Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Academic Career and Research Areas

The core interests of Professor Maasen (b. 1960) are in the field of science and technology studies. Her current work focuses primarily on the sociology of the neurosciences.


Professor Maasen studied sociology, linguistics and psychology at the University of Bielefeld. In 1996 she earned her PhD in sociology and in 2001 she acquired her postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation). Between 1988 and 1994 she was a research assistant at Bielefeld University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research and from 1994 to 2001 research coordinator at Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research. In 2001 she was appointed professor of scientific research/ sociology of science at the University of Basel. Since December 2013 she has held the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair in the Sociology of Science at TUM. At the same time, Professor Maasen is head of Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS). She is a member of the scientific commission of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) as well as the Scientific Commission of Lower Saxony.

Key Publications

Maasen, S: „Human Brain Project: Ethics Management statt Prozeduralisierung von Reflexivität?“. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte. 2018; 41(3) (Special Issue: Responsible Research?): 222-237.

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Maasen, S, Steinbach, X: “Oxytocin: Vom Geburts- zum Sozialhormon”. NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin. 2018, 26(1):1-30.

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Maasen S: "Neuroprothesen, Neurofeedback, Neurogadgets. Zur Subjektivierung mit Neuro-Objekten". Behemoth. 2017; 10(1): 154-170.

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Atmanspacher H, Maasen S: Reproducibility: Principles, Problems, Practices, and Prospects. A Handbook. New York: Wiley, 2016.

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Maasen S, Sutter B: "Dezentraler Panoptismus: Subjektivierung unter technosozialen Bedingungen im Web 2.0". Geschichte und Gesellschaft. 2016; 42(1): 175-194.

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