I’m a doctoral researcher at the Department of Information Studies at University College London.
My PhD study is a social theory of authorship and publishing in the humanities find out more about the research here. In short, I want to find out how and why researchers communicate their research, who a researcher in the humanities actually is, and whether publishers are doing a good job helping researchers communicate. This involves work on scholarly identities, symbolic capital, and the construction of knowledge in the humanities. I see researchers as active, knowledgeable agents. Thus, I ground my sociology on Giddens’ theory of structuration. But what are the rules and resources drawn upon in authorship and publishing? Why do researchers reproduce structures they themselves feel pressured by? How is this affecting discourses in humanities disciplines? Answers – hopefully – soon to come! Other research interests include structuration theory in general, the philosophy of the humanities, or open access in the humanities and social sciences.
If you want to find out more about all of this, please do get in touch (marcel.knochelmann.15–at–ucl.ac.uk).
To reach a wider audience, I try to engage in public debates outside of the academic community, for instance, on the LSE Impact Blog on the commercialisation of open access, Forschung&Lehre or the ZEIT Chancen Brief on fallible conceptions of open access, or partake in the formulation of higher education policy in Berlin or the federal state of Brandenburg (release to come).
I’m currently also holding a non-financial scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation).
I further received a full scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes for my BA and MA, a 2016 SSP International Fellowship, and the 2015 John Wiley & Sons scholarship for my MA at UCL.
I’m a member of the German Social Democrats (SPD), and founding member of the network for higher education/science policy within the SPD. Find out more about this project or get involved here.
I have extensive practical experience in scholarly communication management through project work at John Wiley & Sons, De Gruyter, The Academic Book of the Future project, and the early Knowledge Unlatched, among others. I was the editorial assistant for the Journal of the International Arthurian Society for their 2018 edition.
During the 18/19 academic year, I held a Teaching Assistant position for the Publishing Skills module (with Daniel Boswell) for the MA in Publishing at UCL. During the 17/18 academic year, I held a Teaching Assistant position for Nick Canty for the MA in Publishing at UCL. I held a minor research position reporting to Cathrin Mohr at the Chair of Economic History at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, 2018-2019.
I received a BA from HTWK Leipzig and an MA from UCL.
Before my university studies, I completed a three-year apprenticeship as a bookseller at an independent bookshop in Germany. During those years, I was very active as a guitarist and bassist in different jazz and (stoner)-rock formations.
I lecture(d) on the following topics:
- Ethics in academic publishing (UCL)
- Marketing and strategy in scholarly publishing (UCL)
- The history of academic publishing (UCL)
- Digital publishing processes (UCL)
- Microeconomics in book publishing industries (UCL)
- Academic writing and discourse (HTWK Leipzig)
- Managerial accounting (HTWK Leipzig)
Panels and Speaking
Get in touch (marcel.knochelmann.15–at–ucl.ac.uk) for keynotes or panels. I’m happy to talk about open access, issues of equality in scholarly communication, or current and historical perspectives on research in the humanities. Previous keynotes and talks include, among others:
- LAHP Annual Research Day, London, 2019: Social Dilemma and Reproduction in Humanities Publishing
- OpenUP Final Conference, Brussels, 2018: Don’t Take Openness as a Good on its Own
- Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting, Boston, 2017: Signifiers of Relevance or Identifiers of Communities
- Academic Book of the Future Week, British Library, London, 2017: Start-ups in Scholarly Publishing
- Society of Young Publishers conference, Oxford, 2017: Open Access: From Opening Access to Justifying Business
- iFair conference on a United Nations World Parliament, Berlin, 2017: Open Access Policy Development in National Contexts
- EbookCamp, Hamburg, 2015: The Survival of the Fittest in Publishing, keynote
Short Bio for Conferences
Marcel Knöchelmann is a PhD candidate at the Department of Information Studies at University College London. His PhD study is a social theory of authorship and publishing in the humanities.
Marcel has extensive practical experience in scholarly communication through work at John Wiley & Sons, De Gruyter, The Academic Book of the Future project, Knowledge Unlatched, and the International Arthurian Society, among others. Before his university studies, Marcel completed a three-year apprenticeship as a bookseller at an independent bookshop in Germany.
Marcel was the 2015 John Wiley & Sons scholar and holds a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. His research is funded by the AHRC UK through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).
Get in touch
marcel.knochelmann.15–at–ucl.ac.uk or @lepublikateur
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