Suzana Alpsancar studied Philosophy, Linguistics and History in Chemnitz and Alicante. From 2007 to 2010, she served as a member of the DFG-funded interdisciplinary Research Training Group ‘Topology of Technology’ on a doctoral-stipend in TU Darmstadt. In 2010, she completed her PhD there. Alpsancar's dissertation critically reconstructed the technical visions of Vilém Flusser and Mark Weiser (Ubicomp). After her dissertation, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Darmstadt.
During her postdoc, Alpsancar served as a Visiting Fellow at Yale University under Prof. Dr. Seyla Benhabib und Prof. Dr. Karsten Harries. Alpsancar also, during this period, worked on a BMBF-funded Cooperated Research Project ‘The Language of Biofacts’ („Die Sprache der Biofakte“) at TU Braunschweig in Brunswick, and a BMBF Project ‘Developing the Interdisciplinary’ („KIVA VI: Entwicklung Interdisziplinarität“) at Darmstadt.
From October 2016 to September 2018, Alpsancar led courses as a Visiting Professor for ‘Philosophy of Technology’ at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. In October 2018, Alpsancar joined the Team of Technoscience Studies as an Assistant Professor.
Since 2008, Alpsancar has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in philosophy for students from various disciplines. She has taught in Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Witten/Herdecke, Brunswick and Cottbus. In addition to basic courses, she focuses on the normative reflection of technical, and especially digital, challenges. Her research interests include the history and theory of technological determinism, ethics of technology and the history and theory of technology assessment.
Dr. Suzana Alpsancar
Lehrgebäude 10, Room 130b
Sabbatical term! – No regular office hours
Technology as Epistemic Culture
- Computerization of Cultures of Knowledge
Ethical and Political Action
- History and Theory of Technological Determinism
- Ethics and Politics of Technoscientific Developments
(e.g. Ubiquitous Computing, Ambient-Assisted-Living, Self-Driving-Cars)
- Theory and History of Technology Assesment
- Computing-Visions (esp. Vilém Flusser, Mark Weiser)
Dr. phil. Baruch Gottlieb, trained as a filmmaker at Concordia University Montreal, has a doctorate in digital aesthetics from the University of Arts Berlin. From 2005-2008 he was professor of Media Art at Yonsei University Graduate School for Communication and Arts in Seoul, Korea. He is active member of the Telekommunisten artist collective and author of ‘Gratitude for Technology’ (Atropos 2009), ‘A Political Economy of the Smallest Things’ (Atropos 2016), and ‘Digital Materialism’ (Emerald 2018) he currently lectures in philosophy of digital art at the University of Arts Berlin.
He is curator of the touring exhibition series ‘Flusser and the Arts’ based on the philosophical writings of Vilém Flusser, which has been presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe, AdK Berlin, West den Haag and GAMU Prague and ‘FEEDBACK: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts’ which has been presented at West den Haag and 34th Chaos Communication Congress, Leipzig, Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, Detroit/Windsor, with further instances in Paris, and Toronto. He writes extensively on digital media, digital archiving, generative and interactive processes, digital media for public space and on social and political aspects of networked media. Beside his work in Cottbus he lectures in digital aesthetics at UdK Berlin and at HfG Karlsruhe and is artistic researcher at West Den Haag.
Where do the digital and the social worlds intersect? This question guides Ingmar Lippert’s research. He explores the politics situated at the heart of ‘digital society,’ analysing the structures of and correlations between power, knowledge, technology and science.
Lippert's research focuses on data practices and the politics that guide them, engaging in the overlapping empirical domains of the environment and technology. Lippert questions how human agents can approach doing data well; he scrutinises the values and commitments embedded in data management and governance; and he problematises how knowledge is shaped by digital systems, including their bugs, frictive elements and seamless integrations.
Ingmar Lippert’s research interacts with sociologies of technology, the environment and (un)sustainability, and science and knowledge. His work draws upon Science and Technology Studies (STS) within a transdisciplinary mode that accounts for the work of data and knowledge practitioners.
As Associate Professor at IT University of Copenhagen’s Technologies in Practice Research Group, he co-leads the project Socio-Cultural Carbon and conducts research on environmental monitoring/reporting, as well as on energy governance and autochthonous environmental knowledges. The latter brought him to BTU, where he focuses on the intersection of knowledge, technology and coal. As a senior visiting research fellow of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin’s Bureau for troubles, Ingmar engages with the infrastructure of environmental reporting within the European Union.
Earlier positions include Assistant Professorship at IT University of Copenhagen and a Lectureship at Tembusu College/National University of Singapore. He completed his PhD on Enacting Environments: An Ethnography of the Digitalisation and Naturalisation of Emissions in Sociology, working with Ausgburg University and Lancaster University. He was a repeat Research Fellow and Visitor of the Institute of Advanced Studies of Science, Technology and Society (Graz) and of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF, Bielefeld).
Associate Professor Dr. Ingmar Lippert
Lehrgebäude 10, Room 130b
Only by appointment
Technology as Epistemic Culture
‘Digital Society’ (Databases; Intersections of Small and Big Data; Qualculation and Data Practices; Monitoring and Accountability)
Scoiological Theories to Trouble Technologies/Knowledges (Practice Theories, Specifically Pierre Bourdieu’s Work; Feminist Analytics of Technoscience; (Post)Actor-Network Theory, Specifically Ontological and Ontic Politics; Performativity of Economics; Discourse and Dispositif Analyses)
Social Science Methods as Technology (Methodography; Workplace Ethnography; Experimental Digital Methods)
(Un)Sustainability, Environmental Management and Governance
Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Carbon
Environment as Infrastructure
Carbon, CO2e, Coal
Biodiversity and Plants
Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital
After studying Philosophy at the University of Pisa (M.A. with distinction, 2002) Mario Marino obtained his PhD (2006, ‘Summa cum laude’) in Cultural Studies at the International School for Cultural Studies ‘Fondazione Collegio San Carlo’, Modena. From 2004 to 2010 he worked as a research assistant (2004–2007) and then as a research fellow (2007–2010) at ‘Friedrich-Schiller-Universität’, Jena, Institute for the History of Medicine, Natural Science and Technology ‘Ernst-Haeckel-Haus’, SFB 482 ‘Ereignis Weimar-Jena. Kultur um 1800’.
After spending two years (2010-2012) as a visiting professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at both the Institute of Philosophy and the Institute of Italian Studies (UAM: University ‘Adam Mieckiewicz’) Poznań, he was fellow in residence at the ‘Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche’ (Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Weimar). Since 2014, he has been teaching and researching at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in the fields of History of Philosophy, History of Science, Anthropology and Ethics. He has organised three international conferences: on natural sciences and human history (Jena, 2006); on the beginning of the modern Italian novel (Poznań, 2012); and on race theories in German Philosophical Anthropology (Munich, 2013). Several of his papers have been published in international peer reviewed journals. He has been a member of the editorial board of the international online journal Ethics In Progress Quarterly since 2010.
Dr. Mario Marino
Lehrgebäude 10, Room 114b
Thursday, 5–6:30 pm
and by appointment
Ethical and Political Action
- Ethics and Politics in the Age of Technology
(i. a. Gehlen)
- Environmental and Climate Ethics
- Primo Levi as a Thinker
- Machiavelli and the Machiavellianism
- Anthropocene vs. Capitalocene
- Nature and Environmental Philosophy
(i. a. Herder, Marx and Marxism)
- Philosophical Anthropology (Gehlen, Alsberg, Claessens, Blumenberg)
- Natural Catastrophes: Philosophy und Cultural History
Images as Instruments
- Images in Physical Anthropology (Blumenbach and the Classification of Races, Race Theory and Racism)