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Innovation Society Today


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


Workshop on ‘Value Trails in Innovation – Empirical Objects and Reflexivity’ with Poonam Pandey


On 10 July 2019, a half-day workshop with the visiting fellow of the graduate school ‘innovation society today’, Dr. Poonam Pandey, took place at the Institute of Sociology of Technische Universität Berlin. The aim of the workshop was to reflexively visualize the activity of valuing implicit in the studies of innovation, technology and society. In the first part of the workshop, a paper from Frank Heuts and Annemarie Mol titled “What Is a Good Tomato? A Case of Valuing in Practice” was discussed and the specific contribution of valuation studies for innovation studies was debated. In the second part of the workshop, all participants correlated their own projects to the analytical approach developed in the paper of Heuts & Mol in general, and to their concept of distinguishing empirical registers of valuing in specific. The exercise adopted a reflexive mapping technique by drawing the value trails that relate the actors and the empirical objects. The participants also reflected on their own positions (actors/analysts/both) in relation to the empirical objects, actors and value trails.

Katharina Scheidgen organizes Herrenhausen Symposium


Together with Suntje Schmidt (HU Berlin) and Timo Braun (FU Berlin) our doctoral student Katharina Scheidgen (from the 2nd cohort) raised funds for the symposium "Temporal Dynamics in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems" from the Volkswagen Foundation. Leading scientists from sociology, economic geography, entrepreneurship and management research were invited to discuss the potential of the concept "entrepreneurial ecosystems" on 1st and 2nd July 2019 in Herrenhausen Castle in Hannover, Germany. Further information can be found at www.tdee-symposium.org

Impressions from the Field Theory and Research Practice Workshop with Carla Ilten

As part of the Graduate School Innovation Society Today at the Institute for Sociology of TU Berlin, a one-day workshop on „field theory and research practice“ took place on the 29th of may 2019. Lead by Carla Ilten (UIC Chicago), the first part of the workshop dealt with different approaches of field theory and their historical evolvement. The second part of the workshop focussed on how fields are integrated in the individual research projects of the participants.

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.

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.

The Graduate School welcomes Visiting Fellow Lauren Kilgour


We are happy to welcome Lauren Kilgour as a visiting fellow from May. Lauren is an Information Science PhD Student at Cornell University. She studies the culture and politics of networked technologies, with a particular focus on their design and use. Her dissertation project, “Designing Difference: Electronic Ankle Monitors, Inequality, and the Politics of Technological Innovation," considers these broader research foci in the context of electronic ankle monitors used to digitally track justice-involved people released back into communities during probation, parole, or pretrial supervision. As a result, her work engages with research in sociology, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, design, law and policy, and surveillance studies.

Lauren will be at the Graduate School until the end of July.

The Graduate School welcomes Visiting Fellow Poonam Pandey

We are happy to welcome Poonam Pandey as a research fellow from May. Poonam Pandey is a research fellow at the Department of Science and Technology-Centre for Policy Research (DST-CPR) at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. She has completed a post-doc from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands and Ph. D from Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Most of her work on emerging technologies in the domain of agriculture, energy and health builds on the interdisciplinary approaches of Science and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies and development studies. She is a board member for the Society of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET 2019-2022). During this fellowship, Poonam will work towards understanding the (relational) processes (of valorizing and evaluating) through which 'value' is understood, created, transferred and destroyed in different innovation approaches (such as innovation systems, Responsible Research and Innovation, frugal innovations, and inclusive innovations to name a few).

Poonam will be at the Graduate School until the end of July.

Georg Fischer's thesis defense

Georg Fischer succesfully defended his dissertation "Urheberrecht und Kreativität in der samplingbasierten Musikproduktion" on April 8.

The Graduate School congratulates Georg Fischer on completing his research project and wishes him all the best.

Maximilian von Laer's thesis defense

Maximilian von Laer of the second cohort successfully defended his thesis on March 20. The title of his dissertation is "Innovation strategies of emerging markets: China’s use of standardization as a strategic tool for global dominance".

The Graduate School congratulates Maximilian von Laer on completing his dissertation and wishes him continuing success in his future career.

Impressions from the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse Workshop with Reiner Keller

On 10 and 11 January 2019, a two-day workshop with Prof. Dr. Reiner Keller from University of Augsburg on his Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD) took place as part of the Graduate School Innovation Society Today at the Institute for Sociology of TU Berlin. After a first part, which dealt with the theoretical foundations of the WDA and included excursions into the history and development of discourse theory, the second part dealt with the methodological and methodological assumptions of SKAD, in the context of which exemplary empirical material was analyzed. In the course of the workshop, the participants also had the opportunity to present and discuss their own research projects.

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.

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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