Sandra Plontke


Sandra Plontke studied German Literature, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. After her master’s thesis on epistemological aspects of nonverbal communication in the work of Hugo von Hofmannsthal, she has been working as a lecturer at the University’s Institute of German Philology and later on at the Department of Social Psychology and Social Anthropology. The main focus of her teaching is on qualitative social scientific analysis of visual media such as films, computer games and pictures. In 2012 she led the project “Cultural psychological analysis of film, video and picture” which was funded- by the Foundation for Cultural Studies (Kulturwissenschaftliche Stiftung) in Essen. In the framework of that project and together with her students she coordinated the exhibition “Inside Out – Pictures of the own and the different” (18. Oct. - 18. Nov. 2012). Besides she gives courses on intercultural communication and intercultural competence. Since 2017 she is research assistant at the Chair of Social Theory and Social Psychology. In her dissertation project she wants to detect and describe the co-constitution of (digital) pictures and knowledge in Video Game Development.


Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
GD 01/231
Phone +49 (0)234 32 27252


Office hours: by arrangement

Research Areas

Cultural psychology, visual culture, „Bildwissenschaften“ and media studies as well as praxeology and the sociology of knowledge.


Plontke, S. (2016): How things are designed and how they design. In: Attila Bruni, Parolin Laura Lucia, Cornelius Schubert (Eds.): Designing work, technology, organizations and vice versa. Vernon.

Plontke, S. (2014): The Human Creator as an Interface. In: Claudio Coletta, Sara Colombo, Paolo Magaudda et al. (Eds.): A Matter of Design. Making Society through Science and Technology. Proceeding of the 5th STS Italia Conference, p. 395 - 409.

Plontke, S. (2000). Rezension zu Michael Wermke: „Jugendliteratur über den Holocaust. Eine religionspädagogische, gedächtnissoziologische und literaturtheoretische Untersuchung“. In: Zeitschrift für Diaspora- und Genozidforschung, 2, 2, S. 134-135.

Plontke, S. (2007). Von Ago bis Zwicken. Die Fachsprache der Schuhfertigungstechnik in ihrer lexikalischen Vielfalt. In: Muttersprache 117, S. 61-74.