ADIADO – Summer School “Hacking – Technical Praxis and Cultural Meaning”

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions the planned summer school on hacking has to be postponed to 2022, as the planning cannot be fully transferred into an online format.
In September 2021, a Summer School on human-machine relations and AI will take place online. Information will be available shortly.


Organized by the University of Lisbon, Centro de Filosofia das Ciências (Alexander Gerner) and the Technical University of Darmstadt, Department of History and Social Sciences (Martina Hessler and Alfred Nordmann)

The “hacker” is a multifaceted figure and the term doesn’t only refer to a computer hacker. Hacking is a method, a state of mind, a philosophy. At first, hacking was directed at technical devices, now we talk of life hacks, hacking the human, hacking culture. Hacking tests the limits of our most advanced and sophisticated technologies but it draws on tradition, giving it a new spin: from tinkering, retooling, repairing, DIY arts and crafts to ham radio, amateur science, garage biology. Hacking marries hi-tech and lo-tech, academically trained engineering and self-taught citizen science.
The summer school will look at hackers and hacks from a variety of perspectives – including the practice of engineering and the reflection of cultural meaning. We want to discuss prototypical approaches, best practice models, and adopt the critical stance of historical and philosophical analysis.

Who can participate in the Summer School?
Master’s students and PhD students from engineering science, computer science, history, STS, philosophy and arts.

How to participate?
Participants should give a presentation, e.g. a lecture, a poster, an intervention, a performance or a science slam. In case you would like to participate without giving a presentation, reading of texts and active participation are expected.
Standard amount of ECTS points for the summer school: 5 – if required, other amounts can be arranged.

How to apply?
Please send a letter of motivation, a proposal for your presentation (1-2 pages) and a short CV to: by May 1, 2021.

When and Where
The Summer School will take place from September 20 to September 24, 2021 at TU Darmstadt. It is open to all UNITE! universities.

Travel expenses (travel and accommodation) will be reimbursed

Queries can be sent to the organizers:
Alexander Gerner:
Martina Hessler:
Alfred Nordmann:

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