Sociology of Science

Exploring TechnoSociety

How do societies develop, which are already profoundly technologized and continue to do so in practically all areas of social activity? The Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair of Sociology of Science pursues a responsive and reflexive research agenda, which translates this question into empirical case studies and opportunities for inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue.

Our current research focuses on topics at the interface of research & development, organization & innovation, production & consumption, as well as participation & cooperation. In doing so we collaborate with national and international partners from both neighbouring fields as well as engineering and the natural sciences. In each case we investigate the technosocial conditions of our time, that is, the contours of a TechnoSociety.

Project status
Funded by
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Constructions of Gender in Sexrobotics As a disruptive technology, sex robots will not only fundamentally change individual sexual behaviour but will also break up much broader traditional dichotomies (man/woman, man/machine, nature/culture, etc.). The project analyses their conception and technology design from a queer-feminist, neomaterialist and critical-posthumanist perspective and explores their potential for socio-technological innovation beyond anthropomorphic stereotyping.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Tanja Kubes
Project type
post-doc-project
SCALINGS – Scaling up Co-Creation: Avenues and Limits for integrating Society in Science and Innovation (EU Horizon 2020) The European Research Consortium SCALINGS explores the avenues and limits for the wider dissemination and use of co-creation practices across Europe.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer
Period
09.2018 – 09.2021
future
Funding institution
Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 horizon-2020
Project type
consortium
Themes
Co-creation; Open Innovation; Robotics; Urban energy; Autonomous Vehicles; Public procurement of innovation; Living Labs; Co-creation facilities; comparative research
Practicing Evidence – Evidencing Practice (DFG) Evidence in Science, Medicine, Technology and Society. DFG Research Unit 2448https://www.evidenzpraktiken-dfg.tum.de/
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Karin Zachmann
Period
2017 – 2020
future
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
verbundprojekt-consortium-project
Evidence in Citizen Science Between Non-Certified Expertise, Professional Supervision and Mechanization
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen; Prof. Dr. Sascha Dickel (Uni Mainz)
Period
05/2017 - 04/2020
future
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Drittmittelprojekt / Third-party funded Project
Drittmittelprojekt / Third-party funded Project
Themes
Citizen Science, Participation, Public Engagement with Science and Technology (PEST), Trust in Science, Digitisation, Transdisciplinarity
Institutional Reflexivity in Sociotechnical Networks (DFG) SFB 768, Subproject A11
Project leader(s)
PD Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen, Tobias Drewlani, Johan Buchholz, Dr. Uli Meyer
Period
past
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
drittmittelprojekt-third-party-funded-project
PROLAB – Living Labs as prototypical milieus Prototypes are able to make vague but visible statements about future technologies and about how one might possibly interact with them. Moreover, they open up alternatives but are able to direct imaginations along a certain path.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen
Period
09.2018 – 08.2021
future
Funding institution
BMBF
BMBF bmbf
Project type
Drittmittelprojekt / Third-party funded Project
Drittmittelprojekt / Third-party funded Project
Themes
Prototyping, Living Labs, participation, digitalization, health, mobility, futures, materiality, innovation
Gutes Essen. Ernährungstechnologien zwischen Kultur und Natur Das Projekt untersucht, wie Grenzen zwischen Natur und Technik ganz konkret dort gezogen werden, wo Natur Gegenstand von Technologien wird: in den Agrar- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften
Project leader(s)
Dr. Barbara Sutter
Period
past
Project type
Postdoc-Projekt / Post Doc Project
Postdoc-Projekt / Post Doc Project
Appropriating urban space in the TechnoSociety Making sense of urban growth and vacancy
Project leader(s)
Andrea Schikowitz
Period
since 2018
past
Project type
Postdoc-Projekt / Post Doc Project
Postdoc-Projekt / Post Doc Project
Themes
knowledge practices, controversis, urban planning, appropriation of space, urban vacancy, urban growth, participation, housing, Science Technology Studies (STS)
Reconfiguring TechnoNatures in the Case of Food The dissertation project focuses on (re)configurations of nature and technology in and of food innovations. By looking at the ever-changing relations of nature and technology it investigates a currently specific form of the political, through which TechnoSociety actualises itself.
Project leader(s)
Laura Trachte
Period
past
Project type
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Sociality as Code. Innerworlds of Social Robotics The robot is a social project that arises from people's ideas about other people. The social models (human factors) used in the development environments are sometimes less context-sensitive than the hopes and goals formulated in the project descriptions of the funding lines may suggest.
Project leader(s)
Henning Mayer
Period
past
Project type
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
(Re-)Exploring Places: „New Space” as a Material-discursive Sustainability Practice (Re-)Exploring Places: „New Space” as a Material-discursive Sustainability Practice
Project leader(s)
Michael Clormann
Period
since 12.2016
past
Funding institution
Exzellenzinitiative, Munich School of Engineering
Exzellenzinitiative, Munich School of Engineering exzellenzinitiative-munich-school-of-engineering
Project type
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Interfacing RobotCare. On the Politics of TechnoSociety The project investigates the emergence and interconnection of robotics and elderly care within the context of European innovation politics. In doing so, it does not presume the (in)compatibility between both sides. Rather it declares the material and discursive conditions, under which they become (in)compatible its primary research object.
Project leader(s)
Benjamin Lipp
Period
10.2014 – est. 05.2019
past
Project type
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Themes
Social robotics; elderly care; care robots; EU; prototypes; innovation policy; technology transfer; interfacing
Robots Wanted – Dead and/or Alive: Attribution of agency and animacy to robotic technology Investigating the perception and (re)presentation of robotic technology as (in)animate and (in)agentic the context of human-robot-interaction, research and development practice, science communication, marketing, media discourse and political discourse.
Project leader(s)
Dipl.-Psych. Laura Voss
Period
2014-2019
past
Funding institution
2015-2017: Andrea von Braun Foundation
2015-2017: Andrea von Braun Foundation 2015-2017-andrea-von-braun-foundation
Project type
phd
phd
Translational Medicine as the answer to an “urgency”?! The materiality and discursiveness of Translational medicine
Project leader(s)
Julia Klering M.A.
Period
08.2016 – 01.2020
future
Project type
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Themes
Translational Medicine, Innovation policy, Technoscientification of biomedical research, Shift in rationality of medical practice
Technologies of Change The role of technical universities in context of a technological changing society
Project leader(s)
Anton Schröpfer
Period
10.2014 - est. 05.2019
past
Project type
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Promotionsprojekt / PhD Project
Themes
Innovation, technical universities, technologies of change, reflexive innovation