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Prof. Dr. Fabian Kessl

Sozialpädagogik mit dem Schwerpunkt sozialpolitische Grundlagen

Curriculum Vitae

Fabian Kessl studied educational science and politics at the University of Heidelberg. His PhD has been on a governmentality of social work (published in German 2005 at Juventa). From 2000 – 2008 he was working as a lecturer in social work at the Center of Social Service Studies at the University of Bielefeld. As a professor for social work theories and methods he has been part of the Department of Social Work & Social Policy at University of Duisburg-Essen. Since 2018 he is a professor for Social Pedagogy, focusing on its politic foundation, at the University of Wuppertal.

His teaching is focused on theories and policy studies in social work and on questions of education and care in non-schooling areas, like child and youth welfare (BA and MA level). Also Fabian Kessl has been a guest lecturer at Innsbruck University (Austria), University of Applied Science St. Gallen (Switzerland) and different German universities.

The current research interests of Fabian Kessl are in the transformation of the welfare state and welfare state agencies, especially due to the dimensions of scale (spatial aspects), the everyday life of service users and the institutional change of public services in general. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Urbana-Champaign (US) and at Royal Holloway, University of London (UK).

Fabian Kessl is Managing Director of Social Work & Society (www.socwork.net), member of the Editorial Boards of Widersprüche and Soziale Passagen and member of the International Advisory Board of Critical Social Policy. From 2011–2014 Fabian Kessl has been a speaker of the PhD-programme »Widersprüche gesellschaftlicher Integration. Zur Transformation Sozialer Arbeit« (Contradictions of social integration. On the Transformation of Social Work, www.uni-due.de/wgi), and a member of the board of the PhD-programme »Leben im transformierten Sozialstaat« (How to live in the Transformed Welfare State, http://transsoz.web.th-koeln.de/).

From 2014 Fabian to 2018 Kessl was part of the executive board of the German Association of Educational Science (DGfE, https://www.dgfe.de/aktuelles.html) and since 2014 he is a member and one of the speakers of the board of trustees in the Institute of Social Modernity (ISM, www.solidarische-moderne.de/).

He edited international special issues at European Journal of Social Work (EJSW) and Social Work & Society (SW&S) on Knowledge Transfer in Social Work (2015) and Boundary Work (2012) and the European Social Work – Compendium (together with Walter Lorenz, Hans-Uwe Otto and Sue White) at Barbara Budrich Publisher (Farmington Hills, 2019).

Selected Publications (Only English)

Fabian Kessl (2007): Social Work as Government. In: Michael A. Peters & Tina Besley, (Eds.) Why Foucault? New Directions in Educational Research. Bern et al.: Peter Lang. [translated into Portuguese: Assistência Social Como “Governo”: Uma Perspectiva Analítica do Pode. Artmed, Porto Alegre]

Fabian Kessl (2007): Civil Society. In: Social Work & Society, Vol 5, Issue 1, [http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0009-11-11409]

Fabian Kessl (2009): What's the Use of Studies on Governmentality in Social Work? A Critique on the Critique. In: Michael A. Peters et al. (Eds.): Governmentality Studies in Education. Rotterdam: Sense

Fabian Kessl (2009): Critical Reflexivity, Social Work, and the Emerging European Post-welfare States. In: European Journal of Social Work, Vol 12, No 3

Fabian Kessl & Michael A. Peters (2009): Space, Critique, Theory: The Reassertion of Space in Social Theory. In: Policy Futures of Education, No 1

Fabian Kessl (2009): Marked Silence, Neo-Feudalistic Reactions and the Stabilized Moral Regime – The Current De- and Reformation of „the Social“. In: Social Work & Society, Vol 7, No 1 (htttp://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0009-11-20375)

Fabian Kessl (2014): Problematizing Social Work: some reactions. In: Paul Michael Garrett with responses from Rona Woodward et al.: Children and Families. Bristol: Policy Press

Fabian Kessl & Christian Reutlinger (2015): Professional Social Work in divided cities? In: Birgit Bütow, María Luisa Gómez Jiménez (Eds.): Social Policy and Social Dimensions on Vulnerability and Resilience in Europe. Opladen & Farmington Hills, Barbara Budrich Publisher [Reprint in Eris Web Journal, Vol, No 1: http://periodika.osu.cz/eris/dok/2013-01/3-kessl-reutlinger-professional_social-work-in-divided-cities.pdf]

Fabian Kessl & Tony Evans (20145): Special issue: Travelling Knowledge in Social Work. European Journal of Social Work, Vol 18, No 4

Tony Evans, John Harris, Fabian Kessl, Stefan Schnurr, Tor Sletteboe, Elisabeth Brodtkorb & Olga Borodkina (2015): International travelling knowledge in social work: an analytical framework. In: European Journal of Social Work, Vol 18, No 4 10.1080/13691457.2014.949633

Fabian Kessl & Tony Evans (2015): International Social Work: Understanding Social Work within Social Policy Systems. In: Tony Evans & Frank Keating (Eds.): Policy and Social Work Practice. London: Sage

Fabian Kessl, Walter Lorenz, Hans-Uwe Otto & Sue White (Eds.) (2019): European Social Work - A Compendium. Leverkusen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich Publisher

Fabian Kessl, Melanie, Oechler, Tina Schroeder (2019): Charity Economy. In: Kessl Fabian, Walter Lorenz, Hans-Uwe Otto, Sue White (Eds.): European Social Work - A Compendium. Leverkusen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich Publisher

Fabian Kessl, Stephan Lorenz & Holger Schoneville (2019/in print): Social exclusion, food assistance and welfare deficits in affluent Germany. In: Hannah Lambie-Mumford & Tiina Silvasti (Eds.): The rise of food insecurity and food charity across Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press