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Dr. Kati Hannken-Illjes

Dr. Kati Hannken-Illjes


Dr. Kati Hannken-Illjes studied Sprechwissenschaft (speech science), music pedagogy and communication studies.
Her interests are in rhetoric, narrative theory and argumentation studies.
Her research focuses on intersections between narrativity and argumentation and the role of argumentation in legal proceedings.
She has taught classes in argumentation theory, legal rhetoric, narrative theory and performance studies.
After her research position in our group, she became lecturer at the language department in Jena. She remains closely affiliated with the law-in-action group.

List of Publications

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Since 07.2003
    Research position at the Freie Universität Berlin
    Emmy-Noether-Gruppe "Comparative Microsociology of Criminal Procedures"

  • 03.2002 - 06.2003
    Research position at the Institute for Higher Education Research Wittenberg.

  • 12.2002  
    Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) at the Universität Halle-Wittenberg.
    Title of the thesis: "Ein sprechwissenschaftliches Modell argumentativer Kompetenz und seine didaktischen und methodischen Implikationen"

  • 03.2001 - 05.2001
    Visiting scholar at the University of Iowa.

  • 10.1999 - 02.2002
    Doctoral scholarship granted by the State of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
    Titel of the dissertation: "A Modell of Argumentation Competence and its Didactic Implications".

  • 06.1999
    Pursuit of the degree "Diplomsprechwissenschaftlerin" at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.
    Titel of the thesis: "Narration and Argumentation. Analysis of the Debate in the German Bundestag about the Exhibition War of Extermination. Crimes of the Wehrmacht 1941 to 1944.".

  • 01.1999-02.2000, 04.2000-11.2000
    Research assistent at the evaluation office at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

  • 05.1998
    Pursuit of the degree "Master of Arts Speech Communication Studies" at the California State University, Long Beach, USA.

  • 09.1997-05.1998
    Fulbright-grantee, Study of Communication Studies at the California State University
    Long Beach, USA

  • 10.1993-09.1999
    Study of "Sprechwissenschaft und Phonetik" (speech science and phonetics) and music pedagogy at the Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.


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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