PhD Workshop with Helen Verran

05 December 2018, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


Being one of the most profound international epistemologists, Helen Verran from Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia, is coming to Bochum again. The CUPAK-Chair has organised a PhD workshop with Helen Verran on Wednesday, 5 December, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., FNO 02/11.
The workshop is themed as ‘Practicalities of Doing Qualitative Research’ and will discuss the following topics: 
- narrating the story of research projects when starting to work with the field
- writing field notes
- conceptualising 
- writing and teaching ethnographies, structuring texts.
Helen Verran is known for being generously supportive of students’ work and for providing practical and conceptual help in a variety of research areas. PhD students who are interested in joining this workshop are cordially welcomed.
Please register for the workshop with

Quantum cryptography and care practices

23 November 2018, Horst-Görst Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum


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On the annual meeting of SecHuman Laura Kocksch presented a paper together with Alexander Helms titled "Quantenkryptographie und Praktiken des Kümmerns in einer unsicheren Zukunft. Über Aushandlungen von Sicherheit" [Quantum cryptography and care practices in an unsure Future. About the negotiations of security".

Professor Sørensen welcomes new doctoral student

15 November 2018

Markus Rudolfi

Markus Rudolfi has joined Professor Sørensen's team as a doctoral student. Please find more about him on his website Markus Rudolfi.

Equivocal (anthropo)cenes

7-8 November 2018, Universidad Católica, Santiago de Chile


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On the Workshop "Equivocal (anthropo)cenes: indigenous ontologies and the ethics of geo-climatic disruptions" at the Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile Estrid Sørensen presented the paper "Co-habitation through experiments of co-laboration in rural energy development" co-authored together with Susana Carmona.

CSCW 2018

03-07 November 2018, New York City



On the annual ACM conference on computer supported collaborative work (CSCW) in New York City, Laura Kocksch presented her work on "Caring for IT Security" along with Andreas Poller from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT). In their paper, they argue for a caring approach on IT Security that accounts for the dispersed heterogeneous actors involved in "doing" security. They argue IT Security is more than a technological given, but both a socio-material practice and ethico-moral phenomena.


Olga Galanova: Panel-Presentation on "Stasi-Surveillance of Everyday Communication in the Private Sphere"

10-12 October 2018, Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Human Development, Berlin


Olga Galanova opens the First Panel “Causing Fears" with the topic "Stasi-Surveillance of Everyday Communication in the Private Sphere". She presents Stasi-work as a relevant case study for the interdisciplinary analysis of an interface between fear and Technology with the focus on Technology as sourse and medium of the fear communication.

The State Security Service of the former GDR used wiretapping technology not only as a way of collecting information, but also as a method of pressure and so called "destruction". As a part of these activities, stasi paid particular attention to signs of fear by observed people in their communication. These signs were interpreted as general criteria of "anti-state activities" but also as characteristics of self-control and deconspiration. Starting with this point, the paper describes concrete actions of how the Stasi become aware of certain fear markers in overheard phone conversations. The talk is based on the proceeding paper "Angstsprache der Stasi-Unterlagen. Zur Konstitution der Bedrohlichkeit in alltäglichen und institutionellen Kontexten der DDR". In Barbara Job (u.a Hrsg.) Angstsprachen. 2018. VS Verlag.

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


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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 .


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