Karen Kastenhofer

Dr.

About


Karen Kastenhofer is a scholar in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and holds a PhD in biology. Her area of work encompasses the reconstruction of (techno)epistemic cultures, the analysis of public controversies and the discussion of potential governance approaches in the realm of the life sciences and biotechnologies.

Education


Born in 1974 in Vienna, Karen Kastenhofer studied biology and human ecology at the Universities of Vienna and Brussels. Since 1999 her focus lies in  Science and Technology Studies (University of Vienna; Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Education, IFF). Her doctoral thesis (2005) addresses the epistemic culture of biology.

Experience


From 1999 to 2004, Karen Kastenhofer was employed as a researcher at the department for the analysis of culture and science at the IFF (research project “Science as Culture”; academic curricula “Studium Integrale” and “Science Communication” led by R. Fischer and M. Arnold). From 2005 to 2007, she contributed to the research project “Nichtwissenskulturen” at the University of Augsburg (S. Böschen, J. Söntgen, P. Wehling). Since 2007, she has been working in the area “Governance of Controversial Technologies” at the ITA. In 2010, she was a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics’ Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), in 2011/12 she did resarch for the project THCL at the University of Hamburg’s BIOGUM (director: R. Kollek).

Karen Kastenhofer’s work has been co-funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the FFG and the City of Vienna. Currently she holds an Elise Richter position, supported by the Austrian Science Fund (TEK, FWF Projekt V-383).

Projects

TA Projects

TA Projects

Aug 2019 - Feb 2020
Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Jul 2016 - Mar 2018
Oct 2014 - Sep 2019

Selected Publications


Numerous peer-reviewed papers in international journals, like: Science, Technology, and Human Values; Ecological Economics; Futures; Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research; Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Poiesis & Praxis; GAIA; several book chapters and project reports.

Refereed Contributions

Refereed Contributions

  • Kastenhofer, K., Capari, L., Fuchs, D., & Peissl, W. (2019). „Wes Brot ich ess, des Lied ich sing”? TA und ihre Auftraggeber. Tatup – Zeitschrift Für Technikfolgenabschätzung In Theorie Und Praxis, 28, 33-38. doi:10.14512/tatup.28.1.33
  • Bauer, A., & Kastenhofer, K. (2019). Policy advice in technology assessment: shifting roles, principles and boundaries. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 32-41. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162518300325
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2016). Biología de sistemas y biología sintética como tecnociencias emergentes / Systems and synthetic biology as emerging technosciences, 529-550.
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2013). Two sides of the same coin? The (techno)epistemic cultures of systems and synthetic biology. Studies In History And Philosophy Of Biological And Biomedical Sciences, 44, 130-140. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369848613000228
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2013). Synthetic biology as understanding, control, construction and creation? Techno-epistemic and socio-political implications of different stances in talking and doing technoscience. Futures, 48, 13-22. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016328713000256
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Schmidt, J. C. (2011). Technoscientia est Potentia? Contemplative, interventionist, constructionist and creationist idea(l)s in technoscience. Poiesis & Praxis [Online First: 30/11/2011], 8, 125-149. doi:10.1007/s10202-011-0101-2
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Schmidt, J. C. (2011). On intervention, construction and creation: power and knowledge in technoscience and late-modern technology. In T. Zülsdorf, Coenen, C., Ferrari, A., Fiedeler, U., Milburn, C., & Wienroth, M. (Eds.), Quantum Engagements – Social Reflections of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (pp. 177-193). Heidelberg: Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft AKA.
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2011). Risk assessment of emerging technologies and post-normal science. Science, Technology & Human Values, 36 (3), 287-306. Retrieved from http://sth.sagepub.com/content/36/3/307.short
  • Kastenhofer, K., Bechtold, U., & Wilfing, H. (2011). Sustaining sustainability science: The role of established inter-disciplines. Ecological Economics, 70/4, 835-843. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800910005033
  • Bogner, A., Kastenhofer, K., & Torgersen, H. (2010). Antizipierte Technikkontroversen als Governance-Problem. In E. Grießler & Rohracher, H. (Eds.), ÖGZ (Tran.), Genomforschung – Politik – Gesellschaft: Perspektiven auf ethische, rechtliche und soziale Aspekte der Genomforschung (Österr. Zeitschrift für Soziologie – Sonderhefte, Bd. 8) (pp. 69-98). Wiesbaden: VS. Retrieved from http://www.springerlink.com/content/v4000789630j3g23/
  • Böschen, S., Kastenhofer, K., Rust, I., Soentgen, J., & Wehling, P. (2010). Scientific Nonknowledge and Its Political Dynamics: The Cases of Agri-biotechnology and Mobile Phoning. Science, Technology & Human Values, 783-811. Retrieved from http://sth.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/04/05/0162243909357911.abstract
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2010). Do we need a specific kind of technoscience assessment? Taking the convergence of science and technology seriously. Poiesis & Praxis – International Journal Of Ethics Of Science And Technology Assessment, 7, 37-54.
  • Kastenhofer, K., Lansu, A., van Dam-Mieras, R., & Sotoudeh, M. (2010). The Contribution of University Curricula to Engineering Education for Sustainable Development. Gaia, 19, 44-51.
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2009). Debating the risks and ethics of emerging technosciences. Innovation: The European Journal Of Social Science Research, 22, 77-103.
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2007). Converging epistemic cultures?, 20, 359-373.
  • Böschen, S., Kastenhofer, K., Marschall, L., Rust, I., Söntgen, J., & Wehling, P. (2006). Scientific Cultures of Non-Knowledge in the Controversy over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) – The Cases of Molecular Biology and Ecology. Gaia, 15, 294-301.
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Articles/Book contributions

Articles/Book contributions

  • Kastenhofer, K. (2020). Emergierende Technowissenschaften - Am Beispiel von Systembiologie und Synthetischer Biologie. doi:10.1553/ITA-ms-20-01
  • Lösch, A. (2019). Technology Assessment and Socio-Technical Futures – A Discussion Paper. In A. G. A. Lösch M. Meister (Ed.), Socio-Technical Futures Shaping the Present. Emprirical Examples and Analytical Challenges. (pp. 285-302). Wiesbaden: Springer. Retrieved from https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783658271541
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2019). Nichtwissens-Konstellationen in unterschiedlichen Wissenschaftskulturen der Natur- und Technikwissenschaften. In C. Thim-Mabrey & Brack, M. (Eds.), Verschiedene Rationalitäten im Diskurs von Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft? (pp. 197-227). Books on Demand.
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Novy, K. (2018). Vom Wissen zum Können, vom Lehren zum Forschen? Der Wandel biologischer Wissenschaftskultur am Universitätsstandort Wien. doi:10.1553/ITA-ms-18-01
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2018). Community and identity in contemporary technosciences: conceptual issues and empirical change. Easst Review, 37, 32-35.
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2017). Systems Biology: Science or Technoscience?,. In S. E. Green (Ed.) (pp. 157-167). Springer.
  • Lösch, A. [et al]. (2016). Technikfolgenabschätzung von soziotechnischen Zukünften (Ko-AutorInnen des ITA: Daniela Fuchs, Karen Kastenhofer und Helge Torgersen). Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-papers/loesch-et-al-2016-technikfolgenabschaetzung-von-soziotechnischen-zukuenften.pdf
  • Bauer, A., Bogner, A., Capari, L., Fuchs, D., Gudowsky, N., Kastenhofer, K., et al. (2016). Schlaue Gedanken zu smarter Technik, Konferenzbericht von der TA16, 25, 79-86. Retrieved from http://www.tatup-journal.de/tatup162_baua16a.php
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Torgersen, H. (2016). Transhumanismus und Neuroenhancement: technowissenschaftliche Visionen als Herausforderung für die Technikfolgenabschätzung, 52-56.
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Torgersen, H. (2015). Spekulative Verantwortung. Rolle und Praxis von TA am Beispiel von 'Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation'. In A. Bogner, Decker, M., & Sotoudeh, M. (Eds.), Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS) (Tran.), Responsible Innovation – Neue Impulse für die Technikfolgenabschätzung? (pp. 349-356). Baden-Baden: Nomos/edition sigma.
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2015). Die Rekonstruktion idealtypischer Nichtwissenskulturen: Beispiele aus der Risikoforschung zu Grüner Gentechnik und Mobilfunk. In P. Wehling & Böschen, S. (Eds.) (pp. 63-117). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2015). Legitimation und Emanzipation im multidisziplinären Fächerkanon, 26, 41-43.
  • Peissl, W., Kastenhofer, K., Sotoudeh, M., & Gazsó, A. (2014). Vom "guten Leben" mit neuen Technologien: Technikfolgenabschätzung als Lernexperiment. In S. ; B. Bellucci Stefan, Decker, M., Nentwich, M., Rey, L., & Sotoudeh, M. (Eds.), Technikfolgenabschätzung im politischen System. Zwischen Konfliktbewältigung und Technologiegestaltung (pp. 75-82). Berlin: Edition Sigma.
  • Torgersen, H., Bogner, A., & Kastenhofer, K. (2013). The Power of Framing in Technology Governance: The Case of Biotechnologies. doi:10.1553/ITA-ms-13-01
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2013). Technikgeschichte als analytische Ressource für das Verständnis gegenwärtiger Technowissenschaft. Erwägen – Wissen – Ethik, 25, 553-556.
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2013). Die Governance neuer Technowissenschaften zwischen Risiko- und Ethik-Frame. In A. Bogner (Ed.), Ethisierung der Technik - Technisierung der Ethik (pp. 69-94). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Peissl, W., Kastenhofer, K., Sotoudeh, M., & Gazsó, A. (2012). Vom "guten Leben" mit neuen Technologien: Technikfolgenabschätzung als Lernexperiment. In D. Pfabigan & Zelger, S. (Eds.), Mehr als Ethik – Reden über Körper und Gesundheitsnormen im Unterricht (pp. 155-168). facultas.wuv.
  • Ornetzeder, M., & Kastenhofer, K. (2012). Old problems, new directions and upcoming requirements in participatory technology assessment. Poiesis & Praxis, 9, 1-5.
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Schwarz, A. (2011). Probing technoscience. Poiesis & Praxis, 8, 61-65. doi:10.1007/s10202-011-0103-0
  • Kollek, R., Döring, M., Petersen, I., Brüninghaus, A., Kastenhofer, K., & Torgersen, H. (2011). Systembiologie: Implikationen für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft. Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie Und Praxis, 20 (1), 60-64. Retrieved from http://www.tatup-journal.de/tatup111_koua11a.php

Books/Editorships

Books/Editorships

  • Kastenhofer, K., & Schwarz, A. (Eds.). (2011). Poiesis & Praxis – Special Issue (8/2-3): Probing Technoscience. (C. F. Gethmann, Tran.), Probing Technoscience (p. 106). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Allhutter, D. (Eds.). (2010). Special Issue: Technoscience and Technology Assessment. (C. F. Gethmann, Tran.), Poiesis & Praxis (p. 150). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
  • Bogner, A., Kastenhofer, K., & Torgersen, H. (Eds.). (2010). Inter- und Transdisziplinarität im Wandel? Neue Perspektiven auf problemorientierte Forschung und Politikberatung. (A. M. Bora S. Reinhardt, Tran.), Inter- und Transdisziplinarität im Wandel? Neue Perspektiven auf problemorientierte Forschung und Politikberatung (p. 270). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Molyneux-Hodgson, S. Community and Identity in Contemporary Technosciences. (P. Weingart, Tran.). Berlin: Springer.
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Research Reports

Research Reports

  • Kastenhofer, K., Mesbahi, Z., & Schaber, F. (2020). 5G-Mobilfunk und Gesundheit (p. 130). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-pb-ITA-AIT-11
  • Bauer, A., Capari, L., Fuchs, D., Gazsó, A., Kastenhofer, K., Peissl, W., & Sinozic, T. (2018). Pol[ITA] – Politikberatung am ITA. Endbericht (p. 221). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb-polita
  • Kastenhofer, K., Torgersen, H., Klein, F., & Klement, L. -L. (2012). Systems Biology in Austria 2011 – The Establishment of a New Field in a National Context (p. 108). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-pb-c28
  • Böschen, S. (2007). Schlussbericht des Projektes "Nichtwissenskulturen – Analysen zum Umgang mit Nichtwissen im Spannungsfeld von epistemischen Kulturen und gesellschaftlichen Gestaltungsöffentlichkeiten" (p. 79). Augsburg.
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Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 04/11/2019 , Bratislava
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Value meets CRISPR: from value regimes of actions-in-context to TA diplomacy
    4th European Technology Assessment Conference
    Other Lecture
  • 08/07/2019 , Oslo
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Should we stay or should we go now? Introduction to an open workshop with examples from the histories, philosophies, and sociologies of systems biology
    ISHPSSB conference
    Other Lecture
  • 27/05/2019 , Wien
    Helge Torgersen,  Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Die Geister die ich rief .... TA, Missionsorientierung und TechnoWissenschaft
    TA19
    Other Lecture
  • 15/09/2018 , University College London
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    The biology that was? Generational patterns as a medium of disunity
    "Unity and Disunity" – Biennial Conference 2018
    Other Lecture
  • 27/07/2018 , Lancaster
    Karen Kastenhofer,  Anja Bauer: 
    Identity formation and transformation in transdisciplinary scholarship: The Case of Technology Assessment
    EASST2018: Meetings – Making Science, Technology and Society together
    Other Lecture
  • 16/06/2018 , Padua
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    The fate of locality and top/bottom ontologies under technoscientific conditions
    STS Italia
    Other Lecture
  • 13/06/2018 , Bergen aan Zee
    Walter Peissl,  Karen Kastenhofer,  Leo Capari,  Daniela Fuchs: 
    Beyond tornado and abortion: reflecting on specific project constellations and relating TA practice. A report from Pol[ITA]
    EPTA Practitioners Meeting
    Other Lecture
  • 11/06/2018 , Wien
    Karen Kastenhofer,  Anja Bauer: 
    Objektivität, Allparteilichkeit oder Gemeinwohl: Neutralität im Lichte verschiedener Beratungsrollen
    TA'18: Technikfolgenabschätzung und Normativität – An welchen Werten orientiert sich TA?
    Other Lecture
  • 11/06/2018 , Wien
    Walter Peissl,  Karen Kastenhofer,  Leo Capari,  Daniela Fuchs: 
    'Wes Brot ich ess, des Lied ich sing'? -– TA und ihre Auftraggeber
    TA'18: Technikfolgenabschätzung und Normativität – An welchen Werten orientiert sich TA?
    Other Lecture
  • 07/06/2017 , Wien
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    The 'newly emerging techno-sciences' and the contemporary funding regime
    Eu-SPRI Annual Conference „The Future of STI – The Future of STI Policy”
    Other Lecture
  • 16/05/2017 , Cork
    Karen Kastenhofer,  Anja Bauer: 
    Science-based policy advice in TA – implicit paradigms, professional ethos and bones of contention
    3rd European Technology Assessment Conference
    Other Lecture
  • 03/05/2017 , Wien
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Studying a 'newly emerging technoscience': accounting for change and stability in science
    Guest Lecture at Initiativkolleg 'The Sciences in Historical Context'
    Other Invited Lecture
  • 13/10/2016 , Bergen
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    "Systems biology is the worst label of all." Identity and community under techno-scientific conditions
    8th Annual S.Net meeting: The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies
    Other Lecture
  • 13/10/2016 , Bergen
    Helge Torgersen,  Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Options for technology assessment in a techno-scientific innovation regime
    8th Annual S.Net meeting: The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies
    Other Lecture
  • 02/09/2016 , Barcelona
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    "I am a Biochemist by Training": identity in systems biology
    4s/EASST Conference 2016: Science and technology by other means – Exploring collectives, spaces and futures
    Other Lecture
  • 04/05/2016
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    "I am a Biochemist by Training": Identity and Community in Systems Biology
    Vienna STS Talk
    Other Invited Lecture
  • 04/12/2015 , Wien
    Helge Torgersen,  Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Speculative responsibility and the hermeneutic turn in TA
    Living in Technoscientific Worlds. International Conference Celebrating the Launch of STS Austria
    Other Lecture
  • 04/12/2015
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Making Sense of Disciplines in Contemporary Life (Techno)Science
    Living in Technoscientific Worlds. International Conference Celebrating the Launch of STS Austria
    Other Lecture
  • 16/10/2015 , Liége
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    From trading zones at the micro-scale to trading zones 'at large': a discussion based on a case study of contemporary systems biology
    Trading Zones in Technological Societies. 20 years of SPIRAL Research Centre
    Other Lecture
  • 24/10/2014 , Vienna
    Karen Kastenhofer: 
    The Power of Framing in Technology Governance
    second BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival
    Other Lecture

Short Articles

Short Articles

  • Ornetzeder, M., Kastenhofer, K., Bogner, A., Allhutter, D., & Torgersen, H. (2008). Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung: Neuer Trend zur Praxis. Ita-Newsletter September 2008, 7 ff.Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0908.pdf#7
  • Latzer, M., Aichholzer, G., Fiedeler, U., Gazsó, A., Torgersen, H., Allhutter, D., et al. (2008). Technology Governance - Der Beitrag der Technikfolgenabschätzung. Ita-Newsletter Juni 2008, 2-10. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0608.pdf
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2008). "Converging Technologies" und ihre gesellschaftliche Bedeutung. Ita-Newsletter Juni 2008, 19. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0608.pdf
  • Gazsó, A., & Kastenhofer, K. (2008). Converging Technologies in der Umweltforschung, 9-10. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0308.pdf#9
  • Bechtold, U., Ornetzeder, M., Sotoudeh, M., Aichholzer, G., Kastenhofer, K., Latzer, M., et al. (2007). Technikfolgenäbschätzung zwischen Inter- und Transdisziplinarität, 2-7. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0607.pdf#2
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2007). Governance von Biotechnologie = Governance wovon?, 13-14. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0607.pdf#13
  • Torgersen, H., & Kastenhofer, K. (2007). "Converging Technologies" - Bericht zu einem internationlen Workshop, 11-12. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0607.pdf#11
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2007). Neue biotechnologische Entwicklungen als kulturelle und demokratiepolitische Herausforderung - Zwei internationale Konferenzen in Wien, 6. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0907.pdf#6
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2007). Verantwortungsbewusste Wissenschaft in Europa, 9-10. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0907.pdf#9

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2020). Factcheck 5G & Health ITA-Dossier No. 47 (April 2020; AutorInnen: Karen Kastenhofer, Michael Nentwich). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-047en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2020). Faktencheck 5G & Gesundheit ITA-Dossier Nr. 47 (März 2020; AutorInnen: Karen Kastenhofer, Michael Nentwich). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-047
  • Kastenhofer, K. (2017). Bridging gaps and squaring circles: attempts at a cross-European technology assessment [Review of: Lars Klüver, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen and Marie Louise Jorgensen (eds.), 2016, Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe: Expanding Capacities; Basingstoke/UK: Palgrave Macmillan]. Science And Public Policy, 44, 728-729. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/spp/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/scipol/scx026/3858430/Bridging-gaps-and-squaring-circles-attempts-at-a
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2016). Gene editing – new technology, old risks? ITA dossier no. 21en (May 2016; Authors: Helge Torgersen, Karen Kastenhofer). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-021en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2016). Genkorrekturen – neue Technik, altes Risiko? ITA-Dossier Nr. 21 (Mai 2016; AutorInnen: Helge Torgersen, Karen Kastenhofer). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-021
  • Bechtold, U., Capari, L., Kastenhofer, K., & Wilfing, H. (2013). Ecological Economics and the role of participation within Ecological Economics – a comparison via network analysis of keywords. In: Book of Abstracts – ESEE 2013 (Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics – 10th biennal conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics; 21.06.2013, Lille), S. 589. Retrieved from http://esee2013.sciencesconf.org/conference/esee2013/boa_en.pdf
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