Masters Program “Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life”

Science and Technology Studies (STS) deals with how science, technology, and society co-produce and shape each other. STS is an intensely interdisciplinary venture at the interface of Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science and Philosophy.

At Goethe University Frankfurt, the MA program “Science and Technology Studies: Economies, Governance, Life” is an English-language program that invites students from outside Germany to apply.  An interdisciplinary group of cultural anthropologists, human geographers and sociologists contributes teaching to the program. The program is offered and coordinated by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology. Frankfurt is an international city with many globally networked financial institutions, among them the European Central Bank, as well as a wide array of corporate service providers and creative industries. The Rhein-Main area is a major arena of technology development and innovation, offering many options for STS research. The subtitle of the program “Economies, governance, life” refers to three areas of specialization of the teaching staff and ongoing research. Students are offered three elective modules that correspond with these foci, namely “Cultures and Markets”, “Technologies of Governance” and “Economies of Life”.

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Research Training Group “Fixing Futures. Technologies of Anticipation in Contemporary Societies”

Building on recent scholarship in STS, the Research Training Group (RTG) “Fixing Futures. Technologies of Anticipation in Contemporary Societies” located at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main seeks both to empirically extend and conceptually advance technologies of anticipation. The RTG considers the interplay of practices of ‘stabilisation’ and ‘repair’ as indicators of ‘technologies of anticipation’ – that is, socio-material orderings and temporal orientations that have the capacity to define entire domains of knowledge, forms of social organisation, or even societies as a whole. Tied to a politics of temporality and affect, technologies of anticipation not only aim to identify and imagine future trajectories but also to arrange or accommodate what is yet to come.

The RTG strengthens and extends existing forms of cooperation such as the STS Master’s Programme ‘Economies, Governance, Life’ at Goethe University Frankfurt. It offers an interdisciplinary qualification program for early career researchers, focusing on individual projects, collective participation, and skills development. It has two main objectives: supporting doctoral researchers in timely thesis completion and preparing doctoral and post-doctoral researchers for future careers, academic or non-academic.

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