In the Middle of Things. Germany’s ongoing Engagement with STS

Cornelius Schubert


Abstract: In order to map out the German engagements with STS, this article draws some historical and conceptual connecting lines: first, the technological society, second, the sociology of everyday devices and third, the sociology of innovation. The historical developments of discussing the relation of science, technology and society in Germany will be used as the starting point. The reception of STS in Germany will be depicted in reference to these precursors and some peculiarities of the German debates will be addressed. The article roughly follows the institutionalisation of science and technology studies in Germany and highlights some intersections with STS from the early 1980s until today.

Keywords: Technological society; mundane devices; innovation studies; technology studies; philosophy of technology.

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