A Portrait of the Media and Social Scientist and Citizen Science Expert
Our series re.searched presents researchers of the St. Pölten UAS. The next one is Christoph Musik, researcher at the Institute of Media Economics.
To me, curiosity means…
… simply put, a greed for new things. It is all about eagerly wanting to find out about something I don’t know yet. As for me, I’m particularly interested in the many everyday facets of humans living together and of our culture, which we all take for granted. I simply want to know why something is or has become the way it is.
I do research because…
… I want to contribute to a society that is fair and worth living in for everyone. However, we can succeed in this effort only if social and cultural phenomena (and I count technologies and media among these as well) are examined systematically (using a broad spectrum of scientific methods) and in a differentiated manner from many different perspectives.
In the next 20 years, our society will be characterised by…
… discussions about what our society will look like in 20 years. The future and what we imagine it to be like is a constant companion of our present. Concepts of the future have an enormous impact on the way we think and act because they more or less reveal how we want to live. As a consequence, it is important to deal with different visions of the future and with who expresses them in what way – also in order to identify the existing interests and power constellations.
About the person
Christoph Musik completed his doctorate in social sciences in the discipline of science and technology studies at the University of Vienna. He used to be scientific project manager and assistant to the management at the institute EDUCULT – Institute of Cultural Policy and Cultural Management, DOC-team scholarship holder of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Vienna, and research associate and scholarship holder at the research unit equi of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna.
Christoph Musik completed research stays at the Centre for Science Studies of Lancaster University and at the University of Hamburg. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Sociology of the University of Innsbruck and at the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Vienna, and co-speaker of the Section Sociology of Science and Technology of the Austrian Association for Sociology (ÖGS).