PD. Dr. Sacha Kagan

Principal Investigator of the DFG Research Project "Queering Jewish Cultural Heritage in Europe: Jewish Transformations through Reparative Response and Creative Encounter"

Sacha Kagan is a private lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, and Principal Investigator of the DFG-funded research project "Queering Jewish Cultural Heritage in Europe: Jewish Transformations through Reparative Response and Creative Encounter" (part of the DFG-Priority Program 2357: Jewish Cultural Heritage) at the Center for World Music of the University of Hildesheim, Germany (2022-2025). Previously, he was a Research Associate at Leuphana University (2005 -2018), coordinator of the "Sociology of the Arts" Research Network of the European Sociological Association (2015-2017, Board member 2010-2019), and a founding coordinator of the international network Cultura21: Cultural Fieldworks for Sustainability (2006-2016). He was also a regular guest lecturer at the DAAD SDG- Graduate School "Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in West Africa". Sacha completed his PhD in 2011 and his Habilitation in 2021, researching the arts and culture(s) in their relations to (Un)Sustainability.

More infos, news and publications on his personal website.

Sacha Kagan offers in the Winter semester 2022 a seminar with the title "Queer+Jewish: exploring an intersection" wich is open for students from the Leuphana University in Lüneburg as well as for students from the University Hildesheim.




Research Areas:

  • arts and sustainability/sustainable development
  • cultures and sustainability (cultures of sustainability, cultural sustainability)
  • sociology of the arts
  • cultural economics
  • urban studies
  • queer studies
  • sensory ethnography, arts-based research and empirical phenomelogy
  • Kulturwissenschaften
  • epistemology of transdisciplinarity

Publications (Selection):

  • Kagan (in press). Queer Convivial Futures In: Donnelly, S., & Montuori, A. (Eds.). Routledge Handbook for Creative Futures. Routledge.
  • Kagan, S. (Ed.) (2022). Culture and Sustainable Development in the City. Urban Spaces of Possibilities. Routledge.
  • Kagan, S. (2020). Introduction: Queer Convivialist Perspectives for Sustainable Futures, World Futures, 76 (5- 7), 267-286. DOI: 10.1080/02604027.2020.1777834 (Introduction to a triple Special Issue of World Futures guest-edited by S. Kagan)
  • Kagan, S. (2020). Village Triangles: Games to playfully learn about complex systems. In: Schulz K.P. & Mnisri K. (Eds.). Pathways to Connect Creativity and Sustainable Development (pp. 165-187), PU Nancy.
  • Kagan, S. (2019). Kreativ-kulturelle und künstlerische Praktiken für städtische Möglichkeitsräume. In: Kagan S., Kirchberg V. & Weisenfeld U. (Eds.). Stadt als Möglichkeitsraum: Experimentierfelder einer urbanen Nachhaltigkeit (pp. 175-234). Bielefeld: transcript. DOI: 10.14361/9783839445853-011
  • Kagan, S. (2018). Culture and the arts in sustainable development: Rethinking sustainability research. In: Meireis T. & Rippl G. (Eds.). Cultural Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences (pp. 127-139). Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781351124300-11
  • Kagan, S. (2017). Artful Sustainability: Queer-Convivialist Life-Art and the Artistic Turn in Sustainability Research. Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering & Science, 8, 151-168. DOI: 10.22545/2017/00092
  • Kagan, S. (2011). Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity. Transcript Verlag.
  • Kagan, S. (2010). Cultures of sustainability and the aesthetics of the pattern that connects. Futures, 42 (10), 1094- 1101. DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2010.08.009
  • Kagan, S., & Kirchberg, V. (2016). Music and sustainability: organizational cultures towards creative resilience – a review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 135, 1487-1502. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.05.044
  • Kagan, S., & Kirchberg, V. (Eds.) (2008). Sustainability: a new frontier for the arts and cultures. VAS.
  • Knaute, D., & Kagan, S. (Eds.) (2009). Sustainability in Karamoja? Rethinking the terms of global sustainability in a crisis region of Africa. Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.