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Message posted on 28/02/2023

Invitation: 11th BOAP colloquium - with Zinaida Vasilyeva

What: 11th BOAP Colloquium - with Zinaida Vasilyeva When: March 6th, 4pm (CET) Zoom: Zoom PW: 099802 *Full invitation & recordings:

Dear colleagues, we cordially invite you to join the Biographies of Artifacts and Practices (BOAP) Research Colloquium. Based on a collaboration of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Aalto University, and the Technical University of Berlin, this bi-monthly colloquium provides an open platform for an international network of researchers interested in BOAP and related methodological and analytical approaches. Its main goal is to contribute to strengthening the robustness of research designs in STS and the sociology of technology and innovation. Each event features the presentation and discussion of one research project that traces the biographies of complex sociotechnical systems across multiple locales and extended timeframes, often linking multiple studies and scales of analysis.

The colloquium will take place online on March 6th, 4 pm (CET). It will feature a talk by Zinaida Vasilyeva (Technical University of Munich). titled Soviet DIY Modernity: Cultural Biographies of Skills and the Problem of Value Transformation. Applying Kopytoff’s analysis of the cultural biographies of things to skills, the talk will explore the dynamics of value regimes and the mechanisms of "moral economy" involved in the commodification and de-commodification of skills.

For more information on the colloquium, please refer to the full invitation:

You can also follow the project on Research Gate: .

If you are interested in the activities of the research network, or would like to present at the colloquium, get in touch at

Next dates in the BOAP Colloquium (all colloquium sessions start at 4 pm, Berlin time)

06.03.2023, Zinaida Vasilyeva (Technical University of Munich): Soviet DIY Modernity: Cultural Biographies of Skills and the Problem of Value Transformation 08.05.2023, Lisa Reutter (Norwegian University of Science and Technology): tba

-- David Seibt Postdoc

Technische Universität Berlin Institute of Sociology Chair of the Sociology of Technology and Innovation

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