— Michael Guggenheim

I am a sociologist of science, technology, expertise and art. I am a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. My work is about the relationship between experts and lay people, the role of objects for this relationship and on methodical and theoretical innovation derived from the combination of science studies with sociological theory.

My new project is called “Organizing Disaster. Civil Protection and the Population”, website here. The project is also member of the austerity futures group.

Before, and still a focus of publishing,  I was engaged in a research project on change of use of buildings.

Previously, as part of my PhD at ETH Zürich/University of Zürich, I wrote a book and several articles on how environmental consulting operates between science, economy and politics.

All these projects are held together by a theoretical interest in how practices in different fields are specific for these fields, or in more theoretical terms, how to connect theories of functional differentiation and Actor-Network theory. See for example this article.

I also work on art projects that link science studies, ethnography and art. With my colleagues Bernd Kräftner and Judith Kröll of shared inc., we develop ‘incubations‘, where ethnographies of expert practices are formed to create new worlds and exhibitions. Our current project is called “In the Event of …” Anticipatory and Participatory Politics of Emergency Provision”.

We were also a member of the research group “communicating disaster” at the center for interdisciplinary research (ZiF) in Bielefeld.

A third focus of my work is the merging of social science and cooking.

If you are interested in exploring such projects yourself, consider studying for an MA in visual sociology at Goldsmiths.

I am also a co-organiser of the urban salon in London. If you are an urban scholar and pass through London, drop me a line if you are interested in presenting your work.

At various points in my career I had residencies at Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (ZiF) Bielefeld and at Collegium Budapest, and I was a visiting researcher at the Department of Sociology at NYU, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), the Department for European Anthropology at Humboldt University, Berlin and the Department for Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University (CEU) Budapest.

 

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