Book presentation by Estrid Sørensen

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

Preparing for Patients. Learning the Skills and Values for Healing Encounters

29 June - 1 July 2018

University of Siegen

Raphael Hemme will give a talk about his current research on the development and application of machines intended to recognize and react to human emotion in clinical contexts at the 31st annual conference of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ethnomedizin e.V. (AGEM). The conference is organized in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Center Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen.


Cultures of Computer Game Concerns


A new book edited by Estrid Sørensen ist out. It discusses the phenomenon 'computer games' and the many concerns in relation to children that computer games evoke. In contrast to the decade long debates on this question, this book refrains from seeking an answer to whether comptuer games are harmful to children or not. Rather, it presents computer game concerns as multiple in the way they are intimately entangled in everyday practices of legal regulations, of game design, of families and peers, and of science and research following their own habits and logics. Furthermore, through a comparison between comptuer game concerns in Denmark and in Germany the volume seeks to understand how concerns are formed and how they circulate in infrastructures that are partly national, partly cross-national. The book has a Science & Technology Studies framing, but holds cross-disciplinary chapters by legal, psychological and media studies scholars as well as by game designers and public administration officers.


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.

Research Explorer Ruhr: Two visiting Post Docs

 Barbara Bok        Susana Carmona Castillo

Barbara Bok (Swinburne, AU) and Susana Carmona Castillo (Los Andes, Colombia) have been grated the Research Explorer Ruhr Fellowship and will be visiting us the second half of June 2018. We are looking forward to the collaboration.


Sichere Software Entwickeln

22 March 2018

Competence Center for Applied Security Technology Darmstadt


Laura Kocksch participates in the annual workshop on secure software engineering at the CAST e.V. (Competence Center for Applied Security Technology) Darmstadt. The workshop brings together experts in the field of it security research from academia and industry.


Writing methodography

14 March 2018

Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin


Together with Rachel Douglas-Jones Estrid Sørensen will do a workshop on how to write methodography on the "Participant Observation and Collaboration in STS Ethnography: Generating Methodographic Sensibilities for Science & Technology Studies" workshop.


Visiting International Professors (VIP): Helen Verran

Helen Verran
The team has been granted the VIP-fellowship for Prof. Helen Verran (Darwin, AU), who will be visiting us several times over the coming two years. The first period will be 4-16 June 2018.


RISCS developer-centred security workshop

08 February 2018

University College London


Laura Kocksch presents her research results and ongoing dissertation project to industry professionals in the area of software development and secure software engineering.

Knowledge, Knowers and the Sociomateriality of Digitization

17 January 2018



Estrid Sørensen holds her inagural lecture titled "Wissen, Wissende und die Soziomaterialität der Digitalisierung: Programm einer kulturpsychologischen Wissensanthropologie" [Knowledge, Knowers and the Sociomateriality of Digitization: The Programme for a Cultural Psychological Anthropology of Knowledge].

Relational theoretical approaches

19 December 2017

University of Hildesheim

The platform relational approaches in the applied social sciences uploaded the video of Estrid Sørensen's talk regarding relational theoretical approaches. She discusses the agency in the relational theory research as well as the question of proximity and distance in the post-critical research discussion. The talk is in Workshop 2, part 3 on the relapp platform.

Initiating a student Exchange Program with the Northern Institute at the Charles Darwin University

08 December 2017

Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia

In fruitful cooperation with Dr. Michaela Spencer from the Northern Institute at the Charles Darwin University, and supported by the International Offices of the two universities, Josefine Raasch will initiate a student exchange programme between the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin Unviersity and the Faculty of Social Science at Ruhr University Bochum. Josefine's trip will be funded by the LabExchange-Programm of inSTUDIESplus of Ruhr University Bochum and by the Global Young Faculty of the Mercator Research Center Ruhr.

Problemorientiert? Interdisziplinarität in Informatik und Sozialwissenschaften

07 December 2017



Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda will give the talk as part of the CAST Colloquium in FNO 02/11.

Differences in Knowing and Doing Democracies

23 - 24 November 2017

Aalborg University Copenhagen


Josefine Raasch will participate at the workshop “STS and Democracy”, organised by Andreas Birkbak (Techno-Anthropology Research Group, Dept. of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University Copenhagen), Irina Papazu (Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School) and Anne Kathrine Pihl Vadgaard (IT University Copenhagen). Josefine will present a paper “Differences in Knowing and Doing Democracies”.