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"Sensing Collectives - Aesthetic and Political Practices Intertwined" on November 14-16 2018

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The workshop Sensing Collectives - Aesthetic and Political Practices Intertwined [2] took place on November 14-16, 2018. It was organised by PhD Candidate Nora Rigamonti [3] and Jan-Peter Voß [4] (Institut für Soziologie, TU Berlin) as well as Marcela Suárez [5] (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 [6]. 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 [7].

International Conference: "Creativity and Fields"

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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.

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Birke Otto (Viadrina) & Konstanin Hondras (Duisburg-Essen)

International conference 2015: “Innovation society today. Theoretical and empirical Challenges”

Tuesday, 28. April 2015

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International conference: “Innovation society today. Theoretical and empirical Challenges”

At the end of the first three years the graduate program (Graduiertenkolleg) organized an international conference on "Innovation society today. Theoretical and empirical challenges" from 10th to 12th of June 2015. Lecturers were:

Stephen R. Barley (Stanford University), Steve Fuller (University of Warwick), Benoît Godin (L'Institut national de la recherche scientifique), Hans Joas (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Marco Jöstingmeier (Technische Universität Berlin), Susan S. Silbey (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Julian Stubbe (Technische Universität Berlin), and Arnold Windeler (Technische Universität Berlin).

The aim of the conference was to evaluate the previous research at the College and to discuss future research perspectives.

A PDF-version of the conference’s program can be found here. [14]



Impressions of the conference "Innovation Society Today. Theoretical and empirical challenges"

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Lecturer: Stephen R. Barley
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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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Lecturer: Steve Fuller
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Lecturer: Benoît Godin
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On the right: Arnold Windeler
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Lecturer: Arnold Windeler
Redner: Arnold Windeler
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Lecturer: Susan S. Silbey
Rednerin: Susan S. Silbey
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From left: Marco Jöstingmeier / Benoît Godin / Susan S. Silbey
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Lecturer: Stephen Barley
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Closed Meeting 2015

Thursday, 05. February 2015

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Closed Meeting 2015

On the 22nd and 23rd of January our conclave was held at the “Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung Berlin” (Science Centre for Social Research Berlin, WZB), on which the facets of reflexivity and the importance of the concept of fields were discussed. The focus laid on the results of the dissertation texts of the scholarship holders.

In two parallel tracks (1. "Facets of Reflexivity in the context of the Innovation Society" and 2. "Notion of Field Boundaries in the context of the Innovation Society"), first major results of their own works were introduced by the Fellows and secondly, a relation to the theme of the Track was made.



Closed Meeting II – 22.-23.01.2015 at WZB

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Closed Meeting II – 22.-23.01.2015 at WZB


The graduate program (Graduiertenkolleg) "Innovation Society Today" arranged a closed meeting on 22nd and 23rd of January 2015 at the WZB (Science Centre for Social Research Berlin).

The focus was on the results of the dissertation texts of the scholarship holders. In addition to the focused discussion of the dissertation’s results, it was the aim of the conference, to jointly elaborate approaches for the development of the graduate program and thus to work out the follow-up application which has to be submitted in September 2015.

The program of the closed meeting can be viewed here [34].

"Struggling with Innovations?" - 07.-08.11.2013 at IRS

The international conference "Struggling with innovation? Social Innovations and Conflicts in Urban Development and Planning" was held together with the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning in Erkner from 7th to 8th of November 2013.

Closed Meeting I – 10.07.2012 at WZB

The conclave had the theme "Die reflexive Herstellung des Neuen" (The reflexive Creation of the New) and took place at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Social Science Research Center Berlin, WZB) on 10th of July 2012. A written report can be found in the bulletin of the WZB, issue 137, pp. 46-47: Link to PDF [35]

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