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Innovation Society Today


The reflexive creation of novelty

Innovation Society Today


The reflexive creation of novelty


The Graduate School welcomes Visiting Fellow Annelie Pentenrieder

We welcome Visiting Fellow Annelie Pentenrieder at the Graduate School. Her dissertation deals with "algorithmic work architectures" which are emerging as a navigation and task organisation software tool for professional drivers in logistics and transport. She's researching the conditions and efficacies of these software solutions and anwering the question which human-machine-interactions the drivers are putting to the test.

The project originated at the Institut für Medienwissenschaft at the University of Paderborn's Graduate School "Automatisms", supervisor is Prof. Dr. Jutta Weber. Annelie Pentenrieder studied Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Communication and Cultural Management at the Zeppelin University Friedrichshagen.

She will be doing research at the Graduate School until December.

The Graduate School welcomes Visiting Fellow Martin Sand

We are happy to welcome Visiting Fellow Martin Sand. He is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He studied European Culture and History of Ideas with a strong focus on philosophy and ethics of technology at the KIT. He finished his Master's with a Thesis about technological visions of anti-ageing, immortality and the value of life and death in 2014. As a student he was an elected member of the Ethical Committee of the KIT. In his PhD-project, which is supervised by Prof. Armin Grunwald and started in July 2014, he scrutinizes problems of responsibility in the early, visionary stages of technological development. Since 2015 he teaches business ethics at the University of Kaiserslautern and ethics at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg.

Martin Sand will be staying at the Graduate School until December.

Summer School 2017: "Perspectives on Innovation Society"


The Graduate School's third Summer School took place on June 15th and 16th: Fellows, members of the Department of Sociology and guests had the opportunity to exchange views and swap ideas regarding different perspectives on the innovation society.

Special thanks go to our guest speakers  Prof. Barbara Adam (Cardiff University), Fran Osrecki ​(Universität Osnabrück), Peter Stegmaier (Universiteit Twente) and Jérôme Denis (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Mines-ParisTech) for their participation and inputs.

You can find the program here (PDF, 105,4 KB).

The Graduate School welcomes Visiting Fellow Valeri Wiegel

Welcome to our visiting fellow Valeri Wiegel who will be staying at the graduate school from May to July 2017. In his PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at The University of Edinburgh Valeri examined the strategies actors applied to sustain an innovation project in a German car maker over an extended period of time. He then moved to the Medical School to study the implementation and use of information systems in hospitals. In his research work Valeri draws on historical and ethnographic methods to portray the multiple biographies a technology can have as time moves on.

Graduate student Miriam Klemm receives Fulbright grant


Miriam Klemm receives a Fulbright grant within the context of her dissertation "Overshadowed by the Pill – The Development of Male Contraceptive Technologies". From May to August, she will be researching at the University of California, Berkeley. In this interview (PDF, 70,3 KB), Miriam talks about her research and the grant.

Jan-Peter Ferdinand's thesis defense

Graduate student Jan-Peter Ferdinand defends his dissertation „Innovation Communities & the Dilemma of Entrepreneurship - Insights from the Field of Desktop 3D Printing" at 1pm on March 21, 2017 (Room FH919).

New staff at the graduate school


In December, Eric Lettkemann started as postdoctoral fellow in the graduate school and is replacing Miira Hill. Before, he worked in research projects at the TU Berlin and the University of Bremen. His previous research interests lie in the field of science and technology studies. He wrote his doctoral thesis about institutional strategies and epistemic practices of stabilizing interdisciplinary collaborations, evolving around research-technologies. Furthermore, he dealt with questions of interpretative video analysis, the international comparison of European science systems, and assistance systems.

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