Anke Barzantny

Dr. Anke Barzantny studied sociology, philosophy and English at the Freie Universität Berlin. She also participated in a Cultural Studies Master Course at Lancaster University, England. She completed her Diploma at the FU Berlin in 1999 and then started working in the women's representative's office; first at the FHW in Berlin, then from 2001 onwards, at the University of Mannheim. 

Anke first discovered Norbert Elias's work during her studies in Berlin but only realized later that his insights and theoretical-empirical instruments (i.e. his established-outsiders concept) would be meaningful and worthwhile to develop further as part of her dissertation project on mentoring programmes for women.

Prof. Dr. Sighard Neckel (Frankfurt University) acted as the supervisor in Anke's doctoral study on academic careers in the field of medicine and structural change triggered by mentoring programmes. The work was completed in 2007 and published in 2008.

From 2007 to 2012 Anke was the managing director of the Heidelberg Graduate School for Humanities and Social Sciences (HGGS) and helped to establish this new interdisciplinary programme for doctoral students. In working with participants she discovered her interest in counseling and training young academics and decided to further professionalize her communication skills. Anke then finished a course as Performance Coach and Consultant at cct Hildenbrand (Hornberg, Germany).

Since 2013 Anke Barzantny has been Referentin für Hochschulstrategie at Technische Universität Darmstadt. She is responsible for supporting and controlling departments in executing their formal appointment procedures, i.e. recruiting new professors.

In a parallel project she has established her own office and works as a coach, consultant and trainer for young academics. Although her approach to coaching is usually called “systemic” it is still strongly influenced by Elias’s figurational concept. It is Anke Barzantny’s aim to support doctoral students and postdocs in finding and shaping their own way into an academic or professional career.


Dr. Barzantny Coaching für die Wissenschaft