Welcome to the Centre for STS-studies

Research areas

  • Healthcare practices and technologies
  • Surveillance practices and technologies
  • Organization, work and technology
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Governance, performance and technology
  • Social media and methods
  • Self-tracking and subjectivity
  • Empowerment and technology
  • Design practices and participation
  • Project management and innovation
  • Constructivism, democracy and normativity

Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary research field concerned with how science and technology shapes and affects society and vice versa. The field has existed for roughly 50 years and emphasizes empirical studies of science and technology as practices. This means that knowledge and technology is seen as products of heterogeneous, situated, contingent and ‘messy’ processes in which social actors, materiality, other technologies, concepts and theories take part. The field of STS draws on extensive resources such as constructivism, post structuralism, process philosophy, social anthropology, critical theory, actor network theory, feminist studies, ethnography, work place studies, phenomenology and others.

At the centre, STS forms a methodological and conceptual resource for studying the role of technology and especially IT in a range of everyday and work life settings. STS helps us attend to the more or less visible and trivial aspects of the interaction between human actors and technologies. Our research often focuses on how humans and technologies forms - or attempts to form – functioning assemblages capable of action. The meticulous and tedious work of making something work is one of our central concerns.

The STS centre was established in 2000 and has over the years hosted a range of substantial national and international conferences, seminars and guests.

On behalf of the centre,

Peter Danholt
Associate professor

Phone: +4587162006


Latest issue of STS Encounters


23/11 - 2015 | Encounters

Ny udgivelse i STS Encounters

Lektor Brit Ross Winthereik har skrevet den seneste artikel i STS Encounters med titlen: Den Ontologiske Vending i Antropologi og Science and Technology Studies. Link til artiklen: http://www.dasts.dk/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/Brit-Ross-Winthereik-2015-Den-Ontologiske-Vending1.pdf

Hosted publications

PhD Theses

    Working Papers (2003-2008)

    What we are doing

    What Danish STS are doing

    23/06 - 2016 | Uncategorized

    New publication in STS Encounters

    Kasper Ostrowski & Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager: Mediemad, køn og et ruralt etos: Inklusion af agrikulturelle færdigheder i mediemadens kønsforhandlinger. Read it here.

    23/06 - 2016 | Uncategorized

    General Assembly 2016 minutes and the possibility for new Initiatives

    Dear all The minutes from the general assembly can be found here: http://www.dasts.dk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Generalforsamling-juni-2016.pdf The list of Board members and ‘suppleanter’...

    9/06 - 2016 | Uncategorized

    Ontologies of The Biosphere, Sex, the Artificial and Autonomous

    Friday 24th June 2016 9am-5pm, The Storey, Lancaster An interdisciplinary workshop organised by Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies and Centre for...

    8/06 - 2016 | Uncategorized

    Two postdoctoral fellowships at Aarhus University

    The research project “Childhood, Intimacy and Surveillance Practices” (ChIP) at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, School of Communication and Culture, Faculty of Arts...

    8/06 - 2016 | Uncategorized

    PhD defence: Anne Kathrine Pihl Vadgard

    Anne Kathrine Pihl Vadgaard will publicly defend her thesis entitled: The Election Machine – Generating Danish Democracy. The defense will take place: Friday 17 June, 2016 at 13.00, Auditorium 4, IT...

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