Dr. Dannica Fleuß

Postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Political Science, in particular Political Theory

Dannica Fleuß
Room:
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Telephone:
+49-40-6541-3906
Fax:
+49-40-6541-3370
Visiting address
Helmut-Schmidt-Universität
Building H1
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg
Postal address
Helmut-Schmidt-Universität
Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
Postfach 70 08 22
22008 Hamburg

 

Academic Positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Lecturer

2016 until present, Political Science with a focus on political theory, Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg

Associate,  Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

2018 until present

Link to Dannica Fleuß’s profile 

Lecturer

2018 – Political Theory, University of Hamburg

2015-2016 – Political Theory, Institute of Political Science, University of Heidelberg

2014-2017 – Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Heidelberg

Education

PhD Thesis, Political Science • 2016 • University of Heidelberg, Germany

Thesis: „Prozeduren, Rechte, Demokratie – das legitimatorische Potential von Verfahren für politische Systeme.“

“The Normative Legitimacy of Democracies. On the Limits of Proceduralism.”

PhD awarded with the highest distinction (summa cum laude).

Advisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Haus, PD Dr. Ulrich Thiele

Master of Arts, Philosophy and Political Science • 2012 • University of Heidelberg, Germany

Thesis: On the debate concerning the ontological status of qualitative mental states between Frank Jackson and David Lewis.

Master’s degree awarded with the highest distinction.

National University of Ireland, Galway • 2010

University of Wuppertal, Certificate in Ancient Greek • 2006

 

Memberships:

German Political Science Association (DVPW)

American Political Science Association

Political Studies Association (UK)

Expert Group for Participatory and Deliberative Democracy (PSA)

Arbeitskreis Hochschullehre (DVPW [Expert Group for Teaching in Political Science])

Sektion für Politische Theorie (DVPW [Expert Group for Political Theory])

DemocracyNet

Honorary Positions:

Postdoctoral Spokesperson, Hamburg Research Academy (HRA)

Junior Scientific Advisory Board, Verlag Barbara Budrich

Representative in the faculty’s committee for study regulations, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

 

Theories of political legitimacy

Theoretical and empirical research on deliberative systems

Measurement of deliberative quality

Critical theory with a focus on Jürgen Habermas

Political philosophy of liberalism, Kantianism, and proceduralism

Political cultural research

Monograph / PhD Dissertation:

Fleuß, D. ( 2017). “Prozeduren, Rechte, Demokratie. Das legitimatorische Potential von Verfahren für politische Systeme.” [English Title: “The Normative Legitimacy of Democracies. On the Limits of Proceduralism”]. Heidelberg. http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/volltextserver/23203/.

Journal Articles:

**Fleuß, D., Schaal, G.S. & Helbig, K. (forthcoming): “Erkenntnistheoretische Herausforderungen der Demokratieforschung unter Bedingung der Digitalisierung. Eine wissenschaftstheoretische Antwort.” [Epistemological Problems of a Valid Evaluation of Democratic Performance in a Digitalized World and How to Address Them. A Scientific-Theoretical-Perspective.] In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift [German Political Science Quarterly].

*Schaal G.S. Dumm, S. & Fleuß, D. (2019). “Die vielen Wahrheiten algorithmenbasierter Interpretation: „Die Wahrheit über Postfaktizität!“ dekonstruiert.” [Deconstructing ‘The Truth about Post-Truth’. The Contingencies of Algorithm-based text analyses.] In: Zeitschrift für Politik (ZPol); Special Issue “Interpretative Politikforschung”. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41358-019-00178-3

**Fleuß, Dannica (2018): “Politische Theorie anwendungsbezogen lehren. Lehrende zwischen normativer Zurückhaltung und kritischer Stellungnahme.” [Teaching Normative Political Theory. How to Balance Normative Moderation and Adopting Political Positions in Theory Seminars.] In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift [German Political Science Quarterly] 59(4), 719-736 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11615-018-0133-5

**Fleuß, D., Helbig, K. & Schaal, G.S. (2018): “Four Parameters for Measuring Democratic Deliberation: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges and How to Respond.” In: Politics and Governance,6(1), 11-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/pag.v6i1.1199

Schaal, G.S., Fleuß, D. & Dumm, S. (2017): “Die Wahrheit über Postfaktizität.” [The Truth about Post-Truth.] In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 44-45/2017, S. 31-38.

**double blind peer-reviewed / *peer-reviewed

Articles in Edited Volumes:

Fleuß, D. (2019): “Zur Balance von Transparenz und Verborgenheit: das komplementäre Verhältnis von öffentlicher und nicht- öffentlicher Kommunikation in Jürgen Habermas‘ Demokratietheorie.” [Balancing Transparency and Secrecy. The Relationship Between Public and Non-Public Communication in Habermas’s Democratic Theory.] In: „Staat und Geheimnis – Der Kampf um die (Un)Sichtbarkeit der Macht“. (Ed.: Jörn Knobloch). Baden-Baden: Nomos, S. 115-140.

Book Reviews:

Fleuß, D. (forthcoming): “Radikale Volkssouveränität und Rechtsmethodik: Ingeborg Maus‘ Kritik des Verhältnisses von Demokratie und Justiz.” Review ad „Ingeborg Maus: Justiz als gesellschaftliches Über-Ich. Zur Position der Rechtsprechung in der Demokratie, Berlin: Suhrkamp.“ In: Ethik und Gesellschaft 1/2019.

Working Papers:

Fleuß, D. & Schaal, G.S. (2018): The Integrity of Deliberative Procedures – A Research Agenda for Measuring Deliberative Quality with a Systemic Framework. Präsentiert beim  IPSA World Congress 2018, Brisbane.

Fleuß, D. & Helbig, K. (2018): Measuring the Embeddedness of Democratic Innovations and Representative Democracy with a Systemic Framework. The degree of transmissions as an indicator for the problem-solving potential of democratic innovations. (Präsentiert im Kontext der ECPR Joint Sessions 2018, University of Nicosia).

Schaal, G.S./Helbig, K. & Fleuß, D. (2017): Measuring Democracy in the Age of Digitalization. Theoretical Issues, Methodological Concerns, and Exemplary Solutions. (Online verfügbar unter: https://ecpr.eu/Events/PaperDetails.aspx?PaperID=37051&EventID=96)

Publications for the broader public:

Fleuß. D. (2019). Stand up, don’t be a Stoic! In Epoché. Philosophy Monthly. Issue 23, June 2019. Available online: https://epochemagazine.org

Fleuß, D. (2017). Gemeinsames Gedankenexperimentieren in der Hochschullehre. [Blog article on the benefits of and strategies for implementing thought experiments in teaching political theory at university level.]  Available online: http://www.hochschullehre-politik.de/2017/06/19/gemeinsames-gedankenexperimentieren-in-der-hochschullehre/

 

Panels and Workshops organized:

2019

Workshop on “Teaching Political Theory in Higher Education” [“Hochschullehre in der Politischen Theorie und Ideengeschichte: Selbstverständnis, Praxis, Perspektiven”], Hamburg University, May 10-11, 2019 (with Andreas Busen and Alexander Weiß)

“Radical Democracy, Deliberative Democracy, Agonistic Democracy? – Choosing Enemies, Crossing Boundaries and Bridging “the Divide” — PSA Annual Conference 2019 – (Un-)Sustainable Politics in a Changing World, University of Nottingham, April 15-17, 2019.

2018

“Civic Virtue in Participatory Spaces: Reappraising Citizenship after the “Systemic Turn“ — International Conference of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group, PSA: “Participatory Spaces in Perspective”, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, September 5-7, 2018. (mit William Smith, Chinese University of Hongkong)

Conference and Workshop Contributions

2019

“A Modular Toolkit for Teaching the Measurement and Comparison of Democratic Quality”. Presentation, APSA Centennial Center Teaching & Learning Symposium on Comparative Politics, Washington DC, June 3-5, 2019.

“Normative Politische Theorie in Deutschland und Tansania lehren. Didaktische und inhaltliche Herausforderung im interkulturellen Vergleich” [Teaching Political Theory in Germany and Tanzania. Comparing Didactical, Political, and Theoretical Challenges]. Presentation, Workshop “Hochschullehre in der Politischen Theorie und Ideengeschichte. Selbstverständnis, Praxis, Perspektiven”, Hamburg University, May 11, 2019.

“Why we should decide to be deliberative democrats. A non-foundationalist approach to deliberative theory”. Presentation, Political Studies Association, Annual Conference 2019, April 16, 2019.

„Politisch sensible normative Fragen diskutieren — aber wie? Politische Theorie in Deutschland und Tansania lehren: ein Erfahrungsbericht aus dem interkulturellen Vergleich.“ [How to Address Contentious Normative Claims in German and Tanzanian Teaching Settings. An Intercultural Comparison]. Presentation, Annual Conference  Arbeitskreis Hochschullehre der DVPW, University of Münster, February 26, 2019.

„Different Differences: How to Adress Cultural Diversity, Inter-Individual Variances, and Conceptual Blind Spots in Researching Understandings of Democracy.“ Presentation, Panel „Configurations of Democracy“, Three Country Congress / Drei-Länder-Tagung, ETH Zürich, February 14, 2019. (with Alexander Weiß)

 

2018

“Evaluating Deliberative Procedures from a Systemic Perspective. Different Participatory Arenas, Different Deliberative Quality?” Presentation, Workshop “Political Online Participation and its Effects: Theory, Measurement & Results”, Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, November 20, 2018. (with Katharina Esau)

“Die vielen Wahrheiten Algorithmen-basierter Interpretation. ‘Die Wahrheit über Postfaktizität‘ dekonstruiert“ [Deconstructing ‘The Truth about Post-Truth’] Presentation, Workshop “Was bedeutet Interpretieren? Interpretative Verfahren in der Politikforschung”, Leuphana-University Lüneburg, November 16, 2018. (with Sebastian Dumm and Gary S. Schaal)

“Politische Theorie praxisnah lehren: im Spannungsfeld von politischer Neutralität und normativer Positionierung”. [Teaching Normative Political Theory at the University Level: How to Balance Normative Modesty and Adopting Political Positions] Presentation,  Scientific Congress DVPW 2018 „Grenzen der Demokratie / Frontiers of Democracy“, University of Frankfurt, September 25-28, 2018.

“Dystopia, Utopia, Realism? Epistemological Challenges of Evaluating Democratic Quality in a Digitalized World and How to Address Them.” Presentation, Annual Scientific Congress “Internet, Politics, Policy”. University of Oxford, 20. September 2018. (mit Gary S. Schaal)

“Empathy, Experience, and Citizen Virtues: Opening the Black Box for Systemic Deliberative Theory with Liberal Irony?” Presentation,  International Conference of the Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group (PSA): “Participatory Spaces in Perspective”, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, 5.-7. September 2018.

“An Integrated Research Framework for the Analysis of Understandings of Democracy”. Presentation, Writer’s Conference “Measuring Understanding of Democracy: Discussing Solutions for Methodological Fallacies”, Humboldt-University, Berlin,  August 20-21, 2018. (with Gary S. Schaal, Christoph Deppe, Fränze Wilhelm & Kelly Lancaster)

“Inauthentic Political Communication: The Case of Post-Truth Statements. A Framework for Categorizing Hazy Concepts and Evaluating Contemporary Political Developments.” Vortrag, ECPR General Conference 2018, University of Hamburg, August 23, 2018.

“The Integrity of Deliberative Procedures – A Research Agenda for Measuring Deliberative Quality with a Systemic Framework”, Presentation, IPSA World Congress 2018, Brisbane, July 22, 2018. (with Gary S. Schaal)

“Assessing the Embeddedness of Democratic Innovations with a Systemic Framework. A Measurement Approach for Transmissions”, Presentation, Methods Workshop, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra, July 18, 2018.

„Stabilität, Legitimität und Anerkennung politischer Herrschaft in multikulturellen Kontexten. Das Beispiel der ptolemäischen Dynastie.“ [Political Stability in Multicultural Societies. Analyzing the Ptolemaic Dynasty.] Presentation, Conference „Texturen von Herrschaft“ (Funding: DAAD), University of Thessaloniki, June 1, 2018. (with Simeon Tzonev)

“Assessing the Embeddedness of Democratic Innovations with a Systemic Framework. A Measurement Approach for Transmissions” Presentation, ECPR Joint Sessions, University of Nicosia, April 14, 2018. (with Karoline Helbig)

„Normativität in der Hochschullehre.“ [Norms and Normativity in Teaching Political Science] – Presentation and Public Panel Discussion, Annual Conference of DVPW’s Expert Group on Teaching in Political Science, University of Hamburg, February 26, 2018.

 

2017

“Measuring Democracy in the Age of Digitalization.“ Presentation, ECPR General Conference 2017,  Oslo, September 7, 2017. (with Gary S. Schaal und Karoline Helbig)

“Measuring Democratic Deliberation. Theoretical Challenges and Methodological Pitfalls.“ Presentation, University Zürich/NCCR Democracy, June 1, 2017. (with Gary S. Schaal and Karoline Helbig)

„Der Beitrag der Politischen Kultur für das Funktionieren demokratischer Systeme aus der Sicht politischer Eliten – ein diskursanalytischer Ansatz“ [“Political Culture’s Impact on Democratic Quality – The Political Elite’s Perspective”]—  Presentation, Conference / DVPW Expert Group on Political Culture „Politische Kulturforschung reloaded“, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, April 5, 2017. (with Gary S. Schaal)

„Kollaboratives Gedankenexperimentieren im Hörsaal.“ [Thought Experiments in the Lecture Hall] — Presentation, Annual Conference DVPW/Expert Group on Teaching in Political Science, RWTH Aachen, March 10, 2017.

 

Invited Talks and Guestlectures

2018 

“Women in Academia. Theory, Perception, Reality – and Action!”  Gastvortrag, University of Dar es Salaam, December 14, 2018.

“Measuring Democratic Deliberation at the Macro Level: Addressing Conceptual and Methodological Challenges with a Systemic Framework.” Leuphana-University Lüneburg, Centre for the Study of Democracy (ZDEMO), November 13, 2018.

“Verfahren, Rechte, Demokratie. Grenzen prozeduralistischer Legitimitätskonzeptionen.” [Procedures, Rights, Democracy. On the Limits of Proceduralism] Berlin Social Science Center, Research Unit „Democracy and Democratization“ (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel), September 11, 2018.

„The Embeddedness of Deliberative Procedures – Addressing Deliberation and Its Impacts with a Systemic Framework“. Expert Workshop on Deliberation and Multi-Stakeholder Platforms. Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin, September 5, 2018.

“Arguing for Deliberation without Ultimate Justification: Why We Should Decide to Be Deliberative Democrats.”  Seminar Session, Institute for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, August 14, 2018.

2017

„Die epistemische Situation der Bürger unter Bedingungen der Komplexität und ihre Unterstützung der liberalen Demokratie – zwei demokratietheoretische Perspektiven“ [Citizen Epistemology and Citizen Support in Complex Societies], University of Heidelberg, November 16, 2017.

„‘Politics of Emotions’ – One Answer to the Current Crisis of Democratic Disengagement?“ — Vortrag am Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin — Colloquium Center for the History of Emotions, 24. Januar 2017. (mit Gary S. Schaal)

2016

“‘Politics of Emotions’ – One Answer to the Current Crisis of Democratic Disengagement?” Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin — Colloquium Center for the History of Emotions, January 24th, 2017. (with Gary S. Schaal)

“Vertrauen, Multitude und das Ende der allgemeinen Öffentlichkeit” [Trust, Multitude, and the Public] — Scientific Conference “Demokratie Revisited. Theorien — Befunde — Perspektiven“, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing am Starnberger See, October 30, 2016. (with Gary S. Schaal)

 

Graduate:

Conceptual and Methodological Foundations of Measuring Democratic Performance

Research Seminar on Measuring Democratic Performance

Theories of Political Legitimacy

 

Undergraduate:

Epistemic Democracy

Social Contract Theories

History of Political Ideas

Theory and Practice of Human Rights

Scientific Writing Workshop

Kantian Political and Ethical Theory

Introduction to Utilitarianism

Fundamentals of Political Theory

Thomas Hobbes’ “Leviathan”

Jürgen Habermas’ Discourse Ethics

 

Selected Tutorials:

Fundamentals of Political Science

Contemporary Political Theory

Contractualist Political Theory

Formal Logic

Philosophy of Mind

Theories of Parliamentarianism

Ancient and Medieval Political Theory

 

Current:

Measuring macro level deliberation with a systemic framework [Habilitation]:

Democratic deliberation is not only relevant for democratic theorists. Increasingly, measures of democracy try to integrate this fluid and emergent phenomenon and attempt to examine the deliberative performance of states. Up until now, there is no comprehensive approach that measures not only the quality within deliberative fora, but also the connection between them and their integration in the political system as a whole. On the basis of the deliberative systems approach (Dryzek, Mansbridge), the research project aims at filling this gap and develops a measurement instrument for nation states’ deliberative quality.

 

2015:

Research Assistant, Research Project “Wie Zentral ist die Mitte? Mittelschichtsdiskurse und wohlfahrtsstaatlicher Politikwandel im internationalen Vergleich“

(Funding DFG, directed by Prof. Michael Haus, University of Heidelberg)

2014:

Research Assistant, Research Project “Regulation and Self-Regulation”

(Field of Focus 4 at the University of Heidelberg).

2012:

Research Assistant, Research Project “Problemdiskurse in Städten”

(Funding DFG, directed by Prof. Michael Haus, University of Heidelberg).

2008-2009:

Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Project “Human Dignity”

(Institute for Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg).

 

HSU

Letzte Änderung: 30. July 2019