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Think Pieces "Conceptualizing Disruption"

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18 Apr 2024


Disruption can be studied from a variety of perspectives, and it can affect numerous aspects, such as technical systems, social networks, knowledge, beliefs, social practices, environments, temporal structures, aesthetic experiences, and more. These disruptions occur on individual, institutional, and societal levels, giving rise to conflicts, changes, and, at times, even standstills. As diverse as disruptions can be, the research topics of the projects at TUDiSC are equally diverse. Disruption, in many ways, serves as both a topic (the “paradoxical basic property of social reality”1) and a method, sometimes emerging as a result of research conducted at TUDiSC. Given the constitutive pluralism of methods and theory that characterizes TUDISC, there is a lack of a consistent shared understanding of disruption. Can disruption be classified temporally, normatively, or by its reach? Is it a historically overarching concept or specific to (post-)modernity? Does it even - which is the thesis of the cluster initiative - have a great relevance not only in terms of time diagnosis, but also in terms of social theory? In what way is disruption used in your work, what understanding of it have you developed, and how is this linked to your collaborations?


TitleThink Pieces "Conceptualizing Disruption"
Duration18 April 2024
Degree of recognitionLocal event


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