Jahrestagung 2020

Virtual Annual Conference 2020
Pandemic Cooperation: Media and Society in Times of Corona
University of Siegen | 27-28 October 2020

About the Conference

While the political reactions to the spread of COVID-19 worldwide have led to disruptions and interruptions of firmly established chains of cooperation in many areas of everyday life, the ongoing development offers unique opportunities for researchers to in-vestigate the highly dynamic socio-technical effects of the corona crisis from various angles. We are witnessing a controversial public debate about the appropriate measures to contain the health risks, but also the economic, political and social consequences of the pandemic. At the same time, all manner of socio-technical infrastructures are being subjected to considerable stress tests: from the basic healthcare infrastructure and logistics for food and daily consumer goods, to the digital communications infra-structure and issues of privacy protection.

Far-reaching restrictions to contact and curfews, travel restrictions, geopolitical distortions, increasing requirements for domestic, elderly and child care work, very acute health risks to citizens – the CRC 1187 understands these developments as a large-scale and unanticipated social breaching experiment that renders visible the everyday ongoing accomplishments of interactional practical infrastructures and technical infrastructures alike. The annual 2020 conference brings together scholars and practitioners from various fields to develop an understanding of the unfolding crisis in media and social theoretical terms.


Main conference language will be English.

Tuesday, Oct 27



11:00 – 12:00



General Assembly



Members of the CRC
Room: tba

14:30 – 15:00


Tristan Thielmann, Timo Kaerlein
Welcoming Speech:
Thomas Mannel (Prorector for Research and Young Scientists, University of Siegen)

15:00 – 16:00 Panel 1

Infrastructural Responses
(Session Host: Carolin Gerlitz)

  • Jason Chao (Siegen), Michael Dieter (Warwick), Anne Helmond (Amsterdam), Nate Tkacz (Warwick), Fernando van der Vlist (Siegen), Esther Weltevrede (Amsterdam):
    Mapping COVID-19 Pandemic Response Apps
  • Elise Li Zheng (Atlanta):
    “Health Barcode” Technology and Pandemic Management on the User’s Side: A Study Proposal
  • Timm Sureau (Halle):
    A Think Piece on Germany’s Corona-Warn-App
16:00 – 16:15 Break


16:15 – 17:15 Panel 2

Capturing Corona. (Data) Stories on Making Corona Public
(Session Host: Tobias Conradi)

  • Noortje Marres (Warwick), Liliana Bounegru (London), Jonathan Gray (London), James Tripp (Warwick), Helena Suarez Val (Warwick), Iain Emsley (Warwick), Federica Bardelli (Milan), Gabriele Colombo (Milan), Cian O’Donovan (London), Cagatay Turkay (Warwick):
    Corona testing on Twitter: Surfacing testing situations “Beyond the Laboratory”
  • Steffen Krämer (Hamburg):
    Boundary Crossing as Infrastructural Imaginary
  • Omotayo Omitola (Ibadan):
    Investigating and Documenting a Pandemic: A Study of an Investigative Journalist’s Twitter Handle
17:15 – 17:30 Break


17:30 – 18:30 Panel 3

Keeping in Touch in Times of Corona
(Session Host: Jutta Wiesemann)

  • Christian Meyer (Konstanz), Jürgen Streeck (Austin):
    Object-Lessons on Touch
  • Astrid Vogelpohl (Siegen), Pip Hare (Siegen):
    Keeping in Touch while Keeping Distance
  • Fernanda Roque Amendoeira (Belo Horizonte), Sineide Gonçalves (Belo Horizonte), Anna Ladilova (Gießen), Ulrike Schröder (Belo Horizonte):
    Embodied Perspectives on Communication with Face Masks in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, Oct 28



10:00 – 11:00



Keynote 1



Sarah Pink (Melbourne):
DIGITAL FIXES: sensory knowing, digital visits and uncertain futures
(Session Host: Tristan Thielmann)

14:30 – 15:30

Keynote 2

Arjun Appadurai (New York), Paula Kift (New York):
Can Mediated Selves Cooperate?
(Session Host: Roger Norum)

15:30 – 15:45 Break  
15:45 – 16:45 Panel 4 Pandemic Attuning: Methodological Challenges and Provocations from the Field
(Session Host: Sam Hind)

  • Virtual roundtable discussion with Tomás Sánchez Criado (Berlin), Adolfo Estalella (Madrid), Daniela van Geenen (Siegen), Magdalena Götz (Siegen), Danny Lämmerhirt (Siegen), Andreas Sudmann (Bonn), Anna Lisa Ramella (Köln), Asli Telli (Siegen), Martin Zillinger (Köln)
16:45 – 17:00 Break  
17:00 – 18:00 Panel 5

Pandemic Video Cooperation
(Session Host: Axel Volmar)

  • Axel Volmar (Siegen):
    Screen/ing Life: A Twitter-based Data Analysis of the Corona-related Boom in Videoconferencing Apps for Work and Everyday Practices
  • Beate Ochsner (Konstanz), Tom Bieling (Hamburg), Siegfried Saerberg (Hamburg), Robert Stock (Konstanz):
    Dis/Abling Video Conferences. A Video- and Auto-Ethnographic Exploration of Remote Collaboration Situations
  • Olga Moskatova (Erlangen):
    Networked Screens: The Socio-Technology of Immunization and Cooperative Co-Isolation
18:00 – 18:15 Break  
18:15 – 19:15 Panel 6

Affects of Pandemic Cooperation
(Session Host: Timo Kaerlein)

  • Wesley Shrum (Baton Rouge):
    Locative Fear and Pandemics: Responses to COVID-19
  • Kenan Hochuli, Johanna Jud, Alexandra Zoller, Heiko Hausendorf (Zurich)
    Across technical and material barriers: The human drive for interaction
  • Julia Katila (Tampere):
    Multisensorial Practices of Intimacy and Affect in Video-Messages between a Romantic Couple



Attendance of the conference is free of charge. For a Zoom access link to the event, please contact Timo Kaerlein.


Concept and Organization: Marcus Burkhardt, Tobias Conradi, Carolin Gerlitz, Timo Kaerlein, David Waldecker, Jutta Wiesemann, Axel Volmar