Technosciences and societies: communicating and interacting

At a time when innovation and knowledge move to the core of societal concerns, understanding the different moments of co-production of technosciences and different societal constituencies (public, users, patients, etc.) is ever more important..

For research in this domain, it is both crucial and challenging to consider the rapid and interrelated changes in technoscience, society and in the technologically mediated forms of their interaction: new fields of research and technological development raise ever new societal issues, societal challenges call for new techno-scientific solutions, and new communication technologies enable new encounters between techno-sciences and their publics.

Over recent years, the department’s research has studied how public understandings of and engagements with sciences and technologies are embedded in particular techno-political cultures. A variety of issues relating to biomedical knowledge and technology, the life sciences and nanotechnology (e.g. valuation practices around nano-food) have been investigated.
A considerable part of our research focuses on citizens’ perspectives, be it on how they deal with knowledge in informed consent practices or on how they perceive their role in public engagement contexts. We also study shifting science communication practices and their repercussions for contemporary research cultures.




Key Publications

Felt, Ulrike (2016) 'The temporal choreographies of participation. Thinking innovation and society from a time-sensitive perspective'. In Chilvers, Jason, and Kearnes, Matthew (eds), Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics. (London/New York: Routledge): 178-198.

Felt, Ulrike (2015) 'Keeping Technologies Out: Sociotechnical imaginaries and the formation of Austria's technopolitical identity'. In Jasanoff, Sheila, and Kim, Sang-Hyung (eds), Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power (Chicago: Chicago University Press): 103-125.

Felt, Ulrike (2015) 'Sociotechnical imaginaries of "the internet", digital health information and the making of citizen-patients'. To appear in Hilgartner, Stephen, Miller, Clark, and Hagendijk, Rob (eds), Science and Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond (London/New York: Routledge):  176-197.

Felt, Ulrike, Schumann, Simone and Schwarz, Claudia (2015). '(Re)assembling Natures, Cultures and (Nano)technologies in Public Engagement'. Accepted with revisions at Science as Culture 24 (4):  458-483. DOI 10.1080/09505431.2015.1055720

Penkler, Michael, Felder, Kay and Felt, Ulrike (2015) 'Diagnostic Narratives: Creating Visions of Austrian Society in Print Media Accounts of Obesity, Science Communication 37(3):314-339, DOI 10.1177/1075547015575791

Felt, Ulrike and Fochler, Maximilian (2010) 'Machineries for Making Publics: Inscribing and Describing Publics in Public Engagement', Minerva 48/3, 219-238.

Felt, Ulrike and Fochler, Maximilian (2008) 'The Bottom-up Meanings of the Concept of Public Participation in Science and Technology', Science and Public Policy 35/7: 489-99