Prof. Dr. Axel Schmidt

Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache
R 5, 6-13, Büro 3.04
D-68161 Mannheim

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Prof. Dr. Axel Schmidt, Dipl. Soz., Dipl. Päd.




  • 1991-1999 Studies in Sociology and Educational Science at the University of Frankfurt am Main
  • 2002-2005 Research Assistant at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Institute for Social Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • 2004 PhD in Sociology from the University of Koblenz-Landau, thesis on: "Doing Peer Group - Interactive Practices of Juvenile Group Constitution"
  • 2005-2012 Research Assistant at the University of Basel, Institute for Media Studies
  • 2011 Habilitation from the University of Basel, Habilitation-Thesis on "Media and Interaction"
  • Since 2013 Researcher at the Institute for the German Language

Areas of Research:

Multimodal interaction, media communication, media ethnography, interaction in theatre and television

Selected publications (in English):

  • Schmidt, Axel (2018): Prefiguring the future: Projections and preparations within theatrical rehearsals. In: Deppermann, Arnulf/Streeck, Jürgen (eds.): Time in Embodied Interaction. Synchronicity and sequentiality of multimodal resources. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 231-260.

  • Schmidt, Axel (2011): How to Deal Methodologically with Entertaining Hatred and Aggressive Humour on the Web (and Television). In: Studies in Communication Sciences 11, 2, pp. 133-166.

For a list of recent German publications, see the German page