Working groups

Members of stsing are organized in working groups. These groups are fluid and may emerge and dissolve depending on organizational and thematic foci of the association. In the following, you can find all active working groups, their recent activities, and a list of access points to get in touch with:

Funding proposals

The working group ‘funding proposals’ currently consists of four active members: Sandra Calkins (FU Berlin), Simon Egbert (TU Berlin), Kathrin Eitel (Goethe Universität Frankfurt) und Tanja Schneider (Universität St. Gallen). Our aim is to identify and apply for funding opportunities (including conference funding, network funding etc.) that support efforts to initiate and sustain network. To date we have received support by the EASST fund towards organising an inaugural conference for establishing a network. Currently we are developing a proposal to be submitted towards the DFG-network funding scheme. We already successfully checked with DFG-representatives, if our approach is suitable for this scheme. In the proposal, our aim is to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of STS research, what tends to be transverse to the otherwise usual mono-disciplinary oriented professional societies. Therefore, stsing will be presented as an option to implement a transdisciplinary scientific network, whose denominator is the common interest in the study of science, technology and society. We are still looking for collaborators. Please get in touch, if you would like to join us!

Access points
• Simon Egbert (simon.egbert@uni-bielefeld.de.)
• Kathrin Eitel (eitel[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de)

Tech and Infrastructure

The Tech/IT/Infrastructure group assembles roughly 15 people and explores the various challenges and opportunities of digital communication and collaboration within the STS community. This includes mailing lists (internal and external, such as DESTS), the website and other tools that potentially facilitate collaboration. Our meetings are held using digital tools, live via e.g. jitsi or zoom and documented on etherpads, and prepared on Mattermost. We are strongly oriented towards Free Software and Open Access, and together with the consolidation of the organizational structure we want to build an infrastructure. This website and Mattermost are two examples of where we want to go.

Access points
• Stefan Laser (stefan.laser[at]uni-siegen.de)
• Simon David Hirsbrunner (simon.hirsbrunner[at]fu-berlin.de)

Mapping of STS landscape in Germany

This group explores the width of STS research in Germany and has met multiple times digitally.

Aims:

  • mapping both organizations and individuals
  • preparing a form to contribute new profiles, and of a map and a filter function to show the data under certain criteria.

Where we are now:
We are looking for someone new to take this group in hand. We believe the topic and aims to be important for STSing but are not able to engage enough at the current point in time.

Access points (preliminary)
• Jakob Roschka (roschka@ uni-kassel.de)
• Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (Katharina.Kinder-Kurlanda@ aau.at)

First Symposium of stsing in Paderborn

This WG organizes the first stsing symposium to be held at the University of Paderborn on 19 / 20 Mai 2022.

Access points
• Veit Braun (veit.braun[at]rcc.lmu.de)
• Jens Hälterlein (jens.haelterlein[at]css.uni-freiburg.de)
• Jutta Weber (jutta.weber[at]upb.de)

Best Practices

During the workshop in Kassel, a Code of Conduct was discussed as a central element of the new organization. The group reflects the inclusivity of the process in advance. stsing generally strives for an open and inclusive way of working together, not least as a counterweight to the sometimes rigid structures in other academic institutions. This is about power relations. About a year ago, the "code of conduct" group decided to rename itself as the "best practices" group. This title is still tentative.

Access points
• Baldeep Grewal (baldeep.grewal[at]uni-potsdam.de)
• Tahani Nadim (tahani.nadim[at]mfn.berlin)

Formal Ways of Peer-Support

How do we practice STSING as a supportive environment?

Access points
• Kai Wortmann (Kai.Wortmann[at]uni-tuebingen.de)
• Anja Klein (anja.klein[at]hu-berlin.de)

Elections

The election group oversees and organizes the independent and accountable process leading to nomination and election of the stsing board members. The current stsing founding board was elected only by a few members at the foundational meeting 27 October 2020. Now that the association has grown, the current board is stepping down to allow members to vote for their regular board members by the end of 2021. It will be possible to nominate candidates for the next board until the General Assembly on 10 September. If you want to nominate someone or yourself, please indicate so to elections@stsing.org.

Access points
Endre Dányi (danyi[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de)
Ingmar Lippert (ingmar.lippert[at]b-tu.de)
Ann-Kristin Kühnen (ann-kristin.kuehnen[at]tu-dresden.de)

STSHubDE2022

Together with other German networks and associations in the field of Science and Technology Studies, this working group organizes a large STS event for autumn 2022. The idea of the event is to bring together all the various kinds of different German organizations, labs, networks and working groups that are somewhat (more or less closely) related to STS. The event is taking place in Aachen. Its working title is “Circulation”. people involved in this group are: Lisa Wiedemann, Stefan Böschen, Ingmar Lippert, Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Mareike Smolka, Jan-Felix Schrape, Cornelius Schubert, Jan-Peter Voss, Paula Helm and Stefan Laser.

Access points
• Lisa Wiedemann (wiedemal[at]hsu-hh.de)
• Mareike Smolka (m.smolka[at]maastrichtuniversity.nl)

Funding structures

Are the German research funding structures adequate to the needs of STS scholars, i.e. to interdisciplinary projects, or to projects being theoretical but still doing empirical studies? This WG is in contact with the DFG to initiate discussions of these and other issues. In February 2021 we sent a letter to the DFG on this matter and expect to have a meeting with the core Fachkollegien towards the end of 2021.

Access points
• Estrid Sørensen (estrid.sorensen[at]rub.de)