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

03.10.2016
 

A reflection on engaging with public engagement with science by Robin Rae

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30.08.2016
 

When mass communication turns into mass surveillance by Pouya Sepehr, Maresa Barbara Wolkenstein, Helene Sorgner and Marilen Hennebach, students of...

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17.08.2016
 

Society in the making: quantification and accountability by Andreas Schadauer

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27.06.2016
 

Interview mit Helga Nowotny und Ulrike Felt im uni:view Magazin

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22.06.2016
 

Lisa Sigl on the need for critical reflection on the "frugal innovation" concept

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02.05.2016
 

Stellungnahme der Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften zu aktuellen Ereignissen an der Universität Wien

Der Verfassungsschutz hat Anfang Mai über einen dramatischen Anstieg bei rechtsextrem motivierten Delikten berichtet. Spätestens in den letzten Wochen...

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 New Publications

Schikowitz A, Maasen S. Integrative Forschung. In Schmohl T, Phillip T, editors, Handbuch transdisziplinäre Didaktik. Bielefeld: transkript. 2021. p. 151-162 doi.org/10.14361/9783839455654


Davies S. Performing Science in Public: Science Communication and Scientific Identity. In Kastenhofer K, Molyneux-Hodgson S, editors, Community and Identity in Contemporary Technosciences. Cham: Springer. 2021. p. 207-223. (Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook, Vol. 31).


Davies S, Horst M. Science Communication as Culture: A Framework for Analysis. In Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology. London: Routledge. 2021. p. 182-197


Mayer K, Weber J. Targeting from a Distance: Formatting Social Relations in Data-Driven Warfare. In Burkhardt M, Shnayien M, Grashöfer K, editors, Explorations in Digital Cultures. meson press. 2021. p. 1-20