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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Political Theory

Vincent August, M.A.

né Vincent Rzepka
Vincent August M.A.
vincent.august (at) hu-berlin.de

Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 126
Phone number
+49 302093-66634
+49 30 2093-66631
Consultation hours

by appointment (please e-mail)

Personal Statement

Vincent August (né Rzepka) is faculty member and research associate in political theory at the Department of Social Sciences. Studying political science, sociology, and literature, he earned his BA and MA degree from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He has been a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), and the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, is editorial board member with the Theorieblog.

In his last book, Vincent challenges the political key word 'transparency' by offering a genealogy of this democratic norm. Recently, he has worked on a general theory of transparency, unraveling the history, mechanism, and unintended consequences of transparency. 

In a second project, Vincent examines the rise of network ideas. He reveals how intellectuals, such as Foucault, Crozier, or Luhmann, enforced cybernetic network ideas to re-shape the way we think about society and politics. As he traces concepts of complexity, self-regulation, and network governance from their origins in cybernetics via the “silent revolution” of the 1970s to the present, Vincent's work dissects the massive shift in our understanding of subjectivity and power that resulted from the rise of network ideas.


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Research Interests


Vincent’s research areas are:

social and political theory

history of thought and sociology of knowledge

political sociology


His main research topics are:

Norms, practices, and critique of governance:
networks, (neo)liberalism, republicanism

Transparency and the public sphere:
norms, practices, consequences of transparency, concepts of publicity, rhetoric

Politics in technological times:
history, epistemology, and impact of technological ideas
(currently esp. cybernetics, mechanics, systems and network theory)



The Network Society: An Epistemic Order and its History of Thought

Hannah Arendt's political thought

The Public Sphere: Theory, History, Challenges

Politics and Postmodernity: 'Governance' as a Political Theory

Michel Foucault’s History of Governmentality

Political Rhetoric: Analysis and Technique of Power

Liberalism – History and Topicality

Introduction to Political Theory and the History of Political Thought

Introduction to Academic Research

Performativity and Politics (team-taught with Grit Straßenberger)


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