Department of Science and Technology Studies

Science, technology and innovation shape life in modern societies in countless ways. Some of these are perceived as positive, others are deeply controversial. In turn, policy, corporations, the media and other societal actors influence how knowledge and technologies are produced. Science and technology studies analyzes these interactions, and aims to foster critical and reflexive debates on the relations of science, technology and society.

 

In relation to the important debate on abuse of power and sexual harassment within parts of the STS community, our position as the leadership team of the STS department at the University of Vienna is that abusive behaviours and harassment in all forms have no place in academic work and study environments. A safe environment is of vital importance for the social fabric and development of our field and of all individuals that belong to it in various roles. We stand in solidarity with all who have suffered such abuses and with all who work to create and sustain safe environments for scholarship. 


We believe that these debates demand institutional action and reflexivity. For our part, we see our responsibility in increasing our efforts to develop practices in our own institution that build and sustain a good and safe academic environment. We acknowledge that it is important that this happens in ways that are inclusive, respectful, and mindful of the power dynamics that structure academic settings. We will also consider what our responsibilities are within the wider STS community, and hope that our reflections contribute to a collective learning process within STS.

The Leadership Team - Ulrike Felt, Maximilian Fochler, Sarah Davies

 News & Events

07.12.2022
 

We warmly invite you this lecture on Wednesday, on the 7th December, 5 p.m.

27.11.2022
 

Innovation in reverse – How to govern innovation societies differently through engaging with the residues of innovation

We invite to the presentation...

22.11.2022
 

Congratulations to Nina Klimburg Witjes who received an ERC Starting Grant for her project FUTURESPACE!

16.11.2022
 

We are happy to announce Janina Kehr's STS Talk on the 14th December 2022, 5.30 pm.

15.11.2022
 

As of 15.11.2022, the library of the Institute of Science and Technology Studies will start lending via electronic system.

27.10.2022
 

The research platform Governance of Digital Practices will host the 2nd interdisciplinary and international winter school and the call for...

 New Publications

Passoth J-H, Bowker GC, Klimburg-Witjes N, Van Mannen G-J. Hacking Satellites. In Sensing In/Security: Sensors as Transnational Security Infrastructures. Manchester: Mattering Press. 2021. p. 399-409


Klimburg-Witjes N, (ed.), Pöchhacker N, (ed.), Bowker GC, (ed.). Sensing In/Security: Sensors as Transnational Security Infrastructures. 1 ed. Manchester: Mattering Press, 2021. doi.org/10.28938/9781912729050


Mora-Gámez F. Thinking beyond the ‘imposter’: gatecrashing un/welcoming borders of containment. In Woolgar S, Moats D, Vogel E, Helgesson CF, editors, The imposter as social theory: thinking with gatecrashers, cheats, and charlatans. Bristol University Press. 2021. p. 293-315