Contesting Futures Different from the Past. Futuring in History Classes

Josefine Raasch will present her paper ‘Contesting Futures Different from the Past. Futuring in History Classes’ at the shared conference ‘Science & Technology by other means. Exploring collectives, spaces and futures’ of the Society for the Study of Social Science and the European Association for the Study for Science and Technology. The paper elaborates on how different positions towards a future knower of the past and a future knowledge of the past were negotiated and shaped by various political and academic actors.

Time: 1 September, 2016
Place: CCIB, Barcelona
Web: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easst/easst_4s2016/panels.php5?PanelID=3866

Public Event: The present and future of the EASST Review

Together with the editor and the members of the EASST Review, Ignacio Farias (TU München), Vicky Singleton (Lancaster University), Tomás Criado (TU München), Andrey Kuznetsov (Volgograd State University) and Niki Vermeulen (University of Edinburgh), Josefine Raaach will participate in a public discussion of the present and the future of the EASST Review.

Time: 1 September, 2016
Place: CCIB, Barcelona
Web: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easst/easst_4s2016/panels.php5?PanelID=4780

Doing STS in Europe: EASST Review 2015

Together with Ignacio Farias, Josefine Raasch edited the book ‘Doing STS in Europe: EASST Review 2015', published by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). This book provides information about STS activities, selected STS institutes and STS journals in Europe. 

Web: https://www.amazon.com/Doing-Sts-Europe-Easst-Review/dp/9082574705


Ethnographic Representations or Ethnographic Performances. Reflecting on Epistemic Practices

Josefine Raasch will present a paper at the biannual conference of the European Association for Social Anthropology, 'Anthropological Legacies and Human Futures’, at Milan, Italy. Her paper ‘Ethnographic representations or ethnographic performances. Reflecting on epistemic practices’ discusses occasions of potential epistemic violence of researchers over their research field. It suggests three methodological figures that enable researchers to be aware and to avoid enacting epistemic violence.

Time: 21 July, 2016
Place: Milan, Italy
Web: http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2016/index.shtml

Von einem, der auf einen Stuhl springt, um sich ein Bild zu machen. Wie Bewegung digitalisiert wird

Sandra Plontke will present her paper 'Von einem, der auf einen Stuhl springt, um sich ein Bild zu machen. Wie Bewegung digitalisiert wird'['About one who jumps onto a chair, to get the picture. On the digitalization of movement'] at the Workshop 'Maschinelle Umwelten'['Mechanical environments'] alongside fellow speakers Felix Raczkowski (Ruhr-University Bochum), Fabian Grütter (ETH Zürich), Max Stadler (ETH Zürich) and Nils Güttler (ETH Zürich). The workshop is organized by Kevin Liggieri and Christina Brandt in the facilities of the Mercator Research Group 2 on the campus of the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Time: 27 June 2016
Place: FNO 02/11, Ruhr-University Bochum

Encounters, Lone Travellers or Productive Differences

Along with Cornelius Schubert Estrid Sørensen published an article on 'Encounters, Lone Travellers or Productive Differences: media studies and STS in Germany' in Tecnoscienza, 7(1), 110–14. The article sketches out conceptual encounters as well as evasions between STS and media studies against the backdrop of meeting at and organising shared STS/media studies workshops and conferences. Both authors have a background in STS and have been collaborating with scholars in media studies over the last years. In the article Schubert and Sørensen report their experiences as personal perspectives of how STS and media studies meet, overlap and diverge in Germany as well as in broader international context.

Web: http://www.tecnoscienza.net/index.php/tsj/article/view/255/169

Summer School: Ethnographies of Objects - Descriptive and Analytical Approaches

With support from the Hans-Böckler Stiftung and Research School Plus the MRG2 organises a PhD Summer School. We had overwelmingly many applications from international scholars and needed to pick only a limited number. The instructors at the Summer School are Helen Verran (Charles Darwin Univesity), Jeannette Pols (Amsterdam University) and Estrid Sørensen (RUB). The summer school is organized by Julie Mewes (Humboldt University Berlin) and Josefine Raasch, Benjamin Weiner and Estrid Sørensen from the Mercator Research Group.

Time: 6-10 June 2016
Place: Beckmanns Hof, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Web: http://ethnographiesofobjects.tumblr.com/

Relating Histories. Epistemic Practices of Migrant Students

Josefine Raasch joined the workshop ‘Young Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers and their Learning Strategies in Formal and Informal Educational Settings’, organised by the Institute for Research, Development and Evaluation at the PH Bern, Switzerland. Her paper ‘Relating Histories. Epistemic Practices of Migrant Students’ discusses methodological challenges for research about learning strategies and possible approaches.

Time: 28 May 2016
Place: Bern, Switzerland
Web: http://www.transeduscapes.com/#!workshops/cm8a

AG4 welcomes our new Student Assistant

Jennifer Friedauer has now joined the AG4 as a Student Assistant. She studies Educational Science and Social Science at the Ruhr-University Bochum. AG4 warmly welcomes her and looks forward to collaborating.

Review on Imagining Classrooms

One of the most thoughtful books Josefine Raasch has read this year is ‘Imagining Classrooms’ by Vicky Macknight, published by Mattering Press in 2016. Hoping to share the pleasure, Josefine published a review in Science & Technology Studies 29(2), 80–82.

Web: http://ojs.tsv.fi/index.php/sts/issue/view/3926

PISA for Development: Between Standardization and Contextualization

As part of their membership of the "Science, Numbers and Politics" Network at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, Estrid Sørensen, Radhika Gorur (Deakin University) and Bryan Maddox (East Anglia University) present a paper on OECD's new large scale assessment scheme to measure the competencies of 15-year olds in seven low-income countries. They discuss the way in which the assessment scheme is adapted to the low-income countries and in which ways the low-income countries are adapted to the assessment schemes.

Time: 28-30 April 2016
Place: Heidelberg Academy of Sciences

Conference Report: Cultures of Video Game Concerns

Estrid Sørensen contributed to Forum: Qualitative Social Research with a 'Conference Report:
Cultures of Video Game Concerns in a Comparative View: Report of a Two-Day Workshop' on the workshop held at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany in FQS 17(2), Art.17.

Web: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1602179

Security in Cyberspace

The SecHuman graduate school (Fortschrittskolleg) application was successful and funded by the North-Rheine Westphalia Ministry for Research for five years. Estrid Sørensen participates in the graduate school with a project togehter with Prof. of Mathematics Alexander Mey, in which they seek to understand what behaviour learning algorithms can possibly predict through analysis of data from social media. These algorithms are genuinely mixing code and knowledge of the social world and through a unique collaboration between mathematics and social science scholars the project seeks to understand the socio-technical constitution of learning algorithms and to collaboratively develop one.

Web: http://aktuell.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/pm2016/pm00041.html.de

Doing Gender through Technology

Following socio-material approaches to doing gender, the question of how gender is done by technology becomes apparent. This topic will be discussed in the panel ‘Protesen, Roboter, Rollatoren / Doing Gender through Technology’, chaired by Josefine Raasch. The panel is part of the 6. Jahrestagung der Fachgesellschaft für Genderstudies e.V. 2016 “Materialität/en und Geschlecht” which will be organised by the Centre for transdisciplinary Gender Studies on the 12th and 13th of February 2016 at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Myriam Raboldt will share results from her research project ‘Doing Gender through prosthetics’, Käte von Bose und Pat Treusch will present insights in their research projects on ‘Companion Robots und Hygienepraktiken: Materialisierungen von Sorgearbeit in Krankenhaus und Robotiklabor’ and Tina Denniger and Anna Richter will talk about ‘Die Bedeutung der Dinge. Zur Herstellung von Alter und Geschlecht durch Artefakte”.

Time: 12 February 2016
Place: Centre for transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Web: https://www.gender.hu-berlin.de/de/veranstaltungen/fgkeg/fg

Computer Game Concerns and Computer Games of Concern

Together with Prof. Espen Aarseth and Rune Kristian Lundedahl Nielsen Estrid Sørensen has organized the international conference on "Comptuer Game Concerns and Computer Games of Concern". The conference is supported by the Danish Research Council for Communication and Culture.

Time: 20-22 January 2016
Place: ITU-Copenhagen
Web: http://game.itu.dk/index.ph/Concerns_about_Video_Games_and_the_Video_Games_of_Concern

The Documented Picture of Me

Documentations are central activities in professional lives. Yet, little is known about professional documentation processes and their consequences. In an public lecture series, ‘The image of me’ at Hörsaal City, Josefine Raasch offers insights in what guides the documentation in different professions. In her talk ’The documented picture of me’, Josefine proposes that an investigation of local documenting practices, textual strategies and effects of circulation can offer profound insights in how documents are part of and contribute to specific ways of knowing and acting in professions.

Place: Blue Square, Kortumstraße 90, Bochum
Time: 19. January 2016, 18:00
Web: http://blue-square.rub.de/veranstaltungen/20160119-das-dokumentierte-bild-von-mir
MP3-Download: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/wissenstransfer/dialog/hoersaal-city/mp3/rub-hoersaal-city-2016-01-19-raasch.mp3

Relational Theory

As part of the lecture series on Relational Theories in the Social Sciences in Hildesheim and Trier Estrid Sørensen is invited to talk about Agency. The lecture will be held at the University of Hildesheim and will be video-transmitted to Trier.

Time: 12 January 2016, 15:00-18:00
Place: Bühler Campus, Universität Hildesheim

Successful Research Application: Science, Numbers and Politics

Together with Ass. Prof. Radhika Gorur from Deakin University (Australia) and Prof. Bryan Maddox from East Anglia University (UK) Estrid Sørensen has been granted the participation in the Science, Numbers and Politics Project at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The project runs for two years from 2016-2017.

Refugees Welcome!

Together with Prof. Eva Gerharz Estrid Sørensen invites refugees with a social science degree to discuss opportunities in the German academic systems.

Time: 25 November 2015, 15:00
Place: Welcome Centre, RUB

Dokumentieren und editieren – zum Umgang mit Texten

Based on the InStudies Project on professional documentation of children Estrid Sørensen is invited to speak about practices of documenation and how texts are treated in everyday professional lives.

Time: 30 Oktober 2015, 10:30
Place: InStudies, RUB

AG4 welcomes Alison Marlin

The research group is very happy to welcome Alison Marlin. Parallel to her PhD research at Melbourne University on digital family relations Alison will work with Estrid Sørensen on her research about large scale educational assessment. The main empirical focus will be Pisa for Development, which OECD launches in 2016. The research investigates how a global educational standard is kept immutable while at the same time contextualized to fit to the specific contexts of low-income countries.

Successful grant Application

Together with Prof. Espen Aarseth and Rune Kristian Nielsen (both IT-University Copenhagen) Estrid Sørensen has applied for support for a follow-up conference to the RUB-workshop in January on "Cultures of Video Game Concerns". The title of the awarded conference is "Video Games of Concern and Concerns about Video Games". The Danish Council for Independent Research in the Humanities has granted DKK 79,200 (10.600 €) to support the conference.

Scientific Quality vs. Care about Science

At the 2015 "Summer School der Wissenschafts- und Hochschulforschung" Estrid Sørensen leads a workshop on "Wissenschaftliche Qualität vs. Sorge um die Wissenschaft". Based on a prominent fraud case in Social Psychology and particularly on the processes through which the fraud was discovered Estrid Sørensen discusses the divergence between formal means for quality ensurance and the everyday care for scientific quality.

Time: 17 September 2015
Place: Humboldt University, Berlin.
Web: www.sowi.hu-berlin.de/de/lehrbereiche/wissenschaftsforschung/summerschool

Making Futures Different from the Past. Opportunities for Peace Education in History Classes

This year’s conference of the European Peace Research Association ‘The Framing of Europe: Peace Perspectives on Europe’s Future’ will be held at The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. Josefine Raasch will contribute a paper titled ‘Making Futures Different from the Past. Opportunities for Peace Education in History Classes’.

Time: 3 September 2015
Place: The Artic University of Norway, Tromsø
Web: http://site.uit.no/eupra2015/

Verortete und verteilte Wissensprozesse

The volume "Bildungspraktiken: Körper, Räume, Objekte" (Educational practices: Bodies, Spaces, Objects) edited by Thomas Alkemeyer, Herbert Kalthoff and Markus Rieger-Ladich has now been published by Velbrück-Wissenschaft. Estrid Sørensen contributes to the volume with the chapter "Verortete und verteilte Wissensprozesse in einer Mathematik-Unterrichtsstunde" in which she analyses the spatiality of mathemathical knowledge in school practice.

Establishing Reference in and through Computer Game Classification Reports

At the conference of the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (IIEMCA), Jan Schank presents results from his research on age-rating computer games. By reconstructing the practices of categorizing games and players/children in and through the written reports from the rating procedure, the feasibility and usefulness of an EM/CA approach to analyzing textual data is demonstrated. In particular, the analysis shows how the categorizations employed provide an important part of the ethno-methods to establish a credible and stable reference to the actuality of the procedure; to establish the assessments of “detrimental effects” as carefully derived from the rating board’s own independent observations of the game; and to establish the readability of these observations as “neutral” and “objective”.

Time: 6 August 2015
Place: University of Southern Denmark, Kolding
Web: http://iiemca2015.com/

AG4 welcomes our new Student Assistant

Andreas Warneke studies Philosophy and Social Science at the Ruhr-University Bochum and has now joined the AG4 as a Student Assistant. AG4 warmly welcomes him and looks forward to collaborating.

EASST Review: Editorial - Generative Collaboration

EASST Review - European Association for the Study of Science and Technology published Josefine Raasch's 'Editorial - Generative Collaboration', Vol 34 (2) June 2015.

Computer Game Stories: How to tell Society through a Media-Technology

Estrid Sørensen has been given the great honour of being a Keynote Speaker at the Nordic STS biennial conference, held this year at Alborg University, Copenhagen. She will present her current work on computer games, and argue for a stronger focus on culture in STS.

Time: 28 June 2015
Place: Alborg University, Copenhagen
Web: http://stsnordicconference.aau.dk/

Psychology’s Epistemic Project

Together with Ass. Prof. Lotte Huniche from Southern Danish University Estrid Sørensen has organized a session at the 2015 Conference for the International Society for Theory and Psychology (ISTP) about Psychology’s Epistemic Project. The aim is to combine insights from STS to the understanding of psychological science. Apart from Steven Brown, Maarten Derksen and Torben Elgaard Jensen Estrid Sørensen gives a paper-presentation on “How Social Psychology tells their stories through Quantifications” and together with Lotte Huniche she presents their ongoing methodolocial work on “Systematic Research Assembling”.

Time: 26-27 June 2015
Place: Coventry University, Welcome Centre
Web: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/events/ISTP2015/

The Human and the Materiality of Learning

Combining her studies on the materiality of learning and her studies of anthropos Estrid Sørensen is invited by Prof. Cathrine Hasse to discuss with the Centre for Future Technology, Culture and Learning the condition of the human in the 21st Century, and particularly how this may be approached through social science methodology.

Time: 24 June 2015
Place: Centre for Future Technology, Culture and Learning, Department of Education, Aarhus University

Analysing Videogaming as ritualised/ritualising Microworlds

In June Benjamin Weiner will contribute to the Alfried Krupp Schülerlabor 2015 as lecturer for the the project 'Analysing videogaming as ritualised/ritualising microworlds'.

Time: 24 June 2015
Place: Ruhr-University, Bochum

The Potentials of Interdisciplinarity

The panel discussions will focus on the practicalities of interdisciplinary research. Discussants are: Prof. Dr. Christina Brandt (Professor for the History and Philosophy of Science at the Mercator Research Group 'Spaces of Anthropologica Knowledge' and at the Institute for Philosophy Ruhr-University Bochum), Prof. Dr. Sen Chen (Professor for Neurosciences at the Mercator Research Group "Structure of Memory"), Ulf Plessentin (PR Management & Co-ordination Knowledge Transfer, Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe") and Dr. Jürgen Güdler (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation).

Time: 11 June 2015
Place: Ruhr-University, Bochum
Web: http://www.research-school.rub.de/science-college.html

Who Cares and who Suffers from Computer Based Assessment?

At the research workshop on "Computer Based Assessments: Screens, Mice, Algorithmic Interfaces and the New Data Analytics" Estrid Sørensen gives a talk presenting her view of a methodological approach to a study of the social, material and infrastructural consequences of computer based assessment. This approach is founded in Science & Technology Studies and inquires how pupils, teachers and assessment technologies are mutually constituted as local and global phenomena.

Time: 4 June 2015
Place: Laboratory of International Assessment Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Web: http://international-assessments.org/events/

Children as (Co-)Researchers: Portraying Landscapes of Videogaming Culture collaboratively

The Alfried-Krupp Schülerlabor has granted Benjamin Weiner an award to conduct the project 'Children as (co-)researchers: portraying landscapes of videogaming culture collaboratively'. The project is anticipated to take place from August 2015 - August 2016.

inStudies-project "Gute Gründe für schlechte Akten"

Practices of gathering evidence and documenting fill up many hours in the daily routine of many occupational practitioners. Nevertheless did the fewest of them ever learn formally how to conduct documentations, which consequences these bear and how they can be developed and improved. So how is documentation then actually done and for whom? How do documents function? How are they used?
At the final conference of the inSTUDIES-project "Gute Gründe für schlechte Akten" students will present their research work to a public audience. They describe how children are documented in different occupations and what results thereof. E.g. how in the science of law documents are used for establishing the age of alone-journeying migrants, how in psychology ADHD-diagnoses of children originate out of standardized anamnesis interviews and diagnostic procedures and also how in medicine deviations from the norm among newborn infants are documented.

Time: 29 May 2015
Place: Blue Square Bochum
Web: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/optionalbereich/instudies/fachaffin_dokumentation.html

Computer game cultures

At the Centre for Computer Games Research at the IT-University Copenhagen, Estrid Sørensen presents her study of the multiple cultures in and through which computer games are shaped in contemporary society.

Time: 22 May 2015
Place: Centre for Computer Games Research, IT-University, Copenhagen

Sequential quanitifaction in social psychology journal articles

In the STS Salon at the IT-University, Copenhagen, Estrid Sørensen presents her research on how social psychologists present sequences of quantification in their journal articles. As a part of this, she will argue for the need of taking the genre through which quantifications are presented in order to understand the multiplicity of these numbers.

Time: 13 May 215
Place: STS-Salon, Technology in Practice, IT-University Copenhagen

New EASST Review-member

Josefine Raasch is now the member of the editorial board of EASST Review - Journal of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology.

Understanding Minecraft gameplay

Benjamin Weiner will contribute to the Boys'/Girls' Day of the Alfried Krupp Schülerlabor 2015 as lecturer for the project 'Understanding minecraft gameplay'.

Time: 23-24 April 2015
Place: Ruhr-University, Bochum
Web: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/jungeuni/downloads/gdbd-programm-2015.pdf

Objects of regulation in rating computer games

At the first joint conference of the Berlin/Frankfurt Working Groups “Political Ethnography”, Jan Schank presents some results of his dissertation work on age rating computer games. The talk follows the different configurations and re-configurations of both games and players/children that are enacted in and through the written rating decisions in order to shed light on how the texts are practically relevant for transforming a piece of software plus some supporting materials into a legal object that is to be regulated.

Time: 9 April 2015
Place: Goethe-University Frankfurt/M.

Visiting professor at the ITU Copenhagen

Estrid Sørensen will be a visiting professor at the IT-University in Copenhagen February to July 2015. She will be situated in the "Technology in Practice" research section and will also collaborate with the "Centre for Game Research" at the ITU.
http://itu.dk/tip/tea-in-tip-interview-with-visiting-professor-estrid-sorensen/

Roads less travelled: Exploring new connections between media research and STS

Science & Technology Studies and Media Research have largely converged by studying the messy and heterogeneous assemblages of modern media through ethnography and interviews or by historically tracing the co‐evolution of media and society. Both areas share a common interest in scientific visualisations or inscriptions. Yet, there are little exchange between the two fields. On this international conference we will discuss to what extend STS can benefit from media theory and in what ways Media Research can be expanded into other empirical domains. The conference is co-organized by the »Locating Media« Research Training Group at Siegen University and the Mercator Research Group "Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge" of the Ruhr-University in Bochum. It is funded by the DFG and the Mercator Foundation.

Time: 5-6 February 2015
Place: Siegen
Web: http://easst.net/article/roads-less-.../

Jan Schank has passed his doctoral defence

The AG4 proudly congrats Jan Schank on the successful defence of his doctoral thesis „W/wissen in der Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen: Eine praxeografische Analyse ausgewählter Entscheidungstexte aus dem Freigabeverfahren bei der Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK).“ The thesis analyses the assessment reports of the German Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body USK.

Cultures of video game concerns

How does the relationship between children and video games come to matter in culturally varying ways in the game industry, in legal and political regulation, in science, and among children and parents; in Germany and in Denmark?
This question is discussed among German, Danish and several other European researchers and industry representatives at the international workshop "Cultures of Video Game Concerns" organized by Espen Aarseth from the ITU-Copenhagen and Estrid Sørensen and co-funded by the DFG and the Mercator Foundation.

Time: 23-24 January 2015
Place: Beckmannshof, Ruhr-University Bochum

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Zoccer, Shooter und Strategien: Eine ethnografische Untersuchung von Computerspielen

Benjamin Weiner will contribute as lecturer to several diurnal events of the Alfried Krupp Schülerlabor 2015:

In January he will be lecturer for the project 'Zocker, Shooter und Strategen: eine ethnografische Untersuchung von Computerspielen'.

Time: 29 January 2015
Place: Ruhr-University, Bochum
Web: 'Zocker, Shooter und Strategen: eine ethnografische Untersuchung von Computerspielen'

Ein posthumanistischer Ansatz zum Menschsein

With the chapter "Menschliche Präsenz: Versuch eines posthumanistischen Ansatzes zum Menschsein" Estrid Sørensen contributed to the volume "Subjekt Medium Bildung" (Subject, Media, Education) edited by Benjamin Jörissen and Torsten Meyer and published by SpringerVS. The chapter suggests a situational approach to the continuous accomplishment of subjectivity.

Publication in EASST Review

'Situating Shifts. Reflecting on the presentation of change.' is the title of an article that Josefine Raasch published with EASST Review, Volume 33(4) December 2014.

STS Italia Conference Proceedings published

Sandra Plontke's paper "The Human Creator as an Interface" has been published in December 2014 in the STS Italia Conference 2014 proceedings. The 5th STS Italia Conference "A Matter of Design" was held in Milan from 12-14 June 2014. The proceedings are available for free download on the STS Italia website.

Web: Sandra Plontke: The Human Creator as an Interface

Absence/Presence of the state in age-labels for computer games

In the session “Ethnography of State Powers”, organized by the committee for the Sociology of Law at the Conference of the German Sociological Association (DGS), Jan Schank presents some thoughts on how the state is turned into an absent presence in and through the practice of age-labelling computer games: On the one hand, the rating decision is a legal action prohibiting sales of games to minors under the age indicated by the label; on the other hand, “the state” is largely made invisible in both the procedure and the label issued. This makes two divergent “next actions” by the addressees of the labels possible: the labels are very often either misunderstood as mere recommendations; or, alternatively, as indicating (potentially improper) state censorship of media contents. The talk shows how both perspectives can be seen as an effect of the folding of diverse and heterogeneous concerns into the label in a series of translations of these concerns in and through the rating procedure itself.

Time: 8 October 2014
Place: University of Trier
Web: http://kongress2014.soziologie.de/de/programm/kongressprogramm.html

Jan Schank is awarded the Wolfgang Kaupert-Prize

Jan Schanks article „Wissen was jugendbeeinträchtigend ist – Membership Categorization in der Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen“ [Knowing what is harmful to Minors - Membership Categorization in the Age Classification of Video Games] was published last year in the Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie. Now it has won the Wolfgang Kaupert-Prize as the best Legal Sociology article published in 2013. The prize is awarded by the Sektion für Rechtssoziologie of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie. The AG4 congratulates Jan on the great honour.

STS intervention in methods of psychology

Lotte Huniche (University of Southern Denmark) and Estrid Sørensen organise a session at the EASST 2014 conference in Torun inquiring how the insight of Science & Technology Studies may help intervening in psychological methodologies. Together with three other speakers (Steven Brown, University of Leicester, UK; Maarten Derksen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, the Netherlands, and Annegrete Juul, University of Copenhagen they take a point of departure in the later post-colonial STS that seeks to engage with their 'matter of concern' rather than inquiring it from the perspective of a distant judging observer. How is it possible in this way to engage with psychological science and collaborative intervene in their/our methods?

Time: Friday, 19 September 2014, 10-11:30 am
Place: Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

Documenting child witnesses in German courts

This talk presents the first results of the group's InStudies project on documentation practices. At the European Association for the study of Science and Technology 2014 Conference"Situated Solidarities: social challenges for science and technology studies" Josefine Raasch presents analyses of the textual strategies in legal documents to create authenticity.

Time: Thursday, 18 September 2014
Place: Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

STS and media studies: Empirical and conceptual encounters?

At the EASST 2014 conference in Torun Cornelius Schubert (Unviersity of Siegen) and Estrid Sørensen organise a panel with 7 speakers inquiring how Science and Technology Studies and Media Studies may profit from each other. STS is traditionally primarily concerned with work-related activities and examine how technologies function in practices that in some way are institutionally framed. Media Studies, on the other hand takes inspiration from studies of literature and art and has developed vocabularies to study media-technologies also in leasure contexts, including their aesthetic value. How may STS and Media Studies profit from each other, and where are the limits of collaboration?

Time: Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 10am-3:30pm
Place: Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

Making Histories

At the 2014 European Association of Social Anthropologists 13th Biennial Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, Josefine Raasch presents a talk on "Making Histories: Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution - innovation and continuity in an interconnected world". The talk discusses analyses of data from ethnographic fieldwork in a German secondary school. The focus lies on history classes, in particular on the enactment of history of WWII.

Time: 1 August 2014
Place: Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia

Posthuman Methods

As part of an incipient collaboratory on Methods in Insecure Worlds (MiIW) the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance organises a seminar on Posthuman Methods. Estrid Sørensen will speak about "Topography as a Method for Writing Distributed Existences" at the roundtable "Methodologically Enacting Posthumanism" and discuss with doctoral students at the following workshop "What are posthuman security methods and what is at stake when enacting posthumanity methodologically"?

Time: 23 - 24 June 2014
Place: Camden OU, London

The Human Creator as an Interface

At the 5th STS Italia Conference "A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology" Sandra Plontke gives a paper about the heterogeneous engineering creativity in game design.

Time: 12 - 14 June 2014
Place: Milano

Quantification in of the Research Object in Social Psychology

The Copenhagen University SUBstance research group on standards in social work has invited Estrid Sørensen to talk about numbers and quantification processes in social psychology at their Quantification Seminar.

Time: 2 June - 3 June 2014
Place: Kildegaard, Tisvildeleje, Denmark

Security by Remote Control

The Mercator Research Group "Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge" joins scenior scientist Prof. Dr. Lucy Suchman in the realisation of the symposium "Security by Remote Control". The symposium explores the wider field of automation and autonomy in robot weapon systems.
Security by Remote Control

Time: 22 May - 23 May 2014
Place: Lancaster University

Fraud and its repercussions in social psychology

Netherland's Graduate School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) organises a PhD workshop on "Drawing the Line: Fraud and the Boundaries of Science", and invited Estrid Sørensen to give a lecture on "Stapel effects in social psychology".

Time: 16 April 2014
Place: Soeterbeeck, Ravenstein, The Netherlands

Designing Robots – Designing Humans

On a seminar on the dynamic changes caused by robotics as a future technology, Estrid Sørensen is invited as a discussant on Lucy Suchman and Claudia Castaneda's paper on "Robot Biographies". Focus lies here on the question of where robot imaginaries are situated and how to understand their mediated character.
Designing Robots – Designing Humans

Time: 27 March 2014
Place: University of Aarhus, hosted by Future Technologies, Culture and Learning, Department of Education, Denmark

Games as liminoid spaces of post-industrial society

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, Reinhold Görling and the Media Philosophy group of the German Association of Media Studies has organized a symposium on "Denkweisen des Spiels" focusing on the logics of games, on games and technique and on games and new materialism. Estrid Sørensen contributes a paper on games as liminoid spaces in which she uses Van Gennep's idea of Rites of Passage to theorize how game regulation, game effect research, game industry and game playing practices may be seen as all integrated in a spatio-temporally distributed post-industrial ceremony of passage.
"Denkweisen des Spiels".

Time: 18 March 2014
Place: University of Düsseldorf, Germany

The career of quantified violence in media effect research journal papers

In the newly founded RUSTS working group Estrid Sørensen presents a paper on methods for quantifying violence in media effect research.

Time: 9 January 2014 4-6 pm
Place: University Duisburg-Essen

Violent video games and their mediation through epistemic genres

The AG4 helds a workshop with Senior Fellow Gianna Pommata (John Hopkins) on epistemic genres in regulation reports, in media effect research papers, in youth panels’ evaluation reports and in game designer.

Time: 3 December 2013, 2-6 pm
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum, FNO 02/11

RUSTS: New network of STS scholars in the Ruhr Area

The network RUSTS has been founded as a work forum for scholars of Science and Technology Studies within the Ruhr Area. The introductory meeting will be hosted by the Mercator Research Group. Further Information here: www.rub.de/rusts

Time: 21 November 2013,4-6 pm
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum, FNO 02/11


Liminalities in the topologies of violent video games

At the ESF Workshop ”Affectivity and Liminality” organized by Megan Clinch, Monica Greco, Johanna Motzkau and Paul Stenner (OU, UK) Estrid Sørensen presented a ’hotspot’ liminall case in terms of the topologies of violent video games.

Time: 17-19 November 2013
Place: Brighton

Media-anthropology and the human-machine interface

Estrid Sørensen gives the opening lecture at the 21st scientific symposium for psychotherapy. The title of the talk is “Mendienanthropologische Überlegungen zu den Wechselwirkungen zwischen Mensch und Medium”.

Time: 16 November 2013 2:30 pm
Place: Lecturehall Center St. Joseph Hospital, Gudrunstr. 56, Bochum

How numbers narrate in media effect research

At the annual conference of the GfM – Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (Society for Media Studies) Estrid Sørensen presents a paper about how numbers narrate in media effects research publications concerning and the problems of “violent media”.

Time: 3 October 2013, 2:30 pm
Place: Leuphana University Lüneburg

Shifts in technologies of care for social psychology

At the research symposium „Care technologies, ethical socialities: normativity in practice“ Estrid Sørensen is invited to talk about „Shifts in Technologies of Care for Social Psychology”.

Time: 23 September 2013
Place: University of Amsterdam

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When Technologies do not Become Durable: the Case of Violent Video Games

At the conference of the Polish Sociological Association Estrid gives a talk in the session "Society and technology: concepts and networks of relations". The focus of the talk is the different topological stabilites of violent video games: in regulation, in science and among players. Even if each of these generate (different forms of) stability, they do not seem to statbilise altogether.

Time: 13 September 2013
Place: Szczecin, Poland.

AG4 welcomes new post doc researcher

At 19. August 2013 Josefine Raasch joins AG4 as a post doc researcher. She holds a research position in the InStudies project ”Professionelle Dokumentationspraktiken: Wie Kinder beschrieben werden” (Professional Practices of Documentation: How Children are Deschribed). A warm welcome to Josefine.

The Scale of "Situation" and "Practice" in Studies of Everyday Life

Estrid Sørensen gives a talk on the "The Scale of "Situation" and "Practice" in Studies of Everyday Life" at the Conduct of Everyday Life conference at Roskilde University.

Time: 28 June 2013 10:00-12:00 AM
Place: Roskilde University Centre, Denmark.

Being on the line: Citizenship, identities and governance in times of crisis

As a part of the CCIG Lecture Series Estrid Sørensen gives a comment on Prof. Dr. Paul Stenner's keynote "Living on the line: conceptualising liminal enactments" at the Open University, London.

Time: 25 June 2013, 4:00-6:00 PM
Place: Open University, London

Agreeing and Disagreeing with Applications

Jan Schank presents a draft dissertation chapter on “Agreeing and Disagreeing with Applications” in the context of rating computer games, focusing on the textual methods employed in written decisions to accomplish acceptable agreements and disagreements at the PhD colloquium on “Fieldwork Methods”.

Time: 18 June 2013
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

AG4 welcomes a new Student Assistant

In June 2013 BA-Student of social science Leonie Bieger has joined the AG4 team as student assistant. We look forward to the collaboration.

The Empirical Study of Video Games

Estrid Sørensen holds a workshop for Master and PhD students at the Ruhr-University Bochum on how to study violent video games empirically. The workshop is organised by "Thanks for Playing".

Time: 17 May 2013
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

Die Mikrowelten der Gewaltspiele

In the Lectures "Thanks for Playing" at the Department for Media Studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Estrid speaks to the question of “The Micro-Worlds of Violent Videogames”.

The talk can be seen on video here.

Time: 16 May 2013
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

Viveiro de Castros Multinaturalismus und die Frage der Gefährdung durch Medien

At the Laboratory for Social Anthropology of Science and Technology at the Humboldt University in Berlin Estrid Sørensen presents her use of Viveiros de Castro’s theory on Multinaturalism in her work on ‘media harm’. The point is here to learn to account for the multiple ‘natures’ of violent videogames.

Time: 13 May 2013, 4pm
Place: Institute for European Ethnology, Mohrenstr. 41, Berlin, room 212.

Successful Research Grant: Professionelle Dokumentationspraktiken

Estrid Sørensen’s application to the BMBF-Programme ”InStudies” was successful. The research grant supports teaching and research in the area of ”Professional Practices of Documentation: How children are described”. Focus of the project will be the production of documents about children in psycho-therapeutical, legal and medical practices, their integration in organisational practices and their consequences for such practices. The two-year project will be carried through in collaboration with Dr. Johanna Motzkau, Open University, UK.

Exhibition Opening: Spuren digitaler Spielepraxis

The results of BA-students’ empirical research into children’s use of video games and the adult gaze on such practices are exhibited in at the University Library of the Ruhr-University Bochum 23 April – 31 May 2013. The opening and of the exhibition and project presentation will be on 23. April 2 PM at the RUB University Library.

Poster zu Spuren digitaler Spielepraxis   (311.7 kB)

Flyer zu Spuren digitaler Spielepraxis   (289.8 kB)

Doing War-Normalizing Discourse (and its Limits) in ‘Medal of Honor: Allied Assault’ and in its Classification

Julian Meyer and Jan Schank present a joint paper on “Doing War-Normalizing Discourse (and its Limits) in ‘Medal of Honor: Allied Assault’ and in its Classification” at the Second German-Israeli Student Conference „Cultures of War Discourse“.

Time: 8 April 2013
Place: Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

Thinking Through Human-Machine Interaction

Estrid Sørensen chairs the PhD workshop "Thinking Through Human-Machine Interaction" together with the senior researcher at the Mercator Research Group and Professor of Anthropology of Technology at Lancaster Univeristy Lucy Suchman. At the workshop PhD students from Germany and neighbouring countries present their work and discuss them 'through' concepts developed by Lucy Suchman.

Time: Friday, 5 April 2013, 12-18 PM
Place: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, FNO 02/11

(Re-)Configuring „Games“ and „Players/Children“ in the Practice of Classifying Computer Games

At the PhD workshop “Thinking Through Human-Machine Interaction” with Lucy Suchman, Jan Schank presents an analysis of how “games”, on the one hand, and “players/children”, on the other are configured and reconfigured in written decisions on rating computer games.

Time: 5 April 2013
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

AG4 wellcomes two new PhD students

On 1st April 2013 Sandra Plontke and Benjamin Weiner join the Mercator Research Group AG4 as doctoral students. In her project Sandra Plontkes will study the everyday practices of video game development. Benjamin Weiner's interest is on the "Landscapes of Videogaming" and he wishes to conduct a praxeological study of youth's with violent game play.

Wissen über jugendgefährdende Computerspiele

Estrid Sørensen was invited to speak at the annual meeting of the dgv commission “Digitalisation in Everyday Life”. She presents results form interview studies among families and scientists dealing in different ways with violent video games.

Time: 14 March 2013, 2:30PM
Place: Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin.

ESF application successful

The application to the European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop Scheme on 'Affectivity and Liminality: Conceptualising the dynamics of suspended transition' was successful. Estrid Sørensen participates in the project headed by Meg Clinch, Monica Greco, Johanna Motzkau and Paul Stenner from the Open University and Goldsmith in the UK.

Guest Researcher at the Humboldt University Berlin

In the summer term 2013 (February - September) Estrid Sørensen visits the Department of European Ethnology in Berlin as a guest researcher. She will be associated with the Laboratory: Social Anthropology of Science and Technology Studies.

Cultures of War Discourse

At the First Israeli-German Students’ Conference “Cultures of War Discourse”, Jan Schank presents an analysis on how war discourse is (re-)configured in and by computer game classification practice. At the same event Julian Meyer presents an analysis on the war discourse in WWII videogames.

Time: 30 January 2013
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

Praktisches Wissen in der Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen

At the colloquium of the MRG2, Jan Schank presents his plans and outline for his dissertation under the working title “Practical Knowledge in Computer Game Classification.

Time: 15 January 2013
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

“Räsonieren” in den Jugendentscheiden der USK

Jan Schank presents some preliminary considerations on „reasoning“ in the written decisions on computer game classification at the Working Group “Political Ethnography” at Humboldt-University.

Time: 11 January 2013
Place: Humboldt University, Berlin

Open Position: PhD Stipend

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. Stipend in the area of Children and Media / Game Industry /Science and Technology Studies

The successful candidate will be granted a 1+2 year stipend of 1300 € per month + 200 € monthly for conferences etc.

Deadline: 30 November 2012
For full announcement please see the following document (English):

PhD Stipend   (113.3 kB)

Engaging with a ‚Difficult‘ Field – My Interactions with the USK so far

At the PhD colloquium on „Fieldwork Methods“, Jan Schank presents his experience of and interactions with the USK to this point, reflecting on some of the challenges and opportunities that emerged in the process.

Time: 20 November 2012
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

Editorship of Science & Technology Studies

The European Association of Studies of Science and Technology, EASST, has launced its new journal Science & Technology Studies. Estrid Sørensen has joined the journal as an editor and looks forward to contributing to shaping its profile.

http://www.sciencetechnologystudies.org/


Knowing Children in and through Computer Game Regulation Practices

At the 4S/EASST Annual Meeting "Design and Displacement – Social Studies of Science and Technology", Jan Schank gives a presentation to the session on "Spaces of Anthropoietic Knowledge: Where the human is known". The presentation focuses on some of the translations that are ecessary to make practical use of the concepts like "distance" and "framing competence" in categorizing children as "harmed" or "unharmed" according to their age.

Time: 20 October 2012
Place: Copenhagen Business School, DK

Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen zwischen Virtualität und Realität

At the German Sociological Association General Conference (DGS-Kongress), Jan Schank presents an analysis of how the virtual/real-distinction is accomplished as a device orienting the search for similiarities and differences between the two, which can then be used to found assessments of media harm in written decisions from the classification of computer games.

Time: 4 October 2012
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

Assigning an Age-Rating to a Computer Game: How is it done? What does it do?

Jan Schank gives a talk on how the procedure of age-rating computer games can be conceptualized as the creation of a "boundary object" by focusing on the career of the number throughout the rating procedure at the workshop "Numbers: Empirical Stories and Analytical Framings" at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Time: 21 September 2012
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

Numbers Workshop: Empirical Stories and Analytic framings

Together with the current senior fellow of the MRG2 Helen Verran from Melbourne University Estrid Sørensen organises an international workshop on the 'doings' of numbers do in contemporary society. Together with Helen Verran she presents a talk on "Retrieving the story of a quantitative social science paper: seeing numbers’ ordering work".

Time: 20-21 September 2012
Place: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, FNO 02/11

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Visiting Post Doc

Radhika Gorur from Vicoria University, Australia visits the MRG2 20-28 September.

Logics of Science and Logics of Law: The Brown v. EMA Supreme Court case

At the Workshop Aggression at the University of Luxembourg Estrid Sørensen gives a talk on a 2011 US Supreme Court case. The Court ruled a California law to restrict the sales of violent video games to minors unconstitutional on the basis of first amendmend violations. In this case scientific evidence of the harmful potentials of violent video games was evaluated and not found convincing. While most aggression researchers and legal scholars identify a lack of competence among judges to understand scientific reasoning, Sørensen argues that the court and science operate with different epistemic cultures, that cannot be seen as more or less competent. Instead, the focus should be on whether the different epistemic cultures are relevant to each other.

Time: 21 July 2012
Place: University of Luxembourg

Organizing Media Harm – Practices and Institutions in the Classification of Computer Games

Jan Schank presents some of his preliminary findings form the ethnomethodological analysis of computer game classification reports and some ideas for further theoretical connections at the Midterm Conference of the International Sociological Association's Research Comittee on Sociologcal Theory "Cultures and Civilizations in the Contemporary World".

Time: 28 June 2012
Place: University of Trento, IT

Organizing Media Harm – Practices and Institutions in the Classification of Computer Games

In a further presentation at the "Working Group on Political Ethnography", Jan Schank presents some of his preliminary findings form the analysis of computer game classification reports, along with some ideas for further theoretical conceptualizations.

Time: 22 June 2012
Place: Humboldt-University Berlin

Acting History. Historical Knowledge and First Person Shooter

Julian Meyer gives a lecture about his PhD Research Project at the “Fieldwork” colloquium at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. In this lecture he talks about historical representations within violent computer games and about methodological ways of researching within the social practices of gaming.

Time: 19 June 2012
Place: Bochum

Acting History. Historisches Wissen und Ego-Shooter

Julian Meyer gives a lecture about his PhD Research Project at the research colloquium “Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge” at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. In this lecture he talks about historical representations within violent computer games using the example of “Call of Duty 2”.

Time: 5 June 2012
Place: Bochum

The role of theory in scientific practice: a social study of the science of aggressive behaviour

Estrid Sørensen is invited to give a paper at the "Theory in Practice" international conference at Roskilde University, Denmark. In the paper she discusses how surprises are enabled and constrained in scientific practice.

Time: 29 May 2012
Place: Roskilde University, Denmark

Process Theory and Psychology

Prof. Dr. Paul Stenner (OU, UK) is invited as guest in the "Cultural Psychology, Science and Technoloy" PhD Workshop series to discuss Process Theory and Psychology with interested PhD scholars. Please indicate your interest in participating to estrid.sorensen [at] rub.de

Time: 23 May 2012 10-12
Place: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, FNO 02/112

Worhshop Announcement   (316.5 kB)

These texts will be helpful as preparation for the workshop:

Stenner_James Whitehead   (314.6 kB)

BrownStenner: Non-Foundational Psychology, Chapter 1   (2.9 MB)

BrownStenner: Non-Foundational Psychology, Chapter 10   (3.3 MB)

David Bloor visits the MRG2 Research Group

David Bloor visits the MRG2 Research Group to discuss Relativst Science Studies and Human Nature.

Time: 15 May 2012
Place: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, FNO 02/211

Knowing Media Harm in Computer Game Classification

At the PhD colloquium on Field Research at the Department of Social Sciences, Jan Schank reports on the progress of and further plans for his ongoing research on how knowledge of computer games to children is constituted in the practice of classifying computer games.

Time: 15 May 2012
Place: Ruhr-University, Bochum

Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen zwischen Virtualität und Realität

At the Ad-hoc Group "Virtuelle Welten: Zwischen Euphorie und Pathologisierung" at the conference of the German Sociological Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie)"Vielfalt und zusammenhalt", Jan Schank gives a presentation on how written decisions on the age-rating of computer games constitute similarities and differences between "virtuality" and "reality" and on the role these comparisons play for the practical aim age-rating computer games.

Time: 2 May 2012
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

The Classification of "War" in Computer Game Regulation and in Media Effect Research

Jan Schank and Estrid Sørensen give a talk on the classification of "War" at the "Discourse, Communication Conversation" conference organised by the DARG Research Group at Loughborough University, UK.

Time: 23 March 2012
Place: Loughborough University, UK

"War" in Computer Game Classification Reports

Jan Schank presents some preliminary analyses on the categorization of "war" in written decisions relating to the classification of computer games at the "Working Group on Political Ethnography". In particular, the analysis focuses on how the texts achieve a comparison of "war in the game" and "war in reality" based upon various categorization devices employed in the procedure.

Time: 9 March, 2012
Place: Humboldt-University, Berlin

Facebook: Eine anthropologische Optimierung?

Estrid Sørensen gives a talk titled "Facebook: Optimisation of the human"? at the "Prothetische Optimierungen" meeting at the Ruhr-University Bochum organised by Prof. Jürgen Straub.

Time: 23 February 2012
Place: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, GC 04/45

Controlling Computer Games - Preventing Media Harm

Jan Schank presented a paper at the Fourth Annual Seminar of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology, "Control's Other Side(s). Contemporary and Historical Perspectives. The paper discusses how the phenomenon of "control" is practically achieved in and through the practices of age-rating computer games.

Time: 10 Feburary 2012
Place: Bielefeld University

Helen Verran visits the MRG2 Group

Prof. Helen Verran, Melbourne University visits the Mercator Research group to prepare her visit in Autumn 2012.

Time: 23-24 February 2012
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum, FNO 02

Practices and Institutions in the Classification of Computer Games

Jan Schank gives a presentation on possible combinations of ethnomethodological and (neo-)institutional approaches in relation to his ongoing research on the classification of computer games at Prof. Pries' colloquium for doctoral candidates.

Time: 27 January, 2012
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum

Social Anthropology and the circulation of Knowledge

Prof. Stefan Beck visits the MRG2 research group and gives a talk on social anthropology and the circulation of knowledge

Time: Tuesday, 17 January 2012, 6-8 PM
Place: Ruhr-University Bochum, FNO 00/112

Wie untersucht man die Zirkulation von Wissen über Mediengefährdung? Entwurf einer praxis-theoretischen und team-ethnografischen Methode

Estrid Sørensen speaks at the Department Colloquium of the Department of European Ethnology at the Humboldt University in Berlin

Time: Tuesday, 22 November 2011, 6-8 PM
Place: Department of European Ethnology, Mohrenstr. 40, Berlin Mitte

Download manuscript of the talk   (133.7 kB)

Interdiscipliary Research

Invited by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum's Research School Estrid Sørensen presents the MRG2 research group and acts as panelists in a discussion on interdisciplinary research.

Time: 10 November 2011
Place: Veranstaltunszentrum Mensa, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Research from a first person perspective

Invited by Estrid Sørensen Prof. Dr. Ole Dreier from Copenhagen leads a workshop in which he will discuss how to do research from a first person perspective. The workshop is open to master students and PhD scholars.

Time: 3 November 2011, 10-12 AM
Place: FNO 01/135, Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Hans Kilian Vorlesungen zur Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaftlichen Psychologie und Integrativen Anthropologie

In collaboration with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Straub und Dr. Pradeep Chakkarath Estrid Sørensen has organised the Hans-Kilian Lecture series which presents a collection of core figures in the international scene of interdisciplinary cultural psychology.

Time: First lecture is given by Prof. Dr. Ole Dreier (Copenhagen/Lillehammer) on 2. November 2011
Place: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Room GC 04/45

Download the Poster (pdf)   (463.1 kB)

Full-Day Workshop with Prof. Dr. Stephan Wolff

The AF4 travels to the University of Hildesheim for a whole day data-session workshop with the distinguished Professor of empirical qualitative methods in social sciences, Dr. Stephan Wolff. By the end of the day the group presents its work in a public lecture at the Universitz of Hildesheim

Time: 28 October 2011
Place: University of Hildesheim

Materialitäten: Herausforderungen für die Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften

Estrid Sørensen spricht zum Thema "Materialität und Subjetivität" auf dieser interdisziplinäre Tagung an der Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz.

Zeit: Donnerstag 20 October 2011, 11-13 Uhr
Ort: Philosophikum, P3

http://www.materialitaeten.socum.uni-mainz.de/socum/

AG4 welcomes PhD candidate Julian Meyer

On the 1 October Julian Meyer has joined the AG4 as a PhD student. Julian holds a MA in social- and cultural anthropology from the University of Frankfurt. In the AG4 Julian will investigate the practical reality of knowing media harm among adolescent players of war games.

Psychology and Materiality: an Empirically Founded Conceptual Debate

Estrid Sørensen chairs this session at the bi-annual Conference for the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR)at the University of Rome, Italy. She furthermore presents a paper on "Psychology and Post-Humanist Learning: an Inquiry into Materiality". Other contributors to the session are Cathrine Hasse, Dorte Marie Søndergaard, Ernst Schraube.

Time: Tuesday 6 September 2-4 PM
http://www.iscar2011.org/eng/congress_themes.php

Wissen was jugendgefährdend ist: Die Gutachten der Unterhaltungssoftware-Selbstkontrolle (USK)

Jan Schank contributes with this talk in the session "Wie weiß Recht?" at the International conference "Der Kampf ums Recht" at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Time: Friday 2 September 1-3 PM
http://www.rechtssoziologie.info/wien2011

The AG4 welcomes Christian Mielke

On 15 August Christian Mielke has joined the AG4 as a student research assistant. Christian is a social science student at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Open Position: PhD Stipend

Applications are invited for a Ph.D. Stipend in the areas of
Children and Media / Game Industry /Science and Technology Studies

Deadline: 10 July 2011
For full announcement please see the following document (in German and English):


PhD Position   (594.7 kB)

Socio-Material Symmetry in the Study of Subjectivity and Materiality

In the panel she co-organised with Prof. Dr. Ernst Schraube on the Subjectivity and Materiality, Estrid Sørensen presents her work on post-humanism at the Biannial Conference of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Time: Friday 1st July 9-12 AM.
http://www.istp2011.net/

Agency of "Game" and "Child" in games regulation certificates

Jan Schank presents his current analysis of the games regulation certificates. In his analysis he inquires which agency 'the child' and 'the game' are granted these documents.
Place: Arbeitskreis Politische Soziologie, Institut für Sozialwissenschaft, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Time: Friday 10 June 2011, 9-12 AM

Inaugural Lecture

Jun-Prof Dr. Estrid Sørensen gives her inaugural lecture on "Kulturpsychologie und anthropologisches Wissen"
Place: Room GBCF 04/611 at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Time: Wednesday 1 June 2011, 4-6 PM

We have never been competent

Estrid Sørensen will hold the guest lecture "We have never been competent: on potentials and challenges for Actor-Network Theory in becoming a theory of learning".
Place: Department of Education, University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Time: Monday 30 May 2011, 3:30-4:30 PM

Aggression als "Items" in sozialpsychologischer Medieneffektforschung

Estrid Sørensen presents her current work in the colloquium "Spaces of anthropological Knowledge".
Place: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, FNO 0/122
Time: Tue 17 May, 5-7 PM

Die Karriere von "Items" in der sozialpsychologischen Aggressionsforschung

Estrid Sørensen discusses her current work in the Laboratorium "Social Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies".
Place: Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Raum 107
Time: Mon 16 May, 1-3 PM

Regulierung von Computerspielen

In the research colloquium "Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge" Jan Schank invites to a discussion of the current state of his PhD project on regulation of computer games.
Place: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, FNO 0/122
Time: Tue 12 April, 5-7 PM



Open Position: Student Research Assistant

We are currently looking for a student research assistant 6,5 hours per week from 1 June. English native speaker will be preferred. Deadline for application: 5. May. Please see attached document for full announcement.

Student Assistant   (462.6 kB)


Open position: PhD Stipend

30.03.2011
Applications are invited for a Ph.D. Stipend in the areas of
Children and Media / Game Industry
Science and Technology Studies

Deadline: 1 May 2011
For full announcement please see the following document (in German and English):

PhD Position   (593.8 kB)

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