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The workshop "We, new utopians/Genome editing and echoes of future life" will be held at Goethe university, research group Biotechnologies, Nature and Society and LaSST, 17-18 September, room SH 5.106, organized from Dr. Eva Šlesingerová, Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow.

Agenda

We are living in multiple bio-political potentialities, futures resonating ideas of life-as-it-could-be. Life and bodies seem to have become the materialization of various biotechnological utopias. For fifty years, assorted technologies for human genome editing and DNA repair/ recombination have been used. Particular techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9, TALENs, and zinc finger nucleases have been employed significantly in human genome editing and DNA repair in recent years. 

The current applications of genome editing and DNA repair technology have provoked significant attention and raised a number of ethical and legal questions. We analyze various economies of hope, hype, expectations, politics, and poetics of promises and better or worse predictions or moral panic from the point of view of sociology, anthropology, and science and technology (STS) studies. Miscellaneous futurities, as material-semiotic reconfigurations, are present in the topics of the current genome editing technologies. We will discuss concrete research cases, fieldwork, projects, and analyses.

More information please find here:
https://lasst.uni-frankfurt.de/event/we-new-utopians-genome-editing-and-echoes-of-future-life/


Eva Sänger will take up a professorship (W2) for „Organization, Technology and Gender“ in the Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Cologne, starting January 1, 2020


Diffracting AI and Robotics: Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives

Symposium and workshop

In a striking way, at the very moment intelligent machines are supposed to become a reality, the question what it means to be human and what sociality entails seems to become the focal point in the call for a ‘human centered’ robotics and AI. While recent research more and more demonstrates that robotics and AI often perpetuate gender and racial biases along with social power relations, the question arises how bias and interests built into robots and programmed into AI, both intentionally and unintentionally, can be identified and deprogrammed. Engaging with these questions, decolonializing, feminist, queer, crip and other critical scholars have emphasized the need for a more just and inclusive future of AI and robotics.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together scholars from different fields of study, opening up the space for truly multi-disciplinary engagements with AI promising to provide us with points of departure for relating responsibility, accountability, and social justice as well as ‘our’ history, present, and future with AI differently. In doing so, the symposium will not only emphasize the crucial need for including manifold perspectives and reflecting on who is allowed to be part of these discussions and developments, but also aim at opening up the space for concrete interventions.

Symposium:

11 October 2019 | Renate von Metzler-Saal | Campus Westend | 9am - 6pm

Keynote address: Mitali Thakor (Wesleyan University) on „Robotic Flesh: The Racial Erotics of the Real”

Workshop:

12 October 2019 | SH 5.101 | Campus Westend | 10am - 2pm

 Organizers:

Josef Barla (Goethe University Frankfurt) | Pat Treusch (TU Berlin) | Christoph Hubatschke (University of Vienna)


Lemke, Thomas (2019). Going Further: Lebensformen, Politics, and Critique. In: Graw, I. & Menke, C. (Hg.), The Value of Critique. Exploring the Interrelations of Value, Critique, and Artistic Labour, Frankfurt am Main/ New York. Campus: 120-125.


Daniel Bendix, Ellen E. Foley, Anne Hendrixson & Susanne Schultz (2019): Targets and technologies: Sayana Press and Jadelle in contemporary population policies. Gender, Place & Culture; A Journal of Feminist Geography; DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2018.1555145


Rüppel, Jonas und Voigt, Torsten H. (Hg.) (2019) Special Issue: The Death of the Clinic? Emerging Biotechnologies and the Reconfiguration of Mental Health. Science, Technology, and Human Values, Vol. 44, Issue 4.


Slesingerova, Eva (2019) In risk we trust/Editing embryos and mirroring future risks and uncertainties, In: Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy/A European Journal, DOI 10.1007/s11019-018-9851-0


Hoppe, Katharina (2019) »Responding as Composing: Towards a Post-anthropocentric, Feminist Ethics for the Anthropocene«, in: Distinktion. Journal of Social Theory, published online 20.05.2019.


Guest lecture Prof Jenny Reardon (University of California, Santa Cruz) am Wednesday, 2019.06.12, 4 p.m, Room SH 3.106:“The Postgenomic Condition: Truth, Race and Justice After the Genome“  Kolloq. Biotechnologies, Nature and Society Research Group

The Postgenomic Condition: Truth, Race and Justice After the Genome: At the end of the last millennium, the proposal of the Human Genome Diversity Project and the immanent publication of Herrnstein and Murray’s (1994) controversial bestseller, The Bell Curve, sparked worries that the new science of genomics would reignite scientific racism.   Since WWII, human geneticists have labored to distance the study of human genes from eugenics and the Nazi regime.  Would those efforts, and the possibility of a genomic account of human differences, be undone before  human genome research had even really begun?  To avert this possibility, in the wake of the sequencing of the human genome—or the postgenomic era—genome scientists and their supporters proposed a new ‘democratic’ approach to genomics.  In several high profile cases, they offered to give back to “the people” the power to define themselves, and to control use of their DNA.  Yet the problem of race and racism persisted.  This talk explains how and by what means debates about ‘race’ and racism have remain central and formative of the postgenomic condition.


Lemke, Thomas (2019). Von Sandkörnern und Stolpersteinen. Ein bescheidener Vorschlag zur Zukunft der Science and Technology Studies. In: Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment / Human Relations (Hg.), After Practice. Thinking through Matter(s) and Meaning Relationally, Vol. I. Berlin: Panama Verlag, 116-124.


Lemke, Thomas (2019). Englische Übersetzung: A Critique of Political Reason. Foucault’s Analysis of Modern Governmentality, London: Verso.


Guest lecture Prof Martijn Konings, (University of Sydney) Thursday, 2019.05.23, 4 p.m., PEG Room  1.G107, Campus Westend: „The Speculative Logic of Capitalism. Or, Hyman Minsky as a Social Theorist“ Kolloq. Biotechnologies, Nature and Society Research Group.

After the financial crisis of 2007-08, many commentators declared the end of neoliberal, speculative finance and the return of Keynesian policies dedicated to financial suppression and the promotion of real economic growth. As we know, this shift failed to materialize - but it often seems as if those same commentators are now more concerned to emphasize the absurdity of this failure than they are to account for the actual shape of the present by connecting the political volatility of the past decade to the logic of post-crisis capitalism. This talk challenges the idea that the recent history of capitalism is comprehensible on the basis of a distinction between “good finance” (i.e. finance that works in the service of productive activity) and “bad (speculative) finance” and argues that a speculative element is at the very heart of the logic of capital. The good finance / bad finance distinction is often associated with the work of Hyman Minsky, and in this talk I argue that there is another side to Minsky’s work, one that appreciated the speculative nature of economic life in general and is very useful for developing not only a different political economy interpretation but also a critical social theory of present-day capitalism.

Martijn Konings is Professor of Political Economy and Social Theory at the University of Sydney. His publications include The Development of American Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Emotional Logic of Capitalism (Stanford University Press, 2015), Neoliberalism (with Damien Cahill, Polity, 2017), and Capital and Time (Stanford University Press, 2018). With Melinda Cooper he edits the Stanford University Press Currencies: New Thinking for Financal Times; and with Lisa Adkins and Melinda Cooper he is leading a research project on the logic of the contemporary asset economy (see https://sydney.edu.au/arts/our-research/futurefix/asset-ownership-and-the-new-inequality.html ).


Verschuer, Franziska (2019) Freezing lives, preserving humanism: cryonics and the promise of Dezoefication. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, DOI: 10.1080/1600910X.2019.1610016.


Rüppel, Jonas (2019). “Now Is a Time for Optimism”: The Politics of Personalized Medicine in Mental Health Research. Science, Technology & Human Values. DOI: 10.1177/0162243919845049.


Hoppe, Katharina (2019) hr-iNFO Politik, Interview im Rahmen der Sendung:
»Aushängeschild Greta Thunberg - Ist der neue Klimaprotest weiblich?«


Barla, Josef (2019). The Techno-Apparatus of Bodily Production. A New Materialist Theory of Technology and the Body, Bielefeld: transcript. 


Lemke, Thomas (2018). Biopolitíca: críticas, debates e perspectivas,  übersetzt von Eduardo A. Camargo Santos, São Paulo: Editora Politeia.


Hoppe, Katharina (2019): »Wahrsprechen und Bezeugen. Politik der Wahrheit nach Michel Foucault und Donna Haraway«, in: Renate Martinsen, Oliver Marchart (Hg.): Foucault und das Politische. Transdisziplinäre Impulse für die politische Theorie der Gegenwart, Wiesbaden: Springer/VS, S. 161-183.


Lemke, Thomas (2019). „Eine andere Vorgehensweise“. Erfahrung und Kritik bei Foucault. In: Marchart, O & Martinsen, R. (ed.), Foucault und das Politische. Transdisziplinäre Impulse für die politische Theorie der Gegenwart. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 23-48.


Guest lecture Prof.  Dr. Jörg Niewöhner(Humboldt-Universität Berlin) Thursday, 2019.01.31, 4 p.m., PEG Room  1.G107, Campus Westend: „Situating biologies - co-laborating with the enemy of critical thought?“ Kolloq. Biotechnologies, Nature and Society Research Group.


Lemke, Thomas & Rüppel, Jonas (2018): Social dimensions of preimplantation genetic diagnosis: a literature review. New Genetics and Society,  https://doi.org/10.1080/14636778.2018.1549983


JOB OPENING:

The Institute of Sociology at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, seeks

three post-doctoral researcher
(German pay scale E 13TV-G-U, fulltime)

in science and technology studies by 1st April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter (the starting date is negotiable).

The project
The project ‘CRYOSOCIETIES’ (“Suspended Life: Exploring Cryopreservation Practices in Contemporary Societies”), led by Thomas Lemke, has received funding in the shape of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 788196). The project explores the crucial role of cryopreservation in affecting temporalities and the concept of life. It is based on the hypothesis that in contemporary societies cryopreservation practices bring into existence a new form of life: “suspended life”. “Suspended life” enables vital processes to be kept in a liminal state in which biological substances are neither fully alive nor dead. CRYOSOCIETIES aims to empirically enrich and theoretically advance our understanding of vitality and the politics of life in the 21st century. It will conduct an ethnographic exploration of how the collection, storing and usage of human and non-human organic material by technologies of freezing and thawing is entangled with social, cultural and moral issues. The project consists of three case studies: investigation of cord blood storage in the Czech Republic, oocyte freezing in Spain and an initiative to cryopreserve endangered or extinct species in Great Britain.

Qualifications and requirements
In order to be considered for the position, applicants must hold a successfully completed PhD in science and technology studies or in a social science with a focus on a topic closely related to those of the research project. Depending on the position for which they apply, candidates should demonstrate experience in one of the following fields: science and technology studies, anthropology, sociology or environmental humanities. Experience in the use of qualitative research methods, especially ethnographic work and interviewing, is essential. Applicants should also demonstrate the ability to work both in a team and independently.
The successful candidates will carry out postdoctoral research in one of the following subprojects:

  • cord blood storage to prepare for possible regenerative therapies in the future (fieldwork site: Czech Republic)
  • oocyte freezing to extend fertility and rearrange reproductive futures (fieldwork site: Spain)
  • cryopreservation of endangered or extinct species with the prospect of “bringing them back to life” by employing reproductive and genetic technologies (fieldwork site: Great Britain)

The subprojects are designed to capture the complexities of different cryo projects, providing complementary as well as contrasting data. They examine central domains and materials in cryopreservation, including human and non-human contexts and ranging from the beginning to the end of life. Rather than simply demonstrating diversity, together the three subprojects will trace emerging features and forms of sameness and difference, mapping continuities as well as conflicts between sites and settings of cryopreservation. Finally, the subprojects will also examine processes of translation and analyse how different versions of “suspended life” are configured in popular texts and in the media.
The appointees will be part of a cross-disciplinary team of dedicated and highly qualified researchers who are eager to work in a truly collaborative way. The team will investigate the social, cultural and moral dimensions of cryopreservation in contemporary societies. While each of the postdoctoral researchers will be responsible for one of the three subprojects, they will also draw on and benefit from each other’s expertise.
Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the following:

  • research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality and academic output
  • the applicant’s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as academic relevance in relation to the job description
  • documented teaching qualifications, if any
  • documented administrative qualifications, if any
  • Participation in networks – national and international
  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • management and organizational skills
  • excellent skills in English, both written and spoken (and in the case of subprojects 1 and 2: very good language skills in Czech or Spanish respectively). Knowledge of German is not a requirement, but the successful candidates will be encouraged to acquire at least minimum proficiency in order to be able to participate in some locally organized events

The successful candidates will be based at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Goethe University, which is hosting the ERC-funded project. They will be employed full-time for four years (with the option to extend the contract until the end of the project in January 2024). Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with Goethe University’s employment contracts and salary scales.

Applications
The application must be written in English and include the following:

  • application letter/cover letter, also specifying the position(s) for which you are applying (e.g. subproject 1, 2 or 3)
  • curriculum vitae (with your email address and telephone number)
  • evidence of your qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)
  • complete and numbered list of publications (please do not attach any publications)
  • short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an outline of how you aim to contribute to the deliverables in the project description
  • documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any

For further information about the positions, the overall objectives of the CRYOSOCIETIES project and its methodology, please contact Thomas Lemke, the Principle Investigator: (lemke@em.uni-frankfurt.de)
If you are interested in applying for one of the three positions, please submit your application online in Adobe PDF or Word format as a single document to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, email address: dekanat.fb03-bewerbungen@soz.uni-frankfurt.de. using the subject line 35/2018. The closing date for applications is 20.11.2018.

Job opening as a .pdf file for printing


Guest lecture Charlotte Kroløkke (Syddansk Universitet, Odense) Thursday,2018.11.08, 16 Uhr c.t., PEG Room 1G107, Campus Westend: „Fit, Fresh, and Frozen: The Cryotropes of Artificial Cold“, Kolloq. Biotechnologies, Nature and Society Research Group.

Freeze yourself to lose weight, to avoid cellulites, even death. This presentation employs a feminist rhetoric of science perspective to investigate how artificial cold, in the case of cryotherapy and cryonics, becomes persuasive. This is accomplished by empirically foregrounding the marketing material and online presence of four cryopreservation companies: Quick Cryo and KryoX (cryotherapy businesses) as well as the Cryonics Institute—Technology for Life and Alcor Life Extension (cryonics). While the allure of cryopreservation is situated in light of the ability to re-animate bits as well as whole bodies, artificial cold is made to appear persuasive through the development of four different cryotropes related to optimization, rejuvenation, optimism, and empowerment. The presentation will discuss how artificial cold becomes animated as a rescue and a hope technology while additionally becoming persuasive when rhetorically positioned akin to everyday communication and information technologies such as phones and the Internet. Exploring the ways that artificial cold is articulated as a technology of ‘life’, ‘youthfulness’, and ‘freshness’, the presentation will speak to the ways that cryo achieves vitality in emergent cryo-lifestyle-businesses calling for scholarly attention to the ways that artificial cold is becoming part of the everyday.



Folkers, Andreas (2018) Resilienz als Nomos der Erde. Earth System Governance und die Politik des Anthropozäns. In: Laux, Henning; Henkel, Anna (Eds.) Die Erde, der Mensch und das Soziale. Zur Transformation gesellschaftlicher Naturverhältnisse im Anthropozän. Bielefeld: transcript. 137-160.


Folkers, Andreas (2018): Machttechnologie oder Kritik? Zur Genealogie und Gegenwart der Resilienz. WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung. 15 (2). 45-67.


Folkers, Andreas und Hoppe, Katharina (2018): Von der Modernisierung zur Ökologisierung. Konzepte des Werdens bei Deleuze/Guattari und Haraway. In: Delitz, Heike; Nungesser, Frithjof; Seyfert, Robert (Eds.) Soziologien des Lebens. Überschreitung, Differenzierung, Kritik. Bielefeld: transcript. 137-164. (link)


Folkers, Andreas (2018): Was ist kritisch an Kritischer Infrastruktur? Kriegswichtigkeit, Lebenswichtigkeit, Systemwichtigkeit und die Infrastrukturen der Kritik. In: Engels, Jens-Ivo & Nordmann, Alfred (Eds.) Was heißt Kritikalität? Zu einem Schlüsselbegriff der Debatte um Kritische Infrastrukturen Bielefeld: transcript. 123-154. (link)


Schultz, Susanne (2018): Demographic Futurity: How Statistical Assumption Politics Shape Immigration Policy Rationales in Germany, in:
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26.04.2018, online:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0263775818772580


Lemke, Thomas (2018). An Alternative Model of Politics? Prospects and Problems of Jane Bennett’s Vital Materialism.  Theory, Culture & Society (online first).


Workshop "Philosophical Anthropology and Biopolitics" July 10, 2018, 2 pm to 5 pm, Goethe-University, room SH 3.101. Organized by: Professur "Biotechnologies, Natur and Society" (Thomas Lemke) und Professur "Sozialphilosophie" (Martin Saar).


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.

Text frei zugänglich unter:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08164649.2017.1466648


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. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783658203146


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.
https://www.geogr-helv.net/73/79/2018/gh-73-79-2018.pdf


Folkers, Andreas (2018): Das Sicherheitsdispositiv der Resilienz. Katastrophische Risiken und die Biopolitik vitaler Systeme. Frankfurt a.M.: Campus.
http://www.campus.de/buecher-campus-verlag/wissenschaft/soziologie/das_sicherheitsdispositiv_der_resilienz-14888.html


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.
Qualifications:
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.
Application:
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: dekanat.fb03-bewerbungen@soz.uni-frankfurt.de.


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.


ARTENGINE
Artificial Life/Anthropological and Sociological Analysis of Life Engineering

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (Horizon 2020)

http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/209315_en.html

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. http://publikationen.soziologie.de/index.php/kongressband_2016/article/view/499


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.
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0263775817698699


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.

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0103-20702017000200305


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.


OPEN LETTER ON CRITICAL APPROACHES TO FORENSIC DNA PHENOTYPING AND BIOGEOGRAPHICAL ANCESTRY


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.
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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.

https://www.zdf.de/politik/frontal-21/implantierte-verhuetung-100.html


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