Professor of Social Work
Université du Luxembourg
Michael-Sebastian Honig graduated in Educational Sciences and Sociology (M.A.) at Göttingen University in 1974 and obtained his Dr. rer. soc. from the University of Tübingen in 1986. His doctoral thesis was a study on family violence (Verhäuslichte Gewalt. Frankfurt/M. 1986) and got the faculty award. He obtained his professional qualification (Habilitation) in Educational Sciences from the University of Tübingen in 1996 with a study on theories of childhood (Entwurf einer Theorie der Kindheit. Frankfurt/M. 1999).
Between 1976 and 1997 Michael-Sebastian Honig worked at the German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut, DJI) in Munich. He held several posts at DJI, e.g. as head of policy unit and as head of department “Children and Childcare”. In 1997 he left for a post as Professor in Education at Trier University. He was Dean and Vice Dean of the department of Philosophy, Psychology and Education 2003–2007. In 2006 he stayed for half a year as a guest researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norwegian Centre for Child Research (NOSEB). He joined the University of Luxembourg as Professor in Social Work in October 2008 and is head of the research axis “Early Childhood: Education and Care”. His main areas of research are childhood studies, sociology of early childhood education and care, educational ethnography, theories of social work.
The Palgrave Handbook of Childhood Studies, which he edited with Jens Qvortrup and William A. Corsaro (Basingstoke 2009), was awarded the Outstanding Academic Title status by CHOICE. Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (ed. Association of College and Research Libraries, USA), in January 2010.
Michael-Sebastian Honig is member of the editorial board of Childhood. A journal of global child research, co-editor of Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation (Journal of Sociology of Education and Socialisation, ZSE) and he edits the series published by Juventa Kindheiten – Neue Folge (Childhoods – New Series). Honig is consulting the Ministry of Family Affairs (Ministère de la Famille et de l'Intégration, Grand-Duché de Luxembourg) in developing high quality in the field of early childhood education and care. Furthermore, he is Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Federal Ministry for Family, Elderly People, Women and Youth, Germany.
Last updated on: 13 nov 2012