ICOHTEC Summer School of 2022

Key Facts

Technology-based and Technology-generated decisions

Target participants:
PhD students and recent post-doctoral researchers, Early career researcher and professionals with a subject-relevant academic background

Sat. 14 May to Mon. 16 May 2022 (Part 1 – Summer school), June (17, 18), September (24, 25), October (15, 16), 2022 (Part 2 – ICOHTEC Symposium)

Venue: Virtual


    1. Fee of the Summer school only (ICOHTEC Member): 50 € (After 30 Jan: 60 €)
    2. Fee of the Summer school only (Non Member): 65 € (After 31 Jan: 75 €)
    3. Fee of Summer school & Symposium (ICOHTEC Member): 80 € (After 30 Jan: 90 €)
    4. Fee of Summer school & Symposium (Non Member):  95 € (After 31 Jan: 110 €)


Applications will be accepted by email until 6th March 2022. The results of selection will be announced to the applicants by 31st March 2022.


The Fourth ICOHTEC Summer School will combine the 49th ICOHTEC Symposium
with a three-day intensive seminar course geared to PhD students and young post-doctoral scholars. The Summer School brings together conventional seminars and the participation in the ICOHTEC Symposium. The topic of the ICOHTEC Summer School is  Technology-based and Technology-generated decisions and it aims, in conjunction with the main thematic objectives of the ICOHTEC Symposium, to approach its theme open-mindedly and multidisciplinarily. The School enhances students’ skills to comprehend and study versatile relationships between science, society and technology.

The Summer School aims to deal with responding to the following questions:

      • What are the social/historical/cultural conditions of technology related decision-making?
      • Decisions on science and technology: inclusion and citizen participation
      • What are the ethical conditions of technology-generated decisions?
      • Which transnational perspectives can be taken regarding technology-inherent decisions?
      • How do these technology-inherent decisions affect the critique of technology (e.g., impact factor in science, “publish or perish”)?
      • Technocracy is a well-researched topic. What is state of the art in this field? Any new approaches, theories, empirical findings?
      • Data recording and processing is a core task now carried out with computers. Which technologies were used – and where and how – before the advent of computing?
      • Modern challenges and technology based/generated decisions (e.g., climate change, COVID-19 pandemic, individual health, and public health); artistic strategies involving technology/generated decisions; body, dis/ability and technology based/generated decisions
      • The role of images (maps, photographs, etc.) in decision making.


    1. Aristotle Tympas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
    2. Karena Kalmbach (Futurium Berlin)
    3. Sofia Alexia Papazafeiropoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)


 The ICOHTEC Summer School consists of two parts:

Part 1. Interactive discussion seminars

Objectives of the School include discussions of: daily lectures, students’ research papers distributed in advance, and appropriate methodological and theoretical approaches to the research themes under examination. Expert tutors will moderate these discussions in small groups.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a presentation format that deviates from the standard 20 minutes frontal talk. This can include active engagement of the other summer school participants.

A joint feedback colloquium will end the School.

Part 2. Active attendance in the ICOHTEC Symposium

 Students of the Summer School are expected to participate in the ICOHTEC Symposium and its scientific sessions.  All students who complete the programme will receive an attendance

For whom is the program?

      • Ph.D. students with a subject-appropriate academic background.
      • Post-doctoral researchers with a subject-appropriate academic background

Participants are expected to:

      • be able to speak, read and write in English.
      • undertake preparatory reading in advance of the programme.
      • attend all lectures and seminar sessions.
      • be actively engaged with the topics of the sessions.
      • attend the ICOHTEC 2022 Symposium and present a paper there as a single or co-author.
      • submit a final assignment of 2,000-2,500 words on one of the topics discussed in the Summer School within six weeks after the summer school.

Application for this course:

  1. A brief one-page cv, which must include the main personal data, academic training and career, selected publications and e-mail for further contact.
  2. A short statement of purpose (350-400 words) detailing your academic reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. This should include your expectations what you hope to get out of the summer school and its education, and what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the summer school. This may include details of history, political or social science courses you have previously taken, or the relevance of the summer school to your present course of study or professional development. If you are preparing a thesis or research paper at the moment, please write a brief description of it. Include also the title of your possible paper submission to the ICOHTEC Symposium, which follows the Summer School (further information here).
  3. A letter of recommendation by your teacher or supervisor, referring to your application to the ICOHTEC Summer School.

The subject line of the email should be “Summer School Application” and in the titles of your file attachments mark your surname first and then the title of the file (e.g. Smith_CV).

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

After you have submitted your application, you will receive a response by 31 March 2022.

Members of the Summer School Committee

Maria Elvira Callapez (chair), Portugal, University of California, Berkeley

  • Maria Gago (chair) – New University of Lisbon, European University Institute, Italy
  • Anna Åberg – Chalmers University of Technology
  • Jacob Ward – Maastricht University
  • Julia Lajus – National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg