University of Bielefeld, EASST / 4S Conference 1996







Conference Program
Getting to Bielefeld
Travelling in Bielefeld
Attractive Airfares
Reception, Banquets etc.

Science and technology have long been regarded as both productive forces and engines of modernization, but these images have given way to more troubled perspectives in the late 20th century. Today we also associate science and technology with increasing risks and uncertainties, including the blurring of boundaries between human subjects, technical systems and natural conditions. Assumptions about science's universalism and objectivity are challenged by gender-based and culture-bound epistemologies. The increasing analytical power of science at once reveals and is threatened by the unpredictable complexity of social and natural dynamics. These and similar paradoxes characterize today's knowledge societies. They pose a challenge to science and technology studies and form the central themes of the 1996 meeting.


This conference is being sponsored by the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" (German Research Association), the Federal Ministry of Science and Research of Nordrhein-Westfalen, the "Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft" (a private donor association of German industry), the German Society for Science and Technology Studies (Gesellschaft für Wissenschaft und Technikforschung), Taylor & Francis (Social Epistemology), as well as the Chancellor and the Sociology Faculty of the University of Bielefeld.

About Bielefeld:

Founded as a market-town in 1214 by Count Hermann the IV of Ravensberg, Bielefeld has worked its way through seven centuries of history, weaving every aspect of life into a complex cultural and economic fabric. "Bielefelder Leinen" (linen from Bielefeld) has become a world-class trademark and has contributed to the steady rate of the city's social and industrial progress. In fact, three of Bielefeld's most famous landmarks reflect the origins and development of the city: the statue of linen weavers ("Leineweberbrunnen"), the monument of a historical steam engine, and the carefully restored former Ravensberger Spinnerei (Spinning Mill).

Today Bielefeld is the chief economic and cultural centre of East Westphalia, an area of approximately 2 million inhabitants. Bielefeld proper has a population of more than 320 000 and ranks amongst Germany's twenty largest cities. Bielefeld's wide range of industries is internationally renowned: names like Oetker (baking and food products), Seidensticker (clothing), Dürkopp (sewing machines, conveyer systems), Ostmann (spices), Gildemeister (machine-tool building) and Schüko (metal doors and windows) are representative of the amazing diversity of local industries and commerce.

The cultural scene compares well to that of any other big city. Bielefeld's two theatres are well-known far beyond the borders of East Westphalia by lovers of high-quality theatrical and musical productions; and all connoisseurs of classical music praise the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle (concert-hall) for its excellent acoustics. Chances are high that you will get to hear a well- known orchestra, ensemble or soloist. There is also an art- museum (" Kunsthalle") which has a famous selection of German expressionism.

The Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT):

The Institute for Science and Technology Studies is hosting this conference. With the establishment of this institute as a research initiative which draws on the strenghts of several faculties, the University of Bielefeld was the first research institution in Germany to meet the organizational prerequisites for longterm, interdisciplinary work in the field of science and technology studies. Today, after 25 years of existence, it is recognised as an internationally successful centre of research in social, philosophical and historical studies of science and technology.

Apart from research conducted under these topics, the Institute for Science and Technology Studies houses a graduate school which focusses on the theme "Foundation, Structures and Consequences of Science and Technology".

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Women's Studies / Interdisziplinäres Frauenforschungs-Zentrum (IFF):

Founded in 1980 as a working and research group on women's issues, the IFF is now institutionalized as an academic centre for women's studies at the University of Bielefeld and serves as a nationwide model for this type of institutionalization. Scholars enagaged in research and other activities within the IFF come from various departments within the sciences, social sciences, humanities, economics, and law.

The University of Bielefeld:

The University of Bielefeld combines the best of the German university tradition with innovative research and teaching structures. Established in 1969 as a reform university, its aim was to recover the lost unity of research and teaching in accordance with Humboldt's ideas and, at the same time, to bridge the dividing lines between disciplines.

Life and work at the University of Bielefeld benefit from the unique design of the university building. All departments and institutes are housed under one roof and are located within a short distance of each other. The "centre" of the university building is a large meeting hall which serves as a weather proof campus and interconnects all meeting rooms. It also has restaurants, shops, a post office, a bank and access to one of Germany's highest rated libraries, as well as other information centres which are open to all attendants. The hall is also an excellent place for exhibitions, musical performances and other cultural events, which we plan to have at the meeting. The university is surrounded by the hills of the Teutoburger Wald which offers scenic walks. The hotels are located in downtown Bielefeld. A regular bus service connects the university to all the facilities of the city with a ten minute ride.

Getting to Bielefeld:

Bielefeld is situated in the north-western part of Germany. It is connected to international airports (Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Hannover) by excellent express trains (Train-Timetable) wich run every hour. The airports of Amsterdam, Hamburg and Bremen are conveniently situated. The nearest airports are Hannover (1 hour) and Duesseldorf (2 hours).

Travelling in Bielefeld:

Your conference badge serves as a ticket for buses and trams in Bielefeld. Make sure that it is visible in order to use these public services for free!

How to get to the university

- by public transport:
Busses run every ten minutes from the university into town and back, and every 30 minutes from 20:00 to 1:00 a.m. Over weekends (Fri. and Sat.) nightbusses are available between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. For further information please refer to the bus timetable and map which is located in the university hall, opposite the main entrance.

- by Taxi:

Distances in Bielefeld are not far, and hence it is possible to get to most places from the city center (eg. to the university) for not much more than 15 DM. Taxi stands are located all around the city (eg. at the central station, at the Kesselbrink, next to the Old Market, or next to the Klosterplatz).

To call a taxi dial: 1 94 10

Session and Meeting Locations

Presentations will either take place in lecture halls (H8-16 in the main hall), or in seminar rooms situated on level 2 of wings R, S, T, and U. Business meetings will be held in the IBZ (Internationales Begegnungszentrum) and in one of the lecture halls or seminar rooms (see map).


Both lunch and dinner are available in the "Mensa" (the main university canteen) at a price of DM 10 per meal which includes one beverage. Alternatively, the Westend, which is open Mon-Thu 9:00-20:00 and Fri 9:00-19:00, offers meals between DM 5-10. For Greek specialties and a nice atmosphere, you may wish to try the Greek Restaurant which is situated in the main hall and is open Mon-Fri 11:00-23:30.

Hotel Accomodation:

All reservations have to be made using the reservation card of the Bielefeld tourist board (reservation form / postscript-version). For students only: We have prebooked a small number of beds (dormitories) at the local youth-hostel at a price of DM 30 per night.
To reserve low budget accomodation, contact the local organizing chair (Guenter Kueppers).
Please note that all reduced prices can only be guaranteed if reservation is confirmed before June 30, 1996.


In mid-October the weather in Bielefeld is often sunny and dry, with warm days and cooler evenings. Average daily temperatures for October are a high of 18 C and a low of 7 C. Lighter clothing, with a sweater or jacket for evenings, should suffice.

Child Care:

As is customary for 4S/ EASST meetings, we will endeavour to arrange daycare for children aged 5 or under from 8 AM to 5 PM. If you intend to use this service, please contact Petra Ahrweiler (e-mail: in order to make an advanced reservation.

Further information:

For updated information about the conference program (sessions, session organizers, titles, speakers) please see www site:
You may also call or email the local organizing committee or program chair.

Special events, tours etc:

The local organizing committee has arranged four special tours for conference participants.
1. Max Weber Tour: Saturday 14:00-19:00; (DM 15,--)
Oerlinghausen, a small town near Bielefeld, is not only the birthplace of Marianne Weber - the wife of the sociologist Max Weber - but, since 1851, has been the domicile and economic basis of the industrial family Weber, from which Max Weber stems and where he spent many holidays between 1893 and 1918.

The Marianne Weber archive is accommodated in an Art Noveau villa. It contains documents relating to Marianne Weber as a feminist, sociologist, and her husband's biographer. The house, located on the site of the original Weber family's former property, provides an example of the lifestyle of the German upper middle class at the end of 19th century.

2. Lipperland: Friday, 9:00-17:00; (DM 45,--)
A tour of the surrounding areas of Bielefeld, including beautiful landscape (Teutoburger forrest), old towns of interests (Renaissance architecture typical of the area), and a visit to several places of interest, such as an old farmhouse museum in Detmold, the "Hermannsdenkmal", a monument in memory of the battle between Arminius called "Hermann der Cherusker" and the Roman general Varus, and the site of a unique geological formation (Externsteine).

3. Schlaun: Saturday, 9:00-17:30; ( DM 45,--)
This tour follows a trail of the work of one of Germany's most famous Baroque architects, Johann Conrad Schlaun, who built Nordkirchen, the German Versailles. The tour also visits some watercastles, which are typical for the area surrounding Muenster, and ends in Muenster where the old cathedral is one of the most exciting monuments in town.

4. Bethel, Thursday and Friday, 14:00-19:00; (DM 10,--)
Founded in 1867, the "von Bodelschwingschen Anstalten Bethel", has become world famous as one of the largest charities of the protestant church in Europe. Today, Bethel is a self-contained little town in Bielefeld, where more than 6.700 ill, physically and socially handicapped people live and work together in an environment designed to provide as normal a daily life as possible. It has its own shops, schools, and even ist own money. Bethel has become particularly highly regarded because of its unique "epileptic centre". The tour of Bethel offers an insight into the history of the largest protestant charity in Europe.

To enable further planning it is necessary to reserve your tour ticket as soon as possible. For this purpose please contact

Reception, Banquets etc.:
There will be a welcoming reception at the university on October 9, at 7 p.m. On this day the registration office will be open from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., all the other days from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

To attend the conference banquet on Friday evening 11 October, please make your reservation registration form. The price of the banquet is DM 50 which should be paid together with the conference fee. All banquet guests are invited at 7 attend a pre-dinner cocktail party which is being hosted by the journal "Social Epistemology". After the banquet, there will be a dance party at the banquet restaurant.


until June 30., 1996:

after June 30., 1996:

The registration fee covers the preparation and printing of the program, badges, and an address list of participants. It also covers modest coffee breaks, and the service of public transport within Bielefeld during the conference.

Please ask for the registration form (click here to see the form or here for the postscript-version) and send or fax it to Günter Küppers.

(Click here for the hotel reservation form or here for the postscript-version)

Special equipment:

If you need any technical equipment other than standard overhead projectors ( e.g. video, computer presentation, slide projector) please address your request to Günter Küppers.

Official carrier:

Lufthansa - the National Carrier of Germany - linking Hanover with most major cities throughout the world will be the Official Carrier for the conference. Participants and accompanying persons will be offered attractive airfaires from all destinations served by Lufthansa. For your personal offer just contact your nearest Lufthansa office. Please present your official registration and refer to code GG AIR LH KONG.190.

Wolf Krohn (Program Chair)
Institute for Science and Technology Studies
University of Bielefeld
PF 100 131
D-33501 Bielefeld
Fax: +49 521 106 5844
Phone: +49 521 106 4665
Günter Küppers (Local Organizing Chair)
Institute for Science and Technology Studies
University of Bielefeld
PF 100 131
D-33501 Bielefeld
Fax: +49 521 106 5844
Phone: +49 521 106 4674

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