Markus Rudolfi

I started my academic life with a BA in sociology (major) and psychology (minor) at the University of Jena. There, I mostly dealt with issues surrounding the term "globalization" and very soon came to enjoy empirical research with qualitative methods. Inspired by a critical approach to analyse micro- and macro-social events, I joined the MA programme in sociology at the University of Frankfurt/Main, where I had the chance to gain greater expertise in qualitative research methods, especially ethnography, and found my way to the social studies of science and technology (STS) and environmental social sciences. I graduated with a MA thesis about experimental practices in an ecovillage and the ways in which nonhumans participate in the articulation of "sustainable living".

I am now working as a research associate at the Goethe-University Frankfurt while I stay team member of the RUSTlab Bochum:

Curriculum vitae

BA in Sociology (major) and Psychology (minor) at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

MA in Sociology at Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

November 2018 - November 2019:
Research Associate at Ruhr-University Bochum

Since December 2019:
Research Associate at Goethe-University Frankfurt

Research Areas

Ethnography, Environmental Studies and Political Ecology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), More Than Human Sociality, Temporality, Participation.

For publications, see

Dr. Abigail Nieves Delgado

Abigail Nieves Delgado works as a researcher at the Centre for Anthropological Knowledge of Scientific and Technological Cultures (CAST), Ruhr University Bochum. She received her PhD from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2016 (thesis titled ‘The dominion of the face: A critical and historical analysis of the study of the human face’, Spanish title). Her research focuses on the history of physical anthropology and on the role of race in contemporary forensic sciences and biometric identification. Her current project “Collecting and Categorizing Faces for Security: Facial Recognition in the Era of Big Data” is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. It investigates how societal threats influence technological development in biometrics. Besides this she is interested in daily security practices of internet users, and in the configurations of identity in human-computer interactions.

Recent academic positions

Since January 2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Anthropological Knowledge in Scientific and Technological Cultures (CAST), Ruhr-University Bochum

June 2016 - December 2016: Visiting PhD Student and Postdoctoral Researcher (since 10/2016) of Mercator Research Group ‘Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge’, Ruhr-University Bochum

October 2016: PhD, Philosophy of Sciende, National Autonomous University of Mexico (graduation with honors¸ ‘Mención Honorífica’) Dissertation: ‘El dominio del rostro: un análisis histórico y crítico del estudio de la cara humana’ [The dominion of the face: A critical and historical analysis of the study of the human face] (Advisor: Carlos López Beltrán).

Selected recent publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Science, Politics and the Production of Biological Knowledge: New Trends and Old Challenges. In: Journal of General Philosophy of Science (2018)

¿De qué me ves cara? Narrativas de herencia genética e identidad inscritas en la apariencia. [What do I look like? Narratives of origin, heredity and identity written on the face] (co-author: Vivette García Deister, Carlos López Beltrán). In: AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 12(3): 313-337 (2017).

Life in a neoliberal era: The OECD and the development of bioeconomy in Mexico. In: Metatheoria, 5(1): 187-202 (2014).

Books and editions

Special issue ‘Filosofía de las ciencias de la vida: Fronteras difusas’ [Philosophy of the life sciences: Blurred borders] In: Metatheoria, 5(1) (2014). [Co-editors: X. Arteaga-Villamil, X.A. González Grandón].

Book chapters

The history of the ‘Red-Man’: William Bollaert and the indigenous people of the Americas. In: Efram Sera-Shriar (ed.): Historicizing Humans: Deep Time, Evolution and Race in Nineteenth Century British sciences, University of Pittsburgh Press (History and Philosophy of Science Series). (Co-author: M. Esposito; 2018).

Reviews and others

Facelessness: A relational politics (book review of J. Edkins: Face Politics. Routledge, 2015). In: Cultural Politics, 12(3): 391-393 (2016).

Dr. Olga Galanova


Since April 2016: Lecturer at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

September 2011 - February 2016: Young Fellow of the research network in the Center of Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at the University of Bielefeld with the AG Project Distrust

October 2010 - April 2014: PostDoc-Fellowship at the Bielefeld Graduate School of History and Sociology

November 2006 - November 2008: PhD thesis entitled „Unzufriedenheit. Zur Irritierbarkeit sozialer Ordnung“

Research areas

Creative users and visual online-communication multimediality Distrust in police practice historical social research and interpretative methods

Dr. Jan Schank

Jan Schank received his PhD from Ruhr-University Bochum in 2015, with a dissertation on the (textual) practices of knowing media harm in age-rating computer games, supervised by Estrid Sørensen at the Mercator Research Group “Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge”. He has also taught several classes at RUB’s department of social science and worked on political enquiries as well as the making and use of “political positions” by parliamentary groups. His main research areas are ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, studies of regulation practices, practice-based studies of texts, ethnography, and Science and Technology Studies.

Selected Academic Positions:

November 2014 – October 2016: Post-Doc researcher on the project “Media Practice of Parliamentary Discourses: Ethnographic Comparisons of the Production and Use of Political Positions” within the Priority Program 1505 “Mediatized Worlds”, funded by DFG [German Research Foundation]

February 2015: PhD in Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum Dissertation: „W/wissen in der Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen – Eine praxeographische Analyse ausgewählter Entscheidungstexte aus dem Freigabeverfahren bei der Unterhaltungssoftware-Selbkontrolle (USK)“ [„Knowledge and Knowing in Age-Rating Computer Games – A Praxeographic Analysis of Selected Written Decisions from the Rating Procedure at the Entertainment Software Self-Control Agency (USK)“] Supervisor: Estrid Sørensen

January 2011 – February 2015: PhD student in Social Science at Mercator Research Group „Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge“, Ruhr University Bochum (Supervisor: Estrid Sørensen)

2007 – 2009: Research Associate (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Emmy-Noether Group of Young Researchers “Microsociology of Criminal Proceedings”, Sonderforschungsbereich 447, Free University Berlin (led by Thomas Scheffer)

Selected Publications:

Peer-reviewed articles

“Procedure Weak or Strong. Understanding the Limits of Political Inquiries”, European Journal of Sociology, vol. 51 (2010), no. 1, pp. 93-128 (with Thomas Scheffer and Matthias Michaeler).

„Wissen was jugendbeeinträchtigend ist – Membership Categorization in der Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen“ [“Knowing who’s Harmed – Membership Categorization in Age-Rating Computer Games”], Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie, vol. 22 (2012/13), no. 1, pp. 31-49.


“W/wissen in der Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen. Eine praxeographische Analyse ausgewählter Entscheidungstexte aus dem Prüf- und Freigabeverfahren bei der Unterhaltungssoftware-Selbstkontrolle (USK)“ [„Knowing and Knowledge in Age-Rating Computer Games. A Praxeographic Analysis of Selected Written Decisions from the Rating Procedure at the Entertainment Software Self-Control Board (USK)”] Bochum: Westdeutscher Universitätsverlag, 2017.


“Soziologie der Parlamente. Neue Wege der politischen Institutionenforschung” [“Sociology of Parliaments. New Avenues for Research on Political Institutions”], Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2018 (with Jenni Brichzin, Damien Krichewsky, and Leopold Ringel).

Contributions to edited volumes

„Gute praktische Gründe für ‚aussichtlose‘ Anträge“ [„Good Practical Reasons for ‚Futile‘ Motions“], in: Reiner Keller; Jürgen Raab (eds.), Wissensforschung – Forschungswissen. Weinheim/Basel: Beltz Juventa.

“Praxeographie”, in: Susanne Bauer; Torsten Heinemann; Thomas Lemke (eds.), Science and Technology Studies. Ein Überblick über klassische Positionen und aktuelle Perspektiven. Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp (with Estrid Sørensen).

„Medien als Status-Marker in der Fertigung politischer Positionen“ [„Media as Status Markers in Producing Political Positions“], in: Friedrich Krotz; Cathrin Despotovic; Merle Kruse (eds.), Mediatisierung als Metaprozess. Transformationen, Entwicklungen und die Generierung von Neuem, Wiesbaden: VS, 2017 (with Stefan Laube and Thomas Scheffer).

„Textual Co-Construction of Game and Player in German Rating Decisions”, in: Estrid Sørensen (ed.), Cultures of Computer Game Concerns. The Child Across Families, Law, Science and Industry. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018.

Dr. Josefine Raasch

Josefine Raasch received her PhD from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, with a dissertation on teenagers’ enactment of historical knowledge in a classroom. She worked at the Ruhr-University from August 2013 till January 2019 as research fellow, project manager and for a year as lecturer. At the CUPAK, she has worked on practices through which children are documented and on knowing, doing and managing differences in democracies, both within the knowledge traditions of Science and Technology Studies. In her ethnographic analysis, situations are central as well as the relations through which her research objects come into being.

Selected Academic Positions:

2013-2019: Research Fellow/Lecturer/Project Coordinator at Ruhr-University Bochum, Mercator Research Group ‘Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge’ and ‘Centre for Anthropological Knowledge in Scientific and Technological Cultures’

Teaching Assignments:

Humboldt-Universität Berlin (2013 – 2018)

Universität Wien (2013 – 2015)

Ruhr-University Bochum (2013 – 2015)


PhD candidate, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (2009 – 2013)

Tutor in ‚Business Ethics in Organization and Management’, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (2009)

Selected Publications:


Raasch, J. (2010): Dicksein. Wie Kinder damit umgehen. Marburg Tectum-Verlag.

Raasch, J. (in process). Flows and Ebbs of History Knowledge in a Berlin Classroom. A relational, critical STS interpretation. Mattering Press.

Edited volumes

Member of the editorial board of EASST Review, Journal of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (since 04/2015).

Farías, I. and Raasch, J. (Eds.) ‘Doing STS in Europe: EASST Review 2015', European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), 2016.

Sørensen, E. und Raasch, J. (Eds.) ‘Gute Gründe für schlechte Dokumentationspraktiken. Wie Kinder dokumentiert werden“ Westdeutscher Universitätsverlag (in press).

Chapters and articles

Lippert, I. and Raasch, J. (2018) Review: Jens Lachmund: Greening Berlin, MIT 2013, In: The Berlin Review of Books, 26.03.2018.

Raasch, J. (2018) Editorial – Introducing students of STS into engaging with differences generatively. EASST Review, Vol: 37(1).

Raasch, J. (2015) Editorial – STS in Grants and CVs. EASST Review, Vol: 34(4).

Raasch, J. (2015) Editorial – Generative Collaboration. EASST Review, Vol: 34(2).

Raasch, J. (2014) Situating shifts. Reflecting on the presentation of change. EASST Review, Vol. 33(4), pp. 18 – 20.

Raasch, J. und E. Sørensen: Helen Verran. Pionierin der Postcolonial Studies, in: M. Wiesner, D. Lengersfeld (Hrsg.) Schlüsselwerke der Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung. Wiesbaden (2014) VS Verlag.

Raasch, J. Using History to Relate. How teenagers in Germany use history to orient between nationalities, in: I. Glynn, J.O. Kleist (eds.) History, Memory and Migration: Perceptions of the Past and the Politics of Incorporation. London 2012 Palgrave Macmillan, S. 68 – 74.

Raasch, J. (2011): Murat and Nevin and the divided past. Agora, Journal of the History Teachers Association of Victoria, Vol. 46(1), pp. 33 – 37.

Raasch, J. „Ich lebe eigentlich noch richtig gern“. Über Alter und Rückzug, in: Stefan Beck (Hg.): Alt sein – entwerfen – erfahren. Ethnografische Erkundungen in Lebenswelten alter Menschen, Berlin 2005, Panama Verlag, S. 17 – 34.

Josefine Raasch, W. Uhde: Die Botschaft der Zäune, in: Beate Binder, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Hg.): Die Botschaft der Botschaften. Berliner Blätter Heft 34/2004, Münster Litt, S. 34 – 41.


Raasch, J. (2013): Making History. The enactment of historical knowledge in the classroom. PhD Thesis, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australien.


Verran, H.: Für indigene (und moderne) Zukünfte, die anders sind als die Vergangenheiten. Ganma: eine Allegorie – umgesetzt im Mathematikunterricht der Grundschule. In Psychosozial. Psychosozial-Verlag. 2017, Vol: 39 (IV), S. 61-82.