New TATuP issue “Technology assessment and higher education”

As a “pioneer of inter- and transdisciplinarity,” technology assessment plays an increasingly important role in academic teaching. What this development means for technology assessment (TA) is explored in the new issue of TATuP.

Since its emergence in the 1970s, the core of TA has been to integrate perspectives, theories, and methods from very different scientific disciplines and use them for problem-oriented research. So far, TA has mostly operated outside the academic sphere and has not been considered a scientific discipline. However, universities and higher education institutions have discovered technology assessment for themselves. Its issues, content, and methods are increasingly being integrated into teaching. The “TA label” adorns chairs and electives.

Academization of TA

The current TATuP issue “Technology assessment and higher education: Theories, applications, and concepts” discusses how to design good teaching concepts for TA and meaningfully integrate them in teaching as well as the opportunities that arise from academization for TA itself. Editors of the Special Topic are Elke Hemminger, Professor of Sociology at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences RWL in Bochum, and Sabrina C. Eimler, Professor of Human Factors and Gender Studies at the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences.

Interview on digital media in the global south

In the TATuP interview, Payal Arora, cyberanthropologist and award-winning author, talks about her research on digital media consumption in the global south and what a billion new users means for global technology assessment. Also in the current TATuP issue: a research article on challenges of robotics development for care, conference reports, book reviews, and news from the TA community. (08.04.2022)

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