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INTER- AND TRANSDISCIPLINARY

The challenges of the digital transformation require innovative and interdisciplinary research approaches.

The ENS deals with the interrelations between European society (including law, business and politics) and digital technological development in research and teaching. Central analytical terms at ENS are "power" and "design". Both terms describe semantic fields that are filled with different content depending on the discipline, but act as “boundary objects” for inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration.

The concept of power refers to issues of human and technical agency, political dominance and platform hegemony, but also empowerment and contestation. It describes structures and contexts of social action, of power shifts and of new ways of empowerment triggered or mediated by digital technology. The concept of design, in contrast, addresses the shaping of digital technologies, of their surrounding institutional and normative order, and the transformation of related structures and contexts.

Both concepts address pertinent conditions and challenges of the digital transformation and help researchers at ENS to build on common analytical ground. All five professorships at ENS relate the analysis of changes in power and design to the question of the interrelation between technological change and European integration.

Projects


Calculating Migration

A multi-sited ethnography of algorithmic governance and redistribution keys

In this project, ENS researchers collaborate with the University of Linköping and Vienna University to examine algorithmic governance in the realm of migration and border management. In particular, the research project empirically studies how AI technologies are designed and implemented in migration and asylum procedures.

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Skill

A social science lab for inquiry-based learning

Developing a social science lab for inquiry-based learning: SKILL is a cooperation of the ENS, the Center for Teaching and Learning (ZLL) of the European University Viadrina and the Bauhaus Universität Weimar.

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Zahlen zur Wahl

Social media analyses for the German elections 2021

"Zahlen zur Wahl" is a collaborative research project to observe, research and analyze social media activities of political parties and candidates in the German federal and state election campaign and make the data accessible.

Project Details

Zahlen zur Wahl



Analyzing and mapping current trends: Which hashtags are trending in the election campaigns of the political parties and why? Who is pushing which topic? Are there signs of coordinated inauthentic campaigns?

A team of researchers and students observes and analyzes the social media activities of political parties and candidates in the German federal and state election campaigns. Collecting data, evaluating it and describing current developments on an ongoing basis, the project aims to contribute to making the online election campaign more transparent.

The project's target groups are journalists (especially in local media without resources for their own analyses), teachers, and interested citizens. All graphics and data published on the project website may be used, posted and reproduced.

"Zahlen zur Wahl" is a joint project of the ENS Chair for Digital Democracy, the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, the NRW School of Governance and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans Bredow Institute (HBI).

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DataSkop

A data donation platform to analyze YouTube algorithms

Which videos does the YouTube algorithm recommend to which users for the federal election? This will be investigated with the help of the new data donation platform "DataSkop", which has been launched on 15 July 2021.

Project Details

Funding: BMBF, VDI/VDE (1,8 Mio €) // Start Date: 01.08.2020 // Duration: 36 months // Partners: 5

The BMBF, VDI/VDE funded project "DataSkop - Was passiert mit meinen Daten?" is developing a data donation platform to enable users sharing their personal data to support research and digital education. Our role in that project is to provide protypical use-, i.e. research cases. The common goal of the project, however, is to tackle the opacity of algorithmic decision making systems on big or otherwise pivotal online platforms and services. Using organic, real user data, we are going to map, explore and investigate the different realities that branch out from discriminators implementend in recommenders and the like. The project is part of the BMBF's Digital Autonomy Hub.

Algorithm Watch // European New School of Digital Studies // Uni Paderborn // FH Potsdam // Mediale Pfade

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Słubfurter Gärten

Urban Gardening Project in the Twin City Frankfurt (Oder) / Słubice

“Słubfurter Gärten” is a collaborative urban gardening project of the ENS, the Foundation for the Collegium Polonicum and the association Słubfurt e.V., together with residents and students from both sides of the Oder river.

Project Details

Urban Gardening Project "Słubfurter Gärten"


“Słubfurter Gärten” is a collaborative project of the ENS, the Foundation for the Collegium Polonicum and the association Słubfurt e.V., together with residents and students from both sides of the Oder river. In the frame of the project, two new urban gardens are being created on the Brücken Plac Mostowy in Frankfurt (Oder) and the roof terrace of the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice.

Since November 2020, the team has been organizing theoretical working meetings as well as interactive workshops generating knowledge about the planning, construction, planting and maintenance of gardens involving volunteers and citizens of both Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice.

The project is funded by the Small Projects Fund in the PRO EUROPA VIADRINA Euroregion from resources of the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg V A Brandenburg-Poland 2014 - 2020 cooperation program.

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SMARTE DOPPELSTADT

Development of a joint digitalization strategy

A livable and lovable city: The ENS, in cooperation with the Frankfurter Dienstleistungsholding (FDH) and the city administration, is supporting the city of Frankfurt (Oder) in developing a digitalization strategy.

Project Details

Towards a Smart City – Joint Digitalization Strategy by the European New School of Digital Studies and the City Administration of Frankfurt



The European New School of Digital Studies (ENS) of the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), in cooperation with the Frankfurter Dienstleistungsholding (FDH) and the city administration, is supporting the city of Frankfurt in the development of a digitalization strategy.
"Together, we will use digital technologies to make Frankfurt (Oder) an even more livable and lovable city," says Prof. Dr. Jürgen Neyer, Director of the European New School of Digital Studies about the Smart City concept. "We want to leverage smart technologies to turn Frankfurt into a dynamic innovation hub in the region.”

"By the end of 2021, we want to have a joint strategy for Frankfurt (Oder) in place, designed to increase the quality of life in our city, through ecologically sustainable as well as socially and economically balanced solutions and technologies,” explains Mayor Claus Junghanns. Citizens should will be given the chance to participate in shaping their city. At the same time, we aim to become more competitive for companies and boost efficiency in our administration."

In the frame of a research seminar at Viadrina, public surveys and interviews with municipal stakeholders and businesses will be conducted in a first step. Moreover, there will be a dialog event with actors from the city, local politics and science. The project receives 40,000 euros of financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation, one of the largest German science funding institutions.

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Transparency made useful

Dr Luana Martin-Russu, Postdoctoral Researcher

Digital data analysis to measure de-europeanization: Situated in the field of post-accession europeanization research, this project discusses how the EU produces domestic change in its member- and accession states.

Project Details

Transparency Made Useful: Employing Digital Data Analysis to Measure and Prevent de-Europeanization (Luana Martin-Russu)



The project is situated in the field of post-accession Europeanization research that discusses the manner and extent to which the European Union produces domestic change in its member- and accession-states. It starts from the empirical observation that several European member states allow their legislation to slide away from either European or democratic standards after having gained EU membership. It postulates that it depends primarily on lawmakers whether or not a state pursues a European and a democratic agenda. Therefore, it is at the level of legislative decision-making that this project decides to observe when and where there is a decrease in the level of compliance and when and where the rule of law is not de facto realized. It takes up the challenge to develop a longitudinal study across policy fields and over longer periods of time in order to reveal subtle patterns of legislative instability and abusive law-making practices. It starts from the research question: How can de-Europeanization be effectively measured? It sets off to answer this question by employing a new method of analysis based on computer driven data acquisition (Python-based algorithms) and natural language processing (NLP).

Project Poster

Dr. Luana Martin-Russu

ASSISTANT

leArning and robuSt deciSIon SupporT systems for agile mANufacTuring environments

The EU-funded ASSISTANT project aims to develop breakthrough solutions for the manufacturing industry, using artificial intelligence to optimize production systems.

Project Details

Funding: EU Horizon 2020 (6 Mio. €) // Start Date: 01.11.2020 // Duration: 36 months // Partners: 12

The EU-funded ASSISTANT project aims to develop breakthrough solutions for the manufacturing industry, using artificial intelligence to optimize production systems. One of the keystones of ASSISTANT is the creation of intelligent digital twins. By combining machine learning, optimization, simulation, and domain models, ASSISTANT develops tools and solutions providing all required information to help production managers design production lines, plan production, and improve machine settings for effective and sustainable decisions that guarantee product quality and safety.

The team at the chair for Sociology of Technology at the European New School of Digital Studies is involved in shaping the human-centric architecture of the project, in order to make sure that the technologies are developed in a responsible way. Through a focus on the process of developing the ASSISTANT tools, we aim at bringing the topics of abstract guidelines (such as trustworthy AI) into concrete practices and guide the development process through interventions, workshops and the discussion of issues together with the involved project partners.

With a multidisciplinary consortium combining key skills in AI, manufacturing, edge computing and robotics, ASSISTANT aims to create intelligent digital twins through the joint use of machine learning (ML), optimization, simulation and domain models. The resulting tools permit to design and operate complex collaborative and reconfigurable production systems based on data collected from various sources such as IoT devices. ASSISTANT targets a significant increase in flexibility and reactivity, products/processes quality, and in robustness of manufacturing systems, by integrating human and machine intelligence in a sustainable learning relationship.The ASSISTANT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000165.


Institut Mines-Telecom // University College Cork // University of Patras // Flanders Make vzw // Biti Innovations AB // SIEMENS AG // INTRASOFT International // ATLAS Copco // SIEMENS Energy // Groupe PSA // European New School of Digital Studies

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HIRING

Human centric innovative approach and training for the management of human Resources through the Integration of the Next Generation of AI technologies

HIRING aims to prepare the current and next generation of human resources managers for the integration of artificial intelligence tools in their position.

Project Details

EU Erasmus+ // Start Date: 01.09.2020 // Duration: 36 months // Partners: 6

The project aims to prepare the current and next generation of human resources manager to the integration of artificial intelligence tools in their position. It’s objectives are: training the HR managers and students to the digital transformation to come in their work environment, valuing fair and responsible soft skills for implementing AI technologies at the work place and promoting a more open-minded HR generation opened to atypical career pathways.

Institut de Preparation à l’Administration et à la Gestion, IPAC Business School // Seinäjoen koulutuskuntayhtymä, Finland // haikara, France // ZAPIENS TECHNOLOGIES S.L. Spain // European New School of Digital Studies

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ENS Fellowship Program


Our ENS fellowship program "Datafication in European Societies" is designed for postdoctoral researchers active in one of our core disciplines (economics, law, social and political sciences) and ready to build and expand international research collaborations.

Join our young and dynamic group of researchers and apply for:

  1. An ENS Postdoc Fellowship (up to four years after your PhD)
  2. An ENS Visiting Professor Fellowship (four or more years after your PhD)

The duration of the stay usually varies between two and six months. Successful applicants will be provided with a full grant corresponding to the applicants' level of professional experience, as well as working space in fully equipped offices, logistical support and access to the interdisciplinary research landscape of ENS.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., including a CV and a reference contact, a description of your research project of up to five pages, detailed preliminary work and the intended timeline of your research at ENS.

The ENS Fellowship Program "Datafication in European Societies" is a project of the European University Viadrina, funded by the Dieter Schwarz Foundation.

Fellows


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Prof. Dr. ROBERT Geisler

University of Opole, Poland

19 September 2022 - 10 February 2023

Professor Robert Geisler is doctor habilitated in sociology, Associate Professor in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Opole, Poland and expert evaluator in the EU funding program Horizon 2020. In recent years, he has been involved in a number of research projects in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation, networked organizations, organizational culture, business ethnography and big data analysis.

As a Visiting Professor at ENS, he will analyze sharing economy case studies as examples of digital entrepreneurship in the EU. He is hosted by Professor Jan-Hendrik Passoth at the Chair for Sociology of Technology.

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Dr. Justyna Stypinska

Free University Berlin, Germany

18 July - 17 October 2022

Justyna Stypinska has recently worked as a researcher and lecturer at the department for Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin. She has completed her PhD at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków on the topic of “Ageism in the labor market. A sociological-legal analysis.” Her research focuses on multiple forms of age discrimination and age inequalities in contemporary societies, especially in their most recent digital forms.

At ENS, she is hosted by Professor Ulrike Klinger at the Chair for Digital Democracy and is conducting research on age bias in algorithms and artificial intelligence, as well as ageism in tech industry and Silicon Valley.

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Prof. Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak

Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland

09 May - 22 June 2022 | 03 October 2022 - 30 January 2023 | 06 March - 27 March 2023

Prof. Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak holds a professorship of Management in Networked and Digital Societies at Kozminski University and is a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Moreover, he is a Board of Trustees member of the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, and a corresponding member of Polish Academy of Sciences.

During his time as a Visiting Professor at ENS, he will be working on collecting comparable datasets from German social media in the areas of medical, scientific and political disinformation, and collaborate with PhD researchers on a Thick Big Data approach.

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Dr. Mennatullah Hendawy

Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt

01 March - 15 May 2022

Mennatullah Hendawy is a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University in Cairo.

As an interdisciplinary urban researcher, she is working at the intersection of cities, technology and sustainability with a focus on visualization, digitalization and mediatization. At ENS, she is hosted by Prof. Ulrike Klinger at the Chair for Digital Democracy. 

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Dr. Nina Amelung

University of Lisbon, Portugal

01 March - 30 April 2022

Nina Amelung has completed her PhD in Sociology at TU Berlin in 2018 and is currently affiliated with the Social Science Department of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. At ENS, she was working on her current project “Social and political implications of transnational biometric databases in migration and crime control (AFFECT)” and extend research collaborations linked to the STS MIGTEC network co-initiated with ENS researcher Dr. Silvan Pollozek.

Check out the interview about her stay at ENS on the Viadrina homepage.

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