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The reflexive creation of novelty

Innovation Society Today


The reflexive creation of novelty

Innovation Society Today


The reflexive creation of novelty


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.

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Birke Otto (Viadrina) & Konstanin Hondras (Duisburg-Essen) (http://www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/forschung/organized-creativity/rechts_Organized-Creativity-BLOG/Organized-Creativity-BLOG.html)



Call for Application: 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 October to December 2018.

More information can be found here

The deadline for applications and letters of recommendation is July, 20th 2018. 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 Susann Schmeißer.

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.

Creativity and Fields - International Conference on June 28 and 29

The Graduate School hosts the International Conference Creativity and Fields June 28 and 29. It's been organized together with the research group "Organized Creativity" of FU Berlin.

The program can be found here.



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.

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).

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.

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).

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. 

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.



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