Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2022

Tomás Saraceno: In Orbit, K21 Düsseldorf
Im Sommersemester 2022 biete ich folgende Lehrveranstaltungen in der Siegener Medienwissenschaft an:

  • Einführung in die Medienwissenschaft 2
    Unisono | Moodle
  • Internetgeschichte und Web History
    Unisono | Moodle
  • Akteur-Netzwerktheorie und Akteur-Medien-Theorie
    Unisono | Moodle
  • Medien- und Kulturtheorie der Digitalität |
    Media and Cultural Theory of Digitality

    Unisono | Moodle

Die Lehrveranstaltungen finden in Präsenz statt. Worum geht es in den Seminaren? „Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2022“ weiterlesen

Digital Matters

Save the date Digital Matters ConferenceIn popular discussion digitality is increasingly equated with networked immateriality: disembodied algorithms float rhetorically in an ethereal cloud of big data. Think, for example, of the “digital edition” of the PlayStation 5 console, so called because it has no optical drive to read games, which must instead be downloaded. The implication is that the regular PS5 console is somehow not digital because its storage medium is visible to the unaided human eye. This presupposition of digital immateriality is not just a misconception to be corrected, but a productive site for interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry into media and data practices. In Digital Matters, historians, media theorists and information scholars come together for three days to examine the socio-material constituents of digital systems and artifacts. How and why did people come to deny the materiality of the digital? What can we learn by recovering it? What if we rethink digital materialities as ongoing cooperative accomplishments?

The Digital Matters conference is going to take place December 1 – 3, 2021 at Siegen University’s Collaborative Research Center Media of Cooperation. Given the swift change in pandemic circumstances it will primarily be an online event.

Please check https://www.socialstudiesof.info/digitalmatters for the most up to date information on the program, and how to participate.

The conference is organized by Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee & Siegen University), Valérie Schafer (University of Luxembourg), Axel Volmar (Siegen University) & Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University).

December 1:

13:45: Conference introduction and welcome

Moderator:  Valérie Schafer (C2DH, University of Luxembourg)
14:00-14:50: “Travelling machines,” Camille Paloque-Bergès (CNAM, Paris).
15:00-15:50: “Dimensions of Materiality,” Kyle Stine (Johns Hopkins University).

15:50-16:30: Break for virtual coffee.

Moderator: Miglè Bareikytè (Siegen University)
16:30-17:20: “Dance Notation: Grammars for Understanding and Controlling the Body,” Quinn DuPont (University College, Dublin).
17:30-18:20: “Modularity, Materiality, and the Political Order of the Stacks,” Jean-François Blanchette (University of California at Los Angeles).

December 2: 

Moderator: Susanne Förster (Siegen University)
13:30-14:20. “Looking for Oil (and Finding It) in the History of Computing,” Cyrus Mody (Maastricht University).
14:30-15:20. “Digitality and Nature in the Anthropocene,” Felix Stalder (Zurich University of the Arts).

15:20-16:00: Break for virtual coffee.

Moderator: Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University)
16:00-16:50: “The Great eBook Conspiracy: eReaders, Publishers, and Price Competition in the Early 2000s,” Gerardo Con Diaz (University of California at Davis).
17:00-17:50: “Rematerializing Money: Payment as Palimpsest,” Lana Swartz (University of Virginia) 17:50-18:30.

Break for virtual coffee or, for the adventurous, virtual cocktails.

18:30: Keynote lecture, “Some Species of Materiality.” Jonathan Sterne (McGill University). Moderated by Axel Volmar (Siegen University).

December 3:

Moderator: Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee & Siegen University)
13:00-13:50. “The Politics of Technical Systems,” Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam).
14:00-14:50. “Digital Materiality and Historical Innovation,” Ulf Hashagen (Deutsches Museum).

 14:50-15:15. Break for virtual coffee.

Moderator: Tatjana Seitz (Siegen University)
15:15-16:15. “Web Materialities,” Valérie Schafer (C2DH, University of Luxembourg).
16:20-17:00. Closing roundtable featuring the organizers pondering lessons learned.

Netzwerke im Kulturtransfer

Poster Netzwerke im Kulturtransfer

Kulturkontakte und Kulturtransfer finden stets in Netzwerken statt: Sie sind von Beziehungen zwischen einzelnen Vermittler:innenfiguren und vermittelnden Institutionen, von materiellen und konventionellen Handels-, Verkehrs- und Kommunikationswegen, von den transportierten Gegenständen und nomadischen Medien, und von den impliziten Protokollen für jede der einzelnen involvierten Kommunikationen und Kooperationen abhängig. Der in den letzten beiden Jahrzehnten rasante und innovative Fortschritt der Forschung zu Netzwerken in etlichen Disziplinen bietet den Geisteswissenschaften deshalb auch in diesem Bereich neue Herausforderungen und Chancen.

Die zweitägige interdisziplinäre Tagung Netzwerke im Kulturtransfer untersucht Prozesse der kulturellen Vermittlung dezidiert mit dem Blick auf jene Netzwerke, die sie ermöglichen und die von ihnen performiert werden. Es gilt, neue Verfahren und Begriffe zu entwickeln, die dem Fortschritt der Netzwerkforschung Rechnung tragen und zugleich grundlegend zum Verständnis gerade grenzüberschreitender kultureller Netzwerke beitragen – von der qualitativen und quantitativen Netzwerkforschung über Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie und Akteur-Medien-Theorie bis zu Profilierungen zwischen system- und netzwerkorientierten Ansätzen.

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Lehrveranstaltungen im Wintersemester 2021/22

Im Wintersemester 2021/22 biete ich folgende Lehrveranstaltungen in der Siegener Medienwissenschaft an:

  • Einführung in die Medienwissenschaft 1
    Unisono | Moodle
  • mit Anne Röhl (Kunstgeschichte): Textile Information? Praktiken des Textilen in Künsten und Medien
    Unisono | Moodle
  • Testen, Testen, Testen
    Unisono | Moodle

Die Lehrveranstaltungen finden seit Dezember 2021 digital statt. Worum geht es in den Seminaren?
„Lehrveranstaltungen im Wintersemester 2021/22“ weiterlesen

Memory, Mind and Media

Cover Memory, Mind and Media


There is a new open access journal in the making, and I am glad to be part of its editorial board. Please check out the homepage of Memory, Mind and Media at Cambridge University Press. While its official launch date is 2022, first online articles will be published by mid-2021. The journal is edited by Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow, UK) and Amanda J. Barnier (Macquarie University, Australia).

Memory, Mind & Media (MMM) explores the impact of media and technology on individual, social and cultural remembering and forgetting. This agenda-setting journal fosters high-quality, interdisciplinary conversations combining cognitive, social and cultural approaches to the study of memory and forgetting in the digital era. The pervasiveness, complexity and immediacy of digital media, communication networks and archives are transforming what memory is and what memory does, changing the relationship between memory in the head and memory in the wild.

MMM offers a new home for a wide variety of scholars working on these questions, within and across disciplines, from history, philosophy, media studies, cultural studies, law, literature, anthropology, political science, sociology, neuroscience, psychology, cognitive and computational science and elsewhere.

The journal gives priority to submissions that are cross-disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary, experimental, agenda-setting and push the boundaries of existing knowledge and methods. The journal insists on jargon-free, plain English submissions to ensure a widely accessible forum for cutting edge work.

MMM is a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal, publishing online and Open Access. As a barrier-free Gold OA journal, a fee waiver system is in place for unfunded authors. You can submit your article using our online submission system here. General queries should go to memorycambridge@gmail.com.

The Practice Turn in Media Studies

Cover Connect and Divide The Practice Turn in Media Studies


“Connect and Divide” took a long time to be published, but now the book is finally here. Bringing practice theory/praxeology and media studies together seems like an endeavour that needs time for deliberation. My own contribution “How to Coordinate Digital Accounting? Infrastructuring Payment and Credit with the Eurocard” is a business history from the lost 1970s/1980s social world of an European credit card called the Eurocard. It focuses on practices of coordination, and combines these with a framework of thinking about practices of delegation, and registration/identification.

Within the volume’s long production time, the reproduction of images somehow took a strange trajectory. This is why I republish them in this blog post for your viewing and reading pleasure. And do not forget to check out the other excellent contributations to this publication of the German Research Foundation’s third Media Studies symposium! It is also the first time that this has been a transatlantic event. I am very grateful to have been a part of it. „The Practice Turn in Media Studies“ weiterlesen

Your Computer Is on Fire


„Techno-utopianism is dead: Now is the time to pay attention to the inequality, marginalization, and biases woven into our technological systems.“ This quote on the MIT Press website is an excellent motto for this provocative collection.

I am very glad to co-host the European book launch of YOUR COMPUTER IS ON FIRE together with Armin Beverungen. Feel free to join us on April 28, 7pm CET, via Zoom! Please register via email at cdcforum [/at/] leuphana.de for videoconferencing details.  And yes, this is a joint event of Siegen University’s CRC „Media of Cooperation“ and Leuphana University’s „Centre for Digital Cultures“ .

Network Simulations Under Pandemic Circumstances

I was just wondering about the state of network modeling, simulating, and visualizing in the case of the Covid 19 pandemic. There is a productive Twitter thread that comes up with first preliminary glimpses. Thanks to everyone for contributing! Hope to get back to this more thoroughly, but in the meantime you might want to check out this conversation.

Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2021

spread the love not the virus

Im Sommersemester 2021 biete ich folgende Lehrveranstaltungen in der Siegener Medienwissenschaft an:

  • Einführung in die Medienwissenschaft 1+2
    Unisono | Moodle
  • mit Friedemann Vogel (Diskurslinguistik): Zeichen, Medien und Praktiken des Identifizierens
    Unisono | Moodle
  • Netzwerkkulturen
    Unisono | Moodle

Aufgrund der anhaltenden Corona-Epidemie werden die Veranstaltungen voraussichtlich primär digital stattfinden. Die Medialität der dafür genutzten Infrastrukturen und unsere eigenen digitalen Praktiken werden wir analytisch fruchtbar machen. Worum geht es in den Seminaren?

„Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2021“ weiterlesen

Einige Korrekturen am Ende des Semesters

In der digitalen Lehre ist positives Feedback besonders wichtig. Kritische Richtigstellungen hingegen gefährden die fragile Interaktionsordnung der Videokonferenz. Wie damit umgehen? Ich sammle hier einige Richtigstellungen, die zu wichtig sind, als dass sie in dicht gedrängten medienkultur- und mediensozialwissenschaftlichen Seminaren untergehen dürfen.