Short version: Till Westermayer (born 1975) is a sociologist (M.A., 2001, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg) and political activist with the German Green Party, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (as speaker of the Federal Working Group on Science, Technology and Higher education policies and as delegate for Baden-Württemberg for the federal Länderrat party convention). Since September 2011 he works as »parliamentary advisor« for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in the Baden-Württemberg state parliament. His responsibilities include the fields of science and resarch policy, media policy and internet policy.
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I grew up in a green alternative family. The youth environmental movement was another not quite unimportant factor in my socialisation (as were two political organziations, Grün-Alternative Jugend and JungdemokratInnen).
My political foundation is left-liberal and emancipatory (in a broad sense): freedom, democracy and civil rights are central, but to make use of this rights, politics has to ask questions of justice and fairness. And finds an answer in the idea of a basic income as way to secure cultural, societal and political participation in late modern societies. To make individual freedom politically possible means to rebut deep-laying prejudices (e.g. about the idea that women and men are different). Finally all freedom is useless if our planetary basis of life will be destroyed. Thus we need political ecology. I find both ideas in the agenda of the green party, thus I am involved there in various functions.
I have studied sociology (as major, with computer science and psychology as minors) in Freiburg, where I live with two kids, even if I work in Stuttgart. Before becoming consultant for the green party in the state parliament, I worked as sociologist in various third-party funded projects, and I started a PhD project. Topics I find interesting include sociology of everyday life and the theory of practice, (sustainable) styles of living, urbanity, utopias, new media, technology, and gender. Fitting with these research interests I spend time with reading ambitious science fiction. Or with the internet. I also write a bit and take photographs.
Finally: to write »Till Westermeyer« is wrong, but nowadays Google is intelligent enough to find me nevertheless ;-)
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More about me (mostly in German language):
- publications (and some texts available online)
- teaching experience
- topics of interest
- my PhD project
You could also look here:
- more about me at XING
- more about me at Facebook
- my photographs at Flickr
- my Twitter stream
- person data, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
- research data base, Freiburg University (search results for »Westermayer«)
Last updated: October 1st, 2012