Chair in Qualitative Empirical Research Methods



After a productive summer semester which for the first time in a long while has been completely in person, the entire Team Wagemann wholeheartedly wishes all students and other members of Goethe University a wonderful summer season and a relaxing semester break.

We will also be taking a vacation. Therefore, we ask for your understanding if we are less available than usual until the resumption of teaching in the winter semester.


Porta patet, cor magis!“ * 

This motto is still fully valid in the year 2022, possibly even more than ever. And so it was no coincidence that, towards the end of this summer semester, a whole crowd of congratulators gathered for one of the notorious Tuesday afternoons in a well-known tea kitchen. The occasion for the joyful gathering was twofold: celebrating both Claudius Wagemann's 10th anniversary of service at Goethe University and his 50th birthday. The trinity of this double birthday was finally completed by the jubilarian himself, whose spirit had never left Frankfurt, but who celebrated his return to the Main in body and soul after his research stay in beautiful Florence.

Provided with the blessing of the boss, the Wagemann team had meticulously prepared the small celebration. And the result was a complete success: Colleagues and companions from the department reached out to each other; delicious cake creations were served together with the refreshing Frankfurt-Italian drink creation "the Claudius"; and in keeping with the occasion of the double day of honor, a selection of carefully curated gifts was handed over, which Claudius Wagemann - the incarnate, not the spirit - knew how to appreciate with blessed joy and at the same time with holy seriousness. The festivities finally came to a close with a communal supper for Team Wagemann in the cozy cider garden.

While the first ten years of Claudius Wagemann's era at Goethe University are thus subject to the inclined eye of historians, the next ten have yet to be written. A meaningful and necessarily eclectic insight into the countless professional and personal successes of this history so far is provided by WagemannSpektrum, a lavishly designed and limited edition "special issue" of the well-known university magazine. In this spirit, Team Wagemann congratulates its boss and wishes: May the next ten years be at least as grandiose as the past ones!

* "The door is open, the heart even more so!"


Benedikt Bender is participating in the international conference of the Council for European Studies in Lisbon. From June 29 to July 1, he will discuss democracy, economy and society with leading international scholars. His presentation will be in the panel "Public Policy Positions of European Business Associations: Where Do Employer Preferences Come from?" where he will present his current research from the Reform Monitor on Political Conflict. More information on the Reform Monitor on Political Conflict will follow soon on our homepage. 


In the XII. edition of the event series Frankfurter Gespräche, Dr. Benedikt Bender, research associate at our professorship, organized a talk with "MrWissen2Go", Mirko Drotschmann, on March 23, 2022. The event was conducted in presence as well as broadcast via live stream and was titled: "Knowledge, Truth and the Creation of our Reality in the Age of the 'Digital Revolution'". The lecture of "Mr.Wissen2Go" was on the one hand about the use of social media for knowledge transfer (viewing behavior, learning and attention curve) and on the other hand about the challenges consumers and producers are confronted with. In the subsequent conversation and discussion with the audience, it was then "truth claims" and the "struggle" for knowledge and truth that came up and were controversially discussed. Overall, the event was a great opportunity to establish a connection between an expert in knowledge communication and our methods team.


The winter semester 2021/22 continued to be strongly influenced by the Covid pandemic and demanded a high degree of flexibility and mutual consideration from all lecturers and students. For the first time since the winter semester 2019/20, however, it was again possible to conduct teaching in attendance while observing the appropriate safety precautions. With a successful hybrid concept that provided for four courses in presence, three digitally, and another in alternating mode, our chair successfully contributed to getting face-to-face encounters and exchanges between lecturers and students going again in the seminar room, while at the same time taking into account the sensitivities and needs of all involved.

Despite the adverse circumstances, our students look back on their return to campus with satisfaction. For example, our student assistant Laura Linz, who is happy to be able to complete the last stages of her master's studies in presence: "I really enjoyed being able to study and work in presence at the university again. Although some courses were moved back to online mode during the semester and the hallways became emptier again, I still come here several times a week because I don't want to miss the personal exchange in the team and with my fellow students."


Lex Metzeld, student assistant at the chair, who was able to enjoy studying at the Westend Campus for the first time in his third Bachelor semester, also draws an extremely satisfied conclusion: "The past semester has exceeded my expectations in a positive sense. I had a lot of fun during the weeks of face-to-face teaching until Christmas. The interesting and pleasant discussions and the fact that I already knew the course participants also qualitatively enhanced the last few weeks of online teaching. All the more I can say for myself after this semester: There is no real substitute for direct interaction, which is why I am very much looking forward to the summer semester as a (hopefully) purely face-to-face semester. And apart from that, there is still the weekly exchange with my colleagues at the professorship, which is always a highlight of my week."


While our entire chair is happy about the successful resumption of campus life, we ask for your understanding should we not be as present and reliably reachable as usual during the semester break. This is especially true for Professor Claudius Wagemann, for whom the end of the lecture period means the beginning of a research semester.