Professor Dr. Martina Klausner

Prof. Dr. Martina Klausner

Professor for Digital Anthropology / Science and Technology Studies

Martina Klausner is Professor of Digital Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies. As an anthropologist with a special focus on Science and Technology Studies, her research topics cover a spectrum of current social phenomena: Digitization and datafication processes of/in cities; the changes in political participation through online platforms and data activism; the regulation of new digital technologies and processes, such as Artificial Intelligence, as well as the use of smart technologies in health; the legal, political and infrastructural governance of the participation of people with disabilities. In addition to the thematic focus, methodological issues are central to her work, such as the possibilities and limitations of collaborative research and interventions, and the use of digital methods for ethnographic research.

Martina Klausner studied European Ethnology and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Following her studies, she completed her doctorate and conducted research at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. There she was an active member of the Laboratory: Laboratory: Anthropology Environment | Human Relation.

For her PhD in the DFG project Die Produktion von Chronizität im Alltag psychiatrischer Versorgung und Forschung in Berlin , she conducted field research in the context of psychiatric care. This research resulted in her monograph, Choreografien psychiatrischer Praxis. Eine ethnografische Studie zum Alltag in der Psychiatrie, which is located at the intersection of knowledge anthropology, science and technology studies, and medical anthropology and was published by Transcript in 2015.

After a parental leave in 2014, Martina Klausner worked as a PostDoc in the research network BeMobil: Beweglichkeit und Mobilität wiedererlangen. Her research focused on the development of digital therapeutic systems for movement rehabilitation. Part of this examination of digitalization processes in the healthcare sector also involved working on data protection issues.

From 2018-2019, Martina Klausner was a PostDoc researcher in the interdisciplinary research group Recht – Geschlecht – Kollektivität: Prozesse der Normierung, Kategorisierung und Solidarisierung. In a case study on the mobilization of anti-discrimination and participation rights by and for people with disabilities, she investigated policies of participation in the Berlin administration and the networks of Berlin self-advocacy.

Tracing Data Politics: Two ethnographic case studies on digital data for a Verkehrswende in the City of Frankfurt/Mai

In August 2023, a DFG-funded research project starts at IfKAEE that will focus on the role of digital data in shaping the Verkehrswende politics in the city of Frankfurt am Main. The project investigates ethnographically how environmental data related to traffic issues are generated, processed, and used for political negotiations by different stakeholders in the City of Frank-furt/Main. The project aims to study the manifold ways data are rendered relevant in politics and governance, by the municipality and its partners, but also by political groups, such as citi-zen initiatives and political networks. It asks how “troubled environments" are enacted through digital information infrastructures, by different actors in multiple ways, and made an object of intervention and regulation. Data Politics foregrounds how, on the one hand, data are used in political conflicts to generate evidence and visualize problematic issues, resulting in the data-fication of politics; and, on the other hand, it highlights how the very production, processing, and representation of data through digital information infrastructures and platforms is already infused with various interests and intentions, hence the inherent “politics of data". The project investigates emerging data politics based on two contrasting case studies and their intersec-tions: (1) the production of data and digital information infrastructures by the municipality (the City of Frankfurt), their partners, and other state actors as part of a programme to tackle cli-mate change and implement appropriate measures in relation to a proposed Verkehrswende; and (2) citizen initiatives, local political groups and their networks, who also increasingly invo-ke data of different kinds to contest official governance and politics and propose specific da-ta-based policy measures for an ecological Verkehrswende in Frankfurt. Besides the thema-tic focus, the project will employ an innovative mix of methods, including digital methods, for tracing controversies as well as data generation and dissemination as part of ethnographic research.

Principal Investigator: Prof Dr. Martina Klausner, researcher: Janine Hagemeister, M.A., N.N.

Project group "Normative Theories of Articial Intelligence"

From September 2021 to February 2022, Martina Klausner led a sub-project of the project group "Normative Theories of Articial Intelligence", funded by the Center Responsible Digitality of the State of Hesse (ZEVEDI). The project group investiga-tes the formation of social, legal and ethical norms in the development and use of digital technologies and artificial intelligence. Through interdisciplinary research, the research group aims to identify effective mechanisms at the intersection of law, ethics, technology, and the market that help regulate the development of AI and digi-tal technologies. Essential to the project is interdisciplinary collaboration with collea-gues from philosophy, law, economics, and computer science.

The subproject at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology focuses on the ever-growing role of artificial intelligence (AI) and related practices in financial markets and the banking sector. Through an ethnographic case study on robo advisory, the project examines how cross-sector regulation such as the EU's AI Act potentially interferes with existing practices in the financial market, how the risk-based approach to regulating AI that it advocates relates to concepts of risk in the financial market, and, in particular, what challenges newer AI technologies such as neural networks and deep learning pose for its regulation and approaches to trans-parency and fairness advocated therein more generally.

Building on this research, Matthias Kloft is conducting a dissertation project in the graduate program "Fixing Futures. Technologies of Anticipation in Contemporary Societies".

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Martina Klausner; researcher: Matthias Kloft, M.A.


Dennis Eckhardt, Martina Klausner (Hgs.) (2023): Digital[ität] Ethnografieren. Forschungsmethoden für den digitalen Alltag. Kulturanthropologie Notizen 85.

Martina Klausner, Dennis Eckhardt (2023): Digitalität und Ethnografie: Eine Einführung in Forschungsmethoden für mehr-als-digitale Felder. In: Dies. (Hgs.): Digital[ität] Ethnografieren. Forschungsmethoden für den digitalen Alltag. Kulturanthropologie Notizen 85, 2–19.

Katrin Amelang, Martina Klausner, Estrid Sørensen, Till Straube, Joscha Friton, Robert Queckenberg (2023): Daten erfahren und situieren: Datenspaziergänge als explorative Methode ethnografischer Forschung. In: Dennis Eckhardt, Martina Klausner (Hgs.): Digital[ität] Ethnografieren. Forschungsmethoden für den digitalen Alltag. Kulturanthropologie Notizen 85, 111–138.

Sabine Imeri, Martina Klausner, Michaela Rizzolli (2023): Forschungsdatenmanagement in der ethnografischen Forschung: Eine praktische Einführung. In: Dennis Eckhardt, Martina Klausner (Hgs.): Digital[ität] Ethnografieren. Forschungsmethoden für den digitalen Alltag. Kulturanthropologie Notizen 85, 223–254.

Martina Klausner (2023): Beteiligt euch! Kulturanthropologische Perspektiven auf einen Imperativ der Gegenwart. In: Dies. (Hg.): Beteiligt Euch! Studentische Beiträge zu den Erfahrungen mit und Formatierungen von Partizipation. Kulturanthropologie Notizen 84, 2–9. 


Martina Klausner, Jörg Niewöhner & Tim Seitz (2022) Curating the Widerstandsaviso: Three Cases of Ethnographic Intravention in R&D Consortia, Science as Culture, DOI: 10.1080/09505431.2022.215807

Martina Klausner (2022) A More-than-digital Anthropology. Ethnographies of Participation and Administration. Zeitschrift für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft, 118. Jahrgang , S. 5–24. CC BY 4.0 – 2022 Waxmann -


Martina Klausner: Postkategoriales Teilhaberecht und (trans-)kategoriale Selbstvertretung von Menschen mit Behinderung. Kollektivierungsprozesse durch die Mobilisierung von Recht. Zeitschrift für Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaft 7/1, 153-185, 2021.

Martina Klausner: Das Format ›Beteiligung‹ als Arbeit am Verhältnis von Recht und Politik. Hamburger Journal für Kulturanthropologie (HJK), (13), 635–642, 2021


Patrick Bieler, Milena D. Bister, Janine Hauer, Martina Klausner, Jörg Niewöhner, Christine Schmid, and Sebastian von Peter: Distributing Reflexivity through Co-Laborative Ethnography. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 50, 1, pp. 77–98, 2021.

Martina Klausner, Jörg Niewöhner: Integrierte Forschung – ein ethnographisches Angebot zur Ko-Laboration. In: Gransche B., Manzeschke A. (eds) Das geteilte Ganze. Springer VS, Wiesbaden, 2020.


Sabine Biedermann, Patrick Bieler, Milena Bister, Sascha Cornejo Puschner, Adina Dymczyk, Dennis Eckhardt, Janine Hauer, Maren Heibges, Dženeta Hodžić, Jonna Josties, Martina Klausner, Anja Klein, Céline Lauer, Ruzana Liburkina, Jörg Niewöhner, Stefan Reinsch, Christine Schmid, Tim Seitz, Itzell Torres, Krystin Unverzagt, Jorge E. Vega-Marrot: Current work in the Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations: Doing research in a more-than-thought collective. AND (same issue): From the Collaboratory Social Anthropology & Life Sciences to the Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations. Both in: EASST Review, 38 (2), 2019.

Jörg Niewöhner, Patrick Bieler, Milena Bister, Janine Hauer, Maren Heibges, Jonna Josties, Martina Klausner, Anja Klein, Ruzana Liburkina, Julie Sascia Mewes, Christine Schmid, Tim Seitz (Ed.): After Practice. Thinking through Matter(s) and Meaning Relationally . Volume I and II. Panama Verlag, Berlin, 2019.

Patrick Bieler, Martina Klausner: Niching in cities under pressure. Tracing the reconfiguration of community psychiatric care and the housing market in Berlin . Geoforum, 101, pp. 202-211, 2019.

Patrick Bieler, Martina Klausner: Iterative Go-alongs: Eine ethnografische Methode zur Erforschung des Zusammenspiels von psychischen Beeinträchtigungen und städtischer Umwelt. In: Silvia Krumm, Reinhold Kilian, Heiko Löwenstein (Ed.): Qualitative Forschung in der Sozialpsychiatrie, pp. 173-183, Psychiatrie Verlag, Köln, 2019, ISBN: 9783884146866.


Patrick Bieler, Jonna Josties, Ruzana Liburkina, Julie Sascia Mewes, Martina Klausner, Anja Klein, Jörg Niewöhner, Christine Schmid, Tim Seitz: Assembling Comparators – Assembling Reflexivities. Science as Culture, 27 (4), pp. 563-568, 2018.

Martina Klausner: Calculating Therapeutic Compliance. An Ethnographic Account of Numerical Inference and Interference in Mobile Health Care. Science & Technology Studies, 31 (4), pp. 30-51, 2018. doi:

Martina Klausner: Wie man lernt gerade zu sein. Mensch-Technik-Beziehungen in der orthopädischen Behandlung. In: Sabine Wöhlke, Anna Palm (Ed.): Mensch-Technik-Interaktion in medikalisierten Alltagen, pp. 51-63, Universitätsverlag, Göttingen, 2018.

Maren Heibges, Martina Klausner, Jörg Niewöhner: Umgang mit Unsicherheiten in der Technikentwicklung – ein sozialanthropologischer Einwurf. In: Tobias Redlich, Robert Weidner, Markus Langenfeld (Ed.): Unsicherheiten der Technikentwicklung, pp. 76–89, Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen, 2018.


Martina Klausner, Maren Heibges (Ed.): Stadt erfahren: Ethnografische Explorationen urbaner Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen, pp. 7–19, Panama Verlag, Berlin, 2017.

Martina Klausner, Sebastian Golla: Reasonable Expectations of Data Protection in Telerehabilitation — A Legal and Anthropological Perspective on Intelligent Orthoses. In: Ronald Leenes, Rosamunde van Brakel, Serge Gutwirth, Paul de Hert (Ed.): Data Protection and Privacy. The Age of Intelligent Machines, pp. 167-191, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2017.


Martina Klausner: „Wenn mann den Boden unter den Füßen nicht mehr spürt“: Körperlichkeit in der Herstellung psychischer In/Stabilität. In: Katrin Amelang, Sven Bergmann, Beate Binder, Anna-Carolina Vogel, Nadine Wagener-Böck (Ed.): Körpertechnologien: Ethnografische und gendertheoretische Perspektiven, pp. 126–136, Panama Verlag, Berlin, 2016.

Milena Bister, Martina Klausner, Jörg Niewöhner: The cosmopolitics of "niching": Rendering the city habitable along infrastructures of mental health care. In: Anders Blok, Ignacio Farías (Ed.): Urban Cosmopolitics: Agencements, Assemblies, Atmospheres, pp. 187–206, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, 2016.

Jörg Niewöhner, Patrick Bieler, Maren Heibges, Martina Klausner: Phenomenography: Relational Investigations into Modes of Being-in-the-World. The Cyprus Review, 28 (1), pp. 67–84, 2016.

Sebastian von Peter, Alexandre Wullschleger, Lieselotte Mahler, Ingrid Munk, Manfred Zaumseil, Jörg Niewöhner, Martina Klausner, Milena Bister, Andreas Heinz, Stefan Beck: Chronizität im Alltag der psychiatrischen Versorgung: Eine Forschungskollaboration zwischen Sozialpsychiatrie und Europäischer Ethnologie. Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 64 (1), pp. 7–18, 2016.


Martina Klausner: Choreografien psychiatrischer Praxis: Eine ethnografische Studie zum Alltag in der Psychiatrie. Transcript, Bielefeld, 2015.
Martina Klausner, Milena Bister, Jörg Niewöhner, Stefan Beck: Choreografien klinischer und städtischer Alltage: Ergebnisse einer ko-laborativen Ethnografie mit der Sozialpsychiatrie. Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, 111 (2), pp. 214–235, 2015.

Martina Klausner: Der Stuhlkreis als plausibler Partizipand im psychiatrischen Behandlungsalltag. In: Karl Braun, Claus-Marco Dieterich, Angela Treiber (Ed.): Materialisierung von Kultur: Diskurse, Dinge, Praktiken, pp. 541–548, Königshausen & Neumann, Nürnberg, 2015.

Michael Wahl, Natalie Jankowski, Martina Klausner, Jörg Niewöhner: Neue Medien und Telemedizin in der Bewegungsrehabilitation – Chancen, Potentiale und Grenzen aus Sicht der beteiligten Personen. In: K Gramann, TO Zander, C Wienrich, M Rötting (Ed.): Tagungsband zur 11. Berliner Werkstatt Mensch-Maschine-Systeme, pp. 241-244, Technische Universität, Berlin, 2015.


Martina Klausner: Klassifikationen und Rückkopplungseffekte. In: Stefan Beck, Jörg Niewöhner, Estrid Sørensen (Ed.): Science and Technology Studies: Eine sozialanthropologische Einführung, pp. 275–298, Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, 2012.

Martina Klausner, Jörg Niewöhner (Ed.): Psychiatrie im Kiez: Alltagspraxis in den Institutionen der gemeindepsychiatrischen Versorgung, pp. 7–18, Panama Verlag, Berlin, 2012.


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