Information Studies


Marcel Knöchelmann

Marcel Knöchelmann is a sociologist, focussing on issues of authorship, publishing, and moral discourse.

Marcel Knöchelmann currently pursues a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology. His research focusses on the intersection of literature, solidarity, and democracy. Marcel received his PhD from UCL's Department of Information Studies in 2021.

Cultural intermediaries and literary production 

Marcel’s postdoctoral project on literary production at Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology looks at processes of cultural intermediation in contemporary literary production, particularly the work of cultural intermediaries such as editors, critics, or jury board members. Literature is said to be one of the fundamental cultural products influencing moral discourse of Western societies, but knowledge about how it is produced vis-à-vis existing culture structures and notions of morality tends to be scarce. Literature not only influences morality, it is influenced by moral discourse just as well. How so, and how the decision-making of agents, editors, and critics reflects this, is the concern of this research. Find out more about the research on literature and solidarity here.

Scholarly communication and the humanities

Authorship and Publishing in the Humanities
The PhD research looked at how and why scholars in the humanities and the Geisteswissenschaften communicate the way they do.  Several empirical studies were conducted during this project to determine the impact of the Research Excellence Framework in the UK, the Exzellenzinitiative in Germany, or developments of academic governance (internationalisation or drivers of excellence) on authorship and publishing practices. Find out more about the research on scholarly communcation in the humanities here. The PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK, through the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). Parts of the thesis are published with Cambridge University Press: Authorship and Publishing in the Humanities.

Scholarly interests include:

  • The decision making of cultural intermediaries
  • Ethics of publishing
  • Scholarly communication in the humanities
  • Open access practices and discourses
  • Social theory and democratic theory

Contact: marcel.knochelmann.15 [a] ucl.ac.uk