Workshop on ‘Value Trails in Innovation – Empirical Objects and Reflexivity’ with Poonam Pandey
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On 10 July 2019, a half-day workshop with the visiting fellow of the research training group ‘innovation society today’, Dr. Poonam Pandey , took place at the Institute of Sociology of Technische Universität Berlin. The aim of the workshop was to reflexively visualize the activity of valuing implicit in the studies of innovation, technology and society. In the first part of the workshop, a paper  from Frank Heuts and Annemarie Mol titled “What Is a Good Tomato? A Case of Valuing in Practice” was discussed and the specific contribution of valuation studies for innovation studies was debated. In the second part of the workshop, all participants correlated their own projects to the analytical approach developed in the paper of Heuts & Mol in general, and to their concept of distinguishing empirical registers of valuing in specific. The exercise adopted a reflexive mapping technique by drawing the value trails that relate the actors and the empirical objects. The participants also reflected on their own positions (actors/analysts/both) in relation to the empirical objects, actors and value trails.
Workshop with Prof. Herbert Kalthoff on ‘Theoretical Empiricism’
On 4 and 5 July 2019, a two-day workshop with Prof. Dr. Herbert Kalthoff  on 'Theoretical Empiricism' took place at the Institute for Sociology of the TU Berlin as part of the Research Training Group 'Innovation Society Today'. The main subject of the workshop was the relationship between theory and empiricism with regard to the research process in projects that work with qualitative, especially ethnographic approaches. The starting point was the fundamental insight that empirical research always operates with theoretical (pre-)assumptions – be they scientific theories or theories of everyday life. After the relationship between theory and empiricism had initially been discussed using selected texts from the volume Theoretical Empiricism , the interdependence of the two poles of sociological research could be reconstructed by examining various data examples. In a final step, the participants had the opportunity to discuss 'empirical snippets' of the data already collected. These were coded into two groups in a procedure based on Grounded Theory and the resulting (preliminary) results were condensed into analytical notes.
Katharina Scheidgen organizes Herrenhausen Symposium
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Together with Suntje Schmidt (HU Berlin) and Timo Braun (FU Berlin) our doctoral student Katharina Scheidgen (from the 2nd cohort) raised funds for the symposium "Temporal Dynamics in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems" from the Volkswagen Foundation. Leading scientists from sociology, economic geography, entrepreneurship and management research were invited to discuss the potential of the concept "entrepreneurial ecosystems" on 1st and 2nd July 2019 in Herrenhausen Castle in Hannover, Germany. Further information can be found at www.tdee-symposium.org 
Impressions from the Field Theory and Research Practice Workshop with Carla Ilten
As part of the Research Training Group "Innovation Society Today" at the Institute for Sociology of TU Berlin, a one-day workshop on „field theory and research practice“ took place on the 29th of may 2019. Lead by Carla Ilten  (UIC Chicago), the first part of the workshop dealt with different approaches of field theory and their historical evolvement. The second part of the workshop focussed on how fields are integrated in the individual research projects of the participants.
Summer School “Innovation and Its Others: Neglected aspects of creative destruction”
The research training group’s summer school takes place on June 20./21. We would like to invite you to join the conference part of the summer school on the 21st. We are happy to announce two exceptional international keynote speakers: Benoît Godin (Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montreal) und Martin W. Bauer (London School of Economics and Political Science). Their keynotes will be complemented with talks from members of the research training group.
For further information regarding the time schedule and topics please take a look at the program (ß Link)There is no conference fee, but we got limited space so a registration via E-Mail at the research training group's academic coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org  is required. The mail should include your name and, if applicable, organizational affiliation.
The Research Training Group welcomes Visiting Fellow Lauren Kilgour
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We are happy to welcome Lauren Kilgour  as a visiting fellow from May. Lauren is an Information Science PhD Student at Cornell University. She studies the culture and politics of networked technologies, with a particular focus on their design and use. Her dissertation project, “Designing Difference: Electronic Ankle Monitors, Inequality, and the Politics of Technological Innovation," considers these broader research foci in the context of electronic ankle monitors used to digitally track justice-involved people released back into communities during probation, parole, or pretrial supervision. As a result, her work engages with research in sociology, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, design, law and policy, and surveillance studies.
Lauren will be at the Research Training Group until the end of July.
The Research Training Group welcomes Visiting Fellow Poonam Pandey
We are happy to welcome Poonam Pandey  as a research fellow from May. Poonam Pandey is a research fellow at the Department of Science and Technology-Centre for Policy Research (DST-CPR) at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. She has completed a post-doc from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands and Ph. D from Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Most of her work on emerging technologies in the domain of agriculture, energy and health builds on the interdisciplinary approaches of Science and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies and development studies. She is a board member for the Society of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET  2019-2022). During this fellowship, Poonam will work towards understanding the (relational) processes (of valorizing and evaluating) through which 'value' is understood, created, transferred and destroyed in different innovation approaches (such as innovation systems, Responsible Research and Innovation, frugal innovations, and inclusive innovations to name a few).
Poonam will be at the Research Training Group until the end of July.
Georg Fischer's thesis defense
Georg Fischer succesfully defended his dissertation "Urheberrecht und Kreativität in der samplingbasierten Musikproduktion" on April 8.
The Research Training Group congratulates Georg Fischer on completing his research project and wishes him all the best.
Maximilian von Laer's thesis defense
Maximilian von Laer of the second cohort successfully defended his thesis on March 20. The title of his dissertation is "Innovation strategies of emerging markets: China’s use of standardization as a strategic tool for global dominance".
The Research Training Group congratulates Maximilian von Laer on completing his dissertation and wishes him continuing success in his future career.
Impressions from the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse Workshop with Reiner Keller
On 10 and 11 January 2019, a two-day workshop with Prof. Dr. Reiner Keller  from University of Augsburg on his Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD) took place as part of the Research Training Group Innovation Society Today at the Institute for Sociology of TU Berlin. After a first part, which dealt with the theoretical foundations of the WDA and included excursions into the history and development of discourse theory, the second part dealt with the methodological and methodological assumptions of SKAD, in the context of which exemplary empirical material was analyzed. In the course of the workshop, the participants also had the opportunity to present and discuss their own research projects.
The Research Training Group welcomes Visiting Fellows Carla Alvial und Peter Winter
The Research Training Group is pleased to host Carla Alvial  and Peter Winter  as Visiting Fellows.
Carla Alvial did her Ph.D in "Governance of Knowledge and Innovation" at the University of Twente (Netherlands). She has a background in Molecular Biology and Sustainability Studies from both Chile und Japan. Her research project during her stay at the Research Training Group is: "Energy transitions; What is the role of regulation in the creation of markets for sustainable technologies? And, How is novelty created and introduced in the regulatory space for sustainable innovation?"
Peter Winter is a Ph.D-Student at the Department of Sociological Studies of the University of Sheffield, UK. At the Research Training Group he will continue his research on "Artificial Intelligence (AI) in radiology". The project explores the professionals’ role in training medical and radiography students to ‘see’ normal/abnormal in x-ray images and to ‘interpret’ these as classifications of trauma/disease.
The Visiting Fellows will be at the Research Training Group until the end of January.
Simon Egbert becomes Postdoc
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Simon Egbert  is the new Postdoc at the Research Training Group. He obtained his PhD last year at Universität Hamburg with his dissertation ‘Discourse and Materiality – a dispositif analysis of drug testing’ (translated from German). In the last two years, he was research fellow at Universität Hamburg in a research project about predictive policing. Before that, he was research at University of Bremen in a research project about drug testing. His work is especially concerned with societal contexts of sociotechnical interaction and particularly with the practical and epistemic effects being associated with the development and utilization of technical artefacts and digital technologies.
His most recent publications are, among others, with Mareile Kaufmann and Matthias Leese, ‘Predictive Policing and the Politics of Patterns ’ in British Journal of Criminology, with Bettina Paul, ‘Preemptive „Screening for Malintent“: The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) as Double Future Device ’ in Futures, ‘Sociotechnical production of (un-)seeabilities and (un-)sayabilities. Drug tests as scopic media and the epistemic typicality of visual knowledge’  (translated from German) in the edited volume ‘Knowledge Relations’ (translated from German) of Angelika Poferl und Michael Pfadenhauer, as well as ‘On Security Discourses and Techno-Fixes – The Political Framing and Implementation of Predictive Policing in Germany ’ im European Journal for Security Research.
New staff at the Research Training Group
Since December 2018, Dominika Hadrysiewicz  is the Research Training Group’s new academic coordinator, following Susann Schmeißer. In January 2019, Simon Egbert  started as postdoctoral fellow, following Alejandro Esguerra.
All members of the Research Training Group especially thank Susann Schmeißer for her long-term commitment and her excellent work.
The Research Training Group at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association
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The Research Training Group took part in the 39th Congress of the GSA „Komplexe Dynamiken globaler und lokaler Entwicklungen“ , September 24-28, i.a. with the session „Innovationsfelder: Handlungsfelder der Koordination komplexer Innovationen“  organised by Arnold Windeler  und Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer , speakers of the Research Training Group.
Arne Maibaum  and Jannis Hergesell  of the second cohort
held lectures concerning "Innovationsfeld
Pflegerobotik". Katharina Scheidgens  lecture
"Innovation in entrepreneurial Fields: Feldspezifische
Praktiken des Innovierens in Berlin und Silicon Valley"
was cancelled due to illness.
New Publication of the Research Training Group
Jannis Hergesell, Arne Maibaum, Clelia Minnetian und Ariane Sept (Eds.) (2018): Innovationsphänomene. Modi und Effekte der Innovationsgesellschaft: Springer VS.
Zur Verlagshomepage 
International Conference "Creativity and Fields" on June 28 and 29 2018 in review
Creativity and Fields
2nd Annual Conference of Organized Creativity
and 2nd International Conference of Innovation Society
Taking place at the Technical University (TU) Berlin on June 28 and 29 2018, Organized Creativity’s 2nd Annual Conference was at the same time the 2nd International Conference of TU’s Research Training Group “Innovation Society Today” (both sponsored by the German Research Foundation DFG). Thus, a collaboration between to research groups interested in similar, yet probably slightly different phenomena: creativity and innovation. The conference took a perspective towards creativity/innovation discussing them together with the concept of fields. Combining keynote speeches from renowned scholars with presentations of doctoral and post-doctoral research, the conference underlined as well its claim of internationality as the research groups’ goal to foster young scholars’ work. In the following we will give a short recall of the different presentations given.
Read more 
Birke Otto (Viadrina) & Konstanin Hondras (Duisburg-Essen) (http://www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/forschung/organized-creativity/rechts_Organized-Creativity-BLOG/Organized-Creativity-BLOG.html )
Special issue "Originalität und Viralität von (Internet-)Memes" (kommunikation@gesellschaft 19/2018)
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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).
Conference "Genese und Folgen der 'Pflegerobotik'"
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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  and here .
Sheila Jasanoff at the Graduate School on March 22, 2018
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We are very pleased to host Sheila Jasanoff who will give a talk on "Innovation at the Crossroads: Contested Imaginaries of Progress in Bangalore" . The event will take place on March 22 at 5 pm in room FH 804, all interested participants are cordially welcome.
Ariane Sept's thesis defense
Ariane Sept defends her dissertation "Entschleunigung in Klein- und Mittelstädten: Cittaslow als soziale Innovation in der Stadtentwicklung" at 2 pm on July 2, 2018 in room FH 804.
New Postdoc Alejandro Esguerra
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Alejandro Esguerra  is the new Postdoc at the Graduate School. He obtained his PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin, researched and taught at Cornell University, UFZ Leipzig, the Centre for Global Cooperation Research Duisburg as well as the University of Potsdam. His work is concerned with the role of knowledge and practice in International Relations theory, transnational governance in global environmental politics, and innovation in science policy interaction.
His most recent publications are, with Silke Beck and Rolf Lidskog, ‘Stakeholder engagement in the making: IPBES legitimization politics’ in Global Environmental Politics, with Nicole Helmerich and Thomas Risse, 'Sustainability Politics and Limited Statehood: Contesting New Modes of Governance' (Palgrave Macmillan 2017), as well as, with Tobias Berger ‘World Politics in Translation: Power, Relationality and Difference in Global Cooperation’ (Routledge 2018).
Jannis Hergesell's thesis defense
Jannis Hergesell defends his dissertation "Technische Assistenzen in der Altenpflege – Eine historisch-soziologische Analyse des Zusammenhangs zwischen der Geschichte der geriatrischen Pflege und der Forderung nach Pflegeinnovationen" at 4 pm on April 27, 2018 in room FH 804.
Robert Jungmann's thesis defense
Graduate school associate Robert Jungmann defends his dissertation"Die Praxis kollektiven Handelns - Eine analytische Heuristik für die empirische Forschung" at 1 pm on April 13, 2018 in room A111.
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  and here .
Radio program about Graduate School conference "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.
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).
Graduate student Miriam Klemm receives Fulbright grant
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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 , Miriam talks about her research and the grant.
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"
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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 .
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.
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 (FH919).
Network meeting with the research unit "Organized Creativity"
On 22nd February a network meeting with the DFG research unit "Organized Creativity - Practices for Inducing and Coping with Uncerainty" took place at the graduate school. The research unit, whose speaker is Prof. Dr. Jörg Sydow (FU Berlin), unites scientists from universities in Berlin, Hamburg, Duisburg-Essen, Frankfurt (Oder), Innsbruck and Linz.
Specific possibilities of collaboration between members of the graduate school and the research unit were discussed.
Learn more about the research unit here:
Henning Mohr's thesis defense
Graduate student Henning Mohr defends his dissertation "Reflexivierung, Experimentalisierung und Aktivierung - Über die Wissensdynamiken künstlerischer Prozesse in der Innovationsgesellschaft" at 1pm on January 23 2017 (FH919).
Jessica Stock's thesis defense
Graduate student Jessica Stock defends her dissertation „Wenn Innovation zur Ideologie wird. Elektromobilisten als exklusive Innovationsgemeinschaft zwischen Innovation und Exnovation" at 11.30am on January 12, 2017 (Room FH919).
New staff at the graduate school
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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.
3 Visiting Fellowships on Innovation and Innovation Society
The DFG graduate school “Innovation Society Today” at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, is pleased to advertise 3 visiting fellowships. The fellowships are available for a period of three months, either from April to June 2017 or October to December 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact the graduate school’s academic coordinator, Susann Schmeißer  or PostDoc Eric Lettkemann .
More information 
Julian Stubbe's thesis defense
Monday, 18. July 2016
Graduate student Julian Stubbe defends his dissertation „Articulating Novelty in Science and Art – A Technography of Two Objects” on July 18, 2016 (Room FH919).
Miira Hill's thesis defense
Wednesday, 10. February 2016
Graduate student Miira Hill defends her dissertation „Slamming Science. The New Art Of Old Public Science Communication” on February 24, 2016 (Room FH919).
Fabian Schroth's thesis defense
Wednesday, 20. January 2016
Graduate student Fabian Schroth defends his dissertation „The Politics of Governance Experiments. Constructing the Clean Development Mechanism” on February 12, 2016 (Room FH919).
Lecture: Cittaslow – an innovative network of small urban centres
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The Graduate School welcomes Pier Giorgio Oliveti (Secretary General Cittaslow International).
In 1999 the international network Cittaslow – Rete internazionale delle città del buon vivere (International Network of Cities Where Living is Easy) was founded in Italy. Today there are more than 200 member cities in 30 countries around the world. Member cities are small urban centres with less than 50.000 inhabitants. The idea of the “slow” movement is considered a direct response to a widely felt acceleration within society against the background of globalization. Cittaslow seeks to adapt the idea of “slow” to an urban dimension. Member cities of Cittaslow try to propose an alternative urban model with a slow rhythm based on local economy and handicraft, ecological sustainability, local identity, enhancement of local history and culture. The association actively supports new technological ideas, a way to help develop a place into a qualitatively better direction or foster local potentials.
Why do smaller cities decide to develop in a slow manner? Is “slow” a simply retrospective idea or does it lead to innovative urban development? Isn’t it a contradiction to be critical to globalization on the one hand and to create an urban network all around the world on the other hand?
These and more questions can be discussed with Pier Giorgio Oliveti, Secretary General of Cittaslow International.
Everyone interested is very welcome to join us for this public lecture and discussion.
When: 25.11.2015, 18-20 Uhr
Where: Room FH 919, TU Berlin, Fraunhoferstr. 33-36, 10587 Berlin
Sören Petersen's thesis defense
Friday, 07. August 2015
Graduate student Sören Petersen defends his dissertation „Four Studies on the Empirical Economics of Patenting and Standardization” on August 20, 2015 (Room 4.064, Marchstraße 23).
Impressions of the conference "Innovation Society Today"
- Lecturer: Stephen Barley
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- Vortragender: Arnold Windeler
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- Lecturer: Hans Joas
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- On the right: Julian Stubbe
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- Lecturer: Stephen R. Barley
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- Foreground: Benoît Godin / Background: Robert Schmidt
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- On the right: Arnold Windeler
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- From left: Marco Jöstingmeier / Benoît Godin / Susan S. Silbey
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- Lecturer: Susan S. Silbey
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- Lecturer: Stephen R. Barley
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- Lecturer: Steve Fuller
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- Lecturer: Benoît Godin
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