Institute of Sociology

Sophia Cramer, M. A.


Office

Department of Sociology
Wilhelmstraße 36 (Hegelbau)
1st upper floor, room 111
72074 Tübingen

Office hours:


By email appointment only.

E-Mail: sophia.cramerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de


Research interests

  • Performance evaluation in microfinance organisations
  • Sociology of World Society and Globalization
  • Sociology of (performance) comparison and quantification
  • Organizational sociology
  • Methods of qualitative social research, in particular ethnography in organisations

Scientific Background

since April 2018
Research associate at the Department of Sociology, University of Tübingen

(maternity leave replacement)

since September 2014
Dissertation Projekt

"Commercialization or poverty reduction? Effects of Global Comparative Observation on Organizational Processes in Microfinance Organizations" (working title), Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Lucerne (funded by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung).

04/2016-08/2017
Ethnographic field research in microfinance organisations, Nicaragua

09/2012-01/2016
Research assistant in the DFG project

"The observation of the world. The Contribution of International Statistics and UN World Conferences to the Formation of a Global Comparative Order, 1949-2009", under the direction of Prof. Dr. Bettina Heintz and Prof. Dr. Marion Müller, Universities of Lucerne and Bielefeld

10/2011-05/2014
MA in Sociology with focus on Organizational Sociology

Thesis: "Excellence at Universities and the Limits of their Formal Organizability", University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Sociology

10/2007-04/2011
BA in Social Sciences with a Minor in Educational Science

Thesis: "The Microfinance Revolution: Causes and Consequences of the Enforcement of a Commercial Microfinance Approach", Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University

10/2006-09/2007
BA course in History with the minor subjects Latin American Studies and Islamic Studies.

Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin


Teaching

Summer semester 2019

Bachelor

Courses in previous semesters

Lectures

11.-13.05/2017

"Performativity of Survey Instruments and their Limits in the Standardised Generation of Benchmarking of Microfinance Organisations", paper presentation and lecture at the conference Interaktion, Organisation und Welt-)Gesellschaft, University of Lucerne.
„Performativität von Erhebungsinstrumenten und ihre Grenzen in der standardisierten Erzeugung des Leistungsvergleichs von Mikrofinanzorganisationen“, Paperpräsentation und Vortrag auf der Tagung Interaktion, Organisation und (Welt-)Gesellschaft, Universität Luzern.

 

26.-28.05/2016

"From the input mask to the number. Steuerungspotentiale in der Herstellung globaleer Indexwerte zur 'social performance' von Mikrofinanzorganisationen" (Control Potentials in the Production of Global Index Values for the Social Performance of Microfinance Organisations), paper presentation and lecture at the conference "History and Sociology of Global Numbers", University of Lucerne. 
„Von der Eingabemaske zur Zahl. Steuerungspotentiale in der Herstellung globaler Indexwerte zur ‚social performance’ von Mikrofinanzorganisationen“, Paperpräsentation und Vortrag auf der Tagung „Geschichte und Soziologie globaler Zahlen“, Universität Luzern.

14.-17.03/2016

"From the input mask to the number. Control potentials in the production of global index values for the 'social performance' of microfinance organizations", paper presentation in the PhD workshop "Sociology of Knowledge - Objects - Praxeology: Science Studies, Economic Sociology and Beyond" with Prof. Dr. Karin Knorr Cetina, Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Lucerne.

„Von der Eingabemaske zur Zahl. Steuerungspotentiale bei der Herstellung globaler Indexwerte zur 'social performance' von Mikrofinanzorganisationen“, Paperpräsentation im Doktorandenworkshop „Sociology of Knowledge – Objects – Praxeology: Science Studies, Economic Sociology and Beyond“ mit Prof. Dr. Karin Knorr Cetina, Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Universität Luzern.

10.-12.04/2015

"The (Comparative) Environment of a Peruvian Microfinance Organisation (NGO)"), paper presentation and lecture during the 7th PhD Workshop for Ethnographic Research, University of Marburg.
„Die (Vergleichs-)Umwelt einer peruanischen Mikrofinanzorganisation (NGO)“, Paperpräsentation und Vortrag während des 7. Doktorand*innen Workshops für ethnografische Forschung, Universität Marburg.

23./24.01/2015

"Comparative Forms in the Microfinance Sector - Overview and Distinguishing Dimensions", paper presentation and lecture during the workshop "Communication through Numbers", Bielefeld Graduate School for History and Sociology, University of Bielefeld.
„Vergleichsformen im Mikrofinanzsektor – Überblick und Unterscheidungsdimensionen“, Paperpräsentation und Vortrag während des Workshops „Kommunikation durch Zahlen“, Bielefeld Graduate School for History and Sociology, Universität Bielefeld.

12./13.08/2013

Commercialisation and Averting the Goal of Poverty Reduction), lecture at the conference "Three Decades of Neoliberal Development Policy and Microfinance: A Balance Sheet", Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne.           „Kommerzialisierung und Abwendung vom Ziel der Armutsbekämpfung“, Vortrag auf der Konferenz „Drei Jahrzehnte neoliberale Entwicklungspolitik und Mikrofinanz: Eine Bilanz“, Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln.