The subject-specific qualification for doctoral candidates at the Integrative Graduate Center TechnoScienceStudies (IGC TSS) at the MCTS is based on event formats like the #mytopic.in.society doctoral colloquium and doctoral workshops.
#mytopic.in.society – Doctoral Colloquium at the MCTS
The “#mytopic.in.society” doctoral colloquium at the MCTS focuses on current research into the interactions between technology and society. The aim is to present and discuss individual projects in a way that addresses the MCTS guiding principles, “empirical – interdisciplinary – reflexive – dialogic”. .
February 11 + 12, 2021
Between Expectations and Subjectivities: Becoming a ‘Geriatronics’ Engineer
Tracing Imaginaries of AI through Policy and Practice
How to Code Values: The Controversial Configuration of a Value-driven Public Media Platform
… And Still They Tinker. Prototypical Milieus of Drone-making on YouTube
Embedding Ethics. Lessons from an Ethicist’s Participation in ML-HCA Development
Livestock Logic & Entangled Existences: An Ethnographic Exploration of Xenotransplantation
AI Leadership Coaches: The Algorithmic fit of “Mental Wellbeing”, Zen-Buddhism and a Logic of the Surface
From Safe Space to Matter of Concern: The Placenta as a Model for Epigenetic Research in Environmental Toxicology
Of Egg-laying Wool-milk-sows and Trojan Horses: Tracing Visions of Democracy in Co-creation
Scientists of our Time? Events and Individuals in Neurotechnological Research
Outer Space Research as Space Sector Research: Challenges towards Open Outer Space
The Entrepreneur in da House: Co-shaping of Gender and Entrepreneurship in Co-living Spaces
Mirrors and Labyrinths. Learning from Times Square How to Make an Urban-STS Ethnography, a Making Off
July 30 & 31, 2020
Conceptual problems and political uses of the traditional view: The struggle over expert treatment of evidence & testimony in misconduct investigations, and the politics of due-process
Of artificial intelligence, digital assistants and smart factories. The dynamics of digitalization projects in organizations
High energy physics between infrastructuration and projectification: The case of Laserlab Europe
Negotiating Spaces of Mobility – Rise and Contestation of the Uber Model in Mumbai
Luise Martina Ruge
Administering innovation & innovating administration – Future from the city laboratory – how the city administrations of Berlin, Dortmund, and Munich imagine their futures through, with and against innovation
The Production of the Virtual Reality artwork Palo Alto
Winter Semester 2019/20
February 13, 2020
TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)
Technotransplantation: Critters, Care, and CRISPR-CAS9
The quest for technology in the Neurosciences: A fieldwork in difference in time
Working together. Exploring collaborative encounters between Times Square and I
Of smart lampposts, magic triangles and replication toolkits: economization and laboratization in an EU smart city project
Resonance devices and going native with social invertebrates
Summer Semester 2019
July 25 & 26, 2019
TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)
Negotiating Spaces of Mobility – Rise and Contestation of the Uber Model in Mumbai
Toxic Entanglements. A Situated Analysis Epigenetic Knowledge Production in Environmental Toxicology
Understanding the dynamics of underdetermined change projects in organizations
Constitutive orders for analyzing scientific credibility struggles. A closer look into a misconduct investigation and its critics
Autonomous driving in the (policy) making – The examples of Munich and Stuttgart
Non-commercial sharing mobilities as potential site for everyday resistance
Multi-species socio-technical imaginaries in the Varroa-Crisis
Co-creating Publics: Living Labs and the Politics of Urban Experimentation
Sociality as Code. Inside AI and Social Robotics.
Gender and Entrepreneurship: The Case of Co-Living Spaces
Criticizing, negotiating, (de)stabilizing – On the complexity of data critiques and their not-so-obvious consequences
Creating Social Situations
Fixing Innovation with Society: Soft Constitutionalism in the New Global Governance of Innovation
Rule(s) if Recommendation. Algorithmic power as a mode of ordering.
Robots Wanted – Dead and/or Alive
Winter Semester 2018/19
February 21 & 22, 2019
TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)
Understanding Regional Innovation Cultures
Engaging the Moral Economy of [Automated Prototypes] or How Emotions Drive Innovation
Technology Futures of Autonomous Driving
(Re-)connecting Spaces. A Material-Discursive Approach to Earthly Spaceflight
Robotics Innovation Cultures – Prototyping Practices of Co-Creation in Europe
Work in the Making? On the Role of Experimental Attempts to Reorganize Work
The Design of Fruit and Vegetables
Infrastructuring European Migration and Border Control in Greece
Industrial User Configurations: The Introduction of 3D-Printing to the Prosthetics Industry
July 12 & 13, 2018
TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)
“Finally a project which goes according to plan – so far” – how organizations evaluate internal digitalization projects
Investigating the socio-technical transition towards autonomous driving within policy-making arenas. The examples of the metropolitan regions of Munich and Stuttgart
Sharing beyond capitalism? – An exploration into non-commercial mobility sharing Melina Antonakaki Experiments in Compliance and Complicity: unpacking the tensions of Reproducibility
Responsible Innovation in Transnational Governance Settings. The Construction of OECD Principles for Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology
Hackathons, Creativity, my PhD and other messy things
“It’s about doing something” TechnoCitizenship – governing through the “design of publics”
“I have no idea what will come out”: on complexity, enactments, and unforeseeable potentialities in the planning of Munich’s roads.
Chiral Worlds – STS perspectives on the shifting field of chemistry.
Platform politics vs. Content. How we communicate science on YouTube.
Georgia Samaras The Molecularisation of Social Adversity. Enacting the Epigenetics of Mental Illness in a Psychiatric Research Laboratory
Ubiquitous datafication. Regimes of data processing and the struggle for critics.
Improvising a lighthouse – Economisation for collective concerns in an EU smart city project.
In the Democracy of Controlled Experiments: Exploring the Policy-Innovation-Design Nexus in ‚Policy Labs’.
Translational Medicine as an answer to an emergency ?!
Computing Structures. Socio-Epistemic Con-Figurations of Algorithmic Societies: Impressions from the Development of a Recommender System
February 9 & 10, 2018
TUM EDU, Marsstr. 20-22
Audit epistemologies. The entanglement of audit and reproducibility
TechnoFeminism in Speculative Spaces: Co-production of New Industrial & Gender Regimes
Reconfiguring Future Forms of Work
Virtual Reality in the Art World
Interfacing Robotics and Care. On Governmentality in TechnoSocieties
Urban Studies without the urban and without the city
The Politics and Language of Designing Sanitation Infrastructures
(Re-)Producing Bodies. The Reorganization of the Prosthetics Industry through 3D Printing
The making-of autonomous driving: The impact of expectation by heterogenous actors on the development of the sociotechnical innovation of autonomous driving
The Scientific ‘Contribution’: Operations of Conviction in Contexts of Entrepreneurial Change
TechnoNature: On Configurations of Nature and Technology in the Case of Food
“Now, with the tools available, anyone can change the world” An enquiry into the Maker Movement and its practices
July 27 & 28, 2017
TUM EDU, Marsstr. 20-22
Ubiquitous Datafication: Regimes of Data Processing and the Struggle for Privacy
Repair Revisited – Flash in the Pan or Issue at the Heart of TechnoSociety?
Responsible Innovation in Transnational Governance-Settings
Translational Psychiatry as a new strategy in biopolitics
In the Democracy of Controlled Experiments: Exploring the Policy-Innovation-Design Nexus in three ‚Policy Labs’
Improvising a lighthouse – Economisation for collective concerns in an EU smart city project
Robotics Innovation Cultures
How planners plan: linearity and partial connections in planning for cycling
Logistics of Migration. On the Role of (Digital) Infrastructures and Contemporary Border Regimes
“Digital Taylorism”: Working with Process Management Systems in Comparison to Management Practices in Taylor’s Scientific Management
Climate and ecological changes in urban landscapes
Molecularizing Trauma. The Multisitedness of Environmental Epigenetics in a Psychiatric Research Laboratory
Re- designing design: the role of universities, discourses and prototyping in the making of experimental design practices in the 21th century
February 13 and 14, 2017
TUM EDU, Marsstr. 20-22
|09:00||Welcome Prof. Dr. S. Maasen|
Ordered Masses – Crowdsourcing as a technology of government
Chirality between bench and bedside – A Sociological Appraoch to Knowledge Transfer Between Basic and Applied Sciences
Apparatuses of regulation. Self-organization and control in “Industrie 4.0”
Sites of Prediction: Algorithmic transformation of context specific date into functional konwledge in the example of prediction software
Test bed sites as innovation practice
How does Technology do itself? A strange (STS) Romance of Love, Fear, Trust, Hybridity, and (obviously) Technology
The Translation of Science on YouTube
Meaning and Materiality of Biofacts viewed from a designerly perspective
Arranging ‚good‘ food. On governmentality in TechnoNatures
|15:20||Break||14:30||Break out groups|
|15:45||Break out groups|
Workshops for Doctoral Candidates at the MCTS
In interdisciplinary workshops at the MCTS, doctoral candidates practice and develop important academic research and professionalization skills, examine issues regarding applied research and reflect on academic work with respect to political, economic and public media related aspects.
Current workshops Winter term 2020/2021
Multispecies salons, drinks with insects, and more-than-human hackathons?
Anthropocenic encounters and participation between art and research.
November 4th, 2020, 9 am – 12 pm and December 4th, 2020, 9 am -12 pm
Digital event. Participants will receive a zoom link upon registration.
Transdisciplinary ways of working concurrently encompass not just exchanges and transferrals between academic disciplines but between artistic and research practices as well. This is espe-cially true for work that addresses the Anthropocene and human and more-than-human coexist-ence in multispecies worlds. During the workshop, we explore the hopes, possibilities, and chal-lenges of such exchanges and consider what those approaches can do for participant’s Ph.D. research project – even if and especially if the Ph.D. researchers themselves do not make use of such transferrals (yet).
The workshop introduces participants to the notions of ‘encounter’ and ‘participation’ through the lens of artistic and creative works that zoom in on the current challenges of the Anthropocene. Why do we need creative and artistic measures to understand and possibly shape the world at its current state? What knowledges and sensations emerge through those different ways of en-counter and possibly participation? How are these notions, prominent in STS and transdisciplinary research practice, explored similarly or differently in artistic and creative fields and what can par-ticipants learn from these fields for their own projects?
During the first session, the notion of ‘encounter’ will be explored through the example of the Multispecies Salon and other works. During the second session, we will focus on the notion of ‘participation’. Participatory approaches are part of many artistic and design works that address the Anthropocene at large and they feature prominently in STS research designs and hopes for public engagement. But what exactly could participation mean for work that engages, and often claims to cooperate with, more-than-human others and lifeforms? What human audiences are being included, and how? During the second half of the second session, artist and researcher Dr. Katrin Petroschkat will join Dr. Susanne Schmitt for a presentation and discussion of ‘Barfly”, a research-based olfactory encounter on which they collaborated.
Please write a 2-page reflection piece detailing how encounter and participation play a (future) role in your current PhD research project. What can transfer from creative and artistic engage-ments and struggles with those topics for your own work? Please submit your reflection piece before the second workshop meeting but no later than December 2nd.
Anderson, Kayla. “Ethics, Ecology, and the Future: Art and Design Face the Anthropo-cene.” Leonardo 48, no. 4 (2015): 338–47.
Barry, Kaya & Keane, Jondi. (2019). Creative Measures of the Anthropocene: Art, Mo-bilities and Participatory Geographies. Palgrave. (excerpts)
Barua, Maan. “Encounter.” Environmental Humanities, no.7 (2016): 265–270. https://doi.org/10.1215/22011919-3616479
Bastian, Michelle, Jones, Owain, Moore, Niamh & Roe, Emma. 2017. “More-than-hu-man participatory research Contexts, challenges, possibilities.” Pp.1-15 in Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds, edited by M. Bastian, O. Jones, N. Moore and E. Roe., Routledge. 1-15 (optional)
Delvenne, Pierre & Macq, Hadrien (2020) “Breaking Bad with the Participatory Turn? Accelerating Time and Intensifying Value in Participatory Experiments.” Science as Cul-ture 29, no. 2 (2020): 245-268
https://doi. org/10.1080/09505431.2019.1668369 (optional)
Grobler, Nicola. 2019. “Encounters With The Visitor Centre: Art And Interspecies Rela-tionships.” Pp. 369-388 in Animal Encounters: Kontakt, Interaktion und Relationalität, edited by A. Böhm and J. Ullrich. Springer.
Kirksey, Eben, ed. 2014. The Multispecies Salon. Duke University Press. (short excerpt)
Casings—Connecting Ideas and Materials throughout the Research Process
Jun.-Prof. Susann Wagenknecht, PhD, Mikrosoziologie & techno-soziale Interaktion, TU Dresden
Winter semester 2020/21
November 25th, 2020, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Digital event. Participants will receive a zoom link upon registration.
In this workshop, we explore casings as multiple, processual, and shifting. Venturing beyond text-book explanations of “the case” as a technical term, we explore the role of casings in linking ideas and materials throughout the research process. Casings can shape research projects in distinct ways. We discuss when, how, and why we invoke cases (or not). With a focus on STS, we will experiment with re-casing our research to address these and other troubling questions: How do technologies ‘case’—both the technologies that we observe as well as the technologies that we use for observation? Can casings help address some of the challenges that empirical research faces in the midst of pandemic crises? How do casings account for the mediatized, sometimes fragmented and ‘incomplete’ character of much of ongoing research today? How do casings re-flect, and account for, positionality? Which casings support digital sociologies? If observations are multi-sited, combinative or comparative, should casings be that, too? If (ethnographic) fields are networked and observations are infrastructured, where should casings end? When to de-case?
Viral Ontologies and Imaginaries: STS Approaches to COVID-19
Prof. Martha Kenney, PhD (visiting professor @ Science and Technology Policy)
January 21, 2021, 1pm – 4pm
Digital event. Participants will receive a zoom link upon registration.
COVID-19 is a complex social and scientific phenomenon that challenges STS scholars to use the tools of our field to intervene in public health, scientific, and public responses to the pandemic. In this workshop, we will consider how STS scholarship on viral ontologies and imaginaries can help us re-consider what a virus is and how we might live well in relation to the novel coronavirus. We will look at scholarship, fiction, and activism that pushes against the popular notion of viruses as enemy agents and offer us three alternative imaginaries: “virus as process,” “virus as relation,” and “virus as elemental ghost.” We will be joined by special guest Prof. Astrid Schrader (University of Exeter) who will discuss her recent work on the ontology of marine viruses in the context of COVID-19.
In the second half of the workshop, we will consider the role of STS scholars in media, research, and policy around COVID-19. How can we use the tools and analytics of STS to productively intervene in our current moment? How can be best translate STS concepts to different audiences? What is the role of STS thinking in a pandemic? In pairs we will workshop each participant’s op-ed article and collectively discuss the challenges and possibilities of writing in this new genre. Finally, we will draw on the discussion from the first half of the workshop to consider how exploring unfamiliar viral ontologies and imaginaries can inform our interventions as politically-engaged STS scholars.
Each student will draft an op-ed or commentary article that uses an STS perspective to analyse some aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Choose a media outlet that you are interested in submitting to. This could include the traditional media, internet-based media, or a scientific and medical journal. Consider how to translate STS concepts and ideas for the readers of your chosen outlet. Articles should be 500-750 words and include a maximum of one direct quote from an academic source. You may draw on the ideas from the readings for the workshop or your own research / reading. For more information on the genre of the op-ed see: https://commskit.duke.edu/writing-media/writing-effective-op-eds/. Please submit your assignment by January 14.
Brives, Charlotte. “The Politics of Amphibiosis: The War Against Viruses will not Take Place.” Somatosphere. http://somatosphere.net/2020/the-politics-of-amphibiosis.html/?fbclid=IwAR29wUIx61IVkZSbtw4l5QV-UbShCnXBHncocq38iwaJPihdsNZc_1D_akw. 2020.
Dupré, John and Stephan Guttinger. “Viruses as Living Processes.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 59 (2016):109-16.
Schrader, Astrid. “Elemental Ghosts, Haunted Carbon Imaginaries, and Living Matter at the Edge of Life.” in Reactivating Elements, Substance, Process and Method from Chemistry to Cosmology. Ed. Dimitris Papadopoulos, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, and Natasha Myers. Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming.
Shotwell, Alexis. “Containment vs. Care.” Against the Grain. https://kpfa.org/episode/against-the-grain-may-4-2020/. Radio Program. 2020
Shotwell, Alexis. “The Virus is a Relation.” Uping the Anti: a journal of theory and action. https://uppingtheanti.org/blog/entry/the-virus-is-a-relation. 2020.
The Girl with all the Gifts. Dir. Colm McCarthy. Film. 2016.
|seminar||Ethics of Responsibility: Current Areas of Application||Jörg Wernecke|
|seminar||Law and Technology in Action: Current Debates||Christian Djeffal|
|seminar||Living in NatureCulture Worlds. Or: How to Care in the Anthropocene?||Susanne Schmitt|
|seminar||Technology and History in Capitalism||Felix Mauch|
|seminar||What Future of Mobility? Engaging Technologies, Politics, Economic Scenarios, and Practices (WI001147)||Sebastian Pfotenhauer; Alexander Wentland|
Advanced Topics in MA STS
From this semester onwards, the Advanced Topics in the MA STS will be open to doctoral candidates. The list of current courses:
|seminar||Living in NatureCulture: How to Care in the Anthropocene||Müller|
|seminar||Innovation, Society, and Public Policy||Pfotenhauer|
|seminar||Ethics of Responsibility: Current Areas of Application||Wernecke|
|seminar||AT: Media & Digital Cultures||Passoth|
|seminar||Global Histories of Technology||Mauch, Esselborn|
|seminar||Spaces of Participation – Participatory Spaces||Schikowitz|
To obtain a certificate for a doctoral workshop (stating a workload of 30h) requires regular and active preparation & participation; however, not the “examination part” (usually: essay).
Research Practice & the GDPR
with Helmut Hönigmayer (IHS Vienna) on data protection regulations
When: Friday 6 December, 10:00-13:00
Where: Seminar Room 270
For Whom: interested PhD candidates, Master Students, PostDocs
The workshop will discuss your practical issues with research practice and data management in an open and reflexive way with an expert on data management regulations and data protection issues. We will share experiences, problems and possible coping strategies, considering the diverse research contexts. The workshop will be split in three different parts:
- Introduction and basics of GDPR for research: relevant aspects, legal basics and research ethics.
- Discussing practical examples of participants
- More open reflection of the topic
For the second part of the workshop, the participants have the opportunity to discuss their own research. I f you would like to do so, please provide a short description (max. 2 pages) of your research project, used methods, and already identified issues related to the GDPR.
Qualitative methods, interpretation and operationalization – how do you decide what you think you see?
with Maja Horst
In this course we take student projects as the point of departure and investigate in detail how one actually operationalize central concepts and identify phenomena that let one speak about the world. The focus is on hands on experience of interpretative analysis and the student’s active participation is crucial for the learning outcome. A preparatory one-page description of students projects is a prerequisite for participation.
In one page, please spent one third on each of the following points. You do not have to be sure about what you write, just try to describe as best you can:
1. Give first a short introduction to your PhD project and state your research question(s).
2. Describe the phenomena you are trying to observe, the methods you use and the data you collect. Try also to describe how you think the data is informing you of the phenomena you are interested in.
3. Give 1-3 examples of data that demonstrate what you described in point 2.
Nov 25, 15:00 – 17:00 PhD Workshop, part I, MCTS, 2nd floor, winter garden
Nov 26, 18:30 – 20:00, public lecture, Vorhoelzer Forum (participation in this public lecture is part of the workshop) – please find announcement of public lecture attached
Nov 27, 9:00 – 11:00, Seminar room 270 MCTS
MCTS Concepts & Theories
When & Where: Several meetings throughout the semester
|Session 1||8 May 2019||10:30 am–1 pm||MCTS, 270|
|Session 2||29 May 2019||10:00 am–12:30 pm||MCTS, 270|
|Session 3||19 June 2019||2 pm–4:30 pm||MCTS, 253 or Arcisstr. 21, 1221|
|Session 4||2 July 2019||2 pm–5 pm||MCTS, 270|
Workload: 7,5 hrs per session
Working language: English
Procedures for doctoral candidates who want to attend the workshop:
- Decide in advance whether you want to attend 15 or 30 hrs (workload per semester). Participation in 2 or 3 sessions amounts to 15hrs, full participation amounts to 30hrs (per semester).
- Register until 23 April via email to Anna Kellerer (email@example.com), naming which sessions you will attend. Based on this information the lecturers are able to prepare the session according to the number of attendees. Administration will set up a moodle, where all lecturers provide their session’s readings for the participants.
- If there are short-time changes in a session (room, time), the lecturer will let you know in due time via email.
- During the session: In each session, the lecturer will circulate a signature list, which they return to administration – as a basis for workshop certificates. Administration will send you the certificate after the last session. The minimum hours to receive a certificate will be 15 hours/2 sessions.
If you are not able to attend:
- If you are unable to attend, inform the lecturer in due time, in advance, via email.
- If you cannot attend a requested session and you are aiming for a 15hrs certificate, choose another session as a substitute (within the semester).
- In exceptional cases and in prior consultation with the lecturer
- once only, participation via Skype/video conferencing might be possible (e.g. because a participant is not situated in Munich and unable to travel for a session)
- once only, a written essay or similar output might replace the personal attendance of a session (e.g.: if a participant falls sick)
The doctoral workshop is designed as a semester-long reading course and provides the opportunity to dig deeper into selected topics and ongoing debates in Science and Technology Studies. Therefore, each session focuses on current topics, theories and methods in various STS research areas, which will be studied and discussed along the pieces of reading mentioned below. The reading course will take place each year onwards, during the summer semester, supporting doctoral candidates in building up a wide base of STS literature.
Agenda and Readings
Session 1, 8 May 2019:
Laboratorization and experimentation beyond laboratory walls (Andrea Schikowitz)
In STS, the lab and the experiment in their various configurations have been studied as core elements of producing credible and authoritative scientific knowledge (Knorr Cetina 1999; Latour & Woolgar 1986; Rheinberger 2008, Shapin 1999). Translations and transitions between the lab (as controllable ‘placeless place’ where generalizable knowledge is produced) and the field (as essentially situated, authentic and ‘real’ place) have been identified as being essential for the construction of facts (Kohler 2002; Latour 1983, 1999). Recent diagnoses of and calls for ‘opening up the lab’ and real-world-experimentation in relation to so-called societal challenges indicate a re-ordering of boundaries and relations (Gross 2018; Gross & Krohn 2005; Karvonen & Van Heur 2014). In this session, we will read and discuss two texts that deal with process of laboratorisation and experimentation beyond laboratory walls and that reflect upon what this might mean for knowledge production and its credibility.
Obligatory readings: [i]
- Gieryn, T. F. (2006). City as Truth-Spot: Laboratories and Field-Sites in Urban Studies. Social Studies of Science, 36(1), 5-38.
- Gross, M. (2016). Give Me an Experiment and I Will Raise a Laboratory. Science, Technology & Human Values, 41(4), 613-634.
Session 2, 29 May 2019:
Analysing contemporary technopolitics through the lens of sociotechnical imaginaries (Alexander Wentland)
Over the past decade, the concept of “sociotechnical imaginaries” has emerged as one of the most prominent STS frameworks to understand how technoscience is coproduced with political institutions, cultural narratives, and regional boundaries. Unlike visions, hypes or fashions, imaginaries are collective, durable, material, and capable of being performed; yet they are also temporally situated and culturally particular. Imaginaries help us to engage with the ways in which hopes and desires for the future get bound up with the hard stuff of past achievements. In this reading session, we will discuss how imaginaries constitute a useful analytical resource for investigating the formative but often implicit collective understandings of science and technology that shape contemporary social life and social order.
- Jasanoff, Sheila. 2015. “Future Imperfect: Science, Technology, and the Imaginations of Modernity.” Pp. 1–33, in Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power, edited by S. Jasanoff and S.-H. Kim. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press.
- Felt, Ulrike. 2015. “Keeping Technologies Out: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Formation of Austria’s Technopolitical Identity.” Pp. 103–25, in Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power, edited by S. Jasanoff and S.-H. Kim. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press.
- Pfotenhauer, Sebastian, and Sheila Jasanoff. “Panacea or Diagnosis?: Imaginaries of Innovation and the ‘MIT Model’ in Three Political Cultures.” Social Studies of Science 306312717706110. doi:10.1177/0306312717706110.
Session 3, 19 June, 2019:
Boundary objects – or how alignment between heterogeneous actors in open and uncertain co-operations can occur (Katrin Hahn)
Co-construction, user involvement and open innovation are only a few but very different concepts which all emphasize the importance of various knowledge sources for successful innovation and technology development. In practice the combination of different knowledge sources and their development towards something new requires at least to some extent the co-operation between heterogeneous, e.g. interdisciplinary, actors.
In this reading group we want to discuss the questions what is heterogeneity about and how can different actors in uncertain and open ended processes of knowledge creation, such as innovation, be aligned? Star’s and Griesemer’s famous paper about “boundary objects” builds the basis for our discussion. You are very welcome to bring examples from your empirical research about heterogeneous co-operation and/or boundary objects.
Please read carefully and in-depth:
- Star, Susan Leigh, and James R. Griesemer. 1989. “Institutional Ecology, `Translations’ and Boundary Objects: Amateurs and Professionals in Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907-39.” Social Studies of Science 19 (3):387-420. doi: 10.1177/030631289019003001.
Please focus on understanding her main points about defining boundary objects:
- Star, Susan Leigh. 2010. “This is Not a Boundary Object: Reflections on the Origin of a Concept.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 35 (5):601-617.
Session 4, 2 July 2019:
Engaging ‘Solidarity’: concepts from/in the field and beyond (Prof. Barbara Prainsack, invited lecturer of RIPE/Eng.Resp.)
How can one work with concepts not ‘freely’ chosen, but rather encountered as part of a project-related position, or at fieldwork/data collection? Notions like responsibility, integrity, autonomy, sustainability, intelligence, etc. too often pop up in a multitude of empirical enactments in relation to technoscientific matters or might even structure the empirical field to such an extent that it is impossible to not consider an examination. STS research and scholarship encourages and systematically cultivates sensibilities about bringing theory and empirical work together. Engaging a concept in a structured manner is thus key concern for students and scholars alike, and many proposals have been developed.
In this session we focus on the examination of solidarity, as outlined by Profs Prainsack and Buyx in their seminal book:
‘Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond’ (2017)
Participants have the opportunity to meet invited lecturer, Prof. Barbara Prainsack* and collectively discuss what her/their approach entails for the researcher/author, and how it may prove fruitful in engaging concepts beyond solidarity.
Note that Prof. Stephen Hilgartner and Prof. Ruth Müller have declared interest to attend the session as discussants
- Prainsack, B., & Buyx, A. (2017). Solidarity: A Brief History of A Concept and A Project. In Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond (Cambridge Bioethics and Law, pp. 1-16). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Doi:10.1017/9781139696593.002
- Prainsack, B., & Buyx, A. (2017). Theorising Solidarity. In Solidarity in Biomedicine and Beyond (Cambridge Bioethics and Law, pp. 17-18). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
*Professor of Comparative Policy Analysis, at the Uni.Wien, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS).
[i] Session 1 Background readings:
Gross, M. (2018). Remaking Participatory Democracy through Experimental Design. Science, Technology & Human Values, 0(0), 0162243918799172.
Gross, M., & Krohn, W. (2005). Society as Experiment: Sociological Foundations for a Self-Experimental Society. History of the Human Sciences, 18(2), 63-86.
Karvonen, A., & Van Heur, B. (2014). Urban Laboratories: Experiments in Reworking Cities. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(2), 379-392.
Knorr Cetina, K. (1999). Epistemic Cultures. How the Sciences Make Knowledge. Cambridge, Massachusetts / London, England: Harvard University Press.
Kohler, R. E. (2002). Landscapes and Labscapes. Exploring the Lab-Field Border in Biology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Latour, B. (1983). Give me a Laboratory and I Will Raise the World. In K. Knorr-Cetina & M. Mulkay (Eds.), Science Observed: Perspectives on the Social Study of Science (pp. 141-170). London/Beverly Hills: Sage.
Latour, B. (1999). Circulating Reference. Sampling the Soil in the Amazon Forest. In Pandora’s Hope. Essays on the Reality of Science Studies (pp. 24-79). Cambridge/London: Harvard University Press.
Latour, B., & Woolgar, S. (1986). Laboratory Life. The Construction of Scientific Facts. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Rheinberger, H.-J. (2008). Experimental Systems: Historiality, Narration, and Deconstruction. Science in Context, 7(01), 65-81.
Shapin, S. (1999). The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England. In M. Biagioli (Ed.), The Science Studies Reader (pp. 479-504). New York/London: Routledge.
How to apply successfully for Horizon2020-Calls
Philip Pfaller, Anna Abelmann
When & Where: October 10, 2018, 9 am−12 (optional: extended 1h-Q&A-session after 12), MCTS, Augustenstr. 46, seminar room 270
Workshop Language: English
Target group: Advanced doctoral candidates + senior researchers Participating doctoral candidates will receive a certificate for PhD qualification program at MCTS
“Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the largest ever European funding program for research and innovation (promoted by the Directorate General “Research and Innovation” of the European Commission) with a budget of 79 billion euros, running until 2020. Its aims are to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, to remove barriers to innovation and to make it easier for public and private sectors to innovate. H2020 has 3 areas of focus: Excellent science, industrial leadership and Societal challenges, which covers all stages of research and innovation – from concept to market.” Adapted from: www.gov.uk/guidance/horizon-2020-what-it-is-and-how-to-apply-for-funding
The workshop shall provide a detailed insight into the application process for Horizon 2020 proposals, including Marie Curie actions. The workshop is especially designed for advanced PhD students, Postdocs and senior researchers who consider or have already concrete plans to apply for EU-Calls during the upcoming years.
The workshop will address the coherence between a successful academic career and international research cooperation, analyses concrete examples for successful and unsuccessful proposals and discuss specific application projects of 3 workshop participants as case studies. To understand how to respond successfully to Horizon2020-Calls, it is important to know the intention behind supported research topics as well as how submitted proposals will be evaluated.
Furthermore, this advanced workshop will focus on the following vital questions:
- Behind the calls: How do European political developments influence the H2020-calls?
- How to build international research networks interested in H2020?
- What are synergies between the European Programmes and why is this interesting?
- Academic Career Roadmap: Combination of funding schemes to achieve your long term goals.
- How can you benefit from BayFOR’s scientific coordination offices?
The achieved knowledge will prove to be useful in order to elaborate or contribute to successful proposals.
How should we live in academia?
Dr. Sarah R Davies
When & Where:
- Munich Colloquium on Technology in Society by Dr. Sarah R Davies on “Making sense of mobility: Precarity and international mobility in the natural sciences”, Nov 20, 2018, 5 pm, Vorhoelzer Forum
- Workshop November 23, 2018, 4-7 pm, MCTS, Augustenstr. 46, seminar room 270
There is increasing public, policy and academic discussion of the nature and conditions of academia, from ‘quit lit’ (personal accounts of the decision to leave research) to policy concerns about a ‘post-doc problem’. While, within these discussions, there is widespread agreement that universities are changing, assessments of exactly how and why vary, with emphases on, variously, new public management, the integration of public and private sectors, ‘academic capitalism’, or neoliberalism. Key trends – impacting both research and teaching – are marketisation, individualisation, evaluation, precarity, and responsibilisation.
We will consider these developments by reading, discussing, and critiquing some key literature and concepts and through reflexive engagement concerning how these dynamics shape our own careers and experiences. In particular we will pay attention to the question of how one should live and work in the academy under its current conditions. What possibilities are there for intervention or resistance, and are these necessary? If the ideal academic is construed by research policy as entrepreneurial, independent, and mobile, can and should we find other ways of performing this figure?
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Participants: 12 (max.)
When & where: January 29th 201, Arcisst.21, Room 1221
Format: 1 day (10am – 5pm)
Facilitators: Mascha Gugganig (TU Munich), Rachel Douglas-Jones (ITU Copenhagen)
Words ≠ Images: The politics of how we represent and communicate moments from fieldwork is an evergreen challenge. In science & technology studies and the social sciences, priority is ordinarily given to words, with images playing a supporting role. This workshop explores the relationship between words and images in communicating research by using the image as a frame within which words are placed. The visual vignettes will be curated on a designated website to inspire further visual vignettes as a creative teaching tool, dissemination tool and/or as a form of visual ethnography.
What is a visual vignette? A visual vignette integrates text and image to create short, evocative descriptions of a particular phenomenon, conveyed quickly while also providing substantive content. Other than photo essays, this format challenges the order and ‘division of labour’ between words – often as descriptor – and images – as illustration.
- How can we reconfigure research that has already been conducted into a novel genre of research dissemination
- Can composing a visual vignette be part of doing research itself?
Workshop Preparation: You should prepare for the workshop by finding and bringing with you existing images and a short text about a topic that currently inspires you in your work. You will need to bring your own laptop, with Powerpoint installed.
- Bring a story from your fieldwork, written up text (c. 700 words)
- Bring a selection of images that belong with this story (up to 10)