Kommende Veranstaltungen

Mi. 26. Januar 2022
MGK-Research Colloquium
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26. Januar 2022

3:00pm–4:00pm

Presentation: 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: Fernando van der Vlist

 

4:00pm–5:00pm

Presentation: Benedikt Merkle

(Dissertation Project: Regulation of the sensory. Flash-Animation as the aesthetics of object-oriented programming)

Discussant: Pip Hare

Mi. 26. Januar 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Versuch einer praxeologischen Medienphilosophie: Was Medien(praktiken) über Medienpraktiken wissen: Workshop mit Jens Ruchatz & Kevin Pauliks
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26. Januar 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 Uhr

Versuch einer praxeologischen Medienphilosophie: Was Medien(praktiken) über Medienpraktiken wissen: Workshop with Jens Ruchatz & Kevin Pauliks

Wie unsicher Bestimmungen sind, was ein Medium ausmacht, ist spätestens seit den Anfängen der Digitalisierung offensichtlich geworden. Zuvor gesteckte Mediengrenzen, wie z. B. von Fotografie, Film und Fernsehen, scheinen im medialen Raum des Digitalen zu verschwimmen. Deswegen wird immer häufiger der Blick von den medialen Formen und ihrer Prägekraft hin zu den Medienpraktiken verschoben, also auf das, was Menschen mit Medien machen. Als methodisches Rezept wird dann eine Ethnographie verordnet, die vorschreibt, Akteure bei ihrem Tun zu beobachten oder über ihr Tun zu befragen. Die formanalytischen Bezugspunkte der Medienwissenschaft – ihre eigenen Kompetenzen und Praktiken – werden von solchen non-representational methodologies konsequent ausgeklammert. Dem möchten wir entgegenhalten, dass Medien – im Sinne einer praxeologisch gewandten Medienphilosophie – nicht weniger verlässlich über ihre Praktiken Auskunft geben als Akteure. Wenn wir uns das Ziel setzen, Medien darauf hin zu befragen, was sie von ihren eigenen Medienpraktiken wissen, dann gewinnt dadurch zugleich auch die Bestimmung des Medialen an Kontur und Konkretion.

 

Jens Ruchatz ist Professor für Medienwissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Audiovisuelle Transferprozesse an der Philipps-Universität Marburg und stellvertretender Sprecher der DFG-Forschungsgruppe (FOR2288) „Journalliteratur: Formatbedingungen, visuelles Design, Rezeptionskulturen“ an den Universitäten Bochum, Marburg und Köln. Er leitet die Forschungsprojekte „Fragmentwanderungen im Medienvergleich: Fotografien in Zeitschrift und Buch im 20. Jahrhundert“ und „Bildförmige Bildkritik in Sozialen Medien. Explizites und implizites Theoretisieren des digitalen Bildes“. Er forscht unter anderem zu Fotografie in all ihren Materialitäten, zur Medialität der Zeitschrift, zu kulinarischen Medien und Fernsehserien.


Kevin Pauliks, M.A. ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im DFG-Forschungsprojekt „Bildförmige Bildkritik in Sozialen Medien. Explizites und implizites Theoretisieren des digitalen Bildes“ im Rahmen des Schwerpunktprogramms „Das digitale Bild“ an der Philipps-Universität Marburg. Zuvor arbeitete er an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal am Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Soziologie. Von 2011 bis 2016 studierte er an der Philipps-Universität Marburg Medienwissenschaft und Soziologie. Er promoviert zu den Medienpraktiken von Internet-Memes in der Werbung.

 

 

 

Do. 27. Januar 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Caroline Sinders: "Feminist Data Set"
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27. Januar 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr

 

Die Ringvorlesung findet online statt. Der Zoom-Link für die Vorlesung wird rechtzeitig über die Mailingliste des SFB zur Verfügung gestellt. Gäste können sich per Mail bei Damaris Lehmann anmelden.

 

 

Caroline Sinders: "Feminist Data Set"

What is feminist data inside of social networks, algorithms, and big data? How can we queer data, the archive, and the internet? How can a data set act as a form of protest, of a creation of bias mitigation? This talk looks at ways of intervention, from art, design, and technology that combat and challenge bias. How can we create data to be an act of protest against algorithms? Part of this talk will focus on Caroline's research and current art project, Feminist Data Set.

Feminist Data Set acts as a means to combat bias and introduce the possibility of data collection as a feminist practice, aiming to produce a slice of data to intervene in larger civic and private networks. Exploring its potential to disrupt larger systems by generating new forms of agency, her work asks: can data collection itself function as an artwork?

 

Caroline Sinders is a critical designer and artist. For the past few years, she has been examining the intersections of artificial intelligence, abuse, and politics in digital conversational spaces. 

She has worked with the United Nations, Amnesty International, IBM Watson, the Wikimedia Foundation and others. Sinders has held fellowships with the Harvard Kennedy School, Google's PAIR (People and Artificial Intelligence Research group), the Mozilla Foundation, the Weizenbaum Institute Pioneer Works, Eyebeam, Ars Electronica, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Sci Art Resonances program with the European Commission, and the International Center of Photography. 

Some of her research fellowships and funded research work has focused on dark patterns, community health, online harassment, AI inequity, and the labor and systems in AI and platforms. Currently, she is a fellow with Ars Electronica AI Lab with the Edinburgh Futures Institute.  Her work has been featured in the Tate Exchange in Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, MoMA PS1, LABoral, Wired, Slate, Quartz, the Channels Festival and others. Sinders holds a Masters from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

 

 

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Di. 01. Februar 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - M. Beatrice Fazi (University of Sussex): "Causality and the Future of Deep Learning"
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01. Februar 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr

Die Ringvorlesung findet online statt. Der Zoom-Link für die Vorlesung wird rechtzeitig über die Mailingliste des SFB zur Verfügung gestellt. Gäste können sich per Mail bei Damaris Lehmann anmelden.

 

 

M. Beatrice Fazi (University of Sussex): "Causality and the Future of Deep Learning"

This talk will offer a philosophical perspective on the future of deep learning. In the past decade, the successes of deep neural networks have brought the cognitive aspects of learning to the fore of artificial intelligence (AI) research. While the learning performance of artificial neural networks has been discussed in various ways, researchers tend to agree that this performance does not match that of human brains. The talk will consider how AI researchers are addressing the limitations and shortcomings of current state-of-the-art deep learning: it will focus on arguments claiming that more efficient, flexible and versatile deep learning can be achieved if and when these computational systems will learn to understand causal relations and cause-effect questions. The talk will address the issue of causality in AI and the concept of causation in philosophy to analyse how learning is linked to generalisation, reasoning, inference and to diverse modes of agency. 

 

M. Beatrice Fazi is Reader in Digital Humanities in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom). Her primary areas of expertise are the philosophy of computation, the philosophy of technology and the emerging field of media philosophy. Her research focuses on the ontologies and epistemologies produced by contemporary technoscience, particularly in relation to issues in artificial intelligence and computation. She has published extensively on the limits and potentialities of the computational method, on digital aesthetics and on the automation of thought. Her monograph Contingent Computation: Abstraction, Experience, and Indeterminacy in Computational Aesthetics was published by Rowman & Littlefield International in 2018.

Mo. 07. Februar 2022 - Di. 08. Februar 2022
Autor*innenworkshop "Taming digital practices – On the domestication of data-driven technologies"
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Montag, 07. - 08. Februar 2022

 

Author’s Workshop "Taming digital practices – On the domestication of data-driven technologies"

Issue 01/2023 of Digital Culture and Society (http://digicults.org/)

Edited / organised by Tanja Ertl, Tim Hector, Niklas Strüver and David Waldecker

 

The Special Issue Taming digital practices – On the domestication of data-driven technologies and the related author’s workshop propose to revisit and reconsider the concept of domestication. We propose to regard domestic media practices involving digital media technologies as data practices; by producing and depending on data, these practices particularly tame data-driven technologies to fit into everyday life.

The author’s workshop (Feb 7-8, 2022) is intended to support the submitted contributions with further feedback during the writing process, supplementing the journal’s double-blind peer review process by offering a multidisciplinary perspective beforehand.

 

Public Keynote: "Domestication Theory or Domesticating Theory? Some Reflections on the Life of a Concept" by Maren Hartmann (Universität der Künste, Berlin)

The workshop includes a public keynote by Maren Hartmann (Universität der Künste, Berlin) titled "Domestication Theory or Domesticating Theory? Some Reflections on the Life of a Concept"

Mon, 7th Feb 2022, from 11.30 am till 1 pm CET (via Zoom)

In this talk, the question of taming and the origins of the idea of ‚domesticating technologies‘ (in the very early material from Silverstone et al.) will be revisited and reflected upon. Who or what tames who or what? And what exactly is meant by taming (and how does this potentially differ from domesticating)? These questions will be addressed with additional references to work from a collection of articles on domestication that I am currently editing, which provides ample material from ongoing studies and adds up-to-date theoretical reflections. The presentation therefore combines a review of the domestication concept over the years with the basic question of what taming could actually mean for all parties involved.

Maren Hartmann is professor of Communication and Media Sociology at Universität der Künste, Berlin: https://www.udk-berlin.de/personen/detailansicht/person/show/maren-hartmann/

 

Call for Papers
For more information contact Tim Hector

 

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Mo. 07. Februar 2022, 11:30 - 13:00 Uhr
Online Lecture: "Domestication Theory or Domesticating Theory? Some Reflections on the Life of a Concept" by Maren Hartmann (UdK, Berlin)
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07. Februar 2022, 11:30 - 13:00 Uhr

 

The public lecture is part of the internal author's workshop "Taming digital practices – On the domestication of data-driven technologies"

 

"Domestication Theory or Domesticating Theory? Some Reflections on the Life of a Concept"

In this talk, the question of taming and the origins of the idea of ‚domesticating technologies‘ (in the very early material from Silverstone et al.) will be revisited and reflected upon. Who or what tames who or what? And what exactly is meant by taming (and how does this potentially differ from domesticating)? These questions will be addressed with additional references to work from a collection of articles on domestication that I am currently editing, which provides ample material from ongoing studies and adds up-to-date theoretical reflections. The presentation therefore combines a review of the domestication concept over the years with the basic question of what taming could actually mean for all parties involved.

Maren Hartmann is professor of Communication and Media Sociology at Universität der Künste, Berlin.

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event

Kontakt

Tim Hector
tim.hector@uni-siegen.de
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Mo. 14. Februar 2022, 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr
Workshop inkl. Coaching „Mit Drittmitteln zur Professur. Erfolgreiche Antragstellung für Wissenschaftler*innen“ (Dr. Judith Theben)
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14. Februar 2022, 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Für die wissenschaftliche Karriere wird die erfolgreiche Einwerbung von Drittmitteln – auch für die eigene Stelle – zunehmend wichtiger. Im Workshop lernen die Teilnehmenden wichtige Förderprogramme kennen, die eine Finanzierung der eigenen Stelle ermöglichen, und erhalten Einblicke in Antragslogik und -systematik. Neben der Frage, was einen gelungenen Antrag hinsichtlich Form und Gliederung ausmacht, wird der Begutachtungsprozess in den Blick genommen.

Im Praxisteil des Workshops steht die (Weiter-)Entwicklung eigener Projektideen und Forschungsprojekte im Fokus – für einen weiteren Schritt auf dem Weg zum erfolgreichen Antrag. Gerne können die Teilnehmenden dazu ein kurzes Abstract ihrer Idee für ein geplantes Forschungsprojekt mitbringen.

Ergänzend zum Workshop besteht die Möglichkeit am Folgetag (15.02.2022) im Rahmen jeweils einstündiger Individualberatungen persönlichen Anliegen aus dem Bereich Drittmittelanträge und Karriereplanung in einem Video-Gespräch mit der Trainerin zu thematisieren.

Der Workshop findet Online und auf Deutsch statt.

Für den Workshop und die Individualberatung ist eine verbindliche Anmeldung im Voraus erforderlich.

Dr. Judith Theben ist Forschungsmanagerin für den Bereich der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften sowie Theologie in den Freiburg Research Services, Abteilung Science Support Centre der Universität Freiburg. Einen Einblick in das Tätigkeitsfeld sowie die Expertise der Trainerin bekommen Sie hier.

Di. 15. Februar 2022 - Mi. 16. Februar 2022
MGK Data Lab on Data Analysis
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Dienstag, 15. - 16. Februar 2022

The data lab offers a space for mutual learning in empirical research methods for all stages of PhD research. The participants will bring in their own questions, problems or issues concerning, for instance, the design of an empirical study, the sampling or collecting of data, the accessibility of data, the analysis of empirical material or the writing of chapters. Supervised by senior scholars participants engage in in-depth discussions to receive feedback and inspiration on their own data and research materials.

This event is held in English.

Do. 24. Februar 2022 - Fr. 25. Februar 2022
Workshop & Coaching „Karriereentwicklung und Verhandlungstechniken“ (Dr. Claudia Neusüß)
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Donnerstag, 24. - 25. Februar 2022

In the workshop we will work on strategies for career development and negotiation skills. The participants will get impulses and suggestions for action: Conducting conversations and negotiations (including dealing with difficult situations, dealing with conflicts, negotiation techniques). The workshop will provide food for thought, space for reflection, setting impulses for action, i.e. goal achievement as well as transfer to one's own practice of action and will ground on the questions of the participants. 

Specifically, the workshop will provide

  • impulses for the development, planning and goal-oriented pursuit of career paths, with a view to appointment procedures
  • work on specific negotiation situations (e.g. workload) 
  • decision making, promotion of self-care and self-leadership, dealing with Plan B scenarios if interested 
  • international potentials and specifics in recognition systems and impulses for networking skills
  • promotion of gender sensitivity: sensitization, knowledge building and transfer impulses on the topic of gender and strategic career development

In additional coaching sessions we will work on individual questions and challenges.

Dr. Claudia Neusüß is managing partner and director, senior consultant, facilitator and coach of compassorange, the agency for contemporary HR and organizational consulting. She was a visiting professor at the TU Berlin and the American University in (Northern) Cyprus and has been a lecturer/head coach at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) on competence development and strategic support for women on boards and supervisory boards since 2018. She is a co-founder and long-time executive board member of Berliner WeiberWirtschaft eG, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and  OWEN, the Mobile Academy for Genderdemocracy and Peacebuilding. As a consultant, visiting professor or lecturer, she deals with holistic organizational development and an integrated diversity approach, gender in intersectional perspective, equality,  anti-discrimination. She promotes change agency, innovation and intra- and entrepreneurschip  and accompanies the development of (peer) learning communities and networks. One focus is the development of key competencies among (future) leaders in science, business, politics and civil society.

 

The workshop will be held online and in English.

For the workshop a registration in advance is required.

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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Vergangene Veranstaltungen

Di. 25. Januar 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Versuch einer praxeologischen Medienphilosophie: Was Medien(praktiken) über Medienpraktiken wissen: Lecture with Jens Ruchatz & Kevin Pauliks
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25. Januar 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr

Versuch einer praxeologischen Medienphilosophie: Was Medien(praktiken) über Medienpraktiken wissen: Workshop with Jens Ruchatz & Kevin Pauliks

Wie unsicher Bestimmungen sind, was ein Medium ausmacht, ist spätestens seit den Anfängen der Digitalisierung offensichtlich geworden. Zuvor gesteckte Mediengrenzen, wie z. B. von Fotografie, Film und Fernsehen, scheinen im medialen Raum des Digitalen zu verschwimmen. Deswegen wird immer häufiger der Blick von den medialen Formen und ihrer Prägekraft hin zu den Medienpraktiken verschoben, also auf das, was Menschen mit Medien machen. Als methodisches Rezept wird dann eine Ethnographie verordnet, die vorschreibt, Akteure bei ihrem Tun zu beobachten oder über ihr Tun zu befragen. Die formanalytischen Bezugspunkte der Medienwissenschaft – ihre eigenen Kompetenzen und Praktiken – werden von solchen non-representational methodologies konsequent ausgeklammert. Dem möchten wir entgegenhalten, dass Medien – im Sinne einer praxeologisch gewandten Medienphilosophie – nicht weniger verlässlich über ihre Praktiken Auskunft geben als Akteure. Wenn wir uns das Ziel setzen, Medien darauf hin zu befragen, was sie von ihren eigenen Medienpraktiken wissen, dann gewinnt dadurch zugleich auch die Bestimmung des Medialen an Kontur und Konkretion.

 

Jens Ruchatz ist Professor für Medienwissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Audiovisuelle Transferprozesse an der Philipps-Universität Marburg und stellvertretender Sprecher der DFG-Forschungsgruppe (FOR2288) „Journalliteratur: Formatbedingungen, visuelles Design, Rezeptionskulturen“ an den Universitäten Bochum, Marburg und Köln. Er leitet die Forschungsprojekte „Fragmentwanderungen im Medienvergleich: Fotografien in Zeitschrift und Buch im 20. Jahrhundert“ und „Bildförmige Bildkritik in Sozialen Medien. Explizites und implizites Theoretisieren des digitalen Bildes“. Er forscht unter anderem zu Fotografie in all ihren Materialitäten, zur Medialität der Zeitschrift, zu kulinarischen Medien und Fernsehserien.


Kevin Pauliks, M.A. ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im DFG-Forschungsprojekt „Bildförmige Bildkritik in Sozialen Medien. Explizites und implizites Theoretisieren des digitalen Bildes“ im Rahmen des Schwerpunktprogramms „Das digitale Bild“ an der Philipps-Universität Marburg. Zuvor arbeitete er an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal am Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Soziologie. Von 2011 bis 2016 studierte er an der Philipps-Universität Marburg Medienwissenschaft und Soziologie. Er promoviert zu den Medienpraktiken von Internet-Memes in der Werbung.

 

 

 

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Di. 25. Januar 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
Research Tech Lab: “Trying to build a method to study ML tools - organization, technicity, and orchestration” with Yarden Skop
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25. Januar 2022, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr

Trying to build a method to study ML tools - organization, technicity, and orchestration

The workshop will explore an experimental method for studying machine learning tools, developed for an article recently published in Big Data and Society titled ‘The fabrics of machine moderation: studying the technical, normative, and organizational structure of Perspective API’ by Bernhard Rieder and Yarden Skop.

The rudimentary method includes five steps to develop a set of research and observation questions that can structure the empirical study of machine learning systems. Such systems are often obfuscated or embedded in complex organizational constellations. Breaking down the process in this way can serve as a starting point and provide overall orientation.

Participants are encouraged to bring examples of ML systems they wish to explore using this method.

Fr. 21. Januar 2022, 12:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Workshop „I am a Mentor! Part 1 – The Unique Opportunity of Mentoring“ (Katja Wolter)
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21. Januar 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 first workshop “I am a Mentor! Part 1 – The Unique Opportunity of Mentoring” the participants will recap the basic mentoring skills and exchange information on fundamental topics and questions.

“The workshop aims at giving an insight into the opportunity of mentoring and motivates you to become a mentor. We will talk about the goals of mentoring and the different roles and expectations in this mentor-mentee partnership. You will learn about the opportunities and the benefits of mentoring for mentors and mentees. You will get information on how to begin a successful mentoring partnership. Additionally, you will receive some helpful tools to make your start as an empowered mentor as easy as possible.”

In the second workshop "I am a Mentor! Part 2 – Reflecting Mentoring Experiences" the participants will reflect on their first mentoring experiences and exchange tips and strategies that can strengthen the mentoring relationship. The date for the second workshop will be announced at a later date.

The workshop will be held online and in English.

For the workshop a registration in advance is required.

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

Mo. 17. Januar 2022 - Di. 18. Januar 2022
Schreib-Workshop & Schreib-Coaching für Promovierende (schreibzentrum.berlin)
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Montag, 17. - 18. Januar 2022

In einem Schreibworkshop und Einzelcoachings, durchgeführt vom [schreibzentrum.berlin], haben Wissenschaftlerinnen die Möglichkeit die Herausforderungen ihres eigenen Schreibprozesses zu besprechen, Fragen zu stellen sowie Impulse und Anregungen zu erhalten.

Der Schreibworkshop "Schreibtypen und Schreibstrategien" gibt eine kurzweilige Einführung in die vier häufigsten "Schreibtypen" und zeigt auf, inwieweit Schreibverhalten auch "typenabhängig" ist. Mit diesem Wissen können die Promovierenden dann selbst-bewusster ihren Schreibprozess steuern. In den Coachings können sie anschließend gezielt ihre individuellen Schreibstrategien besprechen sowie aktuelle Fragen und Anliegen klären. Die Schreibcoachings sind lösungsorientiert und erfolgen vertraulich.

Geleitet werden der Workshop und die Einzelcoachings von Dr. Daniela Liebscher, Leiterin des [schreibzentrum.berlin] und Schreibberaterin, und Dr. Gudrun Thielking-Wagner, Business- und Schreibcoach. Die Schreibexpert.innen des [schreibzentrum.berlin] sind zertifizierte und erfahrene Schreibberater*innen und Workshop-Leiter.innen. Sie kombinieren die Schreibdidaktik mit Expertise aus unterschiedlichen beruflichen Feldern wie Wissenschaft, Kultur, Gesundheitsbranche, Journalismus und Film. Mehr Informationen zum Team finden Sie hier.

Der Workshop und die Einzelcoachings finden Online und auf Deutsch statt.

 

Do. 13. Januar 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
Ringvorlesung: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Jen Ross (University of Edinburgh): "Speculative approaches, cultures of surveillance, and digital futures in higher education"
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13. Januar 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr

>> NEW DATE: Thursday, 13 Jan 2022, 6 - 8 pm <<

 

The lecture series takes place as an online-event. The zoom link for the lecture will be made available in good time via the SFB's mailing list. Guests can register with Damaris Lehmann by email. Send an email

 

 

Jen Ross (University of Edinburgh): "Speculative approaches, cultures of surveillance, and digital futures in higher education"

The Manifesto for Teaching Online argues that “online courses are prone to cultures of surveillance”, and points to the ethical and pedagogical dimensions of visibility. The upheavals of the Covid-19 crisis have increased the influence of edtech imaginaries based on logics of surveillance and extraction, and new ways of thinking about and working with the future are urgently needed. A speculative orientation to digital education offers methods for envisioning or crafting futures or conditions which may not yet currently exist, to provoke new ways of thinking and to bring particular ideas or issues into focus. In the talk I will share examples of how speculative methods have been used to critically explore and reimagine aspects of surveillance cultures in higher education.

 

Dr Jen Ross is co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She publishes and teaches on topics including education and learning futures, speculative methods, museum and gallery learning and engagement, surveillance cultures in education, the impact and pedagogy of MOOCs and open education, and student and teacher experiences of online distance learning.

 

 

 

Mi. 12. Januar 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Media Practices and Their Social Effects: Online workshop with John Postill
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12. Januar 2022, 11:00 - 12:30 Uhr

Media Practices and Their Social Effects: Workshop with John Postill

In this workshop we discuss John Postill's lecture and forthcoming paper that draw from the practice theory and media anthropology literature, as well as from a range of empirical studies, including Postill's own anthropological research in Malaysia and Spain, to discuss the effects of media-related practices in people’s social worlds. Postill argues that these social effects come in two main varieties – mediatising effects and worlding effects – and that this area is ripe for further media ethnographic work, so long as we overcome our customary aversion to the notion of media effects.

 

The Effects of Media Practitioners: Messy Causality, Digital Ethnography, and the Making of an Anti-Woke Space: Online Lecture with John Postill

Recent advances in the study of ethnography and causality offer media and digital ethnographers a unique chance to overcome their old aversion to the notion of 'media effects' (Postill forthcoming) and study the social effects of media practitioners and their work. In this paper I discuss some of the more intriguing causal thinking developed by contemporary ethnographers and apply it to my current research on the transatlantic 'anti-woke' movement. I take as my cases the trajectories of two leading anti-woke figures, both highly skilled media practitioners - the former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss and the documentary filmmaker Chris Rufo - tracing the socially formative effects of one key media 'event' (Sewell 2005) per practitioner. Each event, I suggest, yields 'luminous' ethnographic data (Katz 2001, 2002) about otherwise obscure causal relations linking individual and collective 'practice careers' (Greene and Rau 2018) across this dynamic space of content production (Johansen 2021). I conclude that digital ethnographers are indeed well equipped to follow 'messy', non-teleological effects wherever they may lead them.

Keywords: causality, digital ethnography, social effects, media practices, media practitioners, culture wars, anti-wokes, culture wars, Intellectual Dark Web

 

John Postill gained a PhD in Anthropology at University College London in 2000. He specialises in the study of media and sociocultural change and to date has done fieldwork in Malaysia, Indonesia and Spain. He currently lectures at the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, where he was previously a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow. His publications include The Rise of Nerd Politics (2018), Digital Ethnography (2016), Localizing the Internet (2011), Theorising Media and Practice (2010) and Media and Nation Building (2006). He is presently researching the 'anti-woke' movement and writing his first novel, a work of social science fiction titled Life of Piñas. He occasionally (re)tweets as @JohnPostill.

 

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Zoom-link on request

Kontakt

Sebastian Gießmann
giessmann@medienwissenschaft.uni-siegen.de
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Mi. 12. Januar 2022
MGK-Research Colloquium
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12. Januar 2022

3:00pm–4:00pm

Presentation: Daniela van Geenen

(Dissertation Project: Making sense of sensors as knowledge technologies: Critical data practice(s) in everyday sensor-enabled settings and situations)

Discussant: Dmitri Presnov

 

4:00pm–5:00pm

Presentation: Aynalem Misganaw

(Dissertation Project: tba)

Discussant: Daniela van Geenen

Di. 11. Januar 2022, 20:00 - 21:30 Uhr
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Media Practices and Their Social Effects: Lecture with John Postill
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11. Januar 2022, 20:00 - 21:30 Uhr

The Effects of Media Practitioners: Messy Causality, Digital Ethnography, and the Making of an Anti-Woke Space

Recent advances in the study of ethnography and causality offer media and digital ethnographers a unique chance to overcome their old aversion to the notion of 'media effects' (Postill forthcoming) and study the social effects of media practitioners and their work. In this paper I discuss some of the more intriguing causal thinking developed by contemporary ethnographers and apply it to my current research on the transatlantic 'anti-woke' movement. I take as my cases the trajectories of two leading anti-woke figures, both highly skilled media practitioners - the former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss and the documentary filmmaker Chris Rufo - tracing the socially formative effects of one key media 'event' (Sewell 2005) per practitioner. Each event, I suggest, yields 'luminous' ethnographic data (Katz 2001, 2002) about otherwise obscure causal relations linking individual and collective 'practice careers' (Greene and Rau 2018) across this dynamic space of content production (Johansen 2021). I conclude that digital ethnographers are indeed well equipped to follow 'messy', non-teleological effects wherever they may lead them.

Keywords: causality, digital ethnography, social effects, media practices, media practitioners, culture wars, anti-wokes, culture wars, Intellectual Dark Web

 

John Postill gained a PhD in Anthropology at University College London in 2000. He specialises in the study of media and sociocultural change and to date has done fieldwork in Malaysia, Indonesia and Spain. He currently lectures at the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, where he was previously a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow. His publications include The Rise of Nerd Politics (2018), Digital Ethnography (2016), Localizing the Internet (2011), Theorising Media and Practice (2010) and Media and Nation Building (2006). He is presently researching the 'anti-woke' movement and writing his first novel, a work of social science fiction titled Life of Piñas. He occasionally (re)tweets as @JohnPostill.

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Zoom-link on request: magdalena.goetz@uni-siegen.de
Do. 16. Dezember 2021 - Fr. 17. Dezember 2021
Workshop “Test Society/Covid-19”
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Donnerstag, 16. - 17. Dezember 2021, 10:00 - 16:00 Uhr

 

Test Society/Covid-19

Interpreting Testing Situations Across Scales With Visual Methods 

How can images from the web and social media be repurposed for the study of testing – as in challenging - situations? In this small hands-on, hybrid workshop we will explore how images associated with COVID-19 testing on Twitter can be used to account for the unfolding of issues across scales, from on-going everyday moments (“no test”) to what in Autumn 2021 was named “a massive public health failure.” 

Building 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. The first day will involve interpreting thematic sets of images guided by an interpretative protocol and the second day will involve discussing results and trialling the communicative capacities of visual situational analytics with invited guests.

 

Hosted by: Media of Cooperation, University of Siegen

Organisers:  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)

 

Registration: This is an online event. Please register via email to Sina Klankers klankers@medienwissenschaft.uni-siegen.de

 

Schedule

>> All times are CET <<

Thursday, 16 December 2021

10:00 - 10:50    Project presentation & discussion

11:00 - 11:50    Introduction of research protocol and Q&A

12:00 - 12:30    Group formation & planning

12:30 - 13:15    Lunchbreak 

13:15 - 16:00    Group work: Image Interpretation (on & off Zoom)

 

Friday, 17 December 2021

10:00 - 11:00    Group work continued

11:00 - 11:30    Introduction to the presentation brief & template

11:40 - 12:30    Group work continued / presentation prep

12:30 - 13:15    Lunchbreak

13:15 - 13:50    Group work: Presentations finalised

14:00 - 15:00    Presentations & discussion with Dr. Donato Ricci (Sciences Po, Paris) and Prof. Dr. Sabine Niederer (Visual Methodologies Collective)

15:00 - 15:10    Break

15:10 - 15:40    Presentations & discussion with Dr. Donato Ricci (Sciences Po, Paris) and Prof. Dr. Sabine Niederer (Visual Methodologies Collective)

15:40 - 16:00    Next steps

 

Background Readings

Marres, N. (2020). For a situational analytics: An interpretative methodology for the study of situations in computational settings. Big Data & Society, 7(2), 2053951720949571.

Marres, N., & Stark, D. (2020). Put to the test: For a new sociology of testing. The British Journal of Sociology, 71(3), 423-443.

Tsing, A. L. (2012). On Nonscalability: The Living World Is Not Amenable to Precision-Nested Scales. Common knowledge, 18(3), 505-524.

Campt, T. M. (2017). Listening to images. Duke University Press. (Introduction)

Bowe, E., Simmons, E., & Mattern, S. (2020). Learning from lines: Critical COVID data visualizations and the quarantine quotidian. Big data & society, 7(2), 2053951720939236.

Ricci, D., Calibro, Evennou, D., & Verjat, B. (2021). Developing Online Images. From Visual Traces to Public Voices. Diseña, (19), Article.2. https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.19.Article.2

Savransky, M., & Stengers, I. (2018). Relearning the art of paying attention: A conversation. SubStance, 47(1), 130-145.

https://www.e-flux.com/journal/114/366189/we-are-divided/ 

http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/165-SARAH-SZE-PARIS_GB.pdf

 

 

Mi. 15. Dezember 2021, 11:00 - 12:30 Uhr
Research Tech Lab: "Enriching image data with AI" with Jason Chao
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15. Dezember 2021, 11:00 - 12:30 Uhr
Enriching image data with AI
 
Participants will learn how to exploit AI technologies to enrich image datasets. 

Participants will be introduced to the affordances of computer vision APIs supported by Memespector-GUI:

  • Google Vision (proprietary)

  • Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services (proprietary)

  • Clarifai (proprietary)

  • Image classifier based on Keras (open source)

Memespector-GUI is a tool with graphical user interface which helps researchers invoke proprietary and open source computer vision APIs to analyse images with ease.

Veranstaltungsort

Online-Event
Mi. 15. Dezember 2021
MGK-Research Colloquium
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15. Dezember 2021

3:00pm–4:00pm

Presentation: Dmitri Presnov

(Dissertation Project: Anatomically integrated visualization of patient data)

Discussant: Ouejdane Sabbah

 

4:00pm–5:00pm

Presentation: Sheree May Saßmannshausen

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

Discussant: Susanne Förster

Di. 14. Dezember 2021, 16:00 - 17:45 Uhr
Research Forum - Prof. Dr. Kathrin Friedrich: "Adaptive Media. Tracking Technologies and Interventional Life Sciences"
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14. Dezember 2021, 16:00 - 17:45 Uhr

Adaptive Media. Tracking Technologies and Interventional Life Sciences

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Friedrich, Professur für Digitale Medienkultur, Uni Bonn

Fr. 10. Dezember 2021, 16:00 - 19:00 Uhr
Workshop "Achievements and Challenges in creating a Virtual Garfinkel Archive"
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10. Dezember 2021, 16:00 - 19:00 Uhr

The Harold Garfinkel Archive contains thousands of manuscripts, hand-written notes, annotated materials, correspondence, and audio and video recordings that Garfinkel produced over his 70-year career in sociology, as well as materials generated by his contemporaries. The sheer volume and variety of media, their (material) composition and complexity poses challenges for classical archivists and the field of digital humanities alike. Garfinkel’s work and working practices, and the practical reflexivity of ethnomethodology, require creative and new ways of processing, indexing, organizing, displaying and thinking about a virtual archive of his materials. Within the collaborative research center 1187 „Media of Cooperation” three associated projects working on the “Media of Praxeology” are participating in this process: “The ‘Discovery Procedures’ of Science and Technology Studies” (P01); “History of audio-visual sequence analysis as a methodology” (P02); and “Digital Tools and Environments for Research” (P03).

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum in which members of the three projects working to create a virtual archive within “Media of Cooperation” can share information, reflect upon practical problems and potential (technical) solutions, elaborate ideas, and develop a framework for collaboration going forward. Participants will be invited to present their projects, to reflect on past and current achievements and challenges and cooperatively establish an agenda for the future.

 

Schedule

16:00 – 16:05   Welcome

16:05 – 16:25   Introduction (Tristan Thielmann)

16:25 – 16:45   Proposal for a common technical Framework (André Heck)

16:45 – 17:00   Discussion

17:00 – 17:20   Way-finding journeys through the Occasion Maps papers (Patrick Sahle, Enes Türkoğlu, Andreas Mertgens)

17:20 – 17:35   Discussion

17:35 – 17:50   Coffee Break

17:50 – 18:10   Reply and Connection with the ongoing work in the physical Archive (Anne Rawls, Michael Lynch, Jason Turowetz, Clemens Eisenmann)

18:10 – 18:25   Discussion

18:25 – 19:00   Discussion & Conclusion: Past, Present, and Future of a Virtual Garfinkel Archive

Di. 07. Dezember 2021, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
[cancelled] Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Dashboards of Doubt and Disorientation: Lecture with Shannon Mattern
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07. Dezember 2021, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr

***** unfortunately this workshop had to be cancelled, it will be rescheduled *****

Dashboards of Doubt and Disorientation: Workshop with Shannon Mattern

In this era of upheaval and uncertainty, data dashboards have proliferated, promising clarifying oversight of everything from COVID infections and vaccinations, to the removal of white supremacist and colonialist statuary, to energy expenditures and climate change mitigation efforts. Dashboards crystallize states’, municipalities’, activists’, and corporations’ approaches to epistemological and affective governance by parceling the knowledge required for decision-making and calibrating stakeholders’ panic and pride in “progress.” Yet for all their promises of omniscient command, dashboards also manifest doubt and disorientation. In this talk we’ll examine a variety of recent dashboard and “control center” projects – both functioning and speculative examples – and consider how they reveal, perhaps inadvertently, the uncertainty and ambiguity underlying the data that illuminate their screens, the intelligence they cultivate, and the modes of governance that intelligence ostensibly inspires.

Shannon Mattern is a Professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: 5000 Years of Urban Media, all published by University of Minnesota Press; and A City Is Not a Computer, published by Princeton University Press. She also contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places Journal. In addition, she serves as president of the board of the Metropolitan New York Library Council and regularly collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at wordsinspace.net

Mi. 01. Dezember 2021
MGK-Research Colloquium
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01. Dezember 2021

3:00pm–4:00pm

Presentation: Niklas Strüver

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

Discussant: Jason Chao

 

4:00pm–5:00pm

Presentation: Regina Wuzella

(Dissertation Project: Maßlose Gesten – Agency in the field of Robotic Manipulation)

Discussant: Sheree May Saßmannshausen

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