Ja­kob Rosch­ka, M.A.

Research Associate

University of Kassel
Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Theory Section
Nora-Platiel-Str. 5, Room 3116
34109 Kassel
Germany

Tel. +49-561 804-7638
Fax +49-561 804-3464

roschka[at]uni-kassel[dot]de

Student consulation hours:
Monday, 13–15 or after appointment.
Please send me an E-Mail in advance.

Research interests:

  • Social theory, with primary interest in pragmatism, practice theory, post-structuralism, new materialisms
  • Political ecology and environmental sociology
  • (feminist) Science and Technology Studies
  • Critical consumer research
  • Participation and design research

PhD project:
"Designing Response-Able Futures – Design Patterns of Intelligent Energy Systems" (working title)

since 06/2021 – PhD Student at the Department for Social Sciences at the University of Kassel, Germany

since 04/2020 – Research Associate at the Social Theory section and member of graduate school "Socio-Technical Design Competence in a Digital Society" at the Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG) at the University of Kassel, Germany

2017–2020 – M.A. studies in sociology and information systems at the University of Kassel, Germany, graduated M.A. Sociology

2017–2018 – Project Assistance at the Institute for Participatory Design, Oldenburg, Germany

2016–2017 – Training as a certified mediator, Hannover, Germany

2013–2017 – B.A. studies in sociology, political science, public law and public administration at the University of Münster, Germany, graduated B.A. Sociology/Political Science

2012–2013 – Travel and voluntary work in ecological and social projects in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt

2012 – Final secondary-school examinations in Eisenach, Germany

Functions/memberships

– Member of the faculty council of the Department for Social Sciences at the University of Kassel, Germany (since 10/2021)
– Member of the directorate of the Research Center for Information System Design (ITeG) at the University of Kassel, Germany (since 12/2020)

Dissertation project: "Designing response-able futures – design patterns of intelligent energy systems" (working title)

The dissertation project addresses the design of intelligent or self-sustaining systems and asks for patterns of their responsible and responsive ("response-able") design. It does that contrasting two cases, 1st, the design of Smart Grids. These are infrastructures that regulate themselves with the help of information and communication technologies and entangle natural (planetary, climatological), technical and social practices. And 2nd, the design of self-sustaining energy systems under the ecological design principles of Permaculture. My project works with a general concept of design from a practice theory perspective. Special attention is paid to the dimensions future orientations, justification processes and relationality. The overarching research question is: How is accountability produced in the design of self-sustaining systems? And: If we understand designing as answering to the future and accounting for the future, how does a design of such systems look like?

Texts:

Roschka, Jakob (2022): Entwurf einer Gestaltungspraxeologie. In: Flavdad, Benno (Hg.): Dealing with the (Un)Known Unknowns: Praxistheoretische Perspektiven auf sozial-ökologische Krisen. Frankfurt am Main: Campus (preparing).

Lamla, Jörn/Roschka, Jakob (2021): Konsum. In: Endreß, Martin/Rampp, Benjamin (Hg.): Handbuch Politische Soziologie. Baden-Baden: Nomos (in publication process).

Talks/workshops:

Roschka, Jakob: Methods as In/Formation of Practice, Patterns of Response-Ability in the Case of Agile Software Engineering. Workshop presentation. The Un/Making of Forms, Formographic inquiries into practice, accountability, and infra-critique. International workshop organized by Ingmar Lippert and Susann Wagenknecht, Dresden, 02.-03.09.2021 (preparing).

Kocksch, Laura/Laser, Stefan/Pittroff, Fabian/Roschka, Jakob/Sørensen, Estrid: Inquiring the digital interstice through a data sprint: Ethnographic research where front and back end meet, Workshop. Materialist Informatics Conference. Kassel, 23.-25.03.2020.

Winter term 2021/22:

Ethnographic Research (in German)

Summer term 2021:

Social theory: critique and design (in German)

Winter term 2020/21:

Ethnographies of alternative futures (in German)

Summer term 2020:

Social theory: nature and culture (in German)

Project seminar: cultured meat – cartographies of a controversy, together with Prof. Dr. Jörn Lamla (in German)

Winter term 2019/20:

Project seminar: cultured meat – cartographies of a controversy, together with Prof. Dr. Jörn Lamla (in German)

Winter term 2018/19:

Tutorial to the lecture: social theory with Prof. Dr. Jörn Lamla (in German)

Summer term 2018:

Tutorial to social theory: communal and societal with Dr. Lars Gertenbach (in German)