Susanne Bauer

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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus blokk B 0851 OSLO
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Academic interests

Susanne Bauer’s research draws from STS as well as from history, sociology and anthropology of science. It has dealt in particular with health data infrastructures, the politics of categories, infrastructures and algorithms in epidemiology and environmental health. She has longstanding research collaborations with scientists working on the aftermaths of nuclear exposures in post-Soviet countries.

Through combined archival and ethnographic work, Susanne's research asks for the epistemic infrastructures and the sociomaterial orderings enacted through scientific practices in the wet labs of the life sciences and in the dry labs of informatics. While based at University of Frankfurt/Main, she embarked on a collective project on a multispecies study of the intersections of life and technology at Frankfurt airport. Her current projects engage feminist technoscience studies and postcolonial science studies and contribute to STS scholarship on algorithms, biopolitics and human-animal relations, postsocialism and technoscience east of what used to be the iron curtain.

Supervision and co-laboration interests (A-Z): airports, algorithms, box practices, biomonitoring, chemosociality, data centers, decolonial STS, digital fish, experimentalization, feminist technoscience studies, (post)genomics, haunted infrastructures, ionizing radiation, multispecies monitoring, noosphere, numbers in biomedicine, one health, ontological politics, promise of personalization, prototyping, queer ecologies, regulation, radioactive soils, scoring practices, temporalities, unruly bodies, virtual ethnography, wired natures, xenobiotics, yellowcake, zoonoses. 

Courses taught

Since spring 2016: TIK4011 - Science and Technology in Politics and Society.

Before coming to Oslo, Susanne Bauer taught STS and sociology and history of science at Goethe University Frankfurt (2012-15) and Humboldt University Berlin as well as at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2011. Courses included Technoscience and Gender, Laboratory Ethnographies, Atomic Challenges, Cold War Science, Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies, Sociology of Science after Fukushima.


Susanne Bauer came to STS from a background of environmental sciences and epidemiology. Having completed studies in environmental engineering and social sciences in Berlin (Germany) and Odessa (Ukraine), she graduated with a Dipl.-Ing. (MSc) from TU Berlin in 1997 and then completed a doctorate in public health at University of Bielefeld (Dr PH) in 2004. As a postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Science, Technology and Society in Graz (Austria) and Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), she retrained in history and sociology of science, technology and medicine. From 2012 to 2016 she completed a junior professorship in sociology (habilitation equivalent) at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. 

She was co-curator of the exhibition “Split+Splice. Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine at Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen”.

Between 1997 and 2004 Susanne worked as environmental epidemiologist, participating in EU-funded projects researching the aftermath of Soviet nuclear programs in Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation and has maintained a range of project collaborations with colleagues in post-Soviet countries.

Positions held

Before joining the STS group at TIK, Susanne Bauer held a junior professorship (sociology of science) at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (2012-15). She was research scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science (2009-2011), research associate at the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin (2008-2009) and postdoctoral researcher in the “Biomedicine on Display” project at Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen (2005-09). In 2011 she was visiting professor at Indiana University, Bloomington (U.S.), and in 2014/15 senior fellow at IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna.


Tags: Science and Technology Studies (STS), Russia, Central Asia, Sociology, History and Anthropology of Science, Technology and Medicine, feminist technoscience and infrastructure studies, environmental health
Published Jan. 26, 2016 8:58 AM - Last modified Sep. 28, 2021 4:18 PM