Profile MA Program "Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life"

Economies, governance, life

The worldwide diffusion of mass-market commodities and digital media engage the social sciences' critical capacities in novel ways. Global processes cannot be conceptualized in isolation from technologies, infrastructures, policies and scientific knowledge. The MA program is addressing issues such as the globalization of economies, the emergence of new forms of governance, and the impact of digital technologies on communication and everyday life.

Science and Technology Studies in a contemporary world

The MA Program takes up internationally acclaimed research programs and theoretical discussions in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and combines them with state-of-the-art perspectives on global economic processes and new forms of power, beyond the state and its institutions. STS scholars today are concerned with material artefacts and technological devices, as well as with social practices, cultural knowledge, and human biology

An interdisciplinary endeavour

From its beginnings, STS was an interdisciplinary endeavour, joining sociologists, philosophers, historians as well as anthropologists, human geographers, political scientists in their shared inquiries into the role of scientific knowledge, technologies and infrastructures in modern societies. MA programs that offer training in STS come by many names, such as Science, Technology, Society or History and Philosophy of Science.

Anthropology and STS

In Frankfurt, Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology is the 'anchor' discipline of the MA Program, working in close cooperation with sociologists and human geographers. In recent years, anthropologists all over the world have started to pay attention to the local effects of the global proliferation of new technologies, scientific expertise, commodities and media, arguing that new types of "transnational cultures" and "global assemblages" are emerging. At Goethe University Frankfurt, the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology is acclaimed for its work in the areas of digital technologies, visual cultures, and communication theories as well as the anthropology of economic practices, knowledge processes and innovation.