Kommende Veranstaltungen

Mo. 27. Juni 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Online Event Series „Memory Under Fire“: Russian Disinformation
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27. Juni 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Russian Disinformation
 
The second event of the “Memory Under Fire” Online Event Series “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
  • Marc Tuters, Assistant Professor University of Amsterdam: "Bunk Debunkers: an Empirical Analysis of Russian Participatory War Propaganda on Telegram“
  • Svitlana Matviyenko, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University: "Communicative Militarism During the Russian War in Ukraine“
  • Maria Haigh, Associate Professor, Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Comenius visiting Professor, University of Siegen, Germany: "Fact-Checking After Truth: StopFake.org fact-checking methods from the Russia Hybrid War on Ukraine, 2014 to 2022“

 

The event series “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 previous 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 focused on archiving war and human rights violations from the critical data practice perspectives in the fields of journalism and NGOs. We hosted 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.

 

We invite the public to participate in the series of events by registering via migle.bareikyte@uni-siegen.de or yarden.skop@uni-siegen.de for a Zoom link.

Veranstaltungsort

Online
Di. 28. Juni 2022 - Di. 28. Juni 2022
Infoveranstaltung: Kinderbetreuung an der Universität Siegen und Möglichkeiten der Bezuschussung
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Dienstag, 28. - 28. Juni 2022, 12:00 - 13:00 Uhr
Wenn Eltern Verantwortung für eine Familie tragen, kann die Vereinbarkeit von Beruf, Wissenschaft, Studium und Familie nur mit einer bedarfsgerechten und zuverlässigen Kinderbetreuung gelingen. Die Universität Siegen bietet zahlreiche Betreuungsmöglichkeiten, die wir Ihnen im Rahmen der Veranstaltung gerne vorstellen möchten. Anhand konkreter Fallbeispiele werden wir außerdem exemplarisch erläutern, wie der Betreuungsfonds der Universität Siegen bei der Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie finanziell unterstützen kann und wie und unter welchen Bedingungen Reisekosten von Kind(ern) refinanziert werden können.
 
Bei Interesse bitten wir um eine kurze Anmeldung bei Juliane Biewald (juliane.biewald@student.uni-siegen.de). Die Veranstaltung ist in Deutsch geplant, kann aber bei Bedarf flexibel in Englisch durchgeführt werden. Falls Sie Englisch wünschen, teilen Sie uns dies bitte bis spätestens zum 21.06. mit. 
 
Für eine Betreuungsmöglichkeit für Ihr(e) Kind(er) ist während der Veranstaltung gesorgt. 
 
Die Veranstaltung findet in einem hybriden Setting statt. Der zoom-Link wird im Vorfeld verschickt.

Eine Veranstaltung in Kooperation mit dem SFB 1472 "Transformationen des Populären" und dem Gleichstellungsbüro der Universität Siegen

Veranstaltungsort

Universität Siegen
AH-A 228
Herrengarten 3
Siegen

Kontakt

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Mi. 29. Juni 2022, 14:15 - 16:00 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: „Testing Infrastructures“ – Beth Semel (MIT / Language and Technology Lab): “Can You Hear Me Now? Sanity Tests and Screening Difference in Machine Listening for Mental Health Care”
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29. Juni 2022, 14:15 - 16:00 Uhr

Can You Hear Me Now? Sanity Tests and Screening Difference in Machine Listening for Mental Health Care

In the United States, growing numbers of psychiatric and engineering professionals collaborate in attempts to build automated systems that conduct mental health screening based on the sounds of the voice alone. These “vocal biomarker” detection technologies propose to turn any utterance into clinically significant data, regardless of a speaker’s knowledge or interpretations of their psychological status. Dominant discourses surrounding these efforts frame the auditory superiority of artificial intelligence (AI) as key to unlocking a more efficient and equitable future for psychiatric medicine. They often describe AI as a “stethoscope” or “thermometer” for mental illness, implying a straightforwardly biological and quantitative measure detached from the sociocultural and political dimensions of the clinical encounter.

This talk explores the “sanity test”—a computer science term for assessing the desired functionality, i.e. “rationality,” of a model—as an alternative analogy for vocal biomarker systems that more aptly conveys the normative logics, social effects, and matrices of domination embedded within them. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork with technologists and human test subjects whose sensory practices and voices shape how various vocal biomarker technologies will listen, I show that the boundary between “ill” and “well” bodies and subjects is in constant, contested flux throughout the design process.

 

Dr. Beth Semel is an incoming Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. Her ethnographic research combines linguistic anthropology, science and technology studies, disability studies, and sound studies to explore the sociopolitical life of automated voice analysis, focusing on efforts to integrate these AI-enabled technologies into the U.S. mental health care system. She is currently a postdoctoral associate in Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received her PhD in History, Anthropology Science, Technology and Society (HASTS). She is also the co-founder and associate director of the Language and Technology Lab.

 

On the lecture series: "Testing Infrastructures"

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.

We invite our lecture guests to ask: 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? Here we invite reflection on how testing infrastructures oft 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? This includes the challenge of what novel test methods can be developed and actually ‘tested’ to gain a better understanding of how infrastructures work. Our exploration of test practices in this context is interwoven with the search for test media that bind actors together or create barriers; that enable cooperation or declare it impossible.

Possible questions include (but are not limited to):

  • What are the implications of testing in different social situations and in what moments do they come to the fore? 
  • When and where are tests conducted—for whom and what, through whom and what, and by whom and what actors?
  • What are digital practices for/of testing and with what types of data do testing infrastructures support?
  • What other practices spawn from distributed testing? Think of practices of passing and obfuscation within nested situations of testing and the outsourcing of ‘validation work’ as constructions that govern.
  • What methodological strategies are there to make test procedures and their foundations transparent?
  • Can different politics of testing be distinguished? If so, where and under what conditions?
  • Can we demarcate between embodied testing and disembodied testing?

 

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Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Mo. 04. Juli 2022 - Di. 05. Juli 2022
Workshop "Rethinking and Rebuilding: Grand Narratives in the History of Computing"
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Montag, 04. - 05. Juli 2022

This event is prompted by the publication of A New History of Modern Computing by Thomas Haigh and Paul Ceruzzi (MIT Press, 2021), a book that was planned and largely written under the auspices of Siegen University. As the most ambitious scholarly overview history of computing published this century, this book updates the grand narrative of computing history by drawing on new generations of scholarship. Topics such as digital media devices, videogames, home computing, computer networking, smartphones, cloud computing, and the evolution of the IBM PC standard are integrated into the overall story for the first time.


Yet our purpose here is less to celebrate the new book as to ask what it, and its silences, tell us about the potential to tell other stories on a similar scale about computers and their history. The workshop gathers scholars from fields such as media studies, the history of science and mathematics, and the history of AI to ask what a grand narrative of the history of computing might look like if told from other perspectives. What do Haigh and Ceruzzi get right, and what opportunities did they neglect? What topics and chapters would appear if the story was told in a different way? What would be the protagonists and the plots?

 

Organizers:
Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee & Siegen University)
Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University)

Veranstaltungsort

Room 217/18 of Herrengarten 3, 57072 Siegen and online

Kontakt

Sebastian Gießmann
giessmann@medienwissenschaft.uni-siegen.de
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Mi. 06. Juli 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr
MGK-Research Colloquium
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06. Juli 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr

12:00 – 13:00

Präsentation: Yarden Skop

(Dissertation Project: Studying the relationships between platform companies and publishers through the development and deployment of computational tools for content moderation and fact checking)

Discussant: Vesna  Schierbaum

 

13:00 – 14:00

Präsentation: Clara Fernández de Bobadilla Munoz

(Dissertation Project: Data in crisis: An ethnography of technical practices of/with data during the Covid-19 pandemic)

Discussant: Pip Hare

Mi. 06. Juli 2022, 14:15 - 16:15 Uhr
Forschungsforum - A02: The Culture of Telecommunication Standardisation in the Tensions of the Digital and Neoliberal ‘Double Revolution & Julia Bee
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06. Juli 2022, 14:15 - 16:15 Uhr

14:15 - 15:15 Uhr

A02: The Culture of Telecommunication Standardisation in the Tensions of the Digital and Neoliberal ‘Double Revolution

 

15:15 – 16:15 Uhr

Julia Bee (Universität Siegen)

Bycicle Media and Cooperation

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/18
Di. 12. Juli 2022, 12:15 - 13:45 Uhr
Gender & Diversity Lunch mit Dr. Simone Pfeifer
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12. Juli 2022, 12:15 - 13:45 Uhr

Gender & Diversity Lunch mit Dr. Simone Pfeifer

Dr. Simone Pfeifer arbeitet derzeit als Postdoktorandin im DFG-Gradiertenkolleg 2661: „anschließen-ausschließen - Kulturelle Dynamiken jenseits globaler Vernetzung“ an der Universität zu Köln. Gleichzeitig ist sie Associate Senior Research Fellow im Projekt „Dschihadismus im Internet: Die Gestaltung von Bildern und Videos, ihre Aneignung und Verbreitung“ am Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Sie promovierte an der Universität zu Köln zu sozialen Beziehungen und Medienpraktiken im transnationalen Alltag von Senegales*innen in Berlin und Dakar. Als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin war sie Teil des Graduiertenkollegs "Locating Media.

 

Zur Reihe:
Die Reihe „Gender & Diversity Lunch“ lädt alle Mitglieder der SFBs „Medien der Kooperation“ und „Transformationen des Populären“ zu einem Austausch zu aktuellen Themen und Fragestellungen aus den Bereichen Gleichstellung, Diversity und Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Wissenschaft ein. Ziel der Reihe ist es, ein Networking zwischen SFB-Mitgliedern und Personen aus verschiedenen Bereichen und mit unterschiedlichen biografischen Erfahrungen zu ermöglichen. Zu jeder Veranstaltung wird eine Person zu einem bestimmten Thema eingeladen. Die Reihe findet in regelmäßigen Abständen zur Mittagszeit inklusive eines Imbisses statt. Vorschläge und Anregungen für Wunschthemen/-referent*innen sind jederzeit herzlich willkommen.

 

Ein Kooperationsformat der SFBs 1187 & 1472 zur Chancengleichheit

 

Anmeldung über Juliane Biewald (juliane.biewald@student.uni-siegen.de)

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 228
Di. 12. Juli 2022, 18:00 - 19:30 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – "Reappropriating Visual Network Analysis" – Lecture mit Mathieu Jacomy (Aalborg University)
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12. Juli 2022, 18:00 - 19:30 Uhr

Lecture: "Reappropriating Visual Network Analysis"

If the noema of big data visualization is “there is an order to that chaos”, then the study of digital traces calls to unveil the hidden structures of digitized society. Visual network analysis seems to promise such powers: complexity unfolding under your eyes! This begs two different kinds of questions. How does it work? But also: is this what we want to do?
Visual network analysis is already reappropriated in various places, like the teaching class and newsroom. As techniques circulate across fields and cultures, network practices change and get shaped in new ways. It is worth discussing different sides to this circulation. Some regrettable, like reusing network maps as marketing assets without containing their narrative powers, and some admirable, like reinventing the methodological commitments of algorithmic techniques inherited from distant fields. We will deconstruct what we see when we look at networks by exposing the gist of visual network analysis and questioning the notion of “community structure”, too often taken for granted. And finally, we will discuss the purpose and design of the apparatus we use to inquire into the complexity of digital traces.

 

Mathieu Jacomy is post-doc at the TANT Lab in Copenhagen, and previously was research engineer at the Sciences Po médialab in Paris. Jacomy tweets at @jacomyma

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/18
Mi. 13. Juli 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – "Network Map Making Workshop" – Workshop mit Mathieu Jacomy (Aalborg University)
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13. Juli 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 Uhr

This workshop about visual network analysis is open to all publics, with or without experience with the discipline. We will focus on the mechanics of reading a network map, and from there understand how to build them so that they are useful in practice. The workshop is mostly tool-agnostic, but we will use Gephi, a free network visualization tool, as our tool of choice, for those comfortable with it. We will also address the issue of building a narrative about a network, and how to mobilize the multiple layers of mediation involved, and notably the layout algorithm. Finally, we will engage with (and discuss) Gephisto, an experimental tool designed to produce network maps in one click (but with a catch!). This workshop will make it clear what to expect and not to expect of network maps, how to make them well, how to interpret them properly, and how to approach visual network analysis as an operational practice.

 

Mathieu Jacomy is post-doc at the TANT Lab in Copenhagen, and previously was research engineer at the Sciences Po médialab in Paris. Jacomy tweets at @jacomyma

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/18
Mi. 13. Juli 2022, 14:15 - 15:30 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: „Testing Infrastructures“ – Anat Ben-David (Open University of Israel): "Testing compliance: Israel‘s repurposing of Secret Services surveillance technologies for Covid-19 Contact Tracing in 2020"
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13. Juli 2022, 14:15 - 15:30 Uhr

More information on the talk will follow.

On the lecture series: "Testing Infrastructures"

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.

We invite our lecture guests to ask: 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? Here we invite reflection on how testing infrastructures oft 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? This includes the challenge of what novel test methods can be developed and actually ‘tested’ to gain a better understanding of how infrastructures work. Our exploration of test practices in this context is interwoven with the search for test media that bind actors together or create barriers; that enable cooperation or declare it impossible.

Possible questions include (but are not limited to):

  • What are the implications of testing in different social situations and in what moments do they come to the fore? 
  • When and where are tests conducted—for whom and what, through whom and what, and by whom and what actors?
  • What are digital practices for/of testing and with what types of data do testing infrastructures support?
  • What other practices spawn from distributed testing? Think of practices of passing and obfuscation within nested situations of testing and the outsourcing of ‘validation work’ as constructions that govern.
  • What methodological strategies are there to make test procedures and their foundations transparent?
  • Can different politics of testing be distinguished? If so, where and under what conditions?
  • Can we demarcate between embodied testing and disembodied testing?

 

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Veranstaltungsort

Room AH-A 217/18 of Herrengarten 3, 57072 Siegen
Mi. 13. Juli 2022, 15:30 - 17:00 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: „Testing Infrastructures“ – Martin Tironi (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile): "Prototyping For More Than Human Futures"
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13. Juli 2022, 15:30 - 17:00 Uhr

"Prototyping For More Than Human Futures"

In this lecture, I will share some empirical and theoretical reflections on the notion of prototyping, proposing elements for a more-than-human and decolonial agenda on urban datafication processes. One of the main sources of pride of the promoters of the Smart initiatives that I have studied, is that their technologies are always humans oriented, promoting more human futures. The idea of human centred design is not only the bar used to measure “good design”. It is also the driver of various typologies of smart products, solutions, and innovations. I will propose the challenge of thinking about the digital beyond the anthropocentric notion of human-centred design, and repositioning the digital in the debates around more-than-human futures is an ethical responsibility. If Smart projects point to how to achieve more human futures, preferring white men and seriously impacting the nature of the planet, a challenge for decolonial design would be to prototype new urban experiences, assuming that futures are not exclusively designed by humans or for humans.

Martín Tironi is Associate Professor, School of Design at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is sociologist, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2006. Master in Sociology, Sorbonne V, 2010. PhD, Center de Sociologie de l’Innovation, École des Mines de Paris, 2013. Post-doctorate, Center de Sociologie de l’Innovation, École des Mines de Paris, 2014. Visiting Fellow, Center for Invention and Social Process, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2018. Martin Tironi's research concerns digital sociology, design anthropology, the production and the maintenance of sociotechnical devices, and critical approach of smart cities and datafication. He is currently developing a research project (Fondecyt, 2021-2024) titled “Design Futures in the era of artificial intelligence and algorithmic prediction: problematizing the construction of technological futures in the Chilean context”. Before that, Martin developed another Fondecyt project titled “Datafication of urban environments and individuals: analyzing the designs, practices and discourses around the generation of digital data in Chile” (2018-2021) and Fondecyt project (2015-2018) on the circulation of the Smart City concept. His work has been published in The British Journal of Sociology (2020), Journal of Cultural Economy (2018), Environment and Planning D (2018), among others. Tironi was part of the curatorial team that won the gold medal in the London Design Biennale (2021) with the Pavilion “Tectonic resonance: from user-centered design to planet-oriented design”

On the lecture series: "Testing Infrastructures"

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.

We invite our lecture guests to ask: 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? Here we invite reflection on how testing infrastructures oft 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? This includes the challenge of what novel test methods can be developed and actually ‘tested’ to gain a better understanding of how infrastructures work. Our exploration of test practices in this context is interwoven with the search for test media that bind actors together or create barriers; that enable cooperation or declare it impossible.

Possible questions include (but are not limited to):

  • What are the implications of testing in different social situations and in what moments do they come to the fore? 
  • When and where are tests conducted—for whom and what, through whom and what, and by whom and what actors?
  • What are digital practices for/of testing and with what types of data do testing infrastructures support?
  • What other practices spawn from distributed testing? Think of practices of passing and obfuscation within nested situations of testing and the outsourcing of ‘validation work’ as constructions that govern.
  • What methodological strategies are there to make test procedures and their foundations transparent?
  • Can different politics of testing be distinguished? If so, where and under what conditions?
  • Can we demarcate between embodied testing and disembodied testing?

 

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Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Do. 01. September 2022 - Fr. 02. September 2022
Workshop "Agre After Techno-Utopianism"
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Donnerstag, 01. - 02. September 2022

It is hard to imagine digital culture without the work of Philip E. Agre. His description of the mutual dynamics of digital technology and ideology, so-called ‘grammars of action’ (Agre 1994), and the appeal for a critical technical practice (Agre 1997) have inspired scholars across media studies, HCI, and digital art and design for over 30 years. This workshop, ‘Agre After Techno-Utopianism’, seeks to evaluate his contribution to the study of technology, ideology, critique, and practice since the ‘techno-utopia’ of the early internet era ended, and more dystopic energies emerged.

The relevance of his work today is substantial. In Surveillance and Capture (Agre 1994), Agre saw the threats new workplace technologies posed that would mutate into examples of surveillance capitalism. In Real-Time Politics (Agre 2002), he wrote extensively on the downsides of digital cultures when the web was still considered a techno-utopia. In Pengi (Agre and Chapman 1987), Agre and David Chapman explored critiques of dominant AI conceptualizations. Together, these strands can be considered precursors to work, now commonplace, in software studies and integrated into computational methods for the study of digital culture. In Toward a Critical Technical Practice (Agre 1997), Agre famously offered a synthetic approach to studying technology, straddling the ‘craft work of design’ and the ‘reflexive work of critique’. In High Tech to Human Tech (Agre 1995) the political economy of digital culture became an even greater interest, debunking the ideology of ‘empowerment’ in newly ‘computerized’ workplaces. Even lesser-known work on the Networked University (Agre 2000) offered a prescient insight into the ‘promise and danger’ of remote learning.

Agre’s contribution to, as well as critique of, digital culture was just as significant. He ran the monthly mailing list The Network Observer (TNO) (1994-96) before starting the Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE) (1996-2001), offering regular insights into the ‘social and political aspects of computing and networking’. Not only did Agre critique the emerging digital world, but contributed to the counterculture within it. Since this period, we have experienced the downsides of networks, social media, and platforms, with AI and sensory media accelerating capitalism further. Bringing the founders of the nettime (1995-present) mailing list into conversation with the history of REE we want to think about how list cultures equally manifest as cultures of resistance. In this, we want to re-discover ideas that resisted tech-utopian narratives, and practices that challenged these ideologies.

Collectively, we want to deepen our understanding of Agre’s thinking and the significance of his work. From revisiting well-known texts to rediscovering less-popular work, and exploring the exciting interconnections between various disciplines and forms of ‘net activism’ that engaged with Agre’s work from computational science to sociology, and from work in political economy to across the wider arts and humanities. Within the context of the contemporary platform condition we want to collectively reflect on the relevance, as well as limitations, of his work; continuing to debunk cyber utopias, whilst disassociating and rearticulating narratives of power.

 

CfP for the workshop "Agre After Techno-Utopianism"


For this purpose, we invite contributions to a two-day workshop, 1-2 September 2022 where workshop participants will dive into the work of Agre through different formats: conversations, exegese, and critiques. In this, we are equally interested in exploring his role in shaping digital culture as we are in his academic work.

We invite contributions that engage with Agre's work in a comprehensive manner. We want to develop a foundation for how to read and work with Agre. We especially welcome contributions that seek to apply, and develop, Agre’s key concepts. However, the workshop will also aim to make sense of how Agre's thought has itself developed, from his early experiments with Pengi to the political economy of the internet. How, for instance, did his work on Pengi shape the idea of critical technical practice? What kinds of critique does Interactionism offer for the digital?

While the written contributions are designed to support a thorough examination of Agre's thinking, we will provide ample space for discussion. Here Agre can be confronted with contemporary questions. How, for instance, to think about ‘data practices’, sensor media or automation along with Agre?

Our second concern is to discuss the possibilities and practical implications of a collective inventory or archive of Agre’s work, exploring methods of documenting the network that developed around the RRE in the US and Europe and consider how it might be preserved and/or re-presented. We believe his heterogenous interventions deserve to be organized in a way that is respectful to the media specificity and materiality of early net critique, as well as being made accessible to the broader public.

As the location of the Harold Garfinkel archive, and a pioneer in the study of media practice, ethnomethodology, early internet studies, and the study of infrastructure, SFB1187 Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen is well suited to host this workshop.

 

Format: 2-day discussion workshop with conversation formats and interviews as well as dedicated discussions of contributions. Papers will be circulated in advance.

Please submit an extended abstract (1000 words)

Deadline for submissions: 10 May 2022

Suggested (non-exhaustive) topics. How did Agre develop critiques around the following issues:

  • Web communities and cultures (mailing lists, social media, tactics, resistance)
  • Connectivity and networks (wired-ness, de/centralization, infrastructure)
  • Capital-isms and technology (surveillance, networked, corporate, managerial)
  • Work and the workplace (tasks, practices, organizational forms)
  • Meaning of work (empowerment, the entrepreneurial self)
  • Surveillance and privacy (grammars of action, capture model)
  • Ethnomethods (accountability, activity, plans)
  • Activity Theory (L. S. Vygotsky) and Interactionism as modes of critique
  • Medium specificity (devices, platforms, AI)
  • Critical Technical Practice (CTP), design and methodology (critique, tech ethics, APIs)
  • Archives and histories (interactivity, accessibility, documentation)
  • Other topics open to ‘Agre-ian’ analysis (e.g. environment, ecology, race)

We welcome contributions from former colleagues and contemporary witnesses. We also hope to hear various personal accounts of these early days of the internet: the ideas, visions, and hopes that shaped, and have been reshaped, by these early developments.

Please send submissions to Tatjana Seitz: tatjana.seitz@uni-siegen.de

 

Organizers: Tatjana Seitz, Sam Hind, Carolin Gerlitz, Sebastian Gießmann

 

Works:

Agre P.E. and Chapman D (1987) Pengi: An implementation of a theory of activity. AAAAI-87 Proceedings 268–272.

Agre P.E. (1994) Surveillance and capture: Two models of privacy. The Information Society: An International Journal 10 (2): 101–127.

Agre P.E. (1995) From high tech to human tech: Empowerment, measurement, and social studies of computing. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 3 (1): 167–195.

Agre P.E. (1997) Toward a critical technical practice: Lessons learned in trying to reform AI. In Bowker GC, Leigh Star S, Turner W and Gasser L (eds) Bridging the Great Divide: Social Science, Technical Systems, and Cooperative Work. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp. 131–158.

Agre P.E. (2000) Infrastructure and institutional change in the networked university. Information, Communication & Society 3 (4): 494–507.

Agre P.E. (2002) Real-Time Politics: The Internet and the Political Process, The Information Society, 18(5), pp. 311–331.

Web resources:

The Network Observer: https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/agre/tno.html

Red Rock Eater News Service (RRE): https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/agre/

 

Veranstaltungsort

Siegen (on site/hybrid)
Do. 08. September 2022 - Fr. 09. September 2022
Conference "Health Data Practices"
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Donnerstag, 08. - 09. September 2022

Keynote Speaker, 8. Sept 2022, 11 Uhr: Deborah Lupton

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Di. 18. Oktober 2022
Women’s Networking Day: „Spread Your Research“ – Digitale Selbstpräsentation und Sichtbarkeit in der Wissenschaft
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18. Oktober 2022

Unter dem Motto „Spread Your Research“ thematisiert der Women’s Networking Day 2022 die Möglichkeiten digitaler Selbstpräsentation und Sichtbarkeit in der Wissenschaft.

Der diesjährige Women’s Networking Day ist eine Kooperation der beiden Sonderforschungsbereiche 1472 „Transformationen des Populären“ und 1187 „Medien der Kooperation“. Die Idee ist, Early Career Researchers aller Karrierestufen (Studentinnen, Doktorandinnen und Postdoktorandinnen) beider SFBs miteinander ins Gespräch zu bringen, Möglichkeiten der Vernetzung zu eröffnen und karriererelevante Themen und Skills zu vermitteln.

Das Programm des eintägigen Events bietet Vorträge und Workshops, die von geladenen Expert*innen aus unterschiedlichen Bereichen gestaltet werden, sowie Räume zum Networking und Erfahrungsaustausch. Der Women’s Networking Day findet einmal im Jahr statt und steht unter einem bestimmten Thema. Neben externen Expert*innen werden auch universitäre Partner und Kolleg*innen in für die Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen relevanten Positionen eingeladen, um insbesondere auch „In-House“-Informations- und Netzwerkmöglichkeiten zu eröffnen.

Referentinnen: Susanne Geu (Workshop zu Twitter), Katja Wolter (Workshop zu Research Gate & LinkedIn) u. a.

Zielgruppe: Mitarbeiter:innen aller Statusgruppen der SFBs 1187 & 1472

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Eine Kooperation der SFBs 1187 & 1472

 

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Mo. 07. November 2022, 10:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Workshop: „Financial Empowerment: Finanzielle Unabhängigkeit strategisch planen“ (Dr. Birgit Happel)
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07. November 2022, 10:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Workshop mit Dr. Birgit Happel (geldbiografien.de)
Zielgruppe: Wissenschaftler*innen und Mitarbeiter*innen der SFBs 1187 & 1472 

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Eine Kooperation der SFBs 1187 & 1472

 

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Vergangene Veranstaltungen

Mi. 22. Juni 2022, 9:00 - 11:00 Uhr
Research Tech Lab: "Memespector GUI Hands-On Session" with Jason Chao
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22. Juni 2022, 9:00 - 11:00 Uhr

Research Tech Lab Hands-on Session on Memespector-GUI

Memespector-GUI is a tool to enrich image datasets using computer vision APIs.  This hands-on session will guide the participants to obtain access tokens from proprietary APIs, use Memespector-GUI to invoke the APIs and interpret the outputs of the APIs.

Participants may use Memespector-GUI on a computer running Windows, Mac OS or Linux (with Ubuntu 16.04/18.04/20.04 with desktop environment installed).  A test dataset will be made available during the session.  The participants may also use their own image dataset.

The session will be delivered in hybrid mode. In-person attendees will benefit from technical assistance on-site, which usually provides more speedy solutions to technical issues.

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/18
Mi. 22. Juni 2022, 14:15 - 16:15 Uhr
Forschungsforum - B06: "Smarte Technologien in häuslicher Interaktion: Konsumpraktiken und Nachhaltigkeit zwischen Selbst- und Fremdbeobachtung" (Arbeitstitel) | A06: Visual Integrated Clinical Cooperation
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22. Juni 2022, 14:15 - 16:15 Uhr

14:15 - 15:15 Uhr

B06: "Smarte Technologien in häuslicher Interaktion: Konsumpraktiken und Nachhaltigkeit zwischen Selbst- und Fremdbeobachtung" (Arbeitstitel)

 

15:15 - 16:15 Uhr

A06: Visual Integrated Clinical Cooperation

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/18
Mi. 22. Juni 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr
MGK-Research Colloquium
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22. Juni 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr

12:00 – 13:00

Präsentation: Vesna Schierbaum

(Dissertation Project: Discursive construction and mediations of the sensory crowd)

Discussant: Fernando van der Vlist

 

13:00 – 14:00

Presentation: Fernando van der Vlist

(Dissertation Project: Digital platforms as governing information systems)

Discussant: Clara Ferná ndez de Bobadilla Munoz

Di. 21. Juni 2022, 12:15 - 13:45 Uhr
Gender & Diversity Lunch mit Prof. Dr. Julia Bee
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21. Juni 2022, 12:15 - 13:45 Uhr

Gender & Diversity Lunch mit Prof. Dr. Julia Bee

Prof. Dr. Julia Bee ist Professorin für Medienästhetik an der Universität Siegen und promovierte mit einer Arbeit zum Thema "Zuschauer_innen-Gefüge. Begehren, Differenz und Macht in Film- und Fernsehwahrnehmung". Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind u.a. Gender und Medien, Bild als Forschungsmedium, künstlerische Forschung, visuelle Anthropologie, postkoloniale Theorie, Fahrradkultur und Mobilität. Julia Bee wird über ihren Werdegang und ihren Weg zur Juniorprofessorin und Professorin sprechen. Gemeinsam werden wir über Karrieremöglichkeiten innerhalb der Universität sowie über die Prekarität, die Chancen und die Herausforderungen einer akademischen Laufbahn diskutieren.

 

Zur Reihe:
Die Reihe „Gender & Diversity Lunch“ lädt alle Mitglieder der SFBs „Medien der Kooperation“ und „Transformationen des Populären“ zu einem Austausch zu aktuellen Themen und Fragestellungen aus den Bereichen Gleichstellung, Diversity und Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Wissenschaft ein. Ziel der Reihe ist es, ein Networking zwischen SFB-Mitgliedern und Personen aus verschiedenen Bereichen und mit unterschiedlichen biografischen Erfahrungen zu ermöglichen. Zu jeder Veranstaltung wird eine Person zu einem bestimmten Thema eingeladen. Die Reihe findet in regelmäßigen Abständen zur Mittagszeit inklusive eines Imbisses statt. Vorschläge und Anregungen für Wunschthemen/-referent*innen sind jederzeit herzlich willkommen.

 

Ein Kooperationsformat der SFBs 1187 & 1472 zur Chancengleichheit

 

Anmeldung über Juliane Biewald (juliane.biewald@student.uni-siegen.de)

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 228
Mi. 15. Juni 2022, 14:15 - 16:00 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: „Testing Infrastructures“ – Franziska Engels (Denkfabrik Digitale Arbeitsgesellschaft): "Test Beds as Instruments of Innovation Governance"
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15. Juni 2022, 14:15 - 16:00 Uhr

"Test beds as instruments of innovation governance"

Test beds have emerged as a prominent policy instrument to foster innovation across geographical regions and technical domains. Although its popularity and proliferation, research has so far widely dismissed the co-productionist character of this test bed's experimental approach to innovation. Test beds as spatially confined, purposeful experimental settings aim at once to test, demonstrate, and advance the viability of new sociotechnical arrangements. Basing on my doctoral research, I will present a definition of test beds and an analytic framework for this distinctive approach to innovation - both on the level of technological development and the policy level. Drawing on in-depth empirical analysis from two case studies, I will show how test bed innovation unfolds along three characteristic tensions: (1) an oscillation between controlled experimentation and messy co-creation processes, (2) a dual logic of quasi-scientific testing and public demonstration, (3) an emphasis on place and spatial delineation versus an inherent promise of scalability and generalizability for a future society at large. Test beds reconfigure and "test" society around a new set of technologies and associated modes of governance based on particular visions of the future. In this talk I also raise questions of a responsible use and governance of test beds and experimentation as approaches of policymaking.


Franziska Engels is a policy advisor at the Policy Lab Digital Work and Society at the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs since 2022. Before that, she was working for the German High-Tech Forum that has advised the former Government on implementing its research and innovation strategy (High-Tech Strategy 2025). Prior to her work in politics, she was a research fellow at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), the TU Berlin, and a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley. She holds a doctorate degree in innovation policy from TU Munich (Munich Center for Technology and Society) and a Master’s degree in Social Science from Humboldt-University Berlin.

On the Lecture Series: "Testing Infrastructures"

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.

We invite our lecture guests to ask: 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? Here we invite reflection on how testing infrastructures oft 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? This includes the challenge of what novel test methods can be developed and actually ‘tested’ to gain a better understanding of how infrastructures work. Our exploration of test practices in this context is interwoven with the search for test media that bind actors together or create barriers; that enable cooperation or declare it impossible.

Possible questions include (but are not limited to):

  • What are the implications of testing in different social situations and in what moments do they come to the fore? 
  • When and where are tests conducted—for whom and what, through whom and what, and by whom and what actors?
  • What are digital practices for/of testing and with what types of data do testing infrastructures support?
  • What other practices spawn from distributed testing? Think of practices of passing and obfuscation within nested situations of testing and the outsourcing of ‘validation work’ as constructions that govern.
  • What methodological strategies are there to make test procedures and their foundations transparent?
  • Can different politics of testing be distinguished? If so, where and under what conditions?
  • Can we demarcate between embodied testing and disembodied testing?

 

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Veranstaltungsort

Room AH-A217/18 of Herrengarten 3, 57072 Siegen
Mo. 13. Juni 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Online Event Series „Memory Under Fire“: Archiving in Times of Crisis: Practitioners’ Perspectives
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13. Juni 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Archiving in Times of Crisis: Practitioners’ Perspectives
 
The second event of the “Memory Under Fire” Online Event Series “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: “Mapping Incidents of Civilian Harm in Ukraine”
  • Dia Kayyali, Associate Director of Advocacy at Mnemonic: “Social Media as Makeshift Archives of Human Rights Documentation: Content Moderation Issues and Beyond”
  • Olga Lubiv, Analyst at Underdog the Unlawyers, Kyiv, Ukraine: “Practical Aspects of Collecting and Utilising Data on Russian Soldiers and International Business in Russia Related to Russian War in Ukraine 2022”

The event series “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 Previous 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 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.

 

We invite the public to participate in the series of events by registering via migle.bareikyte@uni-siegen.de or yarden.skop@uni-siegen.de for a Zoom link.

Veranstaltungsort

Online
Fr. 03. Juni 2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr
Workshop: "Kritisches Weißsein – Perspektive und Haltung für den Hochschulalltag" (mit KARFI)
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03. Juni 2022, 09:00 - 13:00 Uhr

Kritisches Weißsein – Perspektive und Haltung für den Hochschulalltag

Die Hochschule ist kein neutraler Raum, sondern sollte in besonderem Maße einer kritischen Auseinandersetzung mit gesellschaftlichen Missständen verpflichtet sein. Weil Übergriffe auf Schwarze Menschen, Menschen of Color, jüdische Menschen, Menschen mit Migrations- und/oder Fluchtgeschichte auch 2022 in Deutschland nichts Ungewöhnliches sind, braucht es in allen Lehr- und Lernkontexten rassismuskritische Perspektiven.

Was tun bei rassistischen Bemerkungen von Kolleg*innen, Lehrenden, Studierenden oder Freund*innen? Welche Möglichkeiten bieten sich mir, rassismuskritisch wissenschaftlich zu arbeiten und zu lernen?

In diesem Workshop geht es zunächst darum, Wirkweisen von Rassismus (vor allem an der Hochschule) zu benennen. So können eigene Erfahrungen mit Rassismus besser eingeordnet werden. Zur weiteren Auseinandersetzung wird Kritisches Weißsein als Konzept, Haltung und Position vorgestellt und erarbeitet.

Der Workshop ist als Einführung konzipiert, bietet jedoch auch Menschen, die sich bereits mit Rassismus auseinandergesetzt haben, viele Anknüpfungspunkte.

Die Referentinnen bieten für einen Teil des Workshops getrennte Räume an: Menschen mit eigenen rassistischen Diskriminierungserfahrungen (Schwarze Menschen und Menschen of Color, die nicht als weiß und deutsch angesehen werden) sowie Teilnehmende mit Diskriminierungserfahrungen aufgrund ihrer (familiären) Migrationsbiografie haben so die Möglichkeit, sich dazu auszutauschen.

 

KARFI - Schwarzes Kollektiv für Empowerment und rassismuskritische Bildung 

„Empowerment gegen und Sensibilisierung für Rassismus – so lässt sich die Arbeit von KARFI beschreiben. Als Zusammenschluss dreier Schwarzer Frauen bietet das Bildungskollektiv Workshops, Vorträge und Prozessbegleitung zu rassismuskritischem Leben und Arbeiten an. KARFI vereint Perspektiven aus beratender und pädagogischer Praxis, kritischen Sozialwissenschaften und Schwarzem politischen Aktivismus.“

 

Texte:

Nadine Golly, Ilinda Bendler (2021): „Empowerment. Selbstermächtigung. Ein politisches und emanzipatives Konzept zur Schaffung eigener Räume und Narrative.“ In: Karim Fereidooni / Stefan E. Hößl (Hg.): Rassismuskritische Bildungsarbeit. Reflexionen zu Theorie und Praxis. Wochenschau Verlag.

Ilinda Bendler, Laura Digoh-Ersoy, Nadine Golly (2019): „Wechselnde Allianzen - rassismuskritische Bildungsarbeit in einem Schwarzen Bündnis.“ In: Jule Bönkost (Hg.): Unteilbar. Bündnisse gegen Rassismus. Unrast Verlag.

 

Anmeldung über Juliane Biewald (juliane.biewald@student.uni-siegen.de)

Veranstaltungsort

Online
Mi. 01. Juni 2022, 14:15 - 16:15 Uhr
Forschungsforum - Sam Hind/Max Kanderske & Petra Missomelius
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01. Juni 2022, 14:15 - 16:15 Uhr

14:15 - 15:15 Uhr

Sam Hind/Max Kanderske (Universität Siegen)

Re-Routing Logistics

 

15:15 - 16:15 Uhr

Petra Missomelius (Universität Innsbruck)

Orientierende Bewegungen im Innen und Außen: Denkbewegungen in medialen Konfigurationen des Lesens und Schreibens

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/18
Mi. 01. Juni 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr
MGK-Research Colloquium
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01. Juni 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr

12:00 – 13:00

Präsentation: Sarah Rüller

(Dissertation Project: Being public under increasing and diminishing Infrastructures: Understanding Media Practices and Sense-Making of Technology in non-urban Areas in Palestine and Morocco)

Discussant: Susanne Förster

 

13:00 – 14:00

Präsentation: Sheree May Saßmannshausen

(Dissertation Project: Intermediary, multimodal and immersive infrastructures for digital citizen participation in urban and regional planning)

Discussant: Niklas Strüver

Mi. 25. Mai 2022, 15:15 - 17:15 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Testing Infrastructures" – Noortje Marres (University of Warwick) & Philippe Sormani (Universität Siegen): "Testing ‘AI’: A Conversation"
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25. Mai 2022, 15:15 - 17:15 Uhr
Testing 'AI': Do we have a situation?
 
A conversation between Noortje Marres and Philippe Sormani
 
Proponents of the 'new' AI, in the shape of very large deep learning models, have claimed that these systems exhibit radically new capacities for judgement and decision-making (for a discussion, see Roberge and Castelle, 2021; see also Suchman, 2002). Tests and demos, such as AlphaGo's victory at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, South Korea (Sormani, 2018; Mair et al, 2021) and street trials of self-driving vehicles in the UK (Marres, 2020), have played a notable role in the propagation, as well as the problematisation, of such claims. In this conversation, Noortje Marres and Philippe Sormani discuss how social studies of technology are to approach and engage with these phenomena. 
 
The conversation will be structured around the following questions: What can we learn from today's real-world testing of "AI" regarding the distribution of capacities between artefacts, environment and context in compute-intensive practices (Quéré & Schoch, 1998)? Does the performance and evaluation of "machine intelligence" continue to demand the erasure of situations and the bracketing of social life? What does this tell us about possible tensions and alignments between different "definitions of the situation" assumed in social studies, engineering and computer science? (To riff on Star (1999)'s dictum: "one person's situation may be another person's barrier.") Does it make sense for social studies of technology to rely on the observation of situations in the re-specification of machine intelligence?
 

On the lecture series: "Testing Infrastructures"

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.

We invite our lecture guests to ask: 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? Here we invite reflection on how testing infrastructures oft 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? This includes the challenge of what novel test methods can be developed and actually ‘tested’ to gain a better understanding of how infrastructures work. Our exploration of test practices in this context is interwoven with the search for test media that bind actors together or create barriers; that enable cooperation or declare it impossible.

Possible questions include (but are not limited to):

  • What are the implications of testing in different social situations and in what moments do they come to the fore? 
  • When and where are tests conducted—for whom and what, through whom and what, and by whom and what actors?
  • What are digital practices for/of testing and with what types of data do testing infrastructures support?
  • What other practices spawn from distributed testing? Think of practices of passing and obfuscation within nested situations of testing and the outsourcing of ‘validation work’ as constructions that govern.
  • What methodological strategies are there to make test procedures and their foundations transparent?
  • Can different politics of testing be distinguished? If so, where and under what conditions?
  • Can we demarcate between embodied testing and disembodied testing?
 
References:
Mair, M., Brooker, P., Dutton, W., & Sormani, P. (2021). Just what are we doing when we’re describing AI? Harvey Sacks, the commentator machine, and the descriptive politics of the new artificial intelligence. Qualitative Research, 21(3), 341-359.
 
Marres, N. (2020). Co‐existence or displacement: Do street trials of intelligent vehicles test society?. The British journal of sociology, 71(3), 537-555.
 
Roberge, J., & Castelle, M. (2021). Toward an End-to-End Sociology of 21st-Century Machine Learning. In The Cultural Life of Machine Learning (pp. 1-29). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
 
Quéré, L., & Schoch, C. (1998). The still-neglected situation?. Réseaux: The French journal of communication, Communication-Technologie-Société, 6(2), 223-253.
 
Sormani, P. (2018, June). Logic-in-Action? AlphaGo, Surprise Move 37 and Interaction Analysis. In Handbook of the 6th World Congress and School on Universal Logic (p. 378).
 
Star, S. L. (1999). The ethnography of infrastructure. American behavioral scientist, 43(3), 377-391.
 
Suchman, L. (2008). Feminist STS and the Sciences of the Artificial. The handbook of science and technology studies, 3, 139-164.
 

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Mi. 25. Mai 2022, 14:15 - 15:15 Uhr
Forschungsforum - B05: Early childhood and smartphone. Family interaction order, learning processes and cooperation & Noortje Marres & Philippe Sormani
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25. Mai 2022, 14:15 - 15:15 Uhr

14:15 - 15:15 Uhr

B05: Early childhood and smartphone. Family interaction order, learning processes and cooperation

 

15:15 – 16:15 Uhr

Noortje Marres & Philippe Sormani: Testing ‘AI’: A Conversation (via Zoom)

Veranstaltungsort

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/18
Mi. 25. Mai 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr
MGK-Research Colloquium
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25. Mai 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr

12:00 – 13:00

Präsentation: Susanne Förster

(Dissertation Project: Agentic Media: Formations of Semi-Autonomy)

Discussant: Yarden Skop

 

13:00 – 14:00

Präsentation: Niklas Strüver

(Dissertation Project: Voice Assistants as sociotechnical phenomena: About infrastructures and platforms)

Discussant: Tim Hector

Mo. 23. Mai 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Online Event Series „Memory Under Fire“: Archiving Under Fire: Adacemic Perspectives
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23. Mai 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Archiving in Times of Crisis: Academic Perspectives
 
The first event "Archiving in Times of Crisis: Academic Perspectives," will explore data archiving and creative resistance practices in Ukraine and its diaspora. We will host Taras Nazaruk from the Center for Urban History in Lviv and Kateryna Iakovlenko from the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. Taras will present the digital dimension of the war in Ukraine and the complex practice of archiving war-related information flows on Telegram a go-to app for millions of Ukrainians. Kateryna will discuss various strategies of data practices and digital resistance by Ukrainian artists and activists addressing critical issues such as ethics censorship and equality with a focus on self-organised initiatives.
 

The event series “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 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.
 

We invite the public to participate in the series of events by registering via migle.bareikyte@uni-siegen.de or yarden.skop@uni-siegen.de for a Zoom link.

Veranstaltungsort

Online
Mi. 18. Mai 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr
Research Tech Lab: "Metadata Components for Qualitative and Ethnographic Data"
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18. Mai 2022, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr

with Aynalem Misganaw and Gaia Mosconi

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Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/18 (hybrid session)
Mo. 16. Mai 2022, 12:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Workshop "I am a Mentor! Part 2 – Reflecting Mentoring Experiences" - fällt aus-
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16. Mai 2022, 12:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Within the framework of the mentoring program of our CRC, we want to enable our members and especially the mentors of the program to expand their mentoring skills. In the second workshop “I am a Mentor! Part 2 – Reflecting Mentoring Experiences” the participants will build on what they learned in part 1 and reflect their mentoring experiences since then.

The booster workshop aims to reflect with the mentors upon their established mentoring partnerships. We talk about the challenges and successes experienced in the matching process. The mentors are encouraged to exchange experiences about the common topics, difficulties and positive aspects within the established mentoring partnerships. Mentors are motivated to reflect on their own experiences and to give collegial feedback. Additionally, we will discuss helpful tools to have a successful mentoring partnership over the coming months.

 

The workshop will be held online and in English.

For the workshop a registration in advance is required. It is also possible to join the workshop, if you couldn't partake in part 1.

 

Katja Wolter is a DSGv-certified trainer and mentor at the Steinbeis Research Center Institute for Resource Development who has specialized in scientific coaching.

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event

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