Posterausstellung Forschungsschwerpunkt Knowledge Societies in Turbulent Times

Knowledge societies in turbulent times: science, democracy and public space

This key research area focuses on the critical examination of how scientific and technological innovation is interrelated with societal change. Underpinned by research in science and technology studies, social and cultural anthropology, communication, political science as well as gender studies, this area stands for a broad interdisciplinary exchange, interest in historical perspectives, and experience of collaboration with diverse disciplines of science.

The key research area addresses questions related to (1) the conditions of knowledge production and the relationships between different forms of knowledge; (2) the restructuring of the production and distribution of knowledge, knowledge infrastructures, and access to them; (3) new challenges to our democratic practices (e.g. inclusion, participation and fair distribution) resulting from technological and scientific developments.

The corresponding research primarily covers developments in biomedicine/life sciences, environmental issues and sustainability, new media, and the development of disciplines/institutions.



Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt (Science and Technology Studies)


Erik Aarden (Science and Technology Studies), Dorothea Born (Science and Technology Studies), Ulrich Brand (Political Science), Anna Durnova (Political Science), Kay Felder (Science and Technology Studies), Ulrike Felt (Science and Technology Studies), Maximilian Fochler (Science and Technology Studies), Andre Gingrich (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Gerit Götzenbrucker (Communication), Tilo Grenz (Sociology), Christian Haddad (Science and Technology Studies), Bernhard Hadolt (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Paul Just (Political Science), Heiko Kirschner (Sociology), Ingrid Metzler (Science and Technology Studies), Susanne Öchsner (Science and Technology Studies), Katharina Paul (Political Science), Michael Penkler (Science and Technology Studies), Michaela Pfadenhauer (Sociology), Anna Pichelstorfer (Science and Technology Studies), Peter Rohrbacher (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Gertrude Saxinger (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Sigrid Schiesser (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Daniela Schuh (Science and Technology Studies), Peter Schweitzer (Social and Cultural Anthropology), Johannes Starkbaum (Political Science)