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Dr. René Umlauf

Wiss. Mitarb. SFB

Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
Nikolaistraße 10, Raum 5.02
04109 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 341 97-37743


René Umlaufs research focuses on conceptual and methodological implications of technological change. He is particularly interested in the question of what role tests and testing procedures - of different scale and scope and beyond medical testing - play for the production of multiple forms of evidence and how they shape both macro- and micro-levels of technological and infrastructural integration. In his work on health-, laboratory- and humanitarian-infrastructures he connects this line of inquiry to broader political, cultural as well as historical encounters between ‚old‘ and ‚new‘ modes of knowing and doing things.

Research Areas:

- Sciences & Technology Studies

- Sociology of Testing & Pragmatist Sociology

- Global Health & Medical Anthropology

- Mobility, Digitization & Infrastructure Studies

Berufliche Laufbahn

  • 07/2015 - 08/2019
    Postdoctoral Researcher at Martin-Luther University Halle
  • 02/2010 - 06/2015
    PhD in Sociology: “Mediating technologies. Diagnostic spaces between standardization and adaptation in Uganda’s malaria control program“ Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth
  • 04/2007 - 09/2008
    Project Assitent, Development Policy Forum (InWEnt), Berlin


  • 08/2002 - 03/2007
    Magister degree (M.A.) in Sociology, Politics, Philosophy, University of Leipzig

After receiving his PhD in sociology from the University of Bayreuth in 2015 he worked as a post-doc at the Department of Anthropology at Martin-Luther University Halle (until 2019), where I also became part of the LOST research group. Since 2020 René joined the Department of Sociology at Leipzig University where he started a project on humanitarian drone infrastructures which is part of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199): “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”.