Research Associate (50%) in Environment/Energy and Social Development/STS

We are looking for a 11-Month Research Associate (50%) (alternatively 5 1/2 Months full-time)


Qualification Profile

Research experience in

  • Environmental Studies and Social Development
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Qualitative (particularly ethnographic) methods
  • Application for external funding in the above mentioned areas


English language proficiency is required and candidates with research experience in Latin America and Spanish language proficiency will be preferred.


Work Tasks

  • Contribution to writing funding applications and to teaching in the above mentioned areas.
  • Participation in the organization and co-ordination of tasks at the Chair for Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge (e.g. organizing research colloquia and workshops, planning of teaching etc.).
  • The amount of teaching is regulated by §3 of the Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung NRW.


Application deadline: 20. August 2018 to For inquiries, do not hesitate to contact

Please see the full announcement here


DATA CENTRES, DATA OWNERS, DATA LAKES: Infrastructures and Flow in Science & Technology Studies

Autumn School 10-13 October 2018, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Guest lecturer: Rob Kitchin, Maynooth Univeristy


 Autumn School


With the growing smartification of ever more devices in our everyday life, big data masses are generated, transmitted, analysed, stored and re-used. Devices, grids, wires, data centres and data formats are re-organized and thereby re-configure people's relations to data and each other. With the notion of data lakes new data infrastructures are developed to handle big and smart data. New data infrastructures spur new flows of data, of technologies, of people and of values, and these again shape and reshape infrastructures. Using Science & Technology Studies literature on infrastructures and infrastructuring we explore the intersections and co-emergences of data infrastructures and flows as sites and processes of concentration, negotiation, and sociomaterial (re)-building. For the autumn school we encourage participations of PhD students who do ethnographic studies of data sites from a Science & Technology Studies perspective. We apply literature on infrastructures to explore data, its relations and flows. We ask how different concerns about data are formed and negotiated? How is data enacted differently in different sites within the infrastructure? How do actors, material devices, imaginaries and practices engage in infrastructuring work?


We warmly invite doctoral students to apply for participation in this autumn school, which will combine lectures with supervised group work, writing exercises, academic speed dating and data lab methodology to engage with how to imagine and write about data, data infrastructures and data flows. The aim is to engage with participant’s own research and discuss the methodological and analytical challenges of the study of data in the social sciences. The autumn school will have a strong STS orientation and applicants taking inspiration from this tradition will be prioritized.


Please apply for participation by sending a short letter of motivation plus a 250-words abstract of the theme of your doctoral work to: Deadline for application: 19. August 2018


The autumn school is organized by Laura Kocksch & Estrid Sørensen, CAST, and funded by CAIS.


For any inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact the organizers: or



EASST 2018

At this year's EASST conference several members of CAST and the section for Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge presented their ongoing work. The EASST conference brings together researchers from all over Europe for their biennial conference. This year’s theme "Meetings: Making Science, Technology and Society together" fit well with our interdisciplinary research interests. Estrid Sørensen presented her student project under the title: "The continuity and translations of the river Emscher". Josefine Raasch spoke about "Evaluating the participation in epistemo-political practices". Abigail Nieves Delgado reported on her ongoing study on "Facial recognition technology as software of categorization". Together with Abigail and Estrid, Olga Galanova presented insights into "Opening (and closing) doors for security: negotiations of trust". Together with Estrid and Laura Kocksch, Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (GESIS Köln) showed how "Troubling the ordering in cybersecurity research" can lead to new cooperations between social and computer science. Together with Laura Tobias Boczanski (Goethe University Frankfurt) looked into "Coding for the common good - writing software in organizations with care". Laura gave insight into her dissertation project with a talk on “Preparation for Future Value - Collaboration in Big Data Labs”.


Caring, Tinkering and Negotiating for IT-In/Security @ EASST'18

28 July 2018

Lancaster University, UK 


Estrid Soerensen and Laura Kocksch will co-convene a panel along with Dr. Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (GESIS) on the social productivity of IT security and IT security research. The panel discusses how expert knowledge on IT security performs it as a normative engineering case, often analog to medicine. The panel suggests a Science and Technology Studies way of looking at IT security practices as continuous tinkering, moral ambiguity and in need for interdisciplinary cooperation.


Book presentation by Estrid Sørensen

Cultures Of Computer Game Concerns1

04 July 2018

RUB GBCF 04/611 at 16.00 hrs

Estrid Sørensen will present her book Cultures of Computer Game Concerns: The Child Across Families, Law, Science and Industry. Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries will also present his book  Refugees, Civil Society and the State: European Experiences and Global Challenges.


Book Presentation

Data Protection and Surveillance Workshop

10 April 2018



Laura Kocksch and Abigail Nieves Delgado discuss their research questions for an upcoming project on the social productivity of identity in an interdisciplinary format to colleagues from law and literature departements at Ruhr University Bochum.