Extended Doctoral Workshops

Extended Doctoral Workshop 2017

Practicing conceptual flexibility: Staging your research through the work of Stephen Hilgartner

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".



Summer School 2016

Experimenting with Hybridity

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.

A report on the Summer School 2016 is available here.



Summer School 2015

Am 5./6. Oktober 2015 fand im Impact Hub München die MCTS Sommerschule „Automatisierung / Gesellschaft“ statt. Die Veranstaltung nahm die Bedingungen und Folgen von Automatisierungsprozessen in technisierten Gesellschaften in den Blick.

Einen ausführlichen Bericht zur MCTS Summer School 2015 gibt es hier →

Zum Programm der MCTS Summer School 2015 (PDF) →