Assistant Professorship for Participatory Technology Design
We have long moved from an age of machines to one shaped by complex infrastructural assemblages articulating persons, data and things in new ways. The professorship for Participatory Technology Design focuses on current transformations of urban infrastructures paying special attention at the ensuing participatory and democratic challenges.
We study infrastructures as sites of sociotechnical controversy laden with political capacities. If politics involves making collectively binding decisions, then infrastructures are thoroughly political. They do not just enable specific collectives and ways of live to emerge, but they might also impede or block the existence of others. Hence citizen participation can no longer be imagined as a simple ‘knowledge loop’ between experts and lay people. Infrastructural projects involve variegated forms of expertise throughout the spectrum of the life, technical and social sciences, as well as new forms of citizen, activist and users’ expertise. We explore the multiple ways in which heterogeneous forms of expert knowledge and valuation are brought together, negotiated and valued, as well as the reshaping of participation as collaboration with and between heterogeneous publics.