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Message posted on 10/06/2021

Invitation: Biographies of Artifacts and Practices (BOAP) Research Colloquium

What: Colloquium on the Biographies of Artifacts and Practices, talk by Sampsa Hyysalo When: July 5th, 4pm (CEST) Where: Zoom: k1UT09 , PW: 859114 Full invitation: 

Dear colleagues,

we cordially invite you to our new event series, the Biographies of Artifacts and Practices (BOAP) Research Colloquium. Based on a collaboration of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Aalto University, and the Technical University of Berlin, this bi-monthly colloquium provides an open platform for an international network of researchers interested in BOAP and related methodological and analytical approaches. Its main goal is to contribute to strengthening the robustness of research designs in STS and the sociology of technology and innovation. Each event features the presentation and discussion of one research project that traces the biographies of complex sociotechnical systems across multiple locales and extended timeframes, often linking multiple studies and scales of analysis.

The BOAP colloquium will be kicked off on July 5th, 4pm, with a presentation by Sampsa Hyysalo, one of the pioneers behind the approach. Sampsa will present insights from his recent book ‘Citizen Activities in Energy Transition: User Innovation, new Communities and the Shaping of Sustainable Future’, in which he employs and further develops the BOAP framework.  Next dates in the BOAP Colloquium (all colloquium sessions start at 4 pm, Berlin time)  05.07.2021, Sampsa Hyysalo (Aalto University): Citizen Activities in Energy Transition: User Innovation, new Communities and the Shaping of Sustainable Future 06.09.2021, Ole Pütz (Bielefeld University): How Artefacts Discipline Social Interactions: The Case of Computer Scientist Working on Prototypes 6-9.10.2021, BOAP panel at 4s conference: Robustness in STS Research Designs and Methods – Making a Difference in Uncertain Worlds? 01.11.2021, Dzifa Ametowobla (Technische Universität Berlin): Organizations, Software Components, and Performative Models of Organizing

For more information on the colloquium, please refer to the full invitation: .  If you are interested in the activities of the research network, or would like to present at the colloquium, get in touch at .

Kind regards, David Seibt

David Seibt


Technische Universität Berlin Institute of Sociology Chair of the Sociology of Technology and Innovation

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