Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014, 09:00 - 19:00 iCal

Practices of Materiality

1st Vienna Ethnography Lab

Department of Science and Technology Studies / Seminar Room / Staircase II / 6th floor (NIG)
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Mittwoch, 16. Juli 2014, 08:30 - 19:00

Freitag, 18. Juli 2014, 09:00 - 14:00

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in questions of materiality in the social sciences. Far from being inconsequential, material objects and structures have proven to be decisive for the ways in which humans engage with their worlds and how these worlds “materialise” locally and translocally. Revitalising some long standing debates including those about the social life of things, this “material turn” also poses new theoretical and methodological challenges to researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds.

The laboratory aims at providing a forum for intensive discussions of the ongoing or recently completed research of young scholars in these areas with an emphasis on the developement of new ideas concerning various empirical approaches linked to praxeology. Thus, the discussion will focus on the situated practices that shape the dialectic relations of humans and things. Examples of such practices include medical practices, the production of documents and files, as well as the uses of technological devices and infrastructure, which all may engender – amongst others – new forms of subjectification or modify old ones. We invite applications that investigate such culturally embedded practices of materiality shaping and transforming the forms of entanglement between humans and things.

The laboratory offers a selected group of advanced PhD students and young post-doctoral scholars the opportunity to discuss their work with three distinguished scholars and present their findings and ideas at an interdisciplinary forum.

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Fakultätszentrum für Methoden der Sozialwissenschaften


Dr. Tatjana Thelen
Universität Wien
Fakultätszentrum für Methoden der SOWI
01 4277 49916