Dr. rer. soc. Melike Şahinol
e-Mail: sahinol AT oiist.org

Research Fellow, head of the research field “Human, Medicine, and Society” at the Orient-Institut Istanbul (Turkey), which is an independent turcological and regional scientific research institute of the Max Weber Foundation (Germany).

Guest Researcher at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Germany).

Co-founder and co-coordinator of the Turkish Scholarly Network for Science and Technology Studies (STS TURKEY).


Studied sociology, political science, and psychology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, I received my doctorate in 2015 in sociology at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen. Sponsored by a three-year scholarship at the DFG Research Training Group Bioethics at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, I examined practices and techniques of Neuroscience, in particular Brain-Computer Interfaces in patients with chronical stroke. With the context of my PhD project, I was involved in several international research projects in Neuroscience and Neurotechnolgy and have conducted ethnographic studies in hospitals, laboratories, and during various brain surgeries. I have received several fellowships, including one in the program “Science, Technology and Society” (STS) at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Recently, I have co-initiated the founding of the network STS TURKEY.

Research Interests
Science and Technology Studies
Sociology of Medicine and Sociology of Technology, in particular the development and use of newer medical technology procedures and their consequences
Human Enhancement, Sociology of the Body
Bio(technology) politics in Turkey

Ongoing Research Projects
Additive Manufacturing: Enabling Technologies in the Childhood (ETeC)
– Neuroenhancement: Practices and Techniques (NEPTurkey)
– Blurred Boundaries of Assistive Reproduction Technologies (B.B.ART)
– Digital Health Data between Social Inclusion and Social Robustness (VALID)
– Continuation or New Beginning? Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and
Technology Assessment (TA)

Recent Publications

The human as techno-cerebrally operating form – this study shows the adaptation of human and machine in neuroscience and describes the acting of a cyborg: