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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

Innovation Society Today


The reflexive creation of novelty


Georg Fischer's thesis defense

Georg Fischer defends his dissertation "Urheberrecht und Kreativität in der samplingbasierten Musikproduktion" at 12 am on April 8, 2019 in room FH 804.

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 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.

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.

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