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Vacancy: Doctoral researcher: Scientific data practices and data centres

Apply until 25. July 2022
We are looking for a doctoral researcher to conduct ethnographic research of scientific data practices and their ecological relevance. Data are central to knowledge production, but at the same time their storage and processing demand energy and raw materials. What role do energy use and the consumption of raw materials play in decisions about data processing methods and about how long data are stored? What trade-offs and negotiations unfold when scientific data infrastructures are established, and what are their consequences for scientific knowledge production, for collaboration in science, and for their ecological impact? What scientific, social, and ecological values and conventions play a role in these negotiations? Researching these questions, the project will contribute to understanding data infrastructures - whose immateriality is often suggested by terms such as "virtual," or "cloud" – as social, material, and ecological. In researching data infrastructures, the project will focus primarily on data centres, since these are, on the one hand, centrally important for science and, on the other hand, also have an increasing ecological impact.

We welcome applicants, who would like to work in a large collaborative research centre, and who is interested in participating in an inspiring and vibrant research community and to conduct research in a team. We particularly welcome applications with a university degree (Master) in the field of Science & Technology Studies, social or cultural anthropology, sociology, or a related social or cultural discipline

Please follow this link for the official announcement (in German – here is a translation). If you have inquiries of any kind, do not hesitate to contact the project leader on estrid.sorensen@rub.de. We look forward to your application by 25. July 2022.


Hacking, Data Visualisations and Health Technologies

7. July 2022 15:45-17:15, IFEMA North Convention Center, Madrid
We are well represented at this year's EASST conference (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology). Jan Schmutzler and Estrid Sørensen will present their work on "Playing with fire: re-identification hacks and organizational micro-politics" in a podcast format. Laura Kocksch and Estrid Sørensen will give a talk on "Setting up speculative visualiyation". And finally Julie Mewes, Sebastian Merkel and Estrid Sørensen have organzed a panel on "Co-design and knowing (in) digital health technologies with future users of all ages".



When URLs on social networks become invisible

8. June 2022
Together with Suay Melisa Özkula, Maria Lompe, Mariangela Vespa and Tianshi Zhao, Estrid Sørensen has published a new article entitled "When URLs on social networks become invisible: Bias and social media logics in a cross-platform hyperlink study" in First Monday.

Extant research has addressed various concerns of representativeness in digital social research including: bias in researchers’ selection of online spaces, foci on single-platform approaches, and limited or skewed samples due to API (application programming interface) restrictions. This paper adds to that work through an illustration of tool bias towards specific social media logics (e.g., Twitter logics) in a URL-based network across/within social media sites (illustrative case study = greenwashing). These “biases” are implicit in design, mirror extant societal trends, and are reinforced through platform biases. As such, researchers using such tools (above all, non-computational scholars) may have little awareness of these subliminal influences. The paper consequently argues that (a) tool choices often fall prey to issues in representation, reinforcing existing biases on a subliminal level; and, that (b) non-platform-specific creative situational approaches (like cross-platform URL explorations) provide a much-needed understanding of wider platform dynamics that highlight such biases.

You can find the publication here.



Vacancy: Post Doc in Participatory Design

As soon as possible
As part of the Collaborate Research Centre 1567 Virtual Life Worlds we are currently looking for a post doc for the so-called INF project “Information Infrastructure: Technology and Praxeologies”. The aim of the project is to build an virtual research infrastructure for the collaborative research centre. This will happen in collaboration with an IT technician and with the participation of the members of the research centre. The research will focus on data practices in the humanities with a particular focus on communication, storage, documentation, and data management.

We offer a 100% position for 4 years in a vibrant community of excellent and open-minded researchers along with extended support for career building. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Estrid Sørensen: estrid.sorensen@rub.de

Please note that this is not the official announcement. You will find the official announcement with detail about how to apply here.


Gender and the History of Computing

7. June 2022
Ryoko Asai’s new article “Gender and the History of Computing” will be published as a part of the quarterly magazine Les Simones. The article focuses on remarkable female mathematicians and scientists who have greatly contributed to developing information technology but have not been paid sufficient attention in the history of computing. In the article, the author tries to approach the hidden side of the history of computing. Please check the details here (in Japanese).



Vacancy: PhD position on the co-configuration of data centres and scientific data practices

As soon as possible
How do data centre configurations contribute to shaping science? To what extend is scientific knowledge production adapted to the data storage and data processing capacities available? And to what extent does a university data centre adapt to scientists’ data practices? Data centres is a new object of study in Science & Technology Studies. The link between scientific knowledge production and data centres has not yet been investigated. This is the focus of this vacant PhD position. The successful candidate will work in the team “A02: Virtual Infrastructures: The Data Centre as Infrastructurer between Scientific Knowledge and Planetary Resources”. A Post Doc scholar in the team will study the interrelation between planetary resources and a university data centre while the PhD scholar will do ethnographic studies of the interrelation between the data centre and scientific data practices. In close collaboration also with the project leader, they together seek to answer the overall question of the interrelation between knowledge production and planetary resources, mediated by the university data centre. The project is part of the Collaborative Research Centre “Virtual Life Worlds” at the Ruhr-University, a vibrant group of almost 50 researchers, all eager to shed light on many different angles of the “Virtual” from a genuine humanities perspective. You will furthermore be part of the RUSTlab, which gathers Science & Technology Scholars in the Ruhr Area and beyond.

We are looking for a person with a Master Degree in Social or Cultural Anthropology, Sociology or similar. You must have experience with ethnographic research, preferably from a Science & Techology Studies perspective. But most important is that you are a team player and interested in contributing to a lively and creative research community. You need to be able to understand and speak a minimum of German, since the ethnography will be in a German speaking context.

We offer a 65% position for 4 years. The position will be filled as soon as possible. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Estrid Sørensen: estrid.sorensen@rub.de

Please note that this is not the official announcement. You will find the official announcement with detail about how to apply here.


Vacancy: Post Doc position on the co-configuration of data centres and planetary resources

As soon as possible
The establishing and the operation of a university data centre require a lot of rare and raw materials and a lot of energy. This has been documented in several studies. Rarely, however do scholars have access to study the everyday practices of building and running a data centre. Attending to a university data centre, this is what this research seeks to do with ethnographic methods. Additionally, the successful candidate will conduct a value chain ethnography, following the material route from the data centre and back to the sources of the materials that feed into its construction and operation, inquiring where and how decisions about the use of planetary resources are negotiated. The successful candidate will work in the team “A02: Virtual Infrastructures: The Data Centre as Infrastructurer between Scientific Knowledge and Planetary Resources”. A doctoral scholar of the team will study the interrelation between a university data centre and scientific data practices, while the Post Doc will study the interrelation between data centre and planetary resources. In close collaboration also with the project leader, the team seeks to answer the overall question together of the interrelation between knowledge production and planetary resources, mediated by the university data centre. The project is part of the Collaborative Research Centre “Virtual Life Worlds” at the Ruhr-University, a vibrant group of almost 50 researchers, all eager to shed light on many different angles of the “Virtual” from a genuine humanities perspective. You will furthermore be part of the RUSTlab, which gathers Science & Technology Scholars in the Ruhr Area and beyond.

We are looking for a person with a Doctoral Degree in Social or Cultural Anthropology, Sociology or similar. You must have experience with ethnographic research, preferably from a Science & Techology Studies perspective. But most important is that you are a team player and interested in contributing to a lively and creative research community. You need to be able to understand and speak a minimum of German.

We offer a 100% Post Doc position for 4 years. The position will be filled as soon as possible. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Estrid Sørensen: estrid.sorensen@rub.de

Please note that this is not the official announcement. You will find the official announcement with detail about how to apply here.


Data temporalities: the arts and relevancies of making data last

5. April 2022 via Zoom
As a part oft the 43. congress of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft (DGEKW) Laura Kocksch and Estrid Sørensen will hold a presentation with the following abstract:

Open access to research data is increasingly promoted throughout the European Union. Before anyone can access research data, however, these need to be documented, made machine searchable and stored. For some data this alone is a major challenge. Once stored, data also needs maintenance in order to stay accessible. Apart from the infrastructure related requirements such as hardware, electricity bandwidth and staff for the continuous update and development of servers and platforms, data management and data maintenance are required (Sandfeld et al, 2019). The costs, efforts and kinds of these requirements depend among others on the period of time data are stored. The German Research Foundation requires of research data storage of a period of 10 years. The aim is twofold: to allow third parties to re-use the data and to enable re-examination of data validity (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2015). In our interviews with 11 German researchers from different disciplines (among others plasma physics, medical informatics, theoretical chemistry, economics and ¬geography) about their data practices temporality turned out to be a key point of difference between disciplines. While 10 years is a brief moment in one discipline, it is an unsurmountable era in another. Due to the enormous amount of data in plasma physics, for instance and the accompanying non-sustainable data storage costs most data are deleted immediately. In Geography, on the other hand, the location data saved decades ago on paper, in images, and on several different digital storage media remain essential for re-use now and in the future. Here, the issue of the temporality of data comes with more than the general requirements mentioned above. The conversion of data from older formats to new ones and the sustained readability of older formats require continuous work. The paper suggests the notions of “data durability” and of “data durability devices” to draw attention to how data achieve their durability and what social, material and epistemic devices are involved in this.

More information about the event can be found here.



Re-identification as a multiple problem - Who am I, and if so, so what?

19. January 2022, via Zoom
Jan Schmutzler and Lukas Plätz will hold a presentation at the SecHuman research school about Re-identification of personal research data. The re-identification of personal research data has been a much-discussed research topic at least since the de-anonymisation attacks carried out by Latanya Sweeney in the 1990s. For a long time, this was primarily a problem of small special populations, in which the circle of potential matches is limited from the outset. Therefore, medical data was primarily affected. However, the steadily increasing amount of data on large parts of the population and improved algorithms now also allow quite reliable re-identifications in highly incomplete data sets, which also brings social science survey data into focus. Working with a leading social science data institute, they will try to find out how the problem is dealt with there. They will talk about how they experienced first-hand that this problem may be very different for them than for the data institute, how they dealt with it and what they learned from it. Together with you, they want to further explore the multiplicity of the problem and develop their further research.


New Funded Project “Designing Self-Care for Increased Health of Older People in the Digital Age”

January - December 2022
The new project “Designing Self-Care for Increased Health of Older People in the Digital Age” will be granted seed funding within the MIRAI 2.0 Call for Japan-Sweden collaborative projects. Ryoko Asai is going to participate in the project as a visiting researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden. The project duration will be from January to December 2022. More details on Mirai 2.0 can be found here.



Blue, Red, Pink Values in IT Development

24. November 2021, Ruhr-University Bochum and via Zoom
As part of the SecHuman Winter School 2021 Estrid Sørensen and Solange Martinez Demarco give a talk on the diversity values in IT-Development. The lack of diversity in the field of technology, and more in general in STEM disciplines, is a well-researched topic. However, the focus has mainly been on the low percentage of women in the academic world and professional field of IT, less on the little diverse culture in the field and how it shapes the products and services. In this presentation we will adopt a 3-step approach. Firstly, we will focus on the general arguments behind the ‘leaky pipeline’ model and the business case for diversity as they set the ground for the analysis of the gender gap. Secondly, we will embrace a feminist perspective to critically introduce the shortcomings of these framings and the need for studying the culture and values of technology communities and IT development. Finally, we will centre on the specificities of cybersecurity and propose an alternative perspective that challenges the types of security that matter and for whom. Please find the full programme for the Winter School here as well as instructions on how to register.



Designing self-care for better health in older people in the digital age

November 2021, Lund University
Ryoko Asai and her colleague at Lund University in Sweden will begin a new research project this November on "Designing self-care for better health in older people in the digital age". Their project has been granted as an academia/Industry collaborations project by the Swedish funding association Vinnova. You can find more information here.


RUSTlab Lectures

Winter term 2021/22, Ruhr-University Bochum and via Zoom
The programme for the sixth episode in the RUSTlab Lecture series is now available. This term the lectures will be in hybrid format: both on-line and on-site. The theme will be "Data Concepts: Key terms in Experimentalist Data Studies," and Speakers include Cornelius Schubert (TU-Dortmund), Rachel Douglas-Jones (IT-U Copenhagen), Sebastian Merkel (RUB) and Markus Rudolfi (Frankfurt). Please find more information here. Everyone is most welcome!



From a discrete to a relational notion of data and the consequences for data protection

22. October 2021, Ruhr-University Bochum (HGC 30)
In the lecture series "Security Paradoxes: Intra- and Interdisciplinary Aspects of Security in Law" organised by Prof. Dr. Ingke Goeckenjan, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Golla, Prof. Dr. Arndt Kiehnle and Dr. Isabella Risini at the Faculty of Law at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Estrid Sørensen will give the first lecture focusing on a relational concept of data. In recent decades, researchers in the social and cultural sciences have been working on a new concept of data that focuses on the relationships that bring data into being. Such a notion has important consequences for thinking about data protection.



Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference

6. October – 9. Oktober 2021, Toronto and worldwide (virtual)
Laura Kocksch, Estrid Sørensen, and Julie Mewes will participate in this year’s Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in virtual Toronto. They present two talks, first on “Coding the RUSTlab. Discussing, Writing and Living an STS lab”, collectively authored by lab members Julie Mewes, Laura Kocksch, Estrid Sørensen, Ryoko Asai, Olga Galanova, Abigail Delgado, Susana Carmona, Stefan Laser, and Raphael Hemme. The second talk concerns “stsing: Doing STS in, through and beyond the German Academic System”. More information can be found here.



Data Durabilities: Towards Conceptualizations of Scientific Long-Term Data Storage

5. October 2021
With the increased requirement for open data and data reuse in the sciences the call for long-term data storage becomes stronger. However, long-term data storage is insufficiently theorized and often considered as simply short-term data that are stored longer. Based on interviews with scientists at a German university Estrid Sørensen and Laura Kocksch show in their newly published article in the Engagement with Science, Technology and Society Journal that data are not in themselves durable; they are made durable. With the notion of data durability devices they inquire into technologies and tools, techniques and skills as well as organizational arrangements, cultural norms and relations that contribute to making data durable. Data durability, then, is the period of time in which they can operate in a socio-technical apparatus and uphold their capacity to make claims about the world.


The impact of working from home and distance learning on family relationships: Viewpoint of sharing information and privacy

2. October 2021, Japan
Ryoko Asai and her colleague from the University of Toyama (Japan) will present their research “the impact of working from home and distance learning on family relationships: viewpoint of sharing information and privacy” at the annual conference of the Japan Society for Information and Management (JSIM) on the 2nd of October.

Asai, R. and Yanagihara, S. (2021), The Impact of working from home and distance learning on family relationships: viewpoint of sharing information and privacy, the proceeding of the Annual Conference of Information Management, pp.49-52.

At the conference, Ryoko Asai will receive the Young Investigator Award for her research presentation. The detailed information about the research is following. You can find the conference info (in Japanese) here.



Re-imagining river restoration: Temporalities, landscapes and values of the Emscher set in a post-mining environment

30. September 2021, Virtual University of Bremen
At the DGSKA 2021 conference, Estrid Sørensen and Stefan Laser will give a presentation on the restoration of the Emscher River in a post-mining environment. They will introduce three concepts that are relevant to understanding the restoration of the river: landscape, temporality and value. Through three stories, they explore these dimensions in different constellations and ask how they can help to reimagine the river and its restoration. Engaging with the river provides insights into how human and more-than-human assemblages are adapting to the Anthropocene. The event will take place online. More information can be found here.



Digital Methods and Critique

9. September – 10. September 2021, Goethe-University Frankfurt
Soon a workshop will take place which is related to Science and Technology studies. Digitalization has become a part of the daily life of everyone. Step by step it becomes more difficult to avoid the use of technical tools and devices. In comparison to this development a scientific and critical analysis of these tools is often missed out. This is one of the reasons why the participants of this workshop will discuss and talk through digital methods and critical parts of it. Furthermore, one goal of the workshop is to network with interested people.


"Matters of Sleep" will be featured in the upcoming international exhibition "The World is in You"

30. September - 16. January 2022, Kunsthal Charlottenborg
The research by Julie Mewes on the "Matters of Sleep", which she has been conducting in Arctic Norway as a postdoc at CUPAK, will be featured in the upcoming international exhibition "The World is in You" curated by the Medical Museoin in the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, one of the largest exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Northern Europe located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her Matters of Sleep will materialize in an audio feature. The exhibition will take place from 30th September 2021 until 16th January 2022. More information can be found here.



Welcome to Lisa Vogel

15. August 2021
We warmly welcome Lisa Vogel as a student assistent to the CUPAK team. Lisa is a Bachelor-Student of Social Science at the Ruhr-University and we know her well from her excellent engagements in seminars. We look very much forward to our collaboration.



Network Now - presentation of a student data project

22. July 2021 via Zoom
The results of the seminar "Studying environmental data participatory and interdisciplinary" that was instructed by Laura Kocksch, Estrid Sørensen and Michael Kallweit are presented at the event. With the title "Vernetzt Jetzt" (network now) a student group consisting of social science and applied informatics students have over two terms studied and engaged with the many groups of activities, NGOs, institutions and city agencies that are involved in making Bochum a more sustainable city. They encountered a large number active people, but also uncovered that they do not seem well connected. Through interviews, data sprints, document analysis and several digital methods, the group is now ready to present their result to the public. Apart from presenting their results they have developed a tool to help people network. The webpage will be presented on the virtual event and can also be accessed here.


Speculative data visualisations as experimentalist devices for anthropological knowledge production

22. July 2021, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
At the 'Anthropology beyond text? Experiments, devices and platforms of multimodal ethnographic practice' Workshop organzied by the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology (Ignacio Farías and Tomás Criado) Estrid Sørensen presents her explorations of speculative data visualisations. Inspired by among others Donna Haraway and Isabelle Stengers Estrid experiments with creating data visualisations as imaginations that escape formalisms, and thus disturb what data visualisations generally tend to do. Their aim is not to depict an actual situation, but to work as boundary objects for exchange across differences (thus also drawing on American Pracmatism). Speculative data visualisations however do have real-world relations and are committed to real-world concerns, but seek to position themselves between categories and at the brink of the familiar and the unfamiliar to allow alternative imaginations of such concerns.


International conference ETHICOMP

30. June 2021, online
Ryoko Asai will join the international conference ETHICOMP 2021 in June 2021. She will present her current research on social robots and children’s wellbeing from the information ethics perspective there.

Asai, R. (2021), Ethics and Social Robots: How do I live with a social robot?. Normal Technology Ethics: Proceedings of the ETHICOMP 2021, Universidad de La Rioja, pp. 281-284. ISBN: 9788409286713 [Titel anhand dieser ISBN in Citavi-Projekt übernehmen]

You can find the details on ETHICOMP 2021 online.



The micro-practices of not-only-IT-Security

23. June 2021, 12 hrs, SecHuman, Ruhr-University Bochum
At the SecHuman Colloquium Jan Schmutzler and Estrid Sørensen discuss their approach to the protection against re-identification of linked data. Following a Science & Technology Studies sensitivity we will inquire the IT-security issue that anonymized data are re-identified when more data sets are brought together. This most often happens through so-called big data analyses. Allthough the data in each data set are anonymized, it becomes possible to identify the persons behind the data when sevral data sets are linked. We approch the question of re-identification of linked data as a cultural phenomenon, and thus one that pervades diverse practices and is difficult to delimit. We inquire how the problem of re-identification of linked data emerge as a problem for social scientists, how the problem is attended to and maintained, and how the framing of the problem as a problem of re-identification may be in conflict with or accompanied by other framings. Moreover, we centrally look into which cascade effects the concern about re-identification has, for the organisation archiving the data and for the knowledge produced with the data.


Re-Imagining River Restoration

21. June 2021
We are happy to announce the publication of Stefan Laser's and Estrid Sørensen's paper on "Re-Imagining River Restoration. Temporalities, Landscapes and Values of the Emscher Set in a Post-Mining Environment" in a special issue of Berliner Blätter on "Environment Ecological Ontologies: Approaching Human-Environmental Engagements", edited by Michaela Meuer and Kathrin Eitel. The paper inquires how to engage with a river that flows through the Ruhr Area in Germany and has changed through the centuries just as much as has the former heavily industrialized region. It discovers stories of three different ontologies of the river in their empirical material and add a fourth, less hopeful story of the river as a desperately sustained ruin. Please find the open access publication here.



Infrastructuring virtual lifeworlds: Archives, Data Centres and Autonomous Mobility

18. June 2021, RUSTlab, Ruhr-University Bochum
Infrastructures are digital, but they are also virtual in the sense of incorporating potentiality. Infrastructures enable interactions, knowledge and spaces to emerge, while also themselves being shaped through the potentials of interactions, knowledge and spaces. In the RUSTlab Lectures Estrid Sørensen will together with Simon Rothöhler and Florian Sprenger discuss infrastructures as virtual by addressing three different research areas: virtual archives, university datacentres and virtual environments generated through driver assistant systems’ calculations for autonomous vehicles. Driver assistant system model a world for cars to be able to drive autonomously, without representing this world. Virtual archives generate transformed spheres of potentialities of depositing, sorting and classifying data and of making data accessible. Although impressive buildings, the way in which university datacentres actually shape knowledge production seems equally invisible and powerful as the way in which warehouses shape markets and libraries shape understanding and experience. Virtual archives, data centres and driver assistant systems each contribute to shaping new digital infrastructures. We examine the way in which they are also conditions for emergence of virtuality and offer modalities for the virtual to unfold.


Data Sprint on "Open Data"

11. June 2021, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
Laura Kocksch conducts a data sprint with humanities students and data ethics professionals on the topic "open data". Based on twitter and scopus publication data, the group searches for where and when "ethics" are mentioned in relation to open data. The sprint is part of Laura's fellowship at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies. She organized the sprint with her colleagues Mace Ojala from the IT University in Kopenhagen and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda from the AAU Klagenfurt.



“Matters of Arctic sleep: Hospital staff’s shifting sleep routines and its devices-in-use”

20./21. May 2021
Julie is looking forward to present at this year’s Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference 2021 taking place May 20-21 in (virtual) Copenhagen. She will talk about her ongoing research focusing on the “Matters of Arctic sleep: Hospital staff’s shifting sleep routines and its devices-in-use”.


New book with a chapter contribution on Gender and Computing

May 2021
A new book about information ethics will be published in Japan in May 2021. Ryoko Asai contributed with her colleague to a book chapter on Gender and Computing. You can find the details (in Japanese) on the book here.



“Robots and AI Artifacts in Plural Perspective(s) of Japan and the West”

31. March 2021
Ryoko and her colleagues from Japan and Sweden published a new article “Robots and AI Artifacts in Plural Perspective(s) of Japan and the West: The Cultural–Ethical Traditions Behind People’s Views on Robots and AI Artifacts in the Information Era” in the Review of Socionetwork Strategies by Springer. The article examines how perceptions of interaction between human and robot vary from country to country, and how societal and cultural differences affect the people’s views based on comparative surveys between Japan and Sweden. The article is available on Springer Nature website (open access).


Inquiring the digital interstice through a data sprint: Ethnographic research where front and back end meet

22. March 2021, Kassel University
On the 11th International New Materialisms Conference "New Materialist Informatics" Laura Kocksch and Estrid Sørensen jointly organise a workshop together with Jakob Roschka, Fabian Pittroff (both Kassel University) and Stefan Laser (Siegen). The workshop participants will work in a data sprint mode with data material a) from the configuration of a power system modeling tool, b) a biking exercise tracking tool c) and from the planning of a data centre. Working creatively with these data conceptual prototypes will be developed of how to empirically relevant understand the interstices between front end and back end. More information you can find here.



Welcome to Jan Schmutzler

15. March 2021
As a new doctoral student of the SecHuman graduate school Jan Schmutzler has joined the Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge team. Over the next three and a half years he will do research into the protection from re-identification of persons when anonymous data are linked. The problem here is that when data are combined from several data sets, you may via big data analytics bring several data sets together that all include information about one (or most often more) particular individual. Linking up to seven data sets where the same person figures anonyously it is indeed possible to identify that person, even if the data are anonymised in all the data sets. The task of the PhD project will be together with a PhD student from Mathematics to study how protection against such re-identification of anonymised data is socio-materially achieved. On the one hand algorithms will be developed that make re-identification in the data unlikely. On the other hand, formal and informal social practices, such as organisational structures, sharing conventions and research procedures that prevent researchers from re-identifying individauals in data sets will be studied. Jan Schmutzler has a background in political science from the University of Jena and a degree in interdisciplinary anthropology from the University of Freiburg. We are looking so much forward to collaborating!



"Timing Sleep: Shift work, the Artic and finding the right time to sleep"

10. March 2021
We are thrilled to annouce, that Julie Mewes will be presenting at this year's 2nd Temporal Belongings conference. She is very much looking forward to talk about "Timing Sleep: Shift work, the Artic and finding the right time to sleep" in the panel "Resisting the impositions of standard time". The conference, meeting under the theme "Materialities of time" this year, will be held in a virtual format. More information you can find here.


“Data Sprints” for Heterogeneous Issue Experts on Data Management and Data Storage

Centre for Advanced Internet Studies, CAIS NRW Bochum
Laura presents her new project as a CAIS Fellow in the weekly public Lecture. In three data sprints the project sets out to define and map current challenges in managing and storing research data. The data sprints invite heterogeneous actors to design data management and storage systems, procedure and documentation. Please contact Laura if you are interested in her project or want to participate in a data sprint. Details on Laura's project can be found on the CAIS hompeage.


"Caring for Cybersecurity: Taking a stand against 'factors research'"

4. March 2021, 12:00 hrs, Royal Holloway, University of London (online)
In einem eingeladenen Vortrag der Information Security Group am Royal Holloway, University of London trägt Laura Kocksch über ihr Dissertationsthema vor. Sie bearbeitet Schwierigkeiten und Möglichkeiten eines Ansatzes zu Cybersicherheit, der auf langfristigen Verantwortlichkeiten und nicht-Konformität beruht. Anders als jene Ansätze, die menschliche, technische oder organisatorische Faktoren betrachten, schafft ihr Ansatz Hybridität und Multiplizität von Cybersicherheitspraktiken in den Vordergrund zu stellen. Informationen zur Veranstaltung finden Sie hier.


Presentation during the Energy and Society conference

10th-12th February 2021
Stefan presents about his exploratory research on material cycling cultures during the 5th “Energy and Society” conference, 10th-12th February 2021, in cooperation with ESA RN 12, ISA RN 24, and the Urban Europe Research Alliance (UERA). The title of his talk: Cycling on and through digital platforms, or: What happens when data centres shape the mobility of athletes?


Talk on waste in social theory

21./22.01.2021, Co-hosted by the University of Frankfurt
Stefan gives a talk at a digital conference, where he presents his research on waste and valuation in social theory (title of the paper: "Abfall. Die Wertfrage"). The workshop focuses on ecological matters in social theory ("Die ökologische Frage. Herausforderung für die soziologische Theorie"). It is hosted by the section of social theory of the German Sociological Association (DGS).

The conference grapples with a key current issue. Here's an excerpt (translated) from the intro. "Ecological problems are among the central challenges of the present and thus have a profound transformation potential for society as a whole. The sociological treatment of the ecological question in disciplinary silos such as environmental sociology thus reaches its limits. In order to understand ecological phenomena as an integral feature of contemporary society, the ecological question must become a matter of sociological theory."

Stefan's contribution draws on his research on e-waste and brings together waste and valuation studies to discuss the role of wasting practices in structuring value production and thus society.


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