Die fachliche Qualifikation für Promovierende am Integrative Graduate Center TechnoScienceStudies (IGC TSS) des MCTS baut auf Veranstaltungen wie dem Promovierendenkolloquium #mytopic.in.society und Promovierendenworkshops auf.

#mytopic.in.society – Promovierendenkolloquium am MCTS

Laufende Forschungsarbeiten zur Interaktion von Technik und Gesellschaft stehen im Mittelpunkt des MCTS-Promovierendenkolloquiums #mytopic.in.society. Ziel ist, individuelle Projekte entlang der Agenda “empirisch – interdisziplinär – reflexiv – dialogisch” vorzustellen und zu diskutieren. Das Kolloquium findet semesterbegleitend statt.

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MCTS Doctoral Colloquium #mytopic.in.society

 

Summer Semester 2019

 

WHEN:

July 25 & 26, 2019

WHERE:

TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)

PRESENTATIONS:

Tobias Kuttler
Negotiating Spaces of Mobility – Rise and Contestation of the Uber Model in Mumbai

Sophia Rossmann
Toxic Entanglements. A Situated Analysis Epigenetic Knowledge Production in Environmental Toxicology

Johan Buchholz
Understanding the dynamics of underdetermined change projects in organizations

Melina Antonakaki
Constitutive orders for analyzing scientific credibility struggles. A closer look into a misconduct investigation and its critics

Eriketti Servou
Autonomous driving in the (policy) making – The examples of Munich and Stuttgart

Luca Nitschke
Non-commercial sharing mobilities as potential site for everyday resistance

Felix Remter
Multi-species socio-technical imaginaries in the Varroa-Crisis

Anja Rueß
Co-creating Publics: Living Labs and the Politics of Urban Experimentation

Henning Mayer
Sociality as Code. Inside AI and Social Robotics.

Cansu Gunar-Birdal
Gender and Entrepreneurship: The Case of Co-Living Spaces

Philipp Arms
Criticizing, negotiating, (de)stabilizing – On the complexity of data critiques and their not-so-obvious consequences

Peter Müller
Creating Social Situations

Nina Frahm
Fixing Innovation with Society: Soft Constitutionalism in the New Global Governance of Innovation

Nikolaus Pöchhacker
Rule(s) if Recommendation. Algorithmic power as a mode of ordering.

Laura Voss
Robots Wanted – Dead and/or Alive

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MCTS Doctoral Colloquium #mytopic.in.society

 

Winter Semester 2018/19

 

WHEN:

February 21 & 22, 2019

WHERE:

TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)

PRESENTATIONS:

Luise Ruge
Understanding Regional Innovation Cultures

Franziska Sörgel
Engaging the Moral Economy of [Automated Prototypes] or How Emotions Drive Innovation

Carolin Schönewolf
Technology Futures of Autonomous Driving

Michael Clormann
(Re-)connecting Spaces. A Material-Discursive Approach to Earthly Spaceflight

Federica Pepponi
Robotics Innovation Cultures – Prototyping Practices of Co-Creation in Europe

Klara-Aylin Wenten
Work in the Making? On the Role of Experimental Attempts to Reorganize Work

Johanna Kleinert
The Design of Fruit and Vegetables

Silvan Pollozek
Infrastructuring European Migration and Border Control in Greece

David Seibt
Industrial User Configurations: The Introduction of 3D-Printing to the Prosthetics Industry

WHEN

July 12 & 13, 2018

WHERE

TUM EDU, Marsstraße 20-22 (1st floor)

PRESENTATIONS

Johan Buchholz
“Finally a project which goes according to plan – so far” – how organizations evaluate internal digitalization projects

Eriketti Servou
Investigating the socio-technical transition towards autonomous driving within policy-making arenas. The examples of the metropolitan regions of Munich and Stuttgart

Luca Nitschke
Sharing beyond capitalism? – An exploration into non-commercial mobility sharing Melina Antonakaki Experiments in Compliance and Complicity: unpacking the tensions of Reproducibility

Nina Frahm
Responsible Innovation in Transnational Governance Settings. The Construction of OECD Principles for Responsible Innovation in Neurotechnology

Peter Müller
Hackathons, Creativity, my PhD and other messy things

Carolin Thiem
“It’s about doing something” TechnoCitizenship – governing through the “design of publics”

Pim Peters
“I have no idea what will come out”: on complexity, enactments, and unforeseeable potentialities in the planning of Munich’s roads.

Sandra Lang
Chiral Worlds – STS perspectives on the shifting field of chemistry.

Andrea Geipel
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

Philipp Arms
Ubiquitous datafication. Regimes of data processing and the struggle for critics.

Claudia Mendes
Improvising a lighthouse – Economisation for collective concerns in an EU smart city project.

Verena Kontschieder
In the Democracy of Controlled Experiments: Exploring the Policy-Innovation-Design Nexus in ‚Policy Labs’.

Julia Klering
Translational Medicine as an answer to an emergency ?!

Nikolaus Pöchhacker
Computing Structures. Socio-Epistemic Con-Figurations of Algorithmic Societies: Impressions from the Development of a Recommender System

Workshops für Promovierende am MCTS

In den interdisziplinären Workshops am MCTS trainieren Promovierende wichtige Fertigkeiten des Wissenschaftsbetriebs und setzen sich mit Fragen des anwendungsbezogenen Forschens sowie der Reflexion der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit auf politische, wirtschaftliche und medial-öffentliche Aspekte hin auseinander.

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MCTS Concepts & Theories

When & Where: Several meetings throughout the semester

 Date TimeRoom
Session 18 May 201910:30 am–1 pmMCTS, 270
Session 229 May 201910:00 am–12:30 pmMCTS, 270
Session 319 June 20192 pm–4:30 pmMCTS, 253 or Arcisstr. 21, 1221
Session 42 July 20192 pm–5 pmMCTS, 270

Workload: 7,5 hrs per session

Working language: English

Procedures for doctoral candidates who want to attend the workshop:

In advance:

  • 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 (anna.kellerer@tum.de), 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)

 

Description

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.

Obligatory readings:

  • 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.

Obligatory readings:

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

Obligatory readings:

  • 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.

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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

Description:
“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

Description:

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?

Readings

Ball SJ (2012) Performativity, Commodification and Commitment: An I-Spy Guide to the Neoliberal University. British Journal of Educational Studies 60(1): 17–28.

Cannizzo F (2018) ‘You’ve got to love what you do’: Academic labour in a culture of authenticity. The Sociological Review 66(1): 91–106.

Kleinman DL and Vallas SP (2001) Science, capitalism, and the rise of the ‘knowledge worker’: The changing structure of knowledge production in the United States. Theory and Society 30(4): 451–492.

Shore C (2008) Audit culture and Illiberal governance: Universities and the politics of accountability. Anthropological Theory 8(3): 278–298.

Sparkes AC (2007) Embodiment, academics, and the audit culture: a story seeking consideration. Qualitative Research 7(4): 521–550.

Thornton M (2013) The Mirage of Merit. Australian Feminist Studies 28(76): 127–143.

Ylijoki O-H (2010) Future orientations in episodic labour: Short-term academics as a case in point. Time & Society 19(3): 365–386.

 

Visual Vignettes

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)

Extended Doctoral Workshops

Organisers: Franziska Engels, Nina Frahm, Anton Schröpfer

Collaborating Profs: Sebastian Pfotenhauer, Stephen Hilgartner

When? Nov. 10 2017, 1 pm – open end

Where? theater “Heppel & Ettlich”, Feilitzstr. 12, 80802 München

Who? MCTS doctoral candidates

We are happy to announce that visiting professor Stephen Hilgartner from Cornell University will interactively engage and stay with us for the workshop!

Stephen Hilgartner’s work comprises some of the most prominent concepts of science and technology studies: It reflects on the politics of emerging technologies, scientific knowledge practices, the role of vanguard visions for sociotechnical change, the measurement and models of risk in society, and, most recently, the governance and control of knowledge. His work offers multiple entries of analytical reflections for current doctoral research projects at MCTS.

The extended doctoral workshop consists of two parts:

A public keynote by Stephen Hilgartner on the 17th October 2017, 5 pm, at Vorhoelzer Fourm in Munich.

An interactive doctoral workshop with Stephen Hilgartner taking place on the 10th November 2017 at the theater “Heppel & Ettlich”.

Organisers: Mariya Dzhimova, Sandra Lang, Indrawan Prabaharyaka, Georgia Samaras, David Seibt, Klara-Aylin Wenten

Collaborating Postdocs: Judith Igelsböck, Carlos Cuevas Garcia

When? Oct. 12.-13. 2016, 9 am – 5 pm

Where? Seidlvilla, Nikolaiplatz 1b, 80802 München

Who? MCTS doctoral candidates

This year’s Summer School is about ‘Experimenting with Hybridity’.

Hybridity has long been a mainstay of STS scholarship. Metaphors such as ‘cyborg’ and ‘techno-society’ coexist with analytical approaches such as assemblages and actor-networks. If we have learned anything from past STS research, it is that we are living in a hybrid world without clear distinctions between human, animal and machine, society and technology, science and non-science. Which new forms of order and organization, relationality and praxis can be understood in terms of the hybrid? ‘Experimenting with Hybridity’ means exploring meaningful dimensions of hybridity in today’s techno-society.

Many prominent images of hybridity like artificial intelligence, genetic modification or virtual reality share a distinct emphasis on the future. However, these imaginations of the future are not unitary, a future of hybrids, but are themselves hybrid, ranging from egalitarian utopias to post-human dystopies. How are our expectations, projections and simulations of these futures related to their emergence? ‘Experimenting with Hybridity’ means discovering the unfolding temporal dynamics of hybrid arrangements.

The thematic focus on hybridity and their continuous emergence will be supported by an experimental setting. Beyond classical forms of presentations and workshops, we invite contributions that themselves blur the boundaries between experts and lay people, presenters and audience, the ones researching and the ones being researched. ‘Experimenting with Hybridity’ means being entangled in its becoming.