stsing board election 2021

General information

The current stsing board was elected only by a few members at the foundational meeting on the 27th October 2020. Now that the association has grown, the current board is stepping down to allow members to vote in a regular board in autumm 2021. For this purpose, an election committee has been formed, which warmly invites all members for nominations!

The election period has started, the formalities where discussed during the general assembly on the 10th September 2021. To check the duties of board members, please see https://stsing.org/the-association-and-its-statute.

See below for the statements of the candidates.

Best, The election committee

Endre Dányi (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Ingmar Lippert (Brandenburgische Technische Universität and IT University of Copenhagen) and Ann-Kristin Kühnen (TU Dresden)

List of candidates’ statements

Tanja Bogusz

As one of the founding members of STSinG, I candidate for the board for four main reasons: Firstly, I am fascinated by the idea to serve the vibrant and diverse field of STS in Germany and to support its emerging organisation to make this field a community. Secondly, as STS currently moves towards a problem-centred research style, I am particularly curious in the “how” to realise heterogeneous cooperations between different academic traditions, knowledge cultures and livelihoods in times of fundamental human-environmental challenges. Thirdly, organising a new epistemic collective (including its non-human participants) such as STSinG, provides a great opportunity to contribute to a more inclusive, transnational and experimental structure within German academia which is still strongly unequal on many levels. And fourthly and finally, I believe that the special expertise of STS in merging different disciplines and methodological approaches also needs a sound structure that profiles our up-to-date research and is accessible for those interested in collaborating with us.

Matthias Kloft

Greetings fellow stsing members, my name is Matthias Kloft and I am currently in the pre- doctoral stage of my academic career. To be more precise, I currently work as a researcher at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at Goethe University Frankfurt while writing up a PhD project for which I hope to find funding. I am interested in processes of digitalisation within Germany’s Industrial landscape. My project explores, from an anthropological perspective, how engineering knowledge, techniques, and practices within industrial ‘Mittelstand’ businesses are reconfigured and revaluated in light of Germany’s push toward a digitalized post-carbon era. I run for the stsing board in appreciation of the hard work that has already been done to get stsing off the ground, and I hope I can represent early career researchers by continuing to bring together an inclusive STS community in and through Germany.

Laura Kocksch

In the current board I was responsible for various essential tasks such as the membership registration process and communication with members and working groups. I have not shied away from the nitty-gritty work that was necessary to get the association started. I am more than honoured to have been part of the inaugural board that established some of the basic infrastructures needed to be more than a loose group of scholars but become a community. Particularly, we have always gone an extra mile to discuss issues from various points of view which may have slowed us down but also formed the essential culture of doing stsing: being accountable and approachable. Now that an ordinary board assembles, I believe, it is time to get more ambitious with stsing. I see stsing's potentials as a facilitator of a fairer and more accessible academic system, and as a collaborator to international partners. I will gladly contribute to that with my work.

Stefan Laser

I am a postdoc at the University of Siegen, currently researching the ecological and digital transformation of the German railways. I majored in sociology in Jena and Delhi and did my PhD in the same subject with a dissertation on electronic waste, yet my work is fundamentally shaped by the lens of Science & Technology Studies. I am running for the board because I enjoy supporting the creative and collaborative work of the association. I co- facilitated the stsing organising workshop in Kassel and have since been active as an "access point" of the Tech & Infrastructure group and involved in the cross-organisational STS Hub initiative. The further consolidation of the STS perspective is an important concern, including greater solidarity for researchers in our field across disciplines and a dedication to labour rights. I see stsing as a way to foster diversity in our field. It should be a way to challenge the sometimes rigid structures of the German university system. This requires healthy conditions for collaboration. stsing is member-driven, and I am happy to take on the infrastructural maintenance work so that members can concentrate on content and initiatives.

Julie Mewes

My name is Julie Mewes and as a trained social anthropologist I am working on the intersection of science and technology studies and health studies. My current habilitation research at the Medical Faculty of Ruhr University Bochum focuses on participatory methods in medical innovation and future imaginings of medicine. If elected as board member, I would mainly focus on further developing stsing as an accessible, inclusive association and stsing as an advocate for better work conditions of non-tenured researchers. We all have been or are #IchbinHanna at some point of our careers. I believe STS has all the potential to act as an important reflexive voice in the ongoing discussion about WissZeitVG and other exploitative practices in academia, let’s hear it!

Alexander Schniedermann

Currently, I am a research assistant at the German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, as well as external PhD candidate of the CWTS in Leiden. My doctoral research is about how biomedical communities standardize their knowledge outputs, especially in regard to highly formalized genres such as meta-analyses and systematic reviews. Coming from Bielefeld's master program "History, Economics and Philosophy of Science" and now focusing more on the social aspects of science, I enjoy to understand science in the lights of the various perspectives and viewpoints that STS offers. Given this palette of possibilities, I am convinced that STS will shape what we want to consider as future modes of creating and communicating knowledge. For these reasons, I highly appreciate the path of stsing as a rhizomatic organization and potential nucleus of new collaborative forms that traverse disciplinary silos and traditional hierarchies to become rich in participation and creativity.

Estrid Sørensen

I have served stsing in board the past year and I would appreciate the community‘s support to contribute to build an infrastructure for stsing that facilitated an academic culture characterised by collaboration across differences. I find it urgently important for STS to learn to translate our insights about science, technology and society into practices and politics. One place to do this is in our own organising. But let’s not get too absorbed about ourselves, stsing also needs to engage also with practice partners, administrators, technicians, artists, etc. For information about my person, please see http://www.sowi.rub.de/cupak/sorensen.html.en