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The reflexive creation of novelty

Innovation Society Today


The reflexive creation of novelty


Alexander Wentland's thesis defense

Graduate student Alexander Wentland defends his dissertation „Charging visions Electric cars and the reimagination of industrial and social order in Germany" at 10am on March 23, 2018 (Room FH 804).

Sheila Jasanoff at the Graduate School on March 22, 2018


We are very pleased to host Sheila Jasanoff who will give a talk on "Innovation at the Crossroads: Contested Imaginaries of Progress in Bangalore" (PDF, 90,3 KB). The event will take place on March 22 at 5 pm in room FH 804, all interested participants are cordially welcome.

Special issue "Originalität und Viralität von (Internet-)Memes" (kommunikation@gesellschaft 19/2018)


The conference "Originalität und Viralität von (Internet-)Memes" which took place in March 2016 and was organised by Graduate Students Georg Fischer, Lorenz Grünewald-Schukalla (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover) and Michael G. Servatius (HU Berlin) has resulted in a special issue of kommunikation@gesellschaft. It picks up the interdisciplinary approaches and methods of researching the meme phenomen that were discussed at the event. 

The recently published issue combines ten articles with different backgrounds and their perspectives on memes and is openly accessible via the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR).

Workshop “Medium Data” and Quantitative Text Analysis

The workshop "'Medium Data' and Quantitative Text Analysis", organised by graduate student Lilli Braunisch, takes place on February 21 and March 8 at the Graduate School. Even though "Big Data" is becoming ever more relevant, analyses of Big Data are still rare in socio-scientific research and teaching because of a lack of tangable techniques of collection and analysis.

This gap will be adressed by the workshop by introducing the methods of data collection, processing and analysis using the example of quantitative text data. More information on content and organisation. 

More information: here (PDF, 445,0 KB) and here (PDF, 163,0 KB).

Radio program about Graduate School conderence "Genese und Folgen der 'Pflegerobotik'"

The conference "Genese und Folgen der 'Pflegerobotik'" which took place at the Graduate School in December 2017 has inspired a radio program on Deutschlandfunk Nova. Three talks from the event organised by Graduate Students Arne Maibaum and Jannis Hergesell as well as Martin Meister from the department of Sociology of Technology can be found here. Speakers Bettina-Johanna Krings, Cosima Wagner and Pat Treusch talk about origins and impact assessment of care robotics. 

Conference "Genese und Folgen der 'Pflegerobotik'"


The conference "Genese und Folgen der 'Pflegerobotik'", organised by Graduate Students Arne Maibaum and Jannis Hergesell takes place on December 7 and 8 at the Graduate School. Find more information and a time schedule here (PDF, 351,2 KB) and here.



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