News Archive

Initiating a student Exchange Program with the Northern Institute at the Charles Darwin University

08 December 2017

Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia

In fruitful cooperation with Dr. Michaela Spencer from the Northern Institute at the Charles Darwin University, and supported by the International Offices of the two universities, Josefine Raasch will initiate a student exchange programme between the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin Unviersity and the Faculty of Social Science at Ruhr University Bochum. Josefine's trip will be funded by the LabExchange-Programm of inSTUDIESplus of Ruhr University Bochum and by the Global Young Faculty of the Mercator Research Center Ruhr.

Differences in Knowing and Doing Democracies

23 - 24 November 2017

Aalborg University Copenhagen


Josefine Raasch will participate at the workshop “STS and Democracy”, organised by Andreas Birkbak (Techno-Anthropology Research Group, Dept. of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University Copenhagen), Irina Papazu (Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School) and Anne Kathrine Pihl Vadgaard (IT University Copenhagen). Josefine will present a paper “Differences in Knowing and Doing Democracies”.

From Single-Sited to Multi-Sited Studies of Science and Technology – and the Question of Culture in STS

26 October 2017

University of Siegen


Keynote Speech by Estrid Sørensen: “From Single-Sited to Multi-Sited Studies of Science and Technology – and the Question of Culture in STS”. The central method of STS scholars has traditionally been single-site micro ethnographic analysis, and this method still the preferred method of the field. Estrid Sørensen discusses how to enable STS-studies to scale up to talk about society and culture 'at large' while retaining with the advantages of our methodological tradition.


STS Universitaet Siegen

Participating in the People. Policy. Place. Seminar Series 2017

26 October 2017

Northern Institute at the Charles Darwin University, Australia


Michaela Spencer, Helen Verran and Josefine Raasch are invited to give a talk on “Organisational Partnering and Participation: Regional Futures in Australia and Germany” in the People. Policy. Place. Seminar Series 2017. This talk will be given at the Northern Institute at the Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia and is open to the public.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - IT Security in the Making

06 October 2017


Laura Kocksch will present her work at the annual symposium SecHuman - IT Security for Humans in Cyberspace. Her talk "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - IT Security in the Making" will start at 9 st in room ID 04/445.

The Materiality of Harm

23 September 2017

University of Trier


Estrid Sørensen gives a talk at the University of Trier on 23 September 2017 about “The Materiality of Harm”. She discusses how media harm, i.e. harmful effect of computer game play is configured through dynamics of various socio-material arrangements from scientific calculations and statistics over laws and regulations, computer programming and digital design to the gaming practices of youth and children as well as social and material negotiations among peers and in families.

Andreas Warneke is selected for scholarship Deutschlandstipendium

13 September 2017


The Deutschlandstipendium provides financial and non-material support to high-achieving and committed students from all over the world. Modelled after the principle of public-private partnership, businesses, foundations or private individuals sponsor young talent with a pledge of 150 euros per month. The Federal Government matches this amount with another 150 euros. But there is even more: Many universities and private sponsors also support Deutschlandstipendium holders through concurrent mentoring programmes, networking events and internships.

Professor Sørensen welcomes new doctoral student

15 July 2017
Raphael Hemme has joined Professor Sørensen's team as a doctoral student. Please find more about him on his website Raphael Hemme.

The Global Young Faculty selects Josefine Raasch for the fifth cohort


The Global Young Faculty brings together approximately 50 young academics selected from universities and non-university research institutions based in the Ruhr area. The program enables them to work autonomously in interdisciplinary groups and allows them to choose the subject and format of their work. It supports scholars in their efforts to forge new professional contacts and share ideas beyond institutional and disciplinary borders. This exchange of ideas offers new scope for the development of innovative approaches to research and for discussion of the societal implications of scientific activities.

W/wissen in der Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen.

On 12.07.2017 Jan Schank's doctoral thesis "W/wissen in der Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen. Eine praxeographische Analyse ausgewählter Entscheidungstexte aus dem Freigabeverfahren bei der Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK)" was published by Westdeutscher Universitätsverlag.

Die Alterskennzeichnung von Computerspielen, oder allgemeiner den Jugendmedienschutz, wird teilweise sehr kontrovers debattiert. Die Teilnehmer werfen sich gegenseitig z.B. „mangelnde Medienkompetenz“, „Zensur“ oder „Verrohung“ und „Abstumpfung“, v.a. im Hinblick auf Gewaltdarstellungen vor. Den Debattenbeiträgen ist gemein, dass sie im Allgemeinen die Alterskennzeichnung von außen betrachten. Demgegenüber versteht sich diese Arbeit als ein Versuch, einen Blick in die black box der Alterskennzeichnung zu werfen. Die vorliegende Studie befragt Entscheidungstexte aus dem Kennzeichnungsverfahren zu Computerspielen verschiedener Altersklassen und Genres, mit welchen textlichen Mitteln sie ihre Entscheidungen gegenüber den zu erwartenden Publika plausibilisieren.

Pisa for Development in Sambia

20 June 2017
University of Kassel

Estrid Sørensen is invited by the Chair of Sociology of Social Disparity at the University of Kassel for a talk. How are the large-scale standardized educational assessment instrument PISA for Development calibrated for the use in a country like Zambia that in many ways differs strongly from the OECD countries that were originally the target of the PISA assessment scheme? Estrid Sørensen discusses this question, based among others on her etnographic observations in the Examination Council of Zambia.

Making Zambia Comparable: Pisa for Development, an International Education Assessment Scheme

30 May 2017
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Estrid Sørensen will give the talk "Making Zambia Comparable" at the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Institutskolloquium, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. PISA compares the educational skills of 15-year-old students in 70 countries worldwide. The comparison is difficult to conduct in “low income” countries and therefore the initiative “PISA for Development” was started by the OECD. The project developed methods to compare educational skills of 15-year-olds in emerging and developing economies. Based on the ethnographical data collected in Zambia the talk deals with the subject of developing methods for an assessment scheme of 15-year-olds in Zambia with a standardised scheme.