The internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin is located in Germany’s capital city at the heart of Europe. The range of services offered by its seven Faculties serves to forge a unique link between the natural and technical sciences on the one hand, and the planning, economics and social sciences and humanities on the other.
The DFG graduate school “Innovation Society Today” at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, advertises two visiting fellowships. The fellowships are available for a period of three months, from November 2019 to January 2020. By following an extended notion of innovation, the graduate school strives to develop a sophisticated sociological view on innovation, which is more encompassing than conventional economic perspectives. The Graduate School addresses the following key question: How does the innovation society constitute its transformations reflexively as innovation? In the process of societal transformation, innovation becomes an increasingly reflexive, heterogeneously distributed, and ubiquitous phenomenon. Reflexivity in innovation relates to the ongoing and systematic production and reproduction of novelty in society based on a growing body of knowledge. Heterogeneously distributed innovation signals a shift from the individual entrepreneur to innovation produced in actor networks. Ubiquity of innovation signifies that novelty is no longer restricted to the traditional spheres of science and economy; rather, it has become a generalized imperative in modern society (innovation society).
The program is affiliated to the department of sociology, but applications from political science, history, philosophy, economics, STS and other fields that deal with innovation in society are encouraged. However, applicants should be able to present primary research interest in at least one innovation-related field that allows investigations of the characteristics (reflexivity, heterogeneity, and ubiquity) of innovation societies. Particularly those scholars who investigate innovation fields in societies that diverge in relevant dimensions from Germany (e.g. Global South), who investigate innovations in unexpected or divergent spheres of society (e.g., religion), or who investigate case examples differing from those of the doctoral students
are encouraged to apply.