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The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) is funding a Research Training Groups at Goethe University. “Fixing Futures. Technologies auf Anticipation in Contemporay Societies“ will start 1 May 2023. Designated Spokesperson is Prof Thomas Lemke. Ten positions for doctoral researchers and two positions for postdoctoral researchers are available in the first funding period. Here you'll find the advertisements for the positions.

Application deadline: 15th January 2023.



Beiträge zur Kritik der politischen Ökonomie des Lebens

Barla, J., Kluzik, V. & Lemke, T. (Hrg.) (2022): Biokapital. Beiträge zur Kritik der politischen Ökonomie des Lebens. Frankfurt am Main / New York: Campus.

Further Information


23 June 2022, 09:00 - 18:00 | Casino 1.801

24 June 2022, 09:00 - 13:00 | Casino 1.802

In many different societal fields such as reproductive and regenerative technologies, biomedical research, transplantation surgery, conservation biology and biosecurity preparedness, cryopreservation practices have significantly affected the concepts of life and death, health and illness, (in)fertility and biodiversity. The radical and ongoing transformation of temporal trajectories they bring about is fundamentally shaping the politics of life in the 21st century, engendering novel modes of processing, enhancing and managing biological matter and social processes linked to it. To capture the profound socio-material changes and forms of control introduced by cryopreservation practices, scholars have recently proposed the terms “cryopolitics" and “suspended life."

Cryopolitics is characterized by strategies that suspend life, seeking to arrest processes of decay and dying. Arresting vital processes, moving things into limbo, and carving out spaces on the boundary between life and death are key features of this novel governance of life. This form of politics produces a dispersed landscape of cryobanking facilities and corresponding infrastructural arrangements that are detached from their original environments, generating new relations. The result is a liminal space in which cells, body parts, and DNA samples diverge from the temporality of the outside world but remain available to be reintroduced to it again.

The symposium Toward a Politics of Suspension? aims to explore and advance the theoretical proposition of “suspended life" and to better approach the questions that these new forms of politics and new practices around cryopreservation open up. In order to do this, the CRYOSOCITIES team has invited leading scholars in the field to give presentations around their work on the topic.

More information here. Please register with Viona Hartmann to attend the event.


The future is not something that is yet to come. It's rather the cumulative effect of various practices that take place in the present. Whereas planning, projecting and predicting have been widely recognised as established future-making practices in the social sciences, recently there has been a growing interest in socio-technical arrangements that seek to anticipate more contingent futures. Such socio-technical arrangements aim to „fix futures“ in the sense that they try to simultaneously provide stability and recognise the need for repair in the context of various crises.

This joint lecture series of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, the Institute of Sociology, the Institute of Human Geography, and the Lab for Studies of Science and Technology (LaSST) brings together renowned anthropologists, human geographers and sociologists to differently respond to the claim that the contemporary moment is charcterised by a distinct future-orientation. From environmental governance to demilitarisation, the lectures will consider which futures are being fixed, the particular technologies and techniques involved in these future-making processes, and the political possibilities they open up.

Summer Term 2022 | Wed. 6-8 pm (ct)

Attendance possible both on Campus Westend, Seminarhouse, SH 2.105 and online! Please register via



Prof. Dr. Thomas Lemke

Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology
Research Group Biotechnologies,
Nature and Society

Visiting address
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
Campus-Westend – PEG-Building
Room 3.G 027
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Mail address
Campus Westend
PEG - internal post 31
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Tel. +49 69 798 36664


Team Assistant

Mrs. Uhrig
Room 3.G 030
Tel.: +49 69 798 36660