M.A. Michael Clormann

Doctoral Candidate

Sociology of Science

Studied political science, history, and the history of science at the University of Regensburg (Bachelor’s degree in 2014). Freelance science journalist specialized in aerospace topics since 2012. Studied Science and Technology Studies at the Technical University of Munich (Master’s degree in 2016). Doctoral candidate at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) and research associate at the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair of Sociology of Science, Technical University of Munich, since December 2016. Affiliated with the research project “Engineering Responsibility” from December 2016 to April 2018. Lecturer at the Munich School of Engineering (MSE), Technical University of Munich, since April 2018.

  • Sociology of Spaceflight
  • Science and Technology Studies (Technological Futures)
  • Sociality of Repair
  • Theories of Subjectification
  • Clormann, Michael (with Nina Witjes) 2018: Is there a Place in Space for Art?, Reflections. Blog of the MCTS Department at the University of Vienna, 16.10.2018.
  • Tamara Alvarez, Michael Clormann, Craig Jones, Alexander Taylor, Richard Tutton, and Matjaz Vidmar. 2019. “Social Studies of Outer Space”. In Innovating MCTS Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August.

→ Current Courses

  • Winter term 18/19
    Lecture: Technologie und Demokratie, module within M.Sc. Engineering Sciences, Munich School of Engineering, Technical University of Munich.
  • Summer term 18
    Lecture: Technik und Gesellschaft, module within studiumMINT, Munich School of Engineering, Technical University of Munich.
  • Winter term 17/18
    Lecture: Technology and Security in Society: Contemporary Risks and Challenges, School of Management, Technical University of Munich.
  • Troubled Orbits, Earthly Politics: The Securitization of Space Debris in the New Space Age (with Nina Witjes). EASST 2018 – Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, “Meetings. Making Science, Technology and Society together”, 25.–28. July 2018, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom.
  • Standardization and Improvisation. The Challenge of Manageability in (Human) Spaceflight. Nordic Summer University Workshop 2018, “Technologies and Improvisation: Tools and Theories for Uncertain Futures”, 7. – 9. February 2018, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Re-making Infrastructural Boundaries: Shifting Responsibilities of Care for Space Debris (with Nina Witjes). 4S 2019 – Conference of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, “Innovations, Interruptions, Regenerations”, 04.–07. September 2019, New Orleans, USA.
  • Sektion „Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung” der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS)
  • EASST – European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
  • Founding Member of the Social Studies of Outer Space international research network.

  • Since February 2018: Tagesspiegel Young Changers Programm: Future Security.
  • Winning Team – Hackathon “Garage48 SpaceTech: Integrated Applications”, European Space Week 2017.
  • Best Paper Award, Workshop „Writing on Science, Technology and Society“, Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) for the essay „Workbench Politics“.