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Summer School “Innovation and Its Others: Neglected aspects of creative destruction”

The graduate school’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 graduate school.

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 graduate schools academic coordinator  is required. The mail should include your name and, if applicable, organizational affiliation.

Call for Applications: Two Visiting Fellowships on Innovation and Innovation Society

The DFG graduate school “Innovation Society Today” at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, is pleased to advertise two visiting fellowships. The fellowships are available for a period of three months, from November 2019 to January 2020.

More information can be found here

The deadline for applications and letters of recommendation is July 17th, 2019. Please submit all documents to the following email address: .

If you have any questions, please contact the graduate school’s academic coordinator Dominika Hadrysiewicz.

The Graduate School welcomes Visiting Fellows Carla Alvial und Peter Winter

The Graduate School 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 Graduate School 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 Graduate School 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 Graduate School until the end of January.

Simon Egbert becomes Postdoc


Simon Egbert is the new Postdoc at the Graduate School. 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 Germanyim European Journal for Security Research.

New staff at the graduate school

Since December 2018, Dominika Hadrysiewicz is the graduate school’s new academic coordinator, following Susann Schmeißer. In January 2019, Simon Egbert started as postdoctoral fellow, following Alejandro Esguerra.

All members of the Graduate School especially thank Susann Schmeißer for her long-term commitment and her excellent work.

Report from the Workshop "Sensing Collectives - Aesthetic and Political Practices Intertwined" on November 14-16


The workshop Sensing Collectives - Aesthetic and Political Practices Intertwined took place on November 14-16, 2018. It was organised by graduate student Nora Rigamonti and Jan-Peter Voß (Institut für Soziologie, TU Berlin) as well as Marcela Suárez (Lateinamerika-Institut, FU Berlin) and Jacob Watson. 

"Entanglements between aesthetic and political practices are visible all around. Collective life is shaped in ways of sensing, perceiving, and desiring (aesthetics) as well as in collective subjectivities, will, and interests (politics). To see both dimensions of collective ordering at work we may look into struggles over cultural policy and curatory strategies, into governmental public relations, party campaigns, corporate branding and marketing, grassroots activism, protest, resistance or amateur and do-it-yourself movements. They all comprise both an aesthetic and a political dimension. But how exactly do aesthetics and politics relate with each other?

With the workshop “Sensing Collectives – Aesthetic and Political Practices Intertwined” our investigations into these relations focused on practices: concrete activities by which sensorial perceptions and collective subjectivities are evoked and by which they are shaped in particular situations. For aesthetic practices: How is it that patterns of sensorial attention and appreciation become attuned, that certain styles of sensing are effectively performed as intense and valuable, so that certain aesthetics become authoritative? And for political practices: How is it that collective action is mobilized and norms and decisions are legitimized, that certain group identities are performed effectively, so that certain representations of collective will and interests become authoritative? The aim of taking this practice-oriented approach is to arrive at an analytical description of specific patterns in which aesthetics and politics intertwine in the making and in the disruption of collective orders – in ongoing processes of governance and innovation. [...]

The plan is to produce a publication with revised contributions that (a) precisely elaborate aesthetic and political practices in each case, (b) thoroughly map their intertwining, and (c) reconstruct how specifically they contribute to the stabilization and/or innovation of collective orders."

The full report can be found here. Videos and photos from the keynotes and discussions with Antoîne Hennion are kindly made available by the ici Berlin and can be found on their website.

The Graduate School at the 39th Congress of the German Sociological Association


The Graduate School 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 Graduate School.

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 Graduate School

Jannis Hergesell, Arne Maibaum, Clelia Minnetian und Ariane Sept (Eds.) (2018): Innovationsphänomene. Modi und Effekte der Innovationsgesellschaft: Springer VS.

Dieser Sammelband befasst sich mit der rapiden Verbreitung von Innovationen, die zu einem ubiquitären Phänomen geworden sind, welches alle gesellschaftlichen Teilbereiche erfasst. In den Beiträgen werden Innovationsphänomene interdisziplinär in Bezug auf verschiedene gesellschaftliche Teilbereiche in ihren heterogenen Facetten analysiert, um so einen empiriegeleiteten Beitrag zur Weiterentwicklung der Diagnose „Innovationsgesellschaft“ zu leisten. Die untersuchten Phänomene reichen von der Planung, Implementierung und Durchsetzung konkreter Innovationen über Praktiken des Innovierens bis zu veränderten Wahrnehmungs- und Deutungsmustern sowie damit einhergehenden neuen Machtbeziehungen. 

Die Herausgeber und Herausgeberinnen sind Mitglieder des DFG Graduiertenkollegs „Innovationsgesellschaft heute: die reflexive Herstellung des Neuen“ am Institut für Soziologie der TU Berlin.

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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 Today

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)


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'"


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


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


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).

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.

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, Miriam talks about her research and the grant.

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.

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


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. 

The deadline for applications and letters of recommendation is January 30th, 2017. Please submit all documents to the following email address: jobs@innovation.tu- berlin.de.

If you have any questions, please contact the graduate school’s academic coordinator,  or PostDoc

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


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
Vortragender: Arnold Windeler
Lecturer: Hans Joas
On the right: Julian Stubbe
Lecturer: Stephen R. Barley
Foreground: Benoît Godin / Background: Robert Schmidt
On the right: Arnold Windeler
From left: Marco Jöstingmeier / Benoît Godin / Susan S. Silbey
Lecturer: Susan S. Silbey
Lecturer: Stephen R. Barley
Lecturer: Steve Fuller
Lecturer: Benoît Godin

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