STS Conference Graz 2014

This year’s conference is entitled “Critical Issues in Science and Technology” and takes place on May 5-6. It covers five conference themes – Gendered Careers and Disciplinary Cultures in Science and Technology, Life Sciences/Biotechnology, Low-Carbon Energy Systems, Challenges in Green Public Procurement (GPP) and Sustainable Food Systemsas well as 10 special sessions. I’ll be part of the special session “The politics of ICTs”, organised by Astrid Mager and Doris Allhutter. My paper is entitled “The politics of intranet software: from wholeness to diversity”, it covers research findings from my dissertation.

For more Information see the conference programme. The STS Conference Graz 2014 is the joint annual conference of STS – the Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies at Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt – Vienna – Graz; IFZ – the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture and IAS-STS – the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society.

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In Lancaster again – more analysis & writing

As part of my fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), I’ll be spending the next months as a Visiting Student in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University. Continuing the work on my dissertation, this time the focus lies on the analysis of my empirical material as well as on expanding and writing parts of my thesis.

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At the start of term Lancaster University is very busy – induction week and week one are full of events making settling in rather easy. Many students are involved in volunteering activities, such as “Green Lancaster” which promotes environmental projects or a food co-operative selling fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

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In the upcoming week the practice theory reading group will be visiting Leighton Moss for a session on bird watching in practice. More on this soon to come!

Beyond the “practice turn” – what’s next? Conference at the IHS, Vienna

On June 6th and 7th the Sociology Department at the IHS hosts the conference entitled “From ‘practice turn’ to ‘praxeological mainstream’?”. Keynote speakers involve Ted Schatzki, Andreas Reckwitz, Alan Warde and Robert Schmidt.

Theories of practice rely on a variety of backgrounds informing different understandings and concepts. Since the proclamation of a practice turn in the social sciences, the notion of practice has been further developed and taken up in a variety of fields informing different research topics, such as organisation studies, consumer research and, more recently, social change and stability. The conference takes up these developments and asks to what extent the multiple backgrounds shaping the different conceptions do share a common understanding and, moreover, how theories of practice can be linked to existing theories as well as methodological approaches in the social sciences.

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During the conference 45 papers will be presented in twelve sessions. My paper is entitled “Mind the gap! Intranets, theories of practice and the micro-macro divide” and proposes to rethink so-called “micro” and “macro” layers of analysis, a distinction prevalent in the social sciences. In particular, I argue that the conceptual focus on the dynamics and change of practices constitutes a way to move beyond this separation. These considerations are based on my dissertation research on intranet software which takes into account the global distribution of intranets in contemporary office life.

For further information, please check the website or download the programme here.

No conference fee — all welcome!