About

Again, welcome to this website!

You have already learnt a little bit about me on the starting page, but I wanted to give you some more insights into (a) who I am and (b) what I am doing here.

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(a) Who I am

If you are looking for a detailed CV of me feel free to take a look at my personal website or LinkedIn profile. On this page I will rather briefly talk about who I am in a ‘Science and Technology Studies’ (STS) context, which topics I’m primarily interested in and what I’m planning to do for my master thesis.

As my first studies were ‘business information management’ in a dual study program with IBM I have a big interest today, being a social science scholar, in economic and business practices as well as in questions concerning the thought styles that exist within and around computer science (one could probably also speak of epistemologies or situated knowledge). In my perception developers and programmers are what molecular biologists might have been in the 19070s: They influence and even shape all forms of social life through their everyday work. At the same time this group of people is very much unaware of these social implications (this might sound like a bold statement, but I’m drawing very much on my personal work experience within IBM and as a lecturer for going-to-be computer scientistst.) Thus, from an STS perspective it is interesting to take a closer look not only at their working practices, but also their way of reasoning, their claims of objectivity, their communication strategies, etc.

I think that this interest connects with the topic of science communication. For example, when one looks at the major efforts to recruit pupils for so-called MINT (mathematics, informatics, natural science, technology) studies and jobs. The way these fields of study and work are presented are often connected to labels like ‘innovative’, ‘future oriented’ or ‘modern’. Or when one looks at current discussions around the algorithm the Austrian labour market service wants to use. The way ‘technical experts’ talk about this topic allows for an interesting glimpse into their way of thinking (~algorithms are more objective, reasonable, etc. than humans.)
(A very good article on this topic has recently been published by Allhutter et al. (2020))

(b) What I am doing here

As I’m currently on my way to finish my studies of STS at the University of Vienna I’m taking my last course in “SE Science Communication – STS Approaches to Theory, Practice, and Analysis” with Sarah Davies. In the context of this course we are asked to collect exmaples for and instances of science communications. This website is my way of collecting and ordering them. Besides adding them into the matching ‘media type’ category, I’ll use different tags for the entities I find.