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,

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Latest issue of STS Encounters


2/08 - 2016 | Encounters

New Publication in STS Encounters

Signe Vikkelsø: Technologies of Organizational Analysis: Charting ‘Organization’ as a Practical and Epistemic Object in Encounters. Read it here.

What we are doing

What Danish STS are doing

12/04 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Indkaldelse til ordinær generalforsamling 2018

Hermed indkaldes til ordinær generalforsamling i DASTS, den 25. maj kl.11.30-12.30. Generalforsamlingen afholdes på IT-Universitet i Købehavn, Rued Langgaardsvej 7 2300 KBHS, Aud4. Medlemmer af...

11/04 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Locating Data: Big-Tech’s Data Centers and the State

The Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS), KU, is pleased to announce the second lecture in its Spring Lecture Series 2018. The theme of the series is Social Data Sciences. Speaking across...

11/04 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Encounters – special issue online now

Special issue: ‘Encounters between social work and STS’, edited by Lars Bo Andersen & Rasmus Birk with contributions by Matilde Høybye-Mortensen, Peter Ejbye-Ernst, Lars Bo Andersen, Peter...

3/04 - 2018 | Uncategorized

CALL FOR PAPERS: Køn og akademia – Kvinder, Køn & Forskning

Køn i akademia var titlen på et stort forskningsprojekt omkring årtusindeskiftet. Det handlede om kvinders vej gennem det højere uddannelsessystem og tegnede et billede af et system med stadig...

3/04 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Empirical Prints – Verfremdung & Fabrications

New article available in Encounters. Empirical Printmaker, Kasper Ostrowski, unfolds the career of his experimental and craft-based research project entitled Empirical Prints. He reflects on whether...