The research project Doing mini-publics: the translocalisation of politics takes the example of organising citizen participation as a case study in order to address broader issues: What is the relevance of 'knowledge spaces' for late modern politics? How do expert-led articulations of policy models actually shape political reality? How do certain models that describe what politics is and how it is to be done actually circulate? How are citizen-selves and imaginaries of politics (re)produced by these models and their enactment?
Innovation society of today
The Graduate School addresses the following key question: How does the innovation society constitute its transformations reflexively as innovation? In order to answer this question we need to clarify how innovation and novelty are brought forth reflexively by a multitude of actors distributed in and across innovation fields. Innovation societies are characterized by the fact that innovation is the driving force of social change. Practices, orientations, and processes will be the focus of study in selected innovation fields. In these fields, in addition to familiar innovation-related topics such as the commercial development and manufacture of new technologies, other topics that cannot be subsumed under neat categories such as technology, economy, or politico-administrative units such as nation states will also be examined.
The workshop Sensing collectives investigated aesthetic practices as the doing (and undoing) of sensorial perceptions and political practices as the doing (and undoing) of collective subjectivities and agencies. Simply put, aesthetic practices shape or disrupt collective ways of sensing; political practices mobilize or contest collective identities and interests of groups of people.
Innovations in climate governance
Innovations in climate governance (INOGOV) focused three main dimensions and tasks related to climate policy innovation: (1) policy invention, studying the sources of truly novel interventions (goals and instruments), (2) policy diffusion, studying new patterns as innovations spread, interact, take root or die off and (3) policy evaluation, studying ex post analysis to evaluate what effects (if any) are generated.
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