Prof. Dr. Estrid Sørensen


Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
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Prof. Dr. Estrid Sørensen is currently the spokeswoman for the faculty's Section for Social Psychology and Social Anthropology.

Since my studies of psychology at the University of Copenhagen I have been wondering about how materiality contributes to shaping social life and how the social sciences can become better in grasping this. Inspired by Science & Technology Studies I soon came to appreciate the ability of ethnographic micro-analytical studies to provide insights into the socio-material configurations of practices. I have done such in-depth studies of digital health programmes, of virtual environments in an educational context and of computer games across science, law, game design, family and situations of play. Characteristic to my work is its comparative component. This often comes out of juxtaposing digital and non-digital practices, as well as looking into practices of different domains and infrastructures and how they configure together their sameness, differences and continuities through exchanges, tensions and boundary work. In my current work I attend to the socio-material shaping of psychological science as well as the configuration of IT-security and privacy.

Recent Positions

Since July 2016:
Professor for Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge, Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Junior Professor for Cultural Psychology and Anthropological Knowledge in the Mercator Research Group “Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge: Production and Transfer” and the Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

2008 – 2010:
Assistant Professor at Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Department for Learning

2008 – 2010:
Scientific co-ordinator of the "Collaboratory: Social Anthropology and Life Science" at the Department for European Ethnology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Department for Sociology of Technology, Technical University, Berlin

Selected recent Publications

Laser, S., Pasek, A., Sørensen, E., Hogan, M., Fehrenbacher, J., Hepach, M. G., Çelik, L., & Kumar, K. R. (2022). The environmental footprint of social media hosting: Tinkering with Mastodon. EASST Review 41(3).

Schmutzler, J., & Sørensen, E. (2022). Playing with fire. Re-identification hacks and organisational micro-politics (Nr. 4) [Podcast-Episode]. In Hacker Cultures: The Conference Podcast.

Sørensen, E., & Schank, J. (2022). Categorizations of World War II in Videogames. Eludamos, 13(1).

Özkula, S. M., Lompe, M., Vespa, M., Sørensen, E., & Zhao, T. (2022). When URLs on social networks become invisible : Bias and social media logics in a cross-platform hyperlink study. First Monday, 27(6).

Helm, P., Kocksch, L. & Sørensen, E. (2021). Staying with the troubles of infrastructuring stsing: between assemblage and “Verein”. EASST Review, 40(2).

Niewöhner, J., Sørensen, E. & Bogusz, T (2021). The Cosmology of stsing. EASST Review, 40(2).

Laser, S. & Sørensen, E. (2021). Re-imagining river restoration: Temporalities, landscapes and values of the Emscher set in a post-mining environment. Berliner Blätter: Ethnographische und Ethnologische Beiträge: 84, 21-34.

Sørensen, E., & Kocksch, L. (2021). Data Durabilities: Towards Conceptualizations of Scientific Long-Term Data Storage. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 7(1), 12-21.

Please find a complete list of publications in this document.