Timo Roßmann, M.A.

Academic staff

Tel.: +49 (0)69 798 33076
E-Mail: rossmann (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de
Office hours: by appointment per e-mail 

Room: IG 0.553 (basement)

Short biography
Timo Roßmann is a research associate with a focus on Science and Technology Studies at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Here, he coordinates the ELLVIS project “Collaborative Anthropology" and is doing his PhD with Prof. Dr. Mirco Göpfert. In his PhD study (“Collaboration in Rare Disease Research, Diagnostics, and Treatment in Germany"), he studies current research, diagnostic, and treatment practices in the field of rare diseases and examines ethnographically how collaboration is enabled between and beyond epistemic communities. Previously he was a lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at Goethe University in Frankfurt. He studied Sociology, American Studies, Gender Studies and Science and Technology Studies in Frankfurt.

Fields of research and approaches
  • (Feminist) Science and Technology Studies 
  • Material Semiotics (for example Actor-Network Theory, NatureCultures, New Materialism) 
  • Ethnographic und praxeological approaches  

Teaching and research interests

  • Practices of care
    Regulation of bodies, health, and ecosystems | ontological politics 
  • Production of knowledge
    History of Science | cultures of knowledge | information infrastructures | classification, standardization, and objectification | collaborative and interdisciplinary research methods
  • Production of security
    Demography, epidemiology, and the modern state | transnational authorities and administrative processes 

University activities
At Goethe University Frankfurt:

11/2020–07/2022       External lecturer (“Lehrbeauftragter") at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology
Student research/teaching assistant and intern in the “Science, Technology, Environment" section at the Institute of Sociology (Focus areas: Biotechnology, Nature and Society as well as Sociology of Science)

Teaching and thesis supervision
At Goethe University Frankfurt:

Summer term 2024MA Social and Cultural Anthropology
MA Sociology
MA Science and Technology Studies
Collaborative Ethnographies: Disciplines, Devices, Decoloniality
Winter term 2023/24BA Social and Cultural AnthropologyResearch Methods
Summer term 2023BA Social and Cultural AnthropologyTheory of (Collaborative) Fieldwork
Winter term 2022/23BA Social and Cultural Anthropology
(teaching language: German)
Einführung in die Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung
(Introduction to Science and Technology Studies)
Summer term 2022     MA Science and Technology StudiesResearch Design
Summer term 2022MA Science and Technology StudiesWriting Lab
Winter term 2021/22MA Science and Technology StudiesTiny Agents
Winter term 2021/22BA Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology
(teaching language: German)
Einführung in die Kulturtheorien
(Introduction to cultural theories)
Summer term 2021MA Science and Technology Studies Writing Lab
Winter term 2020/21MA Science and Technology StudiesThe Technopoetics of Modernity: 'No ideas but in things'

Supervision of Master's theses in the MA Science and Technology Studies:
Noah Harris, “A missed chance at a political situation? A study into Insulate Britain's mobilisation of discourses of care & expertise" (Conclusion: 2023)
Natascha Köster, “(De)Coding Gender: An Exploration of Coding Bootcamps as Inclusion Initiatives" (Conclusion: 2023)
Gauri Natarajan, “Sexual Violence in Digital Spaces"

Collaborative Anthropology / „Kollaborative Ethnologie“

In the pilot project “Collaborative Anthropology", structures and routines of international collaborative student research are established, which simultaneously promote student mobility and internationalization. The students engage in tandem or joint research with international peers — according to the principle “researching with" instead of “researching about". The pilot project is part of the project “Successful Teaching and Learning – Diversity and Internationalization in Higher Education" (ELLVIS, “Erfolgreich Lehren und Lernen – Vielfalt und Internationales im Studium"). This project aims to increase teaching quality; to address heterogeneity, diversity, and inclusion; and to promote the internationalization of studies and teaching. More information here.