Dr. Jan-Christoph Marschelke

University of Regensburg


Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“
Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung
Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”
Konrad-Zuse-Platz 1-3
53227 Bonn

Telephone: (+49) 228 / 73 540 24
Telefax: (+49) 228 / 73 540 54
Email: jan.marschelke@ur.de

Website: https://www.uni-regensburg.de/sprache-literatur-kultur/kultur-kollektivwissenschaft/mitarbeiter/jan-chr-marschelke/index.html

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jan-Christoph Marschelke studied Law at the University of Passau and at the University of Würzburg. After graduating, he pursued his doctoral studies as well as a legal traineeship in Frankenthal (Pfalz), Ludwigshafen, Athens (German Embassy), and Heidelberg (Springer Wissenschaftsverlag). He completed his second state examination in 2008. In 2009, he obtained his doctorate with a dissertation on Jeremy Bentham – Philosophie und Recht. From 2009 to 2013, he was Managing Director of the interdisciplinary teaching project Globale System und interkulturelle Kompetenz (GSiK) at the University of Würzburg. In 2010, Dr. Marschelke was a visiting lecturer at Northeastern Normal University and at Jilin University, Changchun, in China. Since 2014, he has served as Academic Advisor at the University of Regensburg, where he is also Managing Director of the Research Center for Cultural and Collective Studies. He is a member of the research project Cosmopolitanism. Justice, Democracy and Citizenship beyond Borders (Lisbon) and of the research network Mediterranean Studies on Island Areas (MS ISLA) (Regensburg).

Dr. Marschelke’s research is interdisciplinary: It focuses on cultural and social theoretical perspectives on collectivity, interculturality, and law. He is particularly interested in developing a praxeological theory of collectivity, which is also the subject of his research at the Center.

Since April 2021, Dr. Jan-Christoph Marschelke has been a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” in Bonn.

Research project

„Doing collectivity, doing normativity: Eine praxeologische Verbindung von Kollektivität und Normativität“

John Griffiths’ seminal article “What is legal pluralism?” (1986) has been quoted countless times for the distinction between weak and strong legal pluralism. Less attention has been paid to the social theory which Griffiths lays out in his typewriter œuvre: He tries to trace normativity back to its sources within the depths of social organization. He considers groups, corporations, “Genossenschaften” and fields. But even though he welcomes every such attempt to not fall prey to state centrism he bemoans the tendency to employ a monolithic and reifying understanding of collectivity – and eventually, as we might add, of normativity and legality, too. Still, Griffiths only offers programmatic remarks about how to systematically solve these problems.

This is where my project sets in: at attempts to explicity address the nexus of collectivity and normativity (e.g. Grifftiths, Cotterrell). I will try to further develop such promising approaches and find a possibility of conceptualizing the relationship of collectivity and normativity without reifying neither of them. My suggestion will be to combine praxeological accounts of collectivity, on the one hand, with praxeological accounts of normativity (and “legality”), on the other hand. I will be looking for guidance from recent developments of Bourdieu’s legal sociology, from praxeological approaches in organization and community theory, and from insights provided by a more general theory of collectivity which stresses the multiple collective affiliations of actors (multicollectivity) and, thus, the segmentedness and thicket-like entanglement of all human collectivities.

Publications (selected)

Editorial Work


  • „Ethnonationalität jenseits von Inter- und diesseits von Transkulturalität. Eine Skizze von Brubakers Gruppismuskritik mit kollektivwissenschaftlichen Anmerkungen“, in: Grimm, S./Carl, M.-C./Konya-Jobs, N. (Hg.), Ost-Geschichten. Das östliche Mitteleuropa als Ort und Gegenstand interkultureller literarischer Lernprozesse, Vandenhoek & Ruprecht unipress: Bonn 2021, S. 45-60.
  • Transkollektive Gedächtnisse. Notizen zu den Kritiken an der Assmannschen Theorie des kollektiven Gedächtnisses“, in: Zeitschrift für Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaft 5/2, 2020, S. 103-130.
  • „Wider die Schizophrenie. Neue Perspektiven auf das „alte“ Problem des Nationalen in der Interkulturellen Kommunikation“, in: Moosmüller, A. (Hg.), Interkulturelle Kompetenz: kritische Perspektiven, Waxmann: Münster 2020, S. 203-227.
  • Doing collectivity. Eine praxeologische Annäherung an Kollektivität“, in: Zeitschrift für Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaft 5/1, 2019, S. 79-113.
  • Generationenkollektive. Beschreibungen von Mannheim, Halbwachs und Hansen und der Versuch einer Synthese“ (mit Frauen, W.), in: Zeitschrift für Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaft 5/1, 2019, S. 115-134
  • „Kollektivwissenschaft“ (mit Hansen, K. P.), in: Staatslexikon. Recht - Wirtschaft - Gesellschaft, Bd. 3, 8. A., 2019, S. 915-917.
  • “Commentary: From the state law monopoly to the social theory of collectives”, in: Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law 50/3, 2018, S. 275-279.
  • „Rechtsgefühle in Rechtssoziologie und -psychologie – Diskursanalyse und Systematisierungsansatz“, in: Bens, J./Zenker, O. (Hg.), Gerechtigkeitsgefühle. Zur affektiven und emotionalen Legitimität von Normen, transcript: Bielefeld 2017, S. 37-69.
  • „Mehrfachzugehörigkeit von Individuen - Prämissen und Reichweite des Begriffs der Multikollektivität“, in: Zeitschrift für Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaft 3/1, 2017, S. 29-68.
  • „Rechtskultur – Aspekte einer rechtssoziologischen Debatte“, in: Zeitschrift für Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaft 1/2, 2015.