The Lab for Studies in Science and Technology (LaSST) is an interdisciplinary research network established in 2019. It brings together sociological, anthropological and geographical expertise to investigate the complex challenges of technoscientific developments in contemporary societies. LaSST is dedicated to initiating collaborative projects in teaching and research, and aims at coordinating the activities of scholars working on science and technology at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and beyond.

LaSST hosts the MA program “Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life” at the Goethe University Frankfurt. The program is coordinated by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, and invites students from inside and outside of Germany to apply.

In 2023, LaSST launched the research training group “Fixing Futures. Technologies of Anticipation in Contemporary Societies” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and located at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Taking up insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS), the research training group sets out to empirically examine how ‘fixing futures’ works in technologies of anticipation. Given the distinctive profile of the interdisciplinary faculty and the innovative study programme, the RTG will prepare early career researchers for a wide range of professional careers in the academic field and beyond.

Another important activity of LaSST until February 2024 was the “Frankfurt Kitchen STS”– a discussion group that brought together sociologists, cultural anthropologists, political scientists, human geographers, literary scholars, historians of science and others interested in classical debates and new developments in Science and Technology Studies. If you are interested in the topics discussed in the group, you can access the archive of past meetings and events on the Frankfurt Kitchen STS blog.