The CRC “Media of Cooperation” condemns Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
We are deeply concerned for and stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, fellow academics, our colleagues, students, their friends and families. Further, we express our solidarity and respect for all people in and beyond Russia who are resisting and are being subjected to severe repressive measures by the regime.
“The Russian attack on Ukraine is profoundly shocking and our thoughts are with all the people affected by it. They have our solidarity and support. The university and the academic communities offer a series of support services in which we as researchers can participate”, says Prof. Dr. Carolin Gerlitz, deputy speaker of the CRC.
In line with the statement of the German Society for Media Studies (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft e. V.), the CRC is convinced that universities and research are and must remain characterized by international exchange and cooperation. Therefore, support cannot be subject to any national exclusions.
The board of the German Society for Media Studies shares a list of aid and support programs, compiled by the society’s Commission for Good Work in Research (Kommission für gute Arbeit in der Wissenschaft), supports the working group “AK Ukraine und Flucht” as well as the statement of the “AG Gender / Queer Studies und Medienwissenschaft”.
Below we share links to above mentioned initiatives as well as links to statements and support by other institutions.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Information for researchers No. 17 (3 March 2022): “Geflüchtete Forschende: DFG weitet Unterstützung aus” and further information and support for “Geflüchtete Forschende” (DE) and “Refugee Researchers: DFG Expands Support” and further information and support for “Refugee Researchers” (EN)
Statement “Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany: solidarity with partners in Ukraine – consequences for science and the humanities” of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany
German Society for Media Studies (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft e. V.)
Official statement “Krieg in der Ukraine: Hilfsprogramme für Wissenschaftler:innen in Not” of the board of the German Society for Media Studies (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft e. V.) and list of aid and support programs (for academics, students, artists, journalists)
Working group “AK Ukraine und Flucht”, an initiative established out of the society’s Commission for Good Work in Research (Kommission für gute Arbeit in der Wissenschaft). More info on the initiative can be found here (in: DE / EN / UK / RU). For support, joining and sharing of information: email@example.com and Email list: firstname.lastname@example.org
FG DeKolonial e.V.
Statement “United Against All Wars! For an Intersectional and Global Solidarity” of FG DeKolonial e.V. (Association for antiracist, decolonial, and postcolonial thought and practice / Fachgesellschaft für rassismuskritische, dekoloniale und postkoloniale Theorie und Praxis)
Networking, workshops and coaching sessions: As part of equal opportunities service in the CRC we host and offer a variety of formats ranging from networking events, coaching sessions and workshops to a comeback of our “Gender & Diversity Lunch”.
In the past winter, we invited Dr. Claudia Neusüß with a thought-provoking workshop on “Career Development and Negotiation Techniques”, which was the result of a valuable cooperation with the Equal Opportunities Office. Our PhD candidates became part of the supportive “Online Coworking Community” initiated by Dr. Anna Maria Beck and benefitted from an inspiring writing workshop conducted by [schreibzentrum.berlin]. Furthermore, we provided our female members individual coaching sessions on career development.
We started into the summer with a talk and discussion round with Dr. Iuditha Balint, director of the “Fritz-Hüser-Institut für Literatur und Kultur der Arbeitswelt”, which became the kick-off event for this summer’s „Gender & Diversity Lunch“ series, formely known as “Gender Lunch”. In the following month we welcomed Jun.-Prof. Dr. Cécile Stehrenberger and are looking forward to our next guests, Prof. Dr. Julia Bee and Dr. Simone Pfeifer, who will share their experiences around the topics of gender equality, diversity as well as reconciling academia and family. The “Gender & Diversity Lunch” is a collaborative format with the CRC 1472 “Transformations of the Popular”. Joining forces, we seek to facilitate networking between CRC members and individuals from variuous fields with different biographical backgrounds.
In June, we were very happy to host the workshop “Critical Whitness – Perspectives and Positioning for Everyday University Life” facilitated by KARFI – Black Collective for Empowerment and Racism-Critical Education. The educational collective is an association of three Black women, offering workshops, lectures, and support on working critically on racism.
We are very much looking forward to learning and growing with, through and from one another.
You find more about our Equal Opportunities Services here.
“Memory under Fire” focuses on data and archiving practices in times of war and conflict. With Ukraine as a focal point, we explore the dynamics of information disorder in our platform saturated media sphere. Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine has brought innumerable deaths and destruction in the physical sphere, and Russia’s aggression also continues in the digital space, where countless pieces of disinformation, hate speech and propaganda are spread. Additionally, the digital media dynamics of this war have been put front and centre: some call it ‘the first TikTok war’, others argue that Volodimir Zelenskiy and his country invented new ways to fight on the digital battlefield. Russia’s invasion and the ensuing ongoing war highlights both digital warfare and the many data practices that participate in, critique, document, and archive this war.
This current situation sheds light on the need to document and archive war experiences and war crimes for future researchers and generations. This is particularly relevant for both countering disinformation practices and preserving data and access to it digitally, when physical archival infrastructures are being destroyed.
For our event series, we host speakers from the fields of academia and praxis (e.g. Center for Urban History in Lviv, Bellingcat, Mnemonic, University of Amsterdam, Simon Fraser University, Underdog the Unlawyers and other institutions and fields of praxis) to discuss how this war is influenced by and changing our digital media sphere.
The first event “Archiving in Times of Crisis: Academic Perspectives” on May 23th explored data archiving and creative resistance practices in Ukraine and its diaspora featuring Taras Nazaruk from the Center for Urban History in Lviv and Kateryna Iakovlenko from the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna.
The second event “Archiving in Times of Crisis: Practitioners‘ Perspectives” on June 13th focuses on archiving war and human rights violations from the critical data practice perspectives in the fields of journalism and NGOs. We will host Charlotte Godart, investigator and lead of the Global Authentication Project at Bellingcat, Dia Kayyali, Associate Director of Advocacy at Mnemonic, and Olga Lubiv, Analyst at Underdog the Unlawyers, Kyiv, Ukraine.
The third event „Russian Disinformation“ on June 27th will present research perspectives from Ukrainian scholars and practitioners on Russian disinformation practices and their implications. We will welcome as guests: Karyna Lazaruk, Visual Communication Specialist and Media Activist, Institute of Mass Information, Ukraine, and Marc Tuters, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam, Svitlana Matviyenko, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University and Oleksiy Radynski, Filmmaker and Writer.
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50 Jahre Universität Siegen, 50 Jahre Forschung. Begleitet von Live-Musik konnten sich Besucher*innen des Fests der „Offene Uni“ am letzten Samstag die Sonderforschungsbereiche 1187 „Medien der Kooperation“ und 1472 „Transformationen des Populären“ der Universität Siegen kennenlernen. Unter dem gemeinsamen Thema „Unsere digitale Gegenwart: neue Formen des Populären und der Kooperation“ gaben vier unserer Teilprojekte im sonnenbeschienenen Hof des Unteren Schlosses Einblick in die Vielfalt der Medien der Kooperation.
Neben dem Gespräch mit unseren Forschenden konnten Besucher*innen mit vergangenen und aktuellen Chatbots interagieren und mehr über die Forschung zu synthetischen Akteuren erfahren, die in unserem Teilprojekts B08 „Agentic Media: Formen der Semi-Autonomie“ erfolgt. Wie viel Alexa mithört und versteht, konnten Besucher*innen wiederum vom Teilprojekt B06 „Un/erbetene Beobachtung in Interaktion: „Intelligente Persönliche Assistenten“ (IPA)“ erfahren. Früh übte es sich beim Stand von Projekt B05, welches die Interaktion von Babys und Kindern zusammen mit den Eltern erforscht. Über kleine Filme und Fotos zeigte das Projekt B05 „Frühe Kindheit und Smartphone. Familiäre Interaktionsordnung, Lernprozesse und Kooperation“, wie Kleinkinder mit digitalen Geräten umgehen. Digitale Medien spielen auch in der Medizin eine wichtige Rolle. Unser Projekt A06 „Visuell integrierte klinische Kooperation“ präsentierte den selbstentwickelten Prototypen, der die Symptome von Bandscheibenproblemen zeigt.
Wir hoffen, dass wir allen Besucher*innen einen Eindruck davon vermitteln konnten, auf welcher breiten Front sich digitale Medien als kooperative Werkzeuge, Plattformen und Infrastrukturen zeigen und danken für das Interesse und die anregenden Gespräche.
Recent discussions in German media studies are renewing the long tradition of conceptualising the ‘extensions of man’ or the ‘extensions of the body’ as devices enabling the emergence of technical instruments and/or of media. Whilst most of the earlier protagonist of this tradition focused exclusively on the extensions of human extremities and the brain, only a minor tradition mentioned ‘containers’ as technical and figurative externalisations of the rump and of whole bodies.
The new publication »From Instruments to Containers, from Containers to Media: The Extensions of the Body« in the Working Paper Series (No. 21, March 2022) by Erhard Schüttpelz focuses on the long drift from instruments to containers to media. Building upon research by British archaeologist Clive Gamble on the ambiguities of technical and figurative containers, the paper aims at developing a new prehistory of today’s media and computer interfaces from a media studies perspective.
Prof. Dr. Erhard Schüttpelz is principal investigator of the subprojects A01 »Digital Network Technologies between Specialization and Generalization« and P02 »Media of Praxeology II: History of audio-visual sequence analysis as a methodology« of the Collaborative Research Center 1187 »Media of Cooperation«.
The paper »From Instruments to Containers, from Containers to Media: The Extensions of the Body« is published as part of the Working Paper Series of the CRC 1187, which promotes inter- and transdisciplinary media research and provides an avenue for rapid publication and dissemination of ongoing research located at or associated with the CRC. The purpose of the series is to circulate in-progress research to the wider research community beyond the CRC. All Working Papers are accessible via the website or can be ordered in print by sending an email to: email@example.com
Our lecture series on „Testing Infrastructures“ starts tomorrow.
From QR codes used to verify COVID-19 vaccination status’ to cloud software used to train machine learning models, infrastructures of testing are proliferating. Whilst the infrastructures themselves come in different forms – from ‘off the shelf’ systems to tailor-made technologies – they all have a capacity to generate specific ‘test situations’ involving an array of different actors from ‘ghost’ workers to python scripts. An increasing reliance on digital platforms, protocols, tools, and procedures has led to a redistribution of testing itself: not just where testing takes place, and who performs the testing, but who has access to, and control over, mechanisms for testing, test protocols and of course, test results. In this lecture series, we focus on the practices making up the test infrastructures and explore different perspectives to make sense of the realities enacted by testing.
Our exploration of test practices is interwoven with the search for test media that bind actors together or create barriers; that enable cooperation or declare it impossible. Thus, our guest lecturers will reflect on a wide range of questions regarding ‘testing infrastructures’: How do testing infrastructures engender the construction of specific testing routines and practices? What kinds of affective experiences, reactions, and responses are generated through testing? How do testing infrastructures fade into the background, pointing to a tapestry of maintenance and repair practices? Lastly, what are the ways in which we can evaluate the role of digital infrastructures more broadly?
What novel test methods can be developed and actually ‘tested’ to gain a better understanding of how infrastructures work?
The lecture series is organized by the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1187) “Media of Cooperation”.
Contact: Dr. Johannes Schick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Der SFB 1187 stellt Videomitschnitte vergangener und kommender Veranstaltungen zur Verfügung.
Unter dem neuen Menüreiter ‚Media‚-Seite können ab sofort Videomitschnitte vergangener Tagungen angeschaut werden. Dazu gehören unter anderem einzelne Vorträge und Panels der letztjährigen „Off the Grid“ Geomedia Conference 2021, Beiträge vergangener SFB-Jahrestagungen und anderer internationaler Tagungen. Außerdem geben kurze Projektvideos Einblicke in die Forschungsarbeiten der Doktorand:innen unseres Integrierten Graduiertenkollegs (MGK). Videomitschnitte kommender Veranstaltungen werden zukünftig auf der „Media“-Seite veröffentlicht.
What do images from the web and social media connected to Covid-19 testing tell us about issues, big and small, in the world? And how can they be repurposed for the study of testing situations?
In the hands-on workshop “Test Society/Covid-19” international partakers will explore how images on Twitter can be used to account for the unfolding of issues across various scales, ranging from everyday moments to media outrage provoking events. The workshop is hosted by Media of Cooperation and will take place on 16th and 17th of December 2021.
As it builds on previous workshops at the Universities of Warwick, Amsterdam and St. Gallen, the workshop will offer researchers in STS, media studies and associated fields an opportunity to engage in and reflect on interpretative analysis of visual data in an interdisciplinary set-up crossing social, design and data-intensive methods. This event is organised by Noortje Marres (University of Warwick), Liliana Bounegru (King’s College London), Gabriele Colombo (Politecnico di Milano), Carolin Gerlitz (University of Siegen), Jonathan Gray (King’s College London).
More information can be found here.
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?
From December 1–3 2021 historians, media theorists and information scholars come together for the online conference “Digital Matters” to examine socio-material constituents of digital systems and artifacts. Tackling the presupposition of digital immateriality as a misconception but at the same time as a productive site for interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry into media and data practices, the conference counters the idea of disembodied algorithms floating rhetorically in an ethereal cloud of big data. With a keynote lecture by Jonathan Sterne (McGill University) titled “Some Species of Materiality”, six moderated sessions and twelve international speakers, the conference promises a deep dive into digital matters and (im)materialities.
Conceptualized as an online conference with hybrid elements, most speakers will partake online with the organizers and several others coming together onsite in Siegen.
The conference is organized by Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Siegen University), Valérie Schafer (University of Luxembourg), Axel Volmar (Siegen University) and Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University). The event is part of the CRC projects A01 and A02.
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