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Exploring Mechanisms of "Knowledge Production in Modern Societies" within a Line of International Graduate Summer Schools

Exploring Mechanisms of "Knowledge Production in Modern Societies" within a Line of International Graduate Summer Schools
Project team:

Scherz, Constanze (Project leader); Bettina-Johanna Krings, Andreas Lösch, Karsten Bolz

Start date:


Research area:

Knowledge society and knowledge policy

Project description

The project has three objectives: On the one hand, the promotion of young researchers in the social sciences is to be strengthened and internationally networked. Secondly, the thematic subjects of the Summer Schools are oriented towards basic social science research. These are developed in the research area, discussed with project partners and worked on at biennial Summer Schools. Finally, the project serves to improve the networking of content with selected partners through the thematically focused implementation of these summer schools. At present, these are the University of the Basque Country and the RWTH Aachen University (HumTec).

Project phases


  • First Summer School "Beyond Knowledge Society: Scientific knowledge production, consumption and transformation", September 2010, Inter University Center Dubrovnik, Croatia
    The dimensions of cognitive and normative knowledge were analyzed with respect to their societal relevance. The categories of social production, consumption and transformation of knowledge provided an analytical framework.
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    STI studies (Vol 8, No 1 (2012): Unknown future. New ideas about the production of future oriented knowledge)
  • Workshop, May 2011, KIT, Ostendorfhaus Karlsruhe
    The analytical potential of the three categories was contested. In cooperation with international partners further perspectives on the topic "Knowledge production in modern societies" were explored. This led to several research perspectives for the next summer schools.
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  • Second Summer School, August 2012, University of the Basque Country, Spain
    Under the title "Scientific Knowledge and the Transgression of Boundaries" ITAS performed together with the University of the Basque Country, the second international summer school. The thematic focus of this school was based on the question of whether there will be new boundaries disciplinary knowledge with respect to current social trends and how they are classified epistemologically.
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    A report of the summer school (in German) is published in "Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis" (TATuP 3/12).
  • Third Summer School, July/August 2014, University of the Basque Country, Spain
    Title: The Regulative Capacity of Knowledge Objects: Opening the Black Box of Knowledge Governance
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  • Forth Summer School, July 2016, University of the Basque Country, Spain
    Title: Techno Science Societies: Between Myth Formation and Societal Structure
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Starting with the year 2018, further international Graduated Summer Schools will take place every two years, each focusing on a problem of the overarching project topic. In 2018, the summer school's theme will be "RRI and Future-Making: Responsibility through Anticipation".

Dissertation projects

Christoph Schneider (M.A.): Konkrete Utopien einer offenen Technologie. Die Praktiken und Zukünfte des Open Design (2013), Betreuung: Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen, PD Dr. Andreas Lösch (ITAS)

Patrick Sumpf (M.A.): Vertrauen und Risiko in zukünftigen Energieinfrastrukturen – Die Vision „Smart Grid“ (2013), Betreuung: PD Dr. Torsten Strulik (Universität Bielefeld), Dr. Christian Büscher (ITAS)



Constanze Scherz, Dipl.-Soz.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-26814