Summer School 2019 - ‘Innovation and Its Others: Neglected aspects of creative destruction’
On 21 and 22 June 2019, the summer school on ‘Innovation and Its Others: Neglected aspects of creative destruction’ organized by the Graduiertenkolleg 'Innovationsgesellschaft heute' took place at the Institute of Sociology of the TU Berlin. Its starting point was the observation that the scientific study of innovation(s) is largely characterized by a 'pro-innovation bias', as it mostly considers innovations to be fundamentally desirable, grasps resistance to innovation per se as deviation and does not sufficiently analyse the negative effects of innovations. The summer school wanted to focus on these aspects of innovation research, which to date have been largely neglected. Against this background, on the first day of the summer school, the members of the Graduate School had the opportunity to take part in a workshop led by Prof. Martin Bauer  of the London School of Economics on the one hand and Prof. Benoît Godin  of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Montréal on the other. The workshops dealt with the phenomenon and analytical potential of resistance to innovation (Bauer) and with the terminological history of the concept of innovation and its contingency (Godin). In both workshops, at first core texts of the workshop leaders were discussed in order to subsequently relate the core statements found there to the research projects of the participants.
Building on the workshops of the first day, a conference  with keynotes by Martin Bauer and Benoît Godin as well as presentations by members of the Research Training Group took place on the second day of the Summer School. In his lecture, Martin Bauer focused on the functional analogy of resistance and pain, thus illustrating the analytical fertility of the study of resistance practices for the understanding of innovation phenomena. In his lecture, Benoît Godin presented the long and varied history of the concept of innovation and thus showed that the dominant position of the concept of innovation in contemporary society and its positive connotation are by no means self-evident. The presentations of the members of the Research Training Group, on the other hand, were able to show that the focus on 'the other' of innovation research enables productive questions and perspectives on innovation phenomena and that there is still a great need for research.
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 .
Winterschool 2016 - „Innovation: Materiality, Space and the Subject“
According to the motto Innovation: Materiality, Space, and the Subject, the Graduate School's first Winter School took place on December 1-2, 2016 at the Department of Sociology. The guest scientists were Nelly Oudshoorn  (University of Twente), Saša Bosančić  (Universität Augsburg), Marcela Suarez Estrada  (FU Berlin) and Clemens Blümel  (HU Berlin). We'd like to thank the visiting scientists for their participation!
Second Summer School 2014 - "Doing Innovation"
- Mind Map: Innovation.
- © Kamil Bembnista
- Doing Innovation?
- © Inês Wilke
- I don't know!
- © Inês Wilke
- Prof. Dr. Hubert Knoblauch in discussion with the guest scientists Dr. Laurie Waller and Dr. Candace Jones.
- © Inês Wilke
According to the motto Doing Innovation the second summer school of the graduate program (Graduiertenkolleg) "Innovationsgesellschaft heute" (Society of Innovation Today) took place at the Department of Sociology May 21-23 2014. In plenaries, workshops and the World Café, the Fellows addressed, together with applicants and guests, questions about alternative models of the future, how people are networked through interventions and to what extent routines could be stabilizing. Special thanks to the guest scientists Anke Strauß (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialwissenschaften), Candace Jones (Carroll School of Management, Boston College, USA) and Raghu Garud (PennState University, USA) who assisted the PhD students in workshops with ideas about the topics of transformation / translation and innovation and its expression of novelty. Thanks as well to the attendant visiting fellows Helena Webb, Laurie Waller and Cesare Riillo who pushed along the discussions with their fruitful impulses and comments within the framework of this summer school.
Summer School 2013: "Reflexive Innovation"
- © Georg Fischer
According to the motto Reflexive Innovations the first summer school of the Graduate School "Innovationsgesellschaft heute" (Innovation Society today) took place June 5-72013. The invited guest scientists were Elena Esposito (Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italien) and Christine Leuenberger  (Cornell University, USA). In addition to the main topic of Reflexivity the focus in the workshops and lectures was especially on relationships between innovation and knowledge (Leuenberger) and between innovation and novelty (Esposito).