Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kornelia HAHN
Full Professor of General Sociology and Sociological Theory

Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg / FB Soziologie und Sozialgeographie / Abteilung Soziologie und Kulturwissenschaft
Rudolfskai 42, A-5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 (0)662-8044-4117

Raum: 033
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  • Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences / University Salzburg
  • Co-coordinator of the Research Network 29 Social Theory at ESA European Sociological Association
  • Co-coordinator of the division Sociological Theory of the Austrian Sociological Association


Sociological Theory, Sociology of Culture, Communication/ Interaction through Media, Fashion & Clothing Industries, Intimate Relationship, Embodiments, and Interpretive Methods.

Field of Expertise

Kornelia’s research agenda is primarily focused on theorising cultural dynamics through an interpretive approach that combines material, historical and semiotic perspectives. She theorises these dynamics particularly in the areas of (digital) communication, intimate relationships, the political public sphere, and the embodied service and fashion/garment industries.

Recent Book

Social Digitalisation. Persistent Transformations Beyond Digital Technology (Palgrave Macmillan 2021)    https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030798666

Co-editor of the long-standing book series Media Cultures in the Digital Age (Springer Nature)

Upcoming Conference Talks

  • Assessing social digitalisation of tourism and leisure industries. Ninth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, University of Liverpool
  • Fashion Supply Chains Revisited – and Transformed? ESA Conference Aug. 2024, University of Porto.

Recent Conference Talks

  • Intimacy in Public: Theory, Culture & Society Summer School. Theory, Cultur & Society Summer School, University of Klagenfurt. 14.10.2023.
  • Theorising Digitalisation from the neglected Social Centre. ESA RN29 Midterm Conference: Theorising from the Margins, University of Salzburg. 29.09.2023.
  • Lessons from the Geography of Wardrobes – Fashion Supply Chains Revisited. Royal Geographical Society, Annual Meeting Royal Geographical Society, Imperial College London. 31.08.2023
  • The paradox production of privacy by platform economies. Summer School: Digitalisation and Platformisation of Social Worlds, University of Bologna. 03.05.2022.
  • Prosumption and Digital Co-Programming. International Conference: Emerging Platform Societies, University of Bologna. 04.04.2022.
  • Working One’s way down the fashion store. A visual sociology approach. ESA Midterm Conference RN05 Consumption, University of Bologna. 28.08.2023
  • Platformised Work and Workers as Human Platforms. Annual Meeting Royal Geographical Society, University of Newcastle. 30.08.2022
  • Theorising Digital Transformation within Public Discourse. Annual Meeting British Sociological Association, University of Manchester. 12.04.2023
  • ‚Whatever In Love Means‘ Theorie/desiderata Intimer Beziehungen. Conference of the Theory and Body research groups of the Austrian Sociological Association, University of Graz 03.03.2023
  • I am a theorist after all. Towards a methodology to explain social dynamics. ESA RN 29 Midterm Conference, University of Copenhagen. 20.08.2022

Previous offices

  • Head of the Sociology Department from (2011 – 2023)
  • Co-director of the Doctoral School Art & Public Sphere (2010 – 2014)
  • Co-director of the Doctoral School On the Move: people, objects, signs (2016 – 2021).

Short Bio

Kornelia received her PhD and her habilitation degree/venia legendi from the University of Bonn/ Germany where she also had been trained in Sociology, Modern German Literature and General Linguistics.

After her studies Kornelia has been a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Bonn/Germany, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Helmut-Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Theory of Culture at Leuphana University Lüneburg/ Germany, professor in the department of Sociology at Washington College at Chestertown (MD, USA), and professor for Fashion & Aesthetics at Technical University of Darmstadt/ Germany.  

Award/ Grant/ Reviewer

Kornelia has been a fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland (College Park, MD/USA) in 2002-03 on a stipend of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

She received an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lecturing and an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Publishing from Leuphana University Lüneburg/Germany.

From 2010 to 2020 she has been a permanent reviewer for the prestigious fully funded Phd grant by the Austrian Academy of Sciences ÖAD.

She serves as reviewer for: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Einstein-Stiftung Berlin, Journal of Consumer Culture (USA), Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Körber – Stiftung (Deutscher Studienpreis), MASCULINITIES: A Journal of Identity and Culture, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, Schweizer Nationalfond SNF, Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie, Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Zeitschrift für Tourismuswissenschaft