Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
Frist: 16.10.2022

CfA - Walkshop “Circulating Referees – Looking for Irritations with Spaces and Places of Science“

We invite abstracts for the panel “Circulating Referees – Looking for Irritations with Spaces and Places of Science“. It will be realised in the form of a walkshop at the conference “CIRCULATIONS” organised by the, 15.-17.03.2023 at Human Technology Center Aachen.

The panel aims to shed light on socio-spatial locations and situations of science. In this way, we will also explore different ways in which science studies and higher education research situate themselves. For this purpose, the university rooms will be tentatively extended by a “walkshop”, which moves presentations into the public space and enables irritations outside of the conference setting.


We are looking for contributions that investigate how tensions between opening science for societal demands and scientific autonomy are addressed, made productive or ignored in different places and spaces of science, both established and newly emerging ones. Contributions can approach the spatial possibilities and limits of science both in terms of choosing a particular location as well as content-wise in conceptual, empirical or practical terms. For instance, contributions might explore:

  •  New places and spaces of science for their ways of operation, challenges and potentials;  Established places and formats of research, education and cooperation and how they attempt to piggyback on such trends, lose relevance or transform;
  • Typical assumptions about relations between places and publics;
  • The irritation of public spaces by science and vice versa;
  • New ways to approach research and societal relevance in STS, HE research and related fields, for instance art-science links, data walks, engaged research, etc.;
  • What the study of science can learn from other fields of society, like art, sports or religion, regarding how such tensions manifest and are dealt with.


Please send your abstract in German or English (300 - 500 words) and a short biographical note including name, affiliation and ORCID number (if available) until October 16th 2022 to all three panel organisers:

  • Sebastian Gallitschke, Institut für Hochschulforschung (HoF) an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg,
  • Claudia Göbel, Institut für Hochschulforschung (HoF) an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg,
  • Florian Hoffmann, Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer,