Habscheid, Stephan, Prof. Dr.

B06 Principal Investigator

Stephan Habscheid is Professor of German Studies / Applied Linguistics at the University of Siegen. In the DFG Collaborative Research Center 1187 "Media of Cooperation", he took over in 2020, together with Dagmar Hoffmann from Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer, the leadership of the project B06 "Un/solicited Observation", which since then has been dealing with "Intelligent Personal Assistants" (IPA), with which users interact in the context of private everyday practices through "Voice User Interfaces" (VUI). Since 2021, he has been leading the project "'One of Us' - Discursive Constructions, Media of Participation, and Linguistic Practices of Civic Communication in the Contemporary Crisis of Political Representation" in SFB 1472 "Transformations of the Popular" together with Friedemann Vogel. From 2011 to 2022, Stephan Habscheid was co-applicant and supervisor of several media linguistics doctoral theses in the DFG Research Training Group 1769 "Locating Media" at the University of Siegen.


Stephan Habscheid studied German philology and history. He received his doctorate in Older German Philology and his habilitation in German Linguistics. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for General and Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna (2008) and a fellow of the research group "Communicating Disaster" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University (2011). Together with Dr. Erika Linz (University of Bonn), he led the DFG project "Theater in Conversation. Linguistic art appropriation practices in the theatrical pause of the theatrical pause" (2014-2016, publication: 2018). Together with Andreas Müller, Britta Thörle, and Antje Wilton, he edited the "Handbuch Sprache in Organisationen" (2018) in the series "Handbücher Sprachwissen" (de Gruyter). 2021/22 he was part of the leadership of the project "digGer - Open Education in German Studies" with Michael Beißwenger, Britt-Marie Schuster, Torsten Steinhoff and Friedemann Vogel, which was funded by the "Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia" within the framework of the "Digital University NRW".


Since 2012 Stephan Habscheid has been co-editor of the "Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik" (LiLi), and since 2021 co-editor of the book series "Studien zu Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik" published by Metzler Verlag. From 2011 to 2019 he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute for the German Language (IDS), Mannheim, and since 2020 he has been a member of the Institute's International Scientific Council.

  • Language in institutions and organizations
  • Basics of sociopragmatics and media linguistics
  • Small talk and conversation