Prof. Dr. Estrid Sørensen


Since my studies of psychology at the University of Copenhagen I have been wondering about how materiality contributes to shaping social life and how the social sciences can become better in grasping this. Inspired by Science & Technology Studies I soon came to appreciate the ability of ethnographic micro-analytical studies to provide insights into the socio-material configurations of practices. I have done such in-depth studies of digital health programmes, of virtual environments in an educational context and of computer games across science, law, game design, family and situations of play. Characteristic to my work is its comparative component. This often comes out of juxtaposing digital and non-digital practices, as well as looking into practices of different domains and infrastructures and how they configure together their sameness, differences and continuities through exchanges, tensions and boundary work. In my current work I attend to the socio-material shaping of psychological science as well as the configuration of IT-security and privacy.

Recent Postitions

Since July 2016:
Professor for Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge, Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Junior Professor for Cultural Psychology and Anthropological Knowledge in the Mercator Research Group “Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge: Production and Transfer” and the Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

2008 – 2010:
Assistant Professor at Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Department for Learning

2008 – 2010:
Scientific co-ordinator of the "Collaboratory: Social Anthropology and Life Science" at the Department for European Ethnology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Department for Sociology of Technology, Technical University, Berlin


Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
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Phone +49 (0)234 32 27947


Office hours: Thursdays from 14:30 to 15:30

Please contact Irene Scamoni-Selcan at cupak-sowi[at] for an appointment.


Selected recent Publications

Sørensen, E. (ed.) (2018). Cultures of Computer Game Concerns: The Child Across Families, Law, Science and Industry. Bielefeld: transcript.

Sørensen, E., Marlin, A. & Niewöhner, J. (2018). From scholastic to emic comparison: Generating comparability and handling difference in ethnographic research. In U. Flick (Ed.), The SAGE handbook of qualitative data collection (pp. 148-163). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Sørensen, E., & Schank, J. (2017). Praxeographie [Praxeography]. In S. Bauer, T. Heinemann, & T. Lemke (Eds.), Science & Technology Studies: Klassische Positionen und aktuelle Perspektiven (pp. 407-428). Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Suhrkamp.

Mewes, J., & Sørensen, E. (2017). Introduction: The things to come. In J. Mewes & E. Sørensen (Eds.), Ethnographies of objects in science and technology studies. Bochum, Germany: Universitätsbibliothek. doi:10.13154/eoo.1.2017. 1-89
Sørensen, E. (2017). The social order of facts vs. truths. EASST Review, 36(1), 12-13.