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Fakultät VI Planen Bauen Umwelt: Dr. Ole Pütz

TU Berlin

Sociology of Technology and InnovationDr. Ole Pütz

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Dr. Ole Pütz


Studied sociology at the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, with research stay at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Doctorate in 2016 with honors. Before joining the Sociology of Technology and Innovation chair, Ole taught in the field of qualitative methods at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University, worked in the university administration, and most recently was a member of the Semantic Computing Group at CITEC at Bielefeld University. At CITEC, he was responsible for project management (with Philipp Cimiano and Florian Muhle) of the “Unbiased Bots that Build Bridges” project.

Publications and lectures

Peer reviewed publications
(2019) Talking Collective Action: A Sequential Analysis of Strategic Planning in Anti-Nuclear Groups. Abingdon: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780429032110
(2019) Common Understandings of and Consensus About Collective Action: The Transformation of Specifically Vague Proposals as a Collective Achievement. Human Studies 42(3) 483-512. DOI: 10.1007/s10746-019-09495-6.
(2018) How Strangers Initiate Conversations: Interactions on Public Trains in Germany. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 47(4), 426-453. DOI: 10.1177/0891241617697792.
(2012) From Non-places to Non-Events: The Airport Security Checkpoint. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 41(2), 154-188. DOI: 10.1177/0891241611426431.

Selected Lectures
(2019) Socialbots in der politischen Online-Kommunikation: Typolologie und Relevanz automatisierter Accounts auf Twitter (mit Florian Muhle). Vortrag auf dem Kongress "Alles im Wandel? Dynamiken und Kontinuitäten" der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Salzburg, Sep 26 2019.

(2018) How the 'material agency' of computer programs manifests itself in project meetings. Paper presented at "EASST2018: Meetings: Making Science, Technology and Society Together", Lancaster University, United Kingdom, July 25-28, 2018.
(2017) (Improvised) Planning in Face-to-Face Interactions. Paper presented at the “Helsinki Workshop on Improvisation in Social and Political Action”, Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Dec 11-12 2017.

Current research projects

Research interests

Science and technology studies (STS), especially computer science and intelligence research
Qualitative Methods, especially ethnography and sequential analysis (objective hermeneutics, conversation analysis)
Sociology of face-to-face interactions, especially meetings of groups, organizations, and social movements


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