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

What we are doing

What Danish STS are doing

20/09 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Postdoc on Innovation Policy in China

The Department of Organization invites applications for a postdoc position within the field of STS and organization studies. The three-year postdoc (research and teaching) is part of the collaborative...

19/09 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Call for papers: Medicalized Intimacies and Masculinities Special issue Women...

Editors: Michael Nebeling Petersen (SDU), Karen Hvidtfeldt (SDU), Camilla Bruun Eriksen (SDU) and Kristian Møller (ITU). All are part of the research project Medicine Man: Media Assemblages of...

11/09 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Professorship in Digital Anthropology

Professorship (W1, tenure track) in Digital Anthropology / Science and Technology Studies. Advertised in Euraxess. Deadline: 6 October 2018. Read more about the position here. The Faculty of...

5/09 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Teleteknologi og Omsorg

Med udgangspunkt i sin Ph.d. afhandling “Omsorg i teknologien? Teknologi i omsorgen? – Et STS studie af telepraksis” afholder Bente Hull Frich en forelæsning over emnet...

4/09 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Call for Papers: Perceptions and constructions of resources, resource crises and...

Annual Meeting of The Danish National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science. In recent years, natural resources have become a crucial concern and received increasing political attention...