Eva Sänger ist im SoSe 2018 als Vertretungsprofessorin für Allgemeine Soziologie bei der TU Darmstadt tätig.

Die VW-Stiftung gewährt Andreas Folkers Förderung für ein Projekt zu „Symbiotischen Kollektiven“ in der Förderlinie Originalitätsverdacht, Konstellationen (gemeinsam mit Prof. Sven Opitz).

Barla, Josef und Christoph Hubatschke (2018): Technoecologies of Borders: Thinking With Borders as Multispecies Matters of Care. Australian Feminist Studies. 32 (94): 395-410.

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Folkers, Andreas (2018) Stoffwechselstörung. Materialismus, Metabolismus, Müll. In: Hansen, Lis; Roose, Kerstin; Sezel, Dennis (Ed.) Die Grenzen der Dinge. Ästhetische Entwürfe und theoretische Reflexionen materieller Randständigkeit. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag. 239-264.

Katharina Hoppe has been nominated by the students of FB03 for the University Award for Excellent Teaching (1822-Universitätspreis für exzellente Lehre). The awards commission meets in mid-June to designate the winners out of all departments, the awards ceremony takes place on 9th July 2018.

Folkers, Andreas (2017): Politik des Lebens jenseits seiner selbst. Für eine ökologische Lebenssoziologie mit Deleuze und Guattari. Soziale Welt. 68 (4). 365-384.

Lemke, Thomas und Rüppel, Jonas (2018). Reproduktion und Selektion, Gen-ethischer Informationsdienst 244, 39-41.

Folkers, Andreas; Marquardt, Nadine (2018): Die Verschränkung von Umwelt und Wohnwelt. Grüne Smart Homes aus der Perspektive der pluralen Sphärologie. Geographica Helvetica. 73 (1). 79-93.

Folkers, Andreas (2018): Das Sicherheitsdispositiv der Resilienz. Katastrophische Risiken und die Biopolitik vitaler Systeme. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus.

JOB OPENING, December 21, 2017

As of April 1, 2018, the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main is offering a full time

Postdoctoral position

The position is associated to the Professorship for Sociology with a focus on “Biotechnology, Nature and Society” and is initially limited to three years, with the option to extend for a further three years. The salary is based on group E 13 of the Goethe University collective labour agreement (TV-G-U).
Key responsibilities:
Developing and implementing a postdoctoral project (or habilitation dissertation) in the field of science and technology studies; participating in the planning and design of research projects; teaching courses independently as well as collaborating in the supervision and guidance of undergraduate students; maintaining intra and extramural scientific working environments; commitment to scientific networks and the transfer of research results.
The candidate is expected to have a very good doctorate and an outstanding record in research and teaching in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) or related areas of expertise (sociology or cultural studies of science and technology). Further requirements are: comprehensive knowledge and experience in qualitative research methods, the ability to conduct research autonomously as well as in a team, didactic experience and a very good command of the English language. In addition, the independent procurement of external funding, international scientific experience as well as experience in the conceptualization and organization of conferences are also desirable.
Applications should consist of the usual documents (informative cover letter, CV, list of publications, copies of certificates, and a brief outline of the planned research project) and be submitted electronically by January 16, 2018 quoting the reference number 40/2017 to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. Email address:

Launch Event Opening of the Masters Program “Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life": 18 January 2018, 18:00, Lecture hall HZ 15, Goethe University.

On February 1st, 2018, at 6.15 p.m., Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bröckling (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg) will give a lecture on "Gewaltandrohung und Schutzversprechen. Zur Theorie des Rackets" ("Threats of violence and promises of protection. On the theory of rackets") in the Casino, room Cas 1.811.

In the early 1940s, living in US-American exile, Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno and Otto Kirchheimer outlined a theory of political domination that focussed on the notion of rackets. They reasoned that domination enforces obedience and loyalty by way of combining threats of violence and promises of protection. In this context, the practices of rackets, i.e. mafia groups, prove to be a model not only of fascist and National Socialist regimes but of the organized exercise of power in general.

In his talk, Prof. Bröckling portrays the to date only fragmentary theory of rackets and discusses its scope and explanatory power for contemporary forms of political domination.

Prof. Bröckling was invited by Prof. Dr. Thomas Lemke, professorship of "Biotechnology, Nature and Society" at the Institute for Sociology, FB03.

Lemke, Thomas (2017) Biopolitics: An Advanced Introduction. Translated into Farsi by Mastaneh Farnam. Teheran: Rowzaneh Publishing House.

Folkers, Andreas; Marquardt, Nadine (2017) Die Kosmopolitik des Ereignisses. Gaia, das Anthropozän und die Welt ohne uns. In: Corinna Bath, Hanna Meißner, Stephan Trinkaus, Susanne Völker (Hrsg.) Verantwortung und Un/Verfügbarkeit. Impulse und Zugänge eines (neo)materialistischen Feminismus. Reihe der DGS-Sektion Frauen und Geschlechterforschung. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot. S. 98-114.

Lemke, Thomas (2017): Foucault, Governamentalidade e Crítica, translated into Portuguese by Eduardo A. Camargo Santos and Mario Marino, São Paulo: Editora Politeia.

Artificial Life/Anthropological and Sociological Analysis of Life Engineering

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (Horizon 2020)

1 October 2017 – 30 September 2019

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Lemke

Researcher: Dr. Eva Šlesingerová

The project addresses contemporary challenges in the field of reproductive and genetic technologies from a sociological and anthropological perspective. It consists of case studies in two European countries: Germany and the Czech Republic. The research will focus on the practices of PGD (preimplantantion genetic diagnosis) in the two countries. There is a lack of reflection on the broader social and cultural context and on the ramifications of life engineering and PGD in the Czech Republic from the anthropological and sociological points of view. These issues remain unanalysed, contributing to a lack of understanding of the specific concerns of the life sciences in the Eastern European and post-socialist context. This proposed project will compare the material practices of PGD in the Czech Republic to the German case.

The research is guided by two main objectives. First, it will explore the social and cultural background and the specific concerns of the use of PGD in the European context. Second, it will analyse the cultural and social practices and forms of agency, naming, defining, and dealing with engineered life within PGD. The research will be based on a broad range of qualitative sociological and ethnographic methods, combining traditional techniques such as semi-structured interviews, ethnographic observations, and critical discourse analysis as well as innovative methods such as digital sociology and multi-sited and multi-species ethnography.

Guest lecture Prof. Dr. Tanja Paulitz and Martin Winter (TU Darmstadt), Thursday,2017.11.09, 16 Uhr c.t., PEG Raum 1 G 107, Campus Westend: „Ernährung und (vergeschlechtlichte) Körper diesseits dichotomer Kategorien. Theoretische Sondierungen zur Untersuchung des ‚Stoffwechsels‘ von Gesellschaft und Natur“, Kolloq. Biotechnologies, Nature and Society Research Group.

Lemke, Thomas (2017): Vom Konvivialistischen Manifest zu manifesten Formen des Zusammenlebens. In: Stephan Lessenich (Hg.) 2017: Geschlossene Gesellschaften. Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg 2016.

lecture: Thomas Lemke, Wednesday, 2017.11.01, 16 Uhr c.t., Seminarhaus, Room SH 3.104, Campus Westend: „ ‚Suspendiertes Leben‘. Bausteine einer kritischen Soziologie kryotechnologischer Praktiken“ - „Kritische Soziologie“

Folkers, Andreas 2017: Klima und Krieg. Die Biopolitik vitaler Systeme und die Sicherheitsagenda der Gegenwart. In: Lessenich, Stephan (Ed.) Geschlossene Gesellschaften. Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg 2016.

Folkers, Andreas 2017: Resilienz als Nomos der Erde. Earth System Governance und die Politik des Anthropozäns.
In: Lessenich, Stephan (Ed.) Geschlossene Gesellschaften. Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg 2016.

Lemke, Thomas  (2017) Materialism without matter: the recurrence of subjectivism in object-oriented ontology. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 18 (2), 133-152.

Folkers, Andreas (2017): Existential provisions: The technopolitics of public infrastructure. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 35 (5). S. 855-874.

Hoppe, Katharina (2017): »'The World Kicks Back'. Hartmut Rosas Soziologie der Weltbeziehung als 'material turn' der Kritischen Theorie?«, in: Christian Helge Peters, Peter Schulz (Hg.): Resonanzen und Dissonanzen. Hartmut Rosas kritische Theorie in der Diskussion, Bielefeld: transcript, S. 159-175.  

Hoppe, Katharina (2017): »Modifikation, Kontrolle, Optimierung - Eine agentiell-realistische Perspektive auf technologisch-medizinische Praktiken«, in: Sexuologie. Zeitschrift für Sexualmedizin, Sexualtherapie und Sexualwissenschaft 24(1/2), S. 31-38.

Lemke, Thomas (2017). Spanish translation: Introducción a la biopolitica, translated by Lidia Tirado Zedillo, Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica.

Lemke. Thomas (2017). Foucault, governamentalidade e crítica (translated into Portuguese by Eduardo Altheman Camargo Santos).  PLURAL, Revista do Programa de Pós‑Graduação em Sociologia da USP, São Paulo, 24 (1), 194-213.

Santos, E., Del Carvalho Lima, B., Lemke, T. (2017). Escola de Frankfurt, Foucault e neoliberalismo Entrevista com Thomas Lemke. Tempo Social, Revista de Sociologia da USP, 29 (2), 305-313.

Guest lecture Prof. Vanessa Lemm (The University of New South Wales, Sydney) Thursday,2017.07.06, 16 Uhr c.t., PEG Room 1G107, Campus Westend: „Nietzsche on Human Nature: Between philosophical anthropolgy and animal studies“, Kolloq. Biotechnologies, Nature and Society Research Group.


Hoppe,Katharina & Lipp, Benjamin (Hg.), (2017), Themenschwerpunkt »Neue Materialismen«, in: Behemoth - A Journal on Civilisation 10(1)

Hoppe, Katharina (2017), »Politik der Antwort. Zum Verhältnis von Ethik und Politik in Neuen Materialismen«, in: Behemoth - A Journal on Civilisation 10(1), S. 10-28.

Folkers, Andreas (2017), »Die Onto-Topologie der Energiewende – Volatile Ströme, endliche Energien und die Sicherung des Bestandes«, in: Behemoth - A Journal on Civilisation 10(1), S. 29-56.

Folkers, Andreas (2017) Continuity and catastrophe: business continuity management and the security of financial operations. Economy and Society. 46 (1). 103-127.

Folkers, Andreas (2015) Rezension zu: Heike Delitz: Bergson Effekte. Aversionen und Attraktionen im französischen soziologischen Denken. In: Sociologica Internationalis. 53 (2). 269-272

Lemke, Thomas & Rüppel, Jonas (2017). Reproduktion und Selektion. Gesellschaftliche Implikationen der Präimplantationsdiagnostik, Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2017.
[Further information]

Hoppe, Katharina (2017): Rezension zu Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, »Der Kupferstecher und der Philosoph. Albert Flocon trifft Gaston Bachelard«, in: Zeitschrift für philosophische Literatur 5(2), S. 54-63. Volltext

Hoppe, Katharina (2017): »Eine neue Ontologie des Materiellen? Probleme und Perspektiven neomaterialistischer Feminismen«, in: Christine Löw, Katharina Volk, Imke Leicht und Nadja Meisterhans (Hg.), Material turn: Feministische Perspektiven auf Materialität und Materialismus, Opladen u.a.: Barbara Budrich Verlag, S. 35-50. Verlagsankündigung

Schultz, Susanne: Interviewausschnitt bei "Frontal21" innerhalb eines kritischen Beitrags zur entwicklungspolitischen Verbreitung von Verhütungsmittelimplantaten der Firma Bayer mit Unterstützung durch die Gates Foundation.

Bauer, Susanne, Heinemann, Torsten & Lemke, Thomas (eds.) (2017). Science and Technology Studies. Klassische Positionen und aktuelle Perspektiven. Berlin: Suhrkamp.
Further information

Bauer, Susanne, Heinemann, Torsten & Lemke, Thomas (2017). Einleitung. In: Bauer, S., Heinemann, T. & Lemke, T. (eds.). Science and Technology Studies. Klassische Positionen und aktuelle Perspektiven. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 7-40.

Lemke, Thomas (2017). Einführung zu „Neue Materialismen“. In: Bauer, S., Heinemann, T. & Lemke, T. (eds.). Science and Technology Studies. Klassische Positionen und aktuelle Perspektiven. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 551-573.