2007) File work, legal care, and professional habitus – An ethnographic reflection on different styles of advocacy. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 14(1), 57-81.

Hannken-Illjes, Kati; Kozin, Alexander; Scheffer, Thomas (2007) Time and Discourse. Special Issue in: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung. [On-line Journal], 8(1) (mit Alex Kozin und Kati Hannken-Illjes)

Scheffer, Thomas (2007) On procedural discoursivation - or how local utterances are turned into binding facts. Language & Communication, 27, 1-27. PDF

Hannken-Illjes, Kati; Holden, Livia; Kozin, Alexander; Scheffer, Thomas (2007) Trial and Error - Failing and Learning in Criminal Proceedings International Journal for the Semiotics of Law , PDF

Hannken-Illjes, Kati (2006) Mit Geschichten argumentieren -Argumentation und Narration im Strafverfahren. Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie, 27(2), 211-223.

Hannken-Illjes, Kati (2006). In the Field The Development of Reasons in Criminal Proceedings. In: Argumentation, PDF

Scheffer, Thomas (2006) Law-in-action versus Science-in-action: How they differ and how they can benefit from their differences. In: Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie, Bd. 27(1), 67-86, PDF

Scheffer, Thomas; Kati Hannken-Illjes und Alex Kozin (2006) Bound to One's Own Words? Early Defences and Their Binding Effects in Different Criminal Case. In: Law & Social Inquiry, 32(1), 5-39.

Scheffer, Thomas (2006) The Microformation of Criminal Defence: On the Lawyer's Notes, Speech Production, and the Field of Presence. Research on Language and Social Interaction (ROLSI), 39(3), 303-342, PDF

Hannken-Illjes, Kati (2005) Under an Umbrella: A model of interpersonal argumentative competence. Pp. 222-229 in: Willard, Charles Arthur (ed.) Critical Problems in Argumentation. Washington: National Communication Association.

Hannken-Illjes, Kati (2005) Keine Logik! - Das Aufeinandertreffen verschiedener Argumentfelder in strafrechtlichen Verfahren. Pp. 219-234 in: Kent D. Lerch (ed.) Die Sprache des Rechts (Bd. 2). Recht verhandeln. Argumentieren, Begründen und Entscheiden im Diskurs des Rechts. Berlin - New York: Walter de Gruyter, PDF

Scheffer, Thomas (2005) Courses of Mobilisation: Writing Systematic Micro-Histories on Legal Discourse. Pp. 75-89 in: Max Travers and Reza Banakar (eds.) Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research. Oxford and Portland Oregon: Hart Publishing.

Scheffer, Thomas (2005) Materialitäten im Rechtsdiskurs. Von Gerichtssälen, Akten und Fallgeschichten. Pp. 349-377 in: Kent Lerch (ed.) Recht vermitteln. Strukturen, Formen und Medien der Kommunikation im Recht. Walter de Gruyter: Berlin, New York.

Scheffer, Thomas (2005) Rezension von "T.Seibert: Gerichtsrede. Möglichkeit und Wirklichkeit im forensischen Diskurs", Berlin 2004. In: Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie, 26(1), PDF

Scheffer, Thomas (2004) Materialities of Legal Proceedings. International Journal for Semiotics of Law, 17(4), 356 - 389

Scheffer, Thomas (2003) Die Karriere rechtswirksamer Argumente. Ansatzpunkte einer historiographischen Diskursanalyse der Gerichtsverhandlung. Pp. 151-181 in: Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie 24(2).

Scheffer, Thomas (2003) The Duality of Mobilisation. Following the rise and fall of an alibi-story on its way to court. Pp. 313-347 in: Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 33(3), PDF

Scheffer, Thomas (2002) Exploring Court hearings. Published by the University of Lancaster, Sociology Department


Workshops and Conferences by the project

21-22.5.10 Workshop "Ethnologische vs. soziologische Ethnographie" an dem IfEE der HU Berlin (with Christian Meyer, Uni Bielefeld)
5-8.10.08 Part of Local Organising Committee for the 1st German speaking Law & Society Conference "Wie wirkt Recht" in Luzern (Switzerland)

"Profession, Habitus, and Change" Workshop with DGS-Sociology of Professions at the HU Berlin


Part of Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the International Conference “Law and Society in the 21th Century”, LSA Annual Meeting, Berlin & Panels on "law as epistemic culture" and "legal argumentation" at the HU Berlin


“Case Making. Criminal Defense Work between Facts, Norms and Tactics” at the FU Berlin


“Event and Process in Organized Discourse“ with Sfb 447, FU Berlin


“Performanz des Rechts: Inszenierung und Materialität” with the Graduate College "Bodily Performances", FU Berlin.




New activities

Special Issue on "Law and Biography" in BIOS

Call for Abstracts/French-German Conference on “Enfermement/Freiheitsentzug

Latest Texts/Books

My ethnography on the English Crown Court procedure by BRILL

Our comparative ethnography of criminal defence work in different procedural regimes by PALGRAVE

Teaching in SS 2011

Scheffer: „Einführung in die Institutionelle Ethnographie“ Kurs in Moodle

Scheffer: „Was tun Verfahren? Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Debatte“ Kurs in Moodle

Scheffer: „Arbeitskreis politische Ethnographie“ Termine in Moodle

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