Personal Data

Name:

Horst Jürgen Helle

Address:

Office: Institut für Soziologie, Konradstr. 6, 80801 München, Germany

 

Home: Heinz-Hilpert-Str. 4, 81739 München, Germany

Telephone:

Office: x4989-2180-3242 (Frau Heindl)

 

Mobil: x49160-400-1699

E-Mail:

horsthelle@hotmail.com - mail@horsthelle.de

Current Position

Professor emeritus of Sociology, Institut für Soziologie, Universität München, Munich, Germany

Educational Background

1953-56

Universität Hamburg: Business Administration, Economics, Civil Law, Dutch, English

1956

Diplom-Kaufmann (Business Degree)

1956-57

University of Kansas: Graduate Study in Business Administration and Social Psychology

1957

Master of Business Administration: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

1959

Dr. phil. (Sociology, Psychology, Business Adm.): Universität Hamburg, Germany

1961-66

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg

1966-67

Fellowship, awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies: Postdoctoral Research at the Department of Sociology of “The University of Chicago”

1967

Habilitation (Sociology): Privatdozent, Universität Hamburg

Employment

1959-61

Marketing Manager in Industry: Unilever Germany, Hamburg

1961-69

Universität Hamburg: Assistant, Sociology 1961-1968, Universitätsdozent, Sociology 1968-69

1969-72

RWTH Aachen (Aachen Institute of Technology): Professor of Sociology ("Was macht man, wenn keiner Rektor sein will?" Aachener Volkszeitung)

1972-73

Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria: Professor of Sociology

1973-2002

Universität München, Professor of Sociology and Co-director of Institut für Soziologie

Awards

1956-57

Fulbright Scholarship, University of Kansas

1958-59

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, scholarship for graduate work toward doctorate

1966-67

American Council of Learned Societies: American Studies Fellow

1984

Killam Visiting Scholar, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Sept./Dec.)

1990

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Bonn: Travel grant for sabbatical leave at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Aug.-Dec.)

1991

Fulbright Professorship for summer school teaching at the University of Colorado at Boulder (July-Aug.)

Professional Activities

1970-71

Dean, Philosophische Fakultät, RWTH Aachen

1973

Visiting Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, USA (July-Sept.)

1979-88

Chairman, Sektion für Soziologie, Görres-Gesellschaft

1981-82

Visiting Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara

1981

Nov. 25.: Interview with Herbert Blumer in Berkley, California

1982

Chairman, Symposium 8: Revisions and Relations among Modern Microsociological Paradigms, 10th World Congress of Sociology, Mexico City

1984

Sept.-Dec.: Visiting Professor (Killam Scholar) The University of Calgary, Alberta

1984-86

Department Head, Institut für Soziologie Universität München

1985

March: Visiting Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

1986-87

Nov.-Feb.: Visiting Professor, Universität Zürich, Switzerland

1986-88

Elected member of university senate, Universität München

1988

August: Organizer and director: OASIS Summer-School (Organization for Advanced Studies in Interpretative Sociology), an English language summer institute at the Universität München, co-taught with Tamotsu Shibutani, Friedrich Tenbruck and others

1988-89

Nov.-Feb.: Visiting Professor, Universität Zürich, Switzerland

1989

April: Visiting Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

1989-90

Nov.-Feb.: Visiting Professor, Universität Zürich, Switzerland

1990

Aug.-Dec.: Visiting Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

1991

Jan.: Visiting Professor at Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

1991

March-May: Exchange Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

1991

Jul.-Aug.: Fulbright Professor during summer school, University of Colorado, Boulder

1991-92

Nov.-Feb.: Visiting Professor, Universität Zürich, Switzerland

1991-93

Department Chair, Institut für Soziologie, Universität München

1993

March: Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

1995

Research: University of Hawaii at Manoa (April-May), University of California at Santa Barbara (June-July). Teaching: University of Colorado at Boulder (August)

1995

Sept.-Oct.: Guest lectures in Tokyo, Nagasaki, and Seoul

1996

March: Guest lectures in Seoul and Beijing, first visit to China

1996

April: Co-Chair, International Conference on George Simmel's Actual and Potential Impact on Contemporary Sociology: University of Colorado at Boulder (USA)

1997

March: Guest lectures and research contacts in Seoul and Beijing

1997

Aug.-Sept.: Presenter at International Conference of Interuniversity Cooperation and Exchange, 3rd visit to Peking University, research contacts in Seoul, Kyoto, and Tokyo

1998

March-Apr.: Research contacts in Seoul (Shamanism) and Beijing                         Oct.: Prof. Jing Tiankui, Beijing, visits Universität München (picture)

1999

March-Apr.: Research visit to Beijing, Guiyang, Quanzhou, and Fuzhou, financed by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

1999

Sept.-Dec.: Visiting Professor: University of Maine at Farmington, Maine, U.S.A.

2000

Jan.-Apr.: Visiting Professor: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, U.S.A.

2000

August: Visit to Professor Phillip E. Hammond (1921-2009), Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

2001

June (1-10): China: Lecture and research contacts at Tongji University (picture) in Shanghai with field trips to the Shanghai temple district Chenghuang, and to Zhouzhuang, Hangzhou, and Suzhou.

2001

June (10-13): Korea: Lecture at the German-Korean Conference in Seoul: Korea and Germany at the Threshold of the 21st Century.

2002

Jan.: Visit to Shanghai. August: Visit to Boston, New York, the University of Maine at Farmington, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.

2003

Aug.-Oct.: Two months in China with professional contacts at Peking University and guest lectures at Fudan University and Tongji University in Shanghai, and at Huaqiao University in Quanzhou.

2004

May: Visit to Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A. - Sept. 15-18: Presenter at the XII Congress of the Polish Sociological Association in Poznan, Poland.

2005

Febr.: Research contacts at Fudan University, Shanghai, and at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.
May-June: Visiting scholar and lecturer at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

2006

Jan.-May: Guest professor at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, U.S.A.

2007

Sept.-Oct.: Guest teaching: Peking University and Dalian Technical University, China. Visit at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

2008

March: Guest lectures at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou Campus, at Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai Campus, at Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, at Peking University, Beijing, and at the German-Japanese Work Workshop “Family and Work” in Tokyo.

2010

Aug.-Dec.: Guest professorship at Sanya College in Sanya, Hainan, China, partially financed by Stiftungsinitiative Johann Gottfried Herder, sponsored by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). Oct.: Guest lectures at Huaqiao University in Xiamen, Fujian, China.

2011

Sept.-Nov.: Guest professorship at Huaqiao University in Xiamen, China, partially financed by Stiftungsinitiative JohannGottfried Herder, sponsored by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

2012 

March-June and Aug.-Nov.: March-June and Aug.-Nov.: Guest teaching at Huaqiao University in Xiamen, Fujian. Nov.-Dec.: Teaching assignment at Sanya College (renamed Sanya University).

2013

Feb.-June and Sept.-Dec.: Teaching and research assignments at Sanya University.  

2014

March-July: Teaching and research assignments at Sanya University.            Oct.-Feb. 2015: Teaching assignment at Munich University.

2015

Publication project on China. Travels to Paris and Rome.

2016

Oct.- Feb. 2017 Teaching assignment at Munich University.

Membership in Learned Societies

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (Fellow)
  • Görres-Gesellschaft

 

Areas of Teaching Interest

  • Sociology of Verstehen (Georg Simmel, Max Weber)
  • Symbolic Interaction Theory
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Culture and History of China
  • History of Social Thought

 

 

I. Books as author:

1. Die unstetig beschäftigten Hafenarbeiter in den nordwesteuropäischen Häfen. Eine industriesoziologische Untersuchung in Antwerpen, Bremen, Bremer-haven, Hamburg und Rotterdam, (Ph.D.-thesis), Stuttgart: G. Fischer 1960.

 

2. Soziologie und Symbol. Ein Beitrag zur Handlungstheorie und zur Theorie des sozialen Wandels, (Habilitationsschrift). Köln und Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1969.

 

3. Familie - Zwischen Bibel und Kinsey-Report, Osnabrück: A. Fromm 1974.

 

4. Verstehende Soziologie und Theorie der Symbolischen Interaktion, Stuttgart: B. G. Teubner 1977.

 

5. Soziologie und Symbol. Verstehende Theorie der Werte in Kultur und Gesellschaft, 2. überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflg. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1980.

 

6. Aufsätze zur Familiensoziologie. (Reihe Soziologenkorrespondenz, Bd.11), München: Sozialforschunginstitut München e.V. 1985.

 

7. Dilthey, Simmel und Verstehen. Vorlesungen zur Geschichte der Soziologie. Frankfurt/M., Bern, New York: Peter Lang 1986.

 

8. Soziologie und Erkenntnistheorie bei Georg Simmel. Darmstadt: Wissen-schaftliche Buchgesellschaft 1988.

 

9. Verstehende Soziologie und Theorie der Symbolischen Interaktion, 2. überarb. und erw. Aufl., Stuttgart: B. G. Teubner 1992.

 

10. Einführung in die Soziologie, 2. Auflg., München: Oldenbourg 1997.

 

11. Religionssoziologie - Die Entwicklung der Vorstellung vom Heiligen. München: Oldenbourg 1997.

 

12. Verstehende Soziologie: Lehrbuch, München: Oldenbourg 1999.

 

13. Georg Simmel: Introduction to his Theory and Method, München: Oldenbourg 2001.

 

14. Georg Simmel: Einführung in seine Theorie und Methode, München: Oldenbourg 2001.

 

15. Theorie der Symbolischen Interaktion. Ein Beitrag zum Verstehenden Ansatz in Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 3. überarbeitete Auflg., Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag 2001.

 

16. Symbolic Interaction and Verstehen. Frankfurt am Main, New York: Peter Lang 2005.

 

17. Messages from Georg Simmel. Leiden: Brill 2013.

 

18. Messages from Georg Simmel (paperback), Chicago: Haymarket Books 2014.

 

19. The Social Thought of Georg Simmel. Los Angeles: SAGE 2015.

 

20. China: Promise or Threat? A Study in Cultural Evolution, Leiden: Brill 2017 (Nov. 2016).

 

 

II. Books as editor

1. (Editor) Kultur und Institution. Aufsätze und Vorträge aus der Sektion für Soziologie, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1982.

 

2. (Co-editor) S. N. Eisenstadt and H. J. Helle (eds.), Macro-Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Sociological Theory, vol. 1, London, Beverly Hills, New Delhi: SAGE Publications, (International Sociological Association) 1985.

 

3. (Co-editor) H. J. Helle and S. N. Eisenstadt (eds.), Micro-Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Sociological Theory, vol. 2, London, Beverly Hills, New Delhi: SAGE Publications, (International Sociological Association) 1985.

 

4. (Editor) Georg Simmel, Gesammelte Schriften zur Religionssozio-logie. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1989.

 

5. (Editor) Verstehen and Pragmatism. Essays in Interpretative Sociology. Frankfurt/Main, Bern, New York, Paris: Peter Lang 1990.

 

6. (Co-editor) Pierpaolo Donati and Horst J. Helle (eds.), La Famiglia Oggi/Familie Heute. Annali di Sociologia/Soziologisches Jahrbuch 6 1990-I-II. Trento: Temi.

 

7. (Co-editor and translator) H. J. Helle und L. Nieder (eds.), Essays on Religion by Georg Simmel, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1997.

 

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