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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Political Theory

Vincent August, M.A.

né Vincent Rzepka
Curriculum Vitae | Publication List
Vincent August M.A.
vincent.august (at) hu-berlin.de

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

by appointment (please e-mail)

Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin



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 held a Humboldt Research Track Scholarship and was visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

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 that allows to understand the attractiveness, mechanisms, and unintended consequences of transparency.

Moreover, he has just completed a manuscript on the rise of network ideas. Tracing the impact of cybernetics on political and social theories, he argues that the network society is the product of a political struggle in the 1970s. As he analyzes the great transformation that made us believe to live in a networked society that needs network governance, he reveals that the network ideas found in the influental theories of Foucault, Luhmann, and network governance research pose huge challenges for democratic societies and their citizens.


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Research Interests

Vincent is critically engaging with political, cultural, and social theory. He focusses on the political challenges these theories responded to and may respond to today. He publishes broadly on contemporary issues and the history of political thought.

His main research fields 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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