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.
Another important activity of LaSST is the ‘Frankfurt Kitchen STS’– a discussion group that brings together sociologists, cultural anthropologists, political scientists, human geographers, literary scholars, historians of science and others interested in old debates and new developments in Science and Technology Studies. The name has (at least) two components. First, it refers to the location of the meetings: the kitchen area of the Sociology Department at the Goethe University (PEG 3G 204). Second, it alludes to the famous Frankfurt Kitchen: a political technology that serves as a constant reminder that in design oppression and liberation are hardly ever separable from each other. The ‘Frankfurt Kitchen STS’ is not a reading group; rather, it provides space for engaging in discussions about STS with the help of guests, texts and other materials.
If you are interested in attending ‘Frankfurt Kitchen STS’, please send a short email with your name, affiliation and research interests to Josef Barla or Franziska von Verschuer. There is also an email list, which you can subscribe to by clicking on this link. For more information about Kitchen STS as well as past and upcoming meetings and events, please visit our blog.