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Science & Technology Studies (STS) has become a recognized academic field in the international research landscape. In Germany, however, STS is rather dispersed among existing academic disciplines and loosely connected academic networks and associations. To strengthen the interconnectedness of STS research in Germany, members of our STS working group are involved in the organization of the STS-hub.de, a conference series that brings together German organizations, labs, and research groups that are more or less closely related to STS.
The initial STS-hub.de conference themed "Circulations" will be held at the Human Technology Center in Aachen from 15-17 March 2023. Circulation is one of the key organising principles of present-day societies, but at the same time constitutes contested dynamics. As part of the organizing team, our ENS researchers Peter Kahlert and Suzette Kahlert have now published the call for abstracts. Researchers are invited to submit their empirical studies and critical reflections on the circulation of research objects, knowledge, instruments, experts, and skills in technoscientific configurations. Contributions could approach circulation with familiar STS sensitising concepts, such as infrastructure, translation, power, and care.
Submission deadline: 16 October 2022
At this year’s European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), one of the largest conferences in the Information Systems field, ENS Professor Lauri Wessel was nominated as “Best Conference Associated Editor” on two tracks: the general theme track run by Nick Berente, Stefan Seidel, and Cathy Urquhart as well as the 'Health Information Technology and IS for Healthcare' track run by Heiko Gewald, Douglas Vogel, and Nilmini Wickramasinghe.
Since 2020, Lauri Wessel holds the ENS Chair for Information Management and Digital Transformation. Regarding his latest success at the ECIS 2022 conference, he said: “Editing is an important function in academic publishing and I take this role very seriously. Christy Cheung was the first person to invite me as Associated Editor for Internet Research and then Jan Recker got me on board at Communications of the Association for Information Systems where I work with Fred Niederman until today. All these experiences have shaped how I edit papers, so this is a huge thank you to all of you! I truly appreciate your help over the years. And, of course, thank you to the about 20 reviewers who worked with and for me at ECIS 2022!”
The 30th conference edition “ECIS 2022 - New Horizons in Digitally United Societies” was held in Timisoara, Romania from 18-24 June 2022.
The ENS fellowship program "Datafication in European Societies" offers a temporary academic home for international researchers studying digitalization and data in Europe. Dr. Nina Amelung was the first fellow to visit ENS in March and April 2022. She is investigating the social and political consequences of collecting biometric data from migrants at the EU's external borders.
Nina Amelung used the months of the fellowship for her field research and conducted interviews with actors from the asylum administration, police authorities and migrant organizations. In her research project, she compares the situation in Germany and Portugal. After many months of research under pandemic conditions, the two-month fellowship at the German-Polish border came just in time. For the sociologist from the University of Lisbon, the ENS is located in a great area for border research. Not least, she appreciated the opportunities for collegial exchange with researchers who are also doing critical migration and border research.
Funded by the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, the ENS fellowship program "Datafication in European Societies" is designed for postdoctoral researchers active in one of the ENS core disciplines (economics, law, social and political sciences).
When? Saturday, 14 May, 3-6 PM
Where? Roof terrace Collegium Polonicum
As part of the “Słubfurter Gärten“ project, a public garden is being created on the roof terrace of Collegium Polonicum in Słubice. You are warmly invited to participate in our workshop and implement your own ideas for the garden, build furniture and planter boxes from recycled materials such as wooden pallets and tires and plant the first seedlings and flowers.
About the project:
The ENS and the Foundation for the Collegium Polonicum are carrying out a joint garden project in cooperation with the association Słubfurt e.V.. Two German-Polish public gardens will be created on the roof terrace of the Collegium Polonicum (CP) and on Brückenplatz 2.0. The implementation will take place during practical workshops, to which residents of the twin-city Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice are invited.
European Union | European Regional Development Fund | Small-projects-fund of the Euroregion PRO EUROPA VIADRINA
Digital transformation, entrepreneurship, Europe - how does all this fit into one study program? And what is the ENS actually about?
Join our after-work session at BLOK O on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 6 p.m. to find out! The European New School invites students from Viadrina and other universities to get to know our interdisciplinary Master of Digital Entrepreneurship (MoDE) and the ENS.
Afterwards you can ask questions, talk to us in a relaxed atmosphere and finish the evening with food, drinks and music by Gregor Sündermann and Wicked Wessel.
Results from our DataSkop project: With the help of several thousand supporters who donated data from their YouTube profiles via the project's data donation platform, AlgorithmWatch has developed a simulator providing insights into the basic principles of recommendation algorithms on YouTube.
Recommendation systems are used to make predictions about what users are likely to be interested in from a pool of content and then suggest this content to them. YouTube or Netflix are typical examples of such services. The new interactive simulator is a playful way of exploring the functioning and dynamics of algorithmic decision systems – both for young people and adults and can be accessed online. One of the main aims of the DataSkop project is to promote transparency vis-à-vis independent third parties, such as civil society organizations, academia, and the media. We need this transparency so that the influential and constantly changing platforms can be designed inclusively and fairly and their users can deal with them in a self-determined way.
Check out the blogpost by DataSkop researcher Peter Kahlert below for a broad overview of the data analysis done by us at the ENS - and to find out why such research cannot substitute the need for platform transparency.
DataSkop is a research project of the non-profit organization AlgorithmWatch in cooperation with the University of Paderborn, the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and the Mediale Pfade association and the ENS. The three-year project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Co-organized by ENS Researcher Dr. Silvan Pollozek, the STS-MIGTEC Paper Workshop 2022 aims to stimulate and communicate work at the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and critical migration, security, surveillance, and border studies. The STS-MIGTEC network seeks to bring together researchers from different disciplines and around the world and to initiate scientific exchange to produce synergies for relevant knowledge production.
For the online workshop on 15-17 February 2022, scholars have been invited to present and discuss current work in several panels, to plan future network research activities, and to think about interventions beyond academic research.
On Wednesday, 16 February 2022, 2-4 PM, Prof. Amade M’charek (University of Amsterdam) will hold a keynote entitled “Beyond Borders: Postcolonial Flows and Forensics as an Art of Paying Attention”.
Social networks have become agencies of disinformation, warns co-host Jeremy Kinsman, asking how citizens can manage their democracy when they are being exposed to such different versions of reality. Canada's former EU ambassador is joined by Ulrike Klinger,Professor for Digital Democracy at the European New School.
Open Canada is an online magazine published by the Canadian International Council that aims to engage Canadians from all walks of life in a discussion about this country’s place in the world.
The podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
On Friday, 3 December 2021, students of the European New School went on a trip to Poznan that was organized by our AMU colleagues dr Lukasz Duleba and Sylwia Cor. In the morning, the students visited the AMU Faculty of Political Science and Journalism where they met members of the Students Marketing Agency. The AMU students gave a short introduction into the faculty and their marketing activities mainly focused on social media, especially TikTok and Instagram.
Four of the ENS students gave interviews for a podcast, giving insights into their backgrounds and motivation for studying the Master of Digital Entrepreneurship (MoDE) at ENS. After a short tour of the building and facilities, including the audio and video studios, the group headed to the Poznan Science and Technology Park operated by the Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation. The MoDE students gained knowledge about digital economy and innovative ideas from the field of Big Data. Moreover, the employees of the Poznan Science and Technology Park presented practical technical solutions based on Artificial Intelligence. In the evening, there was some time left for sightseeing in the old town of Poznan, where students were shown around by dr Lukasz Duleba and dr Filip Bialy.
The study visit was organized as part of the project "Innovative solutions in digital economy" funded by targeted grants from the 2021 budget of Lubusz Voivodeship.
Which digital services are already being used by the citizens of Frankfurt (Oder) and what are their wishes for the further development of their city into a Smart City?
These are the topics currently being explored in an online survey developed as part of an ENS research project.Citizens are invited to complete the survey which is part of the digitization strategy that the city of Frankfurt (Oder) is currently developing in cooperation with the ENS and the Stadtwerke Frankfurt (Oder) GmbH. Together, we are investigating the extent to which smart city ideas can be useful and feasible for Frankfurt (Oder) and, ideally, for the twin city of Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice.
As part of the research and teaching project, ENS Dean Prof. Jürgen Neyer and Dr. Susann Worschech, a social scientist at Viadrina, are advising and supporting the Smart City process in Frankfurt (Oder) in a variety of ways.
The survey is in German, will take about 20 minutes to complete, and the data will be analyzed anonymously.
The Master of Digital Entrepreneurship (MoDE) enters into its second round: One week before the start of the winter semester 2021/2022, the ENS welcomes its new generation of master students with a hybrid orientation week in the ENS Coworking Space at the Collegium Polonicum as well as online. The three-day program includes a welcome speech by ENS Dean Prof. Jürgen Neyer, an introduction to the study program by MoDE Director Prof. Lauri Wessel and several informative sessions introducing the new students to the most important university institutions.
Furthermore, the group gets the chance to meet students from the first generation of the MoDE, learn about best practice entrepreneurship and project ideas and take a tour around the twin city of Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice.
In accordance with the European University Viadrina’s COVID-19 policy, the ENS aims to return to on-site lectures which will be complemented by online and hybrid formats. The "3G rule" applies to participants as well as teaching and supervisory staff at courses and examinations.
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