Iris Clemens

I did my PhD in educational science at the Goethe University Frankfurt and recently finished my habilitation submitted at the Freie University Berlin. The main focus of my work is on cultural theory, mainly inspired by theories rooted in sociology such as modern systems theory and network theory. Especially I am interested in social transformations due to globalisation and the implication for learning, working conditions, social relations and changing identity constructions in the world society. Another focus lies on cultural specifics of knowledge and of the epistemological bases of scientific theories and constructions (for example discussed as indigenous knowledge or indigenous theories, but with a broader perspective).

Since 1998 I have worked on several research projects in and about India. I have extended experiences in empirical fieldwork as well as in theoretical reflections in this context. This includes research on mating strategies, discourses about new media and its implications for knowledge and identity constructions, consequences of the IT revolution and the global icon of the Indian IT-Professional, naïve theories about education and an educated person in an Indian middle-class sample, rituals in schools, early world society descriptions from ancient India etc.

After working at the German Institute for International Educational Research (Deutsches Institut für Interantionale Pädagogische Forschung DIPF) in Frankfurt and at the Free University Berlin I have now a temporal professorship at the Universität der Bundeswehr Munich.


Clemens, Iris (2004): Education and Women: About Castes, Marriage 
Markets and the Illusion of Deconstruction, Man in India, 84, 3-4, 
S. 247-255.

Clemens, Iris (2008): Globalisation and the Need for Cultural 
Perspectives in Educational Sciences. In Stojanov, Krassimir (Hrsg.):
Philosophy of Education: Research Areas, Paradigms, Methods. 
Critique & Humanism Journal, 26 (special issue), S. 171-186.

Clemens, Iris (2008): A double-edged sword: Education and Marriage 
in India. In: Mukherjee, Debashree (Hrsg.): Women Education and 
Empowerment. Hyderabad: Icfai University Press, S. 24-31.

Clemens, Iris (2010): Self-descriptions of the World Society in 
non-western contexts and the implications for the general theoretical
 approach. An Analysis of the Edicts of Ancient India Emperor Ashoka.
 Soziale Systeme, 16, 1, S. 103-120.

Clemens, Iris (2010): The global icon of the Indian IT-Professional.
Contact zones in the age of new media, globalisation and world 
society. Paragrana, 19, 2, S. 250-261.

Clemens, Iris (2011): Lost in Transition? Managing paradoxical 
situations by inventing identities. In Michaels, Axel & Wulf, 
Christoph (Hrsg.): The Body in India. Routldlegde: New Delhi.

Clemens, Iris (2011): Polished person or parasite? The implications 
of education for social identities and self concepts and culturally 
diverse emotional consequences. An Indian example. Paragrana, 20, 2, 
S. 168 – 180.

Clemens, Iris (2012): Learning to express and feel appropriate 
emotions in the adult way. Observations of Monday morning school 
rituals in Germany and India. In Michaels, Axel und Wulf, Christoph 
(Hrsg.): Emotions in Rituals and Performances. London, New York, 
New Delhi: Routledge, S. 283-291.