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The Department of Science and Technology Studies studies institutions and areas of activity in modern societies that form the basis of their identity as well as their production methods and ways of life. In other words – science and technology. It is one of the few university departments in the German-speaking world to be involved in the internationally established special field of Science, Technology & Society Studies (STS). Thanks to the work this department does, the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt is a member of the European Association on Society, Science and Technology (ESST).
The field of STS has had an interdisciplinary approach since its very beginnings, first building on perspectives from history, philosophy and sociology, before widening its scope to draw upon disciplines as diverse as anthropology, economics, politics, law and media studies. It is also characterised by an analytical focus on the natural sciences, engineering and medicine. Equally diverse are the disciplinary backgrounds of those who conduct scientific and technological research or are interested in studying STS.
At the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, research is carried out into the configurations and development dynamics of science and technology in various social contexts. Alongside new scientific and technological fields, more established technologies, in particular infrastructures, are also relevant. Special attention is paid to processes of change in science, technology and society and how they interact, including political and social changes at the international, European, national and local level. This department’s work is characterised by its examination of major societal and global challenges and its focus on development that is sustainable in the long term and fit for the future.