Upcoming Events

Mon. 25 October 2021 - Fri. 29 October 2021
Annual Conference 2021: "Re-Situating Learning: Making Sense of Data, Media and Dis/Unities of Practice"
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Monday, 25. - 29 October 2021

 

The year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the original publication of Jean Lave’s and Etienne Wenger’s seminal book “Situated Learning”. Digital media have since transformed the parameters of communal practice and participation. In many cases, learning in/as social practice has been re-situated to settings that are infrastructurally stabilized, yet locally and socially distributed; establishing new communities of practice that are themselves characterized by ephemerality and fluidity as fragmented, graduated, and networked publics. Taking this transformation as a starting point, this year’s annual conference of the collaborative research center “Media of Cooperation” will reexamine the relations between learning and digital media from various angles.

The annual conference takes place on 25–29 October 2021. It is structured in an evening event opening the conference with a keynote by Jean Lave, and four thematic panels including keynotes around the topics "Intercorporeality and Learning" (Keynote: Thomas Alkemeyer), "Decolonizing Learning, Rethinking Research" (Keynote: Koen Leurs), "Cross-Community Learning" (Keynote: Gerhard Fischer) and "Human-Machine-Learning" (Keynote: Mercedes Bunz).

 

Responsible subprojects: A03, A05, B04, B05, B08

Concept and organization of the annual conference 2021: Konstantin Aal, Hendrik Bender, Marcus Burkhardt, Susanne Förster, Pip Hare, Sam Hind, Timo Kaerlein, Max Kanderske, Karina Kirsten, Claudia Müller, Fernando van der Vlist, Anne Weibert, Jutta Wiesemann, Martin Zillinger

 

Registration:

Attendance of the conference is free of charge. The conference is a virtual event hosted using the Zoom video-conferencing service. To register your attendance and receive the access link, please write an email to: annualconference2021@sfb1187.uni-siegen.de

 

Conference website: www.resituating-learning.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de

Tue. 02 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Inga Gryl (Universität Duisburg-Essen) and Helena Atteneder (Universität Tübingen): "Towards a maturity-oriented education on the algorithms behind geomedia technologies"
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02 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

 

Inga Gryl (Universität Duisburg-Essen) and Helena Atteneder (Universität Tübingen): "Towards a maturity-oriented education on the algorithms behind geomedia technologies"

In our talk we unfold a theoretical framework behind algorithms of various forms of mobility that are technologically spoken based on geodata. From a technical perspective, algorithms can be seen as a sequence of codes that contain precise operations or procedures to solve a problem. Apart from simple queries such as navigation or movement patterns, due to an enormous increase in processing power in mobile, networked end user devices and a datafication of everyday behaviour, a multitude of other parameters can be considered . In our model we approach the massive social implications that come along with algorithms in everyday and educational settings, we outline a conception of the human being that comes along with that, which is mainly objectivating people and making them predictable, while, at the same time, places algorithms as seemingly deification or fetish. Thus, in algorithms, data and basic geographic data on physical positioning and movement is closely linked to a broader term of social mobility and consequent social implications.

 

Inga Gryl is professor for Primary Social and Science Education at the Institute for Geography, Universität Duisburg-Essen. Her research areas are digitalization in education, societal participation with geomedia, critical approaches in geography education, and innovativeness in schools.

 

Helena Atteneder is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Media Studies, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. Her research focuses on geomedia as socio-technological and dialectical phenomena at the interface between spatial and media theory.

Wed. 03 November 2021
MGK-Research Colloquium
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03 November 2021

3:00pm–4:00pm

Presentation: Quejdane Sabbah

(Dissertation Project: When the telecommunication industry meets platform companies: Facebook Network Analytics and the new infrastructural dimension of platforms.)

Discussant: Yarden Skop

 

4:00pm–5:00pm

Presentation: Pip Hare

(Dissertation Project: Moving moving images: affective viewing across contexts and continents (WT))

Discussant: Regina Wuzella

Mon. 08 November 2021 - Wed. 10 November 2021
Workshop “Data Lab: Making Sense of Sensor Data”
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Monday, 08. - 10 November 2021

This event focuses on the practice of making sense of sensor data. Intended as a hands-on data lab, we will collaboratively explore different types of sensor data that are part of the empirical material of the participating projects. How are these data types structured? How can they be described, analysed, visualised, or otherwise made sense of? To what kind of research questions do these data types speak? How have these data been inscribed by the media, devices, and tools used to capture and store them?

Together we will explore Waymo’s open data set – “one of the largest and most diverse autonomous driving datasets ever released” (see also on github.com). This open data set was released as part of a public ‘challenge’ – and thus for public exploration and testing. It contains various types of data related to autonomous driving, including motion data, video captures, object data, map data, code, LIDAR-based sensor data, and labelled data. They will also explore a data set from Comma.ai, an open-source driver assist platform, incorporating 33 hours of commute data (video, GPS, CAN) from California.

All participating projects are invited to bring their own sensor-related data sets to explore during this event. There will be a collective opening session to introduce all the data sets brought in and consider possible approaches to make sense of them. Subsequently, we proceed in individual working groups to engage with these data sets in depth. In a collective closing session, each working group will present their exploration process and (preliminary) results. Each working group will include one information designer to support in the process.

 

The event is designed as an internal, hands-on data “lab” with selected external guests.

Organisation: subprojects A03, A04, A05, A06, B06, B08, and P03

Tue. 09 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media"- Petra Missomelius (Universität Innsbruck): "'Digital education' and the IT industry"
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09 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

**Speaker will be present in Siegen**

 

 

Petra Missomelius (Universität Innsbruck): "'Digital education' and the IT industry"

In the past, one could speak of a ‘world education market’, which consisted strongly of potential estimates and forecasts, but now we can see that a ‘global education industry’ has developed. The global tech industry like IBM, Google, Apple, Microsoft etc. are successful in the educational technology businesses proposing that the solution of a problematic educational system should obviously be in the hands of private sector technology companies with their entrepreneurial experience and business success. In this lecture we will discuss how commercial organizations are engaging in education, even if it means that they must change business models and practices. Ultimately, these education industries offer high expansion potential for investors. We will investigate what it means when these players re-invent education. 

 

Ben Williamson Ben (2017): Big Data in Education. The digital future of learning, policy and practice

Marcelo Parreira do Amaral et al. (ed.) (2019): Researching the Global Education Industry

Niesyto, Horst (2021): ‚Digitale Bildung‘ wird zu einer Einflugschneise für die IT-Wirtschaft.

Langfassung/Onlineversion: https://horst-niesyto.de/gesamtuebersicht-publikationen/ [Kurzfassung/Printversion: medien+erziehung, Heft 1/2021, S. 23-28].

 

Petra Missomelius, Assoc. Prof. PD Dr. is a Media Scholar in the Department of Media, Society and Communication at Innsbruck University. Dissertation at Marburg University, Habilitation thesis on Education and media culture. Her Research is focused on audio-visual online cultures (current: mourning and commemoration during the pandemic) and digital infrastructures in the context of work process innovation.

Mon. 15 November 2021, 15:00 - 17:00 Uhr
Lecture - Johanna Drucker (UCLA): "Visualization for Modeling Interpretation" as part of the workshop "Visualization in/as Digital Media Studies"
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15 November 2021, 15:00 - 17:00 Uhr

Visualizations are generated as the display of data or information, and in spite of their many interactive features for query, search, filter, and other activities, they are not used as primary methods for modeling interpretation. Several crucial components are required for modeling, rather than display, and the specific elements of interpretative work add other requirements to the design of the interface. This talk sketches some principles and concepts for the design of visual environments for modeling interpretation and examines a few cases that suggest potential directions.

 

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in artists’ books, the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities.

 

The lecture is part of the online workshop “Visualization in/as Digital Media Studies” (B08) on Nov 18 – 19, 2021.

 

For registration and questions please contact: florian.gleis@student.uni-siegen.de

 

Tue. 16 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Niels Kerssens (Utrecht University): "Governed by edtech? Valuing educational autonomy in a platform society"
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16 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

 

Niels Kerssens (Utrecht University): "Governed by edtech? Valuing educational autonomy in a platform society"

This talk discusses the implications of platformization on education as a public good. It will focus on two interconnected concerns: (1) how the integration of public education into a global digital infrastructure contests the autonomy of schools; and (2) how the integration of digital platforms with educational practices in classrooms challenges the professional autonomy of teachers. Through this dual focus, I will explore how critical research within the emerging field of ‘Platform Studies in Education’ pertains to two levels: the political-economic level of building educational platform infrastructures and the social-technical level of how teaching and learning is (re)shaped by digital platforms. I will conclude the talk by briefly discussing recommendations for the future governance of edtech to serve the public interest. 

Niels Kerssens is assistant professor at the department of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University. His research investigates the implications of platformization on education as a public good. As principal researcher he leads the Special Interest Group (SIG) Platformisation of education, which is part of the focus area Governing the Digital Society (GDS). His current NWO Veni research project (sep 2021 - Aug 2024) is titled “Platformisation of primary education: public values at risk”.

Wed. 17 November 2021
MGK-Research Colloquium
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17 November 2021

3:00pm–4:00pm

Presentation: 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: Niklas Strüver

 

4:00pm–5:00pm

Presentation: Julia Kurz

(Dissertation Project: tba)

Discussant: Benedikt Merkle

Thu. 18 November 2021 - Fri. 19 November 2021
Workshop “Visualization in/as Digital Media Studies”
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Thursday, 18. - 19 November 2021

 

Visualizations play a central role in digital humanities and for digital methods. They serve as a means of inquiry and of communication. In a joint workshop of the collaborative research center “Media of Cooperation”, the BMBF project “Film Circulation on the International Film Festival Network” and the DFG network "New Directions in Film Historiography“ we will explore the potentials as well as the epistemological and practical challenges of visualization in digital media studies. Our aim is to explore current approaches, practices and techniques of visualization and to discuss their potential contribution to digital media studies. Visualization refers to more than the beautiful, yet potentially misleading and suggestive presentation of fact through visual artifacts. Visualization denotes also a process, i.e. an exploratory research process in the mode of the visual. Therefore, the workshop will pay special attention to the practices of inquiry in the process of visualizing: How can visualization be understood as open-ended inquiry and how can critical intervention be articulated in and through visualization? In short, how can visualization be practiced as a mode of digital media studies in its own right? We invite contributions that engage with the topic of the workshop and are based in projects with specific practices of visualization and research on visualization.

 

The online workshop is organized by Skadi Loist and Marcus Burkhardt

 

As part of the workshop, Johanna Drucker will give a lecture titled “Visualization for Modeling Interpretation” on Monday, 15 November, 15:00 – 17:00.

 

Workshop Schedule

Thursday, 18 Nov 2021

09:45 – 10:00    Welcome

10:00 – 11:20    Nadieh Bremer: data sketch|es - A year of exotic visualizations

11:20 – 11:30    Short Break

11:30 – 12:20    Martina Schories: Visualization as a Process 

12:20 – 12:30    Short Break

12:30 – 13:30    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Group Discussion

 

Friday, 19 Nov 2021

09:00 – 09:50    Deb Verhoeven and Michelle Mantsio: Loaded Images: Feminism, Data and the Film Industry’s “criminal networks”

09:50 – 10:00     Short Break

10:00 – 10:50     Federica Bardelli and Marcus Burkhardt: Visually Studying Cultures of Coding on GitHub: A Work in Progress Report

10:50 – 11:00     Break

11:00 – 11:30     Wrap up + End of the Workshop

 

For registration and questions please contact: florian.gleis@student.uni-siegen.de

 

Tue. 23 November 2021, 16:00 - 18:00
Research Forum - Dr. Sam Hind (A03): Sensor Strategies
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23 November 2021, 16:00 - 18:00

 

 

This event is in english

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Tue. 23 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Gabriele Gramelsberger (RWTH Aachen): "Collaborating with machines: Researchers Meet ML-Algorithms"
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23 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

 

Gabriele Gramelsberger (RWTH Aachen): "Collaborating with machines: Researchers Meet ML-Algorithms"

In scientific research traditional methods like theory, experiment, and measurement have been expanded by computational methods, such as computer-based simulations and, since a few years, machine learning techniques. The latter epistemically introduce a new culture of research as they are learning and self-learning techniques, representatively. For instance, in climate simulation ML-algorithms update the model while being computed, in material science ML-algorithms propose new materials. Thus, we experience the beginning of a new era of man-machine collaboration in research beyond traditional use of instruments and computers in science. The talk will explore this emerging new culture of research and its epistemic challenges.

 

Gabriele Gramelsberger is Professor for Theory of Science and Technology at the RWTH Aachen University. Her research focusses on the transformation of science into computational science, shifts in the epistemology of research, and the mathematization of meteorology and biology. She is currently building up the Computational Science Studies Lab at the RWTH. She is Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Cultures of Research” and a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Science, Humanities and the Arts.

Tue. 30 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Florian Jaton (University of Lausanne): "On ground truths, biases, and morality in machine learning design and application"
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30 November 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

 

Florian Jaton (University of Lausanne): "On ground truths, biases, and morality in machine learning design and application"

When one documents the manufacture of algorithms using the analytical genre of laboratory ethnography – among other possible ones – one notices that many of them rely upon referential databases called “ground truths” that gather sets of input-data and their manually designed output-targets counterparts. One also quickly realizes that the collective processes leading to the definition of these ground-truth databases heavily impact on the nature of the algorithms they help to constitute, evaluate, and compare. In this talk, I will first discuss some of the whys and wherefores of these ground-truthing processes, with an emphasis on supervised and unsupervised learning for computer vision. Then, building upon the presented elements and the concept of "genuine option" developed by pragmatist philosopher William James, I will critically discuss the notion of bias and propose an alternative way to consider the morality of machine learning algorithms.

 

Florian Jaton is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Lausanne, STS Lab. He studied Philosophy, Mathematics, Literature, and Political Sciences before receiving his PhD in Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne. His research interests are the sociology of algorithms, the philosophy of mathematics, and the history of computing. He is the author of The Constitution of Algorithms: Ground-Truthing, Programming, Formulating, published by MIT Press.

Wed. 01 December 2021
MGK-Research Colloquium
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01 December 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

Tue. 07 December 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Dashboards of Doubt and Disorientation: Lecture with Shannon Mattern
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07 December 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

 

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

Wed. 08 December 2021, 11:00 - 12:30
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Dashboards of Doubt and Disorientation: Workshop with Shannon Mattern
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08 December 2021, 11:00 - 12:30

 

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

Tue. 14 December 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Jen Ross (University of Edinburgh): "Speculative approaches, cultures of surveillance, and digital futures in higher education"
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14 December 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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.

Wed. 15 December 2021
MGK-Research Colloquium
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15 December 2021

3:00pm–4:00pm

Presentation: Dmitri Presnov

(Dissertation Project: Anatomically integrated visualization of patient data)

Discussant: Quejdane 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

Thu. 16 December 2021 - Fri. 17 December 2021
Workshop “Test Society/Covid 19”
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Thursday, 16. - 17 December 2021

This event is in English

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Tue. 11 January 2022, 18:00 – 20:00
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Media practices and their social effects: Lecture with John Postill
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11 January 2022, 18:00 – 20:00

**Speaker will be present in Siegen.**

 

Media practices and their social effects: Lecture with John Postill

In this paper I draw from the practice theory and media anthropology literature, as well as from a range of empirical studies, including my own anthropological research in Malaysia and Spain, to discuss the effects of media-related practices in people’s social worlds. I argue 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.

Keywords: media practices, media effects, social effects, practice theory, social change, media anthropology, media ethnography

John Postill gained a PhD in Anthropology from University College London in 2000. He specialises in the study of political communication, media practices and sociocultural change and to date has conducted fieldwork in Malaysia, Indonesia and Spain. He currently lectures at the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne. 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 ‘woke’ politics and writing his first novel – a work of social science fiction titled Life of Piñas. He is also planning a book on political culture and historical agency in the digital era.

Wed. 12 January 2022
MGK-Research Colloquium
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12 January 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

Wed. 12 January 2022, 11:00 - 12:30
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Media practices and their social effects: Workshop with John Postill
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12 January 2022, 11:00 - 12:30

**Speaker will be present in Siegen.**

 

Media practices and their social effects: Lecture with John Postill

In this paper I draw from the practice theory and media anthropology literature, as well as from a range of empirical studies, including my own anthropological research in Malaysia and Spain, to discuss the effects of media-related practices in people’s social worlds. I argue 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.

Keywords: media practices, media effects, social effects, practice theory, social change, media anthropology, media ethnography

John Postill gained a PhD in Anthropology from University College London in 2000. He specialises in the study of political communication, media practices and sociocultural change and to date has conducted fieldwork in Malaysia, Indonesia and Spain. He currently lectures at the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne. 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 ‘woke’ politics and writing his first novel – a work of social science fiction titled Life of Piñas. He is also planning a book on political culture and historical agency in the digital era.

Tue. 18 January 2022, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Caroline Sinders: "Feminist Data Set"
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18 January 2022, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

 

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.

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

**Speaker will be present in Siegen**

 

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.

 

Wed. 26 January 2022
MGK-Research Colloquium
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26 January 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

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

**Speaker will be present in Siegen**

 

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.

 

Tue. 01 February 2022, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - M. Beatrice Fazi (University of Sussex): "Causality and the Future of Deep Learning"
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01 February 2022, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

 

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 Lecturer 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.

Wed. 09 February 2022 - Fri. 11 February 2022
MGK Data Lab on Data Analysis
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Wednesday, 09. - 11 February 2022

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Past Events

Wed. 20 October 2021, 10:00 - 11:00
Planning Session: Program Summer Term 2022
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20 October 2021, 10:00 - 11:00

In this planning session for the summer term 2022 we discuss and shape the CRC program for next term. The session is open to all members of the CRC.

This event is in English.

Wed. 20 October 2021
MGK-Research Colloquium
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20 October 2021

3:00pm–4:00pm

Presentation: Tim Moritz Hector

(Dissertation Project: Voice Assistants in Talk-in-Interaction: Transformation and emergence of linguistic and cultural everyday-practices through acquisition of media with voice-user-interfaces)

Discussant: Tanja Ertl

 

4:00pm–5:00pm

Presentation: Max Kanderske

(Dissertation Project: Navigating the Noise: A praxeological examination of self-localizing interfaces)

Discussant: Sarah Rüller

 

Tue. 19 October 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media" - Katharina Rohlfing (Universität Paderborn): "Scaffolding and monitoring: Aspects of learning in the social design of explainable AI systems"
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19 October 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

 

Katharina Rohlfing (Universität Paderborn): "Scaffolding and monitoring: Aspects of learning in the social design of explainable AI systems"

What is driving a recent surge of interest in explainable AI (XAI) are technological advancements in machine learning affecting humans’ lives on the one hand but also  regulatory initiatives fostering transparency in algorithmic  decision-making on the other hand. Explainability is discussed as a solution to socio-technical challenges such as intelligent software providing incomprehensible decisions or big data enabling fast learning but becoming too complex to fully comprehend and judge its achievements. The vision is that with explainable AI, more insights  into the function, decisions, and usefulness of algorithms are expected.
  
  Yet, if an explanation is successful, it results in an understanding. Current XAI research is centering around solutions of how to explain and what could be a successful explanation leading to understanding. In the presentation, I will elaborate on a new approach that draws on two concepts known from learning and education: scaffolding and monitoring. Both are important resources for the social design of explainable AI systems: Whereas in current XAI research,  the addressee/explainee is mostly seen as a passive receiver, these concepts lead to a particular form of interaction to which both partners actively contribute. The assumption is that it will result in the explanation being tailored to a particular form  of understanding thus gaining on relevance.

 

Katharina J. Rohlfing received her Master’s in Linguistics, Philosophy, and Media Studies from Paderborn University, Germany, in 1997. As a member of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program “Task-Oriented Communication,”  she received her PhD in  Linguistics from Bielefeld University in 2002. In 2006, she became a  Dilthey Fellow (Volkswagen Foundation) and Head of the Emergentist Semantics Group at Bielefeld University’s Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). Currently, she is professor of psycholinguistics at Paderborn University and speaker of the Transregional Research Center „Constructing explainability“, funded by the DFG. Her work is on multimodal dialogical coordination and learning with a strong interest in cognitive  modeling, developmental robotics, and HRI.

Tue. 19 October 2021, 16:00 - 18:00
Research Forum - Dr. Anne Weibert: "Arrival Literacy through Interactive Storytelling Strategies"
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19 October 2021, 16:00 - 18:00

What does it take to find home? Experiences from an interactive storytelling-initiative

This work looks at experiences of arrival at the local neighborhood level. Literacy as an analytical lens helps to bring forward the complexity of the process, and digital storytelling is explored as an individual as well as collaborative mode of expression.

 

Anne Weibert ist seit November 2008 wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Neue Medien der Universität Siegen. Hier forscht sie über interkulturelles Lernen mittels computergestützter Projektarbeit. Nach ihrem Studium der Journalistik und Amerikanistik an der TU Dortmund arbeitete sie als Redakteurin bei einer regionalen Tageszeitung und als wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft in einem Forschungsprojekt über die Bedeutung von Journalismus und Medien für gesellschaftliche Integration. Ihre Diplomarbeit erhielt im Mai 2007 den Förderpreis des Augsburger Wissenschaftspreises für Interkulturelle Studien.

Thu. 14 October 2021, 16:00 - 18:00
Workshop B08 “Agentic Media - Formations of Semi-Autonomy”: workshop series with Mercator-Fellow Niklas Woermann
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14 October 2021, 16:00 - 18:00

Niklas Woermann: Unnatural Occurrences. Accountability, Reflexivity, and Experiments in the Wild.

Studying situated order in “naturally occurring situations” is the de-facto standard of EM/CA research in several fields. This workshop invites playful questioning of this ethnomethodological naturalism by asking what Unnatural Occurrences might look like and if we can track them down “in the wild” (as some particularly adventurous researchers like to call it). In particular, we will discuss the proposition and early empirical results of what I call Accountability Experiments: video-aided studies of the situated production of accountability by participants of behavioral or field experiments. Paid participants who gave informed consent to being watched and recorded might be particularly dutiful in keeping situated order visibly-rational-and-reportable-for-all-practical-purposes. Needless to say, the “unnatural” situational frame of the experiment will serve them as a resource to make sense of and in the situation. But then using such resources reflexively is a “natural” feature of any situation, which might explain why Garfinkel was much less of a naturalist than his prominent students. Therefore, we will ask if experimental situations offer valuable opportunities to study responses to new media technologies.

The respective zoom link will be sent via the CRC mailing list one week in advance.


In case you do not receive the link or have any other inquiries regarding the events please contact Hendrik Bender

Tue. 12 October 2021, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series: "Learning (in) Digital Media"- Rainer Mühlhoff (Universität Osnabrück) : "Human-Aided Artificial Intelligence: Machinic capture of human labor in contemporary media culture"
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12 October 2021, 18:00 - 20:00

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event with on-site participation and online access. 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

 

 

Rainer Mühlhoff (Universität Osnabrück) : "Human-Aided Artificial Intelligence: Machinic capture of human labor in contemporary media culture"

Artificial intelligence (AI), especially machine learning, structurally dependends on human participation. Technologies such as Deep Learning (DL) leverage networked media infrastructures and human-machine interaction designs to harness users to provide training and verification data. The current success of machine learning is based on a fundamental socio-technological transformation of the relationship between humans and machines. This transformation is driven by current trends in Human-Computer interaction design and perpetuated through digital media culture.

In the 1960s, the relationship between humans and AI was shaped by the idea of aspired resemblance between humans and machines. Machine intelligence referred to a machine imitating human cognitive skills such as chess playing or language comprehension. As I will argue in the talk, today, AI does not imitate human intelligence, neither does it replace human work. Rather, AI captures human cognitive, social and affective skills in hybrid human-machine apparatuses, which perform, as a whole, the resulting artificial intelligence. Contemporary machine learning systems thus rely on hidden forms of human participation orchestrated by digital media. This human participation is mostly unpaid and often not recognized as labor.

Relating to interface theory and critical media studies, I differentiate five types of “media technologies of capture” in AI apparatuses and analyze them as forms of power relations between humans and machines. Clickwork (e.g. Amazon Mechanical Turk) or Commercial Content Moderation are only two common forms of this kind of labor. Less well known forms include "social labor" on platforms such as Facebook, and "tracking and trapping" techniques of capture e.g. by Google Search. This talk is organized around examples to debunk the current hype of machine learning and discuss related forms of social control and discrimination of users.

 

Rainer Mühlhoff is a philosopher and mathematician and Professor of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Osnabrück. His work focuses on ethics, social philosophy, and data protection in the context of digital media. In interdisciplinary collaborations, he brings together philosophy, media studies, and computer science to analyze the interplay of technology, power, and social change. More information: https://rainermuehlhoff.de/en/

 

Thu. 30 September 2021 - Fri. 01 October 2021
Conference: "Netzwerke im Kulturtransfer"
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Thursday, 30. - 01 October 2021

Interdisziplinäre Online-Tagung am Internationalen Graduiertenkolleg 1956 Kulturtransfer (Freiburg/Moskau) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem SFB 1187 Medien der Kooperation (Siegen) und dem Institut für Medienkultur und Theater (Köln)

 

 

Veranstaltet von Dr. Sebastian Gießmann und Prof. Dr. Stephan Packard
Konzeption: Friederike Ahrens, MA., Dr. Sebastian Gießmann und Prof. Dr. Stephan Packard

 

Kulturkontakte und Kulturtransfer finden stets in Netzwerken statt: Sie sind von Beziehungen zwischen einzelnen Vermittler:innenfiguren und vermittelnden Institutionen, von materiellen und konventionellen Handels-, Verkehrs- und Kommunikationswegen, von den transportierten Gegenständen und nomadischen Medien, und von den impliziten Protokollen für jede der einzelnen involvierten Kommunikationen und Kooperationen abhängig. Der in den letzten beiden Jahrzehnten rasante und innovative Fortschritt der Forschung zu Netzwerken in etlichen Disziplinen bietet den Geisteswissenschaften deshalb auch in diesem Bereich neue Herausforderungen und Chancen. Die zweitägige interdisziplinäre Tagung Netzwerke im Kulturtransfer untersucht Prozesse der kulturellen Vermittlung dezidiert mit dem Blick auf jene Netzwerke, die sie ermöglichen und die von ihnen performiert werden. Es gilt, neue Verfahren und Begriffe zu entwickeln, die dem Fortschritt der Netzwerkforschung Rechnung tragen und zugleich grundlegend zum Verständnis gerade grenzüberschreitender kultureller Netzwerke beitragen – von der qualitativen und quantitativen Netzwerkforschung über Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie und Akteur-Medien-Theorie bis zu Profilierungen zwischen system- und netzwerkorientierten Ansätzen.

Die Tagung findet vollständig online statt. Bitte melden Sie sich hier kostenlos zur Teilnahme an:

kontakt@igk1956.uni-freiburg.de

 

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Tue. 21 September 2021 - Wed. 22 September 2021
Interviewing in Practice and Theory (A01, A02)
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Tuesday, 21. - 22 September 2021

This workshop will be held in a hybrid format in English. It starts 11:00 on September 21 and ends 17:50 on Sept 22. On both days, the earlier session is a workshop, which will be run for a small group in an interactive format by Thomas Haigh, an historian of computing and experienced oral history interviewer who has conducted interviews sponsored by the ACM, SIAM, and the Software History Center. Attendance in person is preferred if possible, to allow for easy discussion and informal chats over lunch. The events after lunch will be talks and a roundtable discussion featuring other experts on historical interviewing, most of whom are participating remotely. 

Speakers: Thomas Haigh (organizer, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee & Siegen University); Valérie Schafer (organizer, University of Luxembourg); Sebastian Giessmann (organizer, Siegen University); David Brock (Computer History Museum) & Milica Popovic (Global Observatory on Academic Freedom, Central European University).

Full details, including registration, are at https://www.socialstudiesof.info/interviewworkshop/. There is no charge for participation.

Fri. 10 September 2021, 09:00 - 10:00
Keynote by Hendrik Vollmer (Warwick): “Accounting for spacetimemattering” as part of the workshop Synchronizing Data in Organizations (A01, A02, A04, A06) – via Zoom
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10 September 2021, 09:00 - 10:00

 

To attend the keynote, please register to obtain a the Zoom link for the event. 
 

Organisation: Siri Lamoureaux, Tobias Röhl, Matthias Röhr, Cornelius Schubert, Axel Volmar der Teilprojekte A01, A02, A04, A06

 

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Thu. 09 September 2021 - Fri. 10 September 2021
Authors Workshop (online): Synchronizing Data in Organizations (A01, A02, A04, A06)
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Thursday, 09. - 10 September 2021

Organizations have always produced and relied on a wide variety of different forms of data. Originating from different sources and times, they are aggregated and operationalized with the aid of technologies and become part of situated ‘data practices.’ Thus, data seem to be in constant need of synchronization to enable their harmonious  use across  places and times. At the same time, practices of synchronization within organizations themselves rely  on certain forms of data and data  processing technologies. 

 

This conference aims to investigate how organizations deal or have dealt with the temporal and socio-technical heterogeneity of various forms of data. How do new ways of data aggregation and processing adjust temporal patterns of work, governance, leadership, collaboration and decision-making, and how, in turn, do changing forms of cooperative planning and data practices alter what kinds of data (such as qualitative data, user data, sensor data etc.) emerge and are being used in organizations? How are organizational data translated, interpreted and related to other data?  What are problems, challenges and issues revolving around data and temporality in organizations? 

Keynote by Janet Vertesi (Princeton): “The Power of Data: Data circulation in organizational view”
Do. 09. September 2021, 16:00 – 17:00 Uhr

Keynote by Hendrik Vollmer (Warwick): “Accounting for spacetimemattering”
Fr. 10. September 2021, 09:00 – 10:00 Uhr
 
Organisation: Siri Lamoureaux, Tobias Röhl, Matthias Röhr, Cornelius Schubert, Axel Volmar der Teilprojekte A01, A02, A04, A06

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Tue. 07 September 2021, 14:00 - 16:00
Praktiken der Welterzeugung in der digitalen Kindheit: Was als Berühren beobachtbar ist – Online-Workshop mit dem B05-Team
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07 September 2021, 14:00 - 16:00

Anknüpfend an das Blicklabor „Berührung ohne berühren“ (vom 31. Mai 2021) lädt das B05-Team zu einer Fortsetzung des interdisziplinären Austauschs über Körperlichkeit, Materialität, Leiblichkeit und Virtualität in der digitalen Kindheit ein. An ausgewählten kamera-ethnographischen Szenen zu Berührungsaspekten in der frühen Kindheit werden Fragen, Perspektiven, Beschreibungen und theoretische Rahmungen vorgestellt und diskutiert, mit dem Ziel einer multimedialen Publikation, in der impulsgebende kurze Texte zusammen mit den filmischen Szenen angeboten werden. Sinnespraktiken in der frühen Kindheit werden dabei als Medienpraktiken beschrieben, in denen Haut und Displays, Augen und Ohren synergetisch zusammenwirken und zu sensorischen Ereignissen werden. Was bedeutet das für die „Weisen der Welterzeugung“ (Goodman) in der frühen Kindheit?

 

Wir freuen uns auf den Austausch!

Bitte meldet euch bei Interesse bis zum 31. Juli zu diesem Online-Workshop verbindlich an, dann verschicken wir den Link zur Teilnahme.

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Wed. 18 August 2021, 10:00 - 17:00
Autor*innenworkshop “NAVIGATION. PRAKTIKEN – MEDIEN – THEORIEN – EPISTEMOLOGIEN” (Christoph Borbach, Max Kanderske)
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18 August 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

 

Der Autor*Innen-Workshop diskutiert und kontextualisiert die Beiträge der Ausgabe 1/2022 der Navigationen. Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften und stellt Bezüge zwischen den Beiträgen her. Die Ausgabe der Navigationen nimmt den Titel der Zeitschrift beim Wort und adressiert die aktuelle Forschung zum Themenfeld der Navigation aus medienkulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Dabei soll ein Überblick über das Feld, seine Forscher*Innen und deren Ansätze, Methoden und Theorien gegeben werden. Die Ubiquität so genannter smart devices im Postdigitalen zum Ausgangspunkt nehmend, will das Heft nach aktuellen Medienpraktiken und -techniken ziviler und militärischer Navigation sowie ihrer methodischen Untersuchung und (Re-)Modellierung fragen. Dabei dürfen epistemologische Perspektiven nicht fehlen, die rezente, ephemere sowie beständige navigatorische Praktiken und Techniken in ihrem historischen Wandel untersuchen und damit die variablen, mitunter divergenten Bedingungen und historisch-randständigen Ausgestaltungen des Navigationellen – also erfolgreiche wie gescheiterte Medien, Infrastrukturen, Praktiken und Standards – mitberücksichtigen. Um Anmeldung wird im Vorfeld gebeten. Weitere Informationen zur Thematik des Workshops siehe im CfP der geplanten Ausgabe unter: https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/wp-content/uploads/CfP-Navigationen-1.pdf

 

Mon. 26 July 2021 - Fri. 30 July 2021
Mixing Methods Summer School I
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Monday, 26. - 30 July 2021

 

Breaching digital media | Respecifying ethnomethodology

CRC Mixing Methods Summer School I

26-30 July 2021

Goals

How to disrupt the routines of digital media practices in an uncanny — yet heuristic — way? How can users interpret and try to cope with provocative events breaking usual flows of digital interactions? What does it mean to interrupt the "backend systems" of our day-to-day computational infrastructures? The first Mixing Methods Summer School of the Collaborative Research Centre 1187 “Media of Cooperation” invites graduate students to a series of methodological experimentations and creative explorations in the study of digital media practices. Following the established media-theoretical insight that the work of media becomes visible when they break down, our instructors will lead the participants through a number of productive ruptures, crossovers, and reconfigurations, in the encounter with digital technologies. To this end, resources from the ethnomethodological toolkit will be revisited, creatively adapted, and in part reinvented in two parallel tracks that combine theory inputs and presentations of materials with individual and group work sessions. Several general keynotes by prominent researchers in the fields of (digital) sociology, media studies, and Human-Computer Interaction bring the participants together and provide stimulating perspectives on the history, present, and prospects of ethnomethodology (Anne Rawls), experimental methods in digital sociology (Noortje Marres), and methods of critical (un)making (Kristina Lindström/Åsa Ståhl).

 

Track 1: Towards Digital Breaching Experiments (Loup Cellard) 

In everyday life, we navigate through situations where attributes about us and the world are tracked, ordered through information architectures and enriched by personalisation methods. Our worry regarding the power of computational devices is justified by many critical studies rightly pointing to their roles as pervasive background instruments participating in the scripting of interactions, the constant optimisation of experience, and the risks of a mundane infrastructural surveillance. The approach of track 1 of the Summer School consists in reclaiming a pause to inquire and reflexively intervene in the normative and routinized enactment of digital media. To borrow a method of american sociologist Harold Garfinkel, we will ask the participants to conduct “breaching experiments”: interventions that break expectations and conventions, therefore revealing the latent organisation of our digitised life. Moreover, our aim is to envision what “digital breaching experiments” could look like: the disruptions of familiar behaviours, socio-technical norms and regular flows of information in digital media contexts. Respecifying breaching experiments for digital media studies brings a number of empirical and methodological challenges we will explore based on two case studies: the data traffic infrastructures of (A) mobile apps and the scripted interactions of (B) social media and conversational agents (e.g. Alexa, Google Home). If two groups are already formed to work on the mentioned case studies, participants are invited to either join one of the groups or think about how “breaching experiments” or similar types of “norm breaking” experiments can be performed in relation to a case study of their choice (e.g. drones, chatbots, urban sensors, user interfaces...). Loup is at your disposal before and during the workshop to provide some methodological guidance. No specific knowledge about ethnomethodology is needed to follow the Track.

  

Loup Cellard (PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, Warwick, UK) is an ethnographer and design researcher working in the tradition of science & technology studies (STS) and materialist approaches to media studies. His research focused on algorithms, public sector digital transformation, data visualisation and inventive methods compounding science, art, design, and tech sensibilities. In June 2021, he joined the ADM+S Centre at Melbourne Law School as a postdoctoral research fellow, he is currently planning an ethnography on the ecological impacts of AI.

 

Website: http://www.loupcellard.com

Email: loup.cellard@unimelb.edu.au

@Twitter: CellardLoup

 

The guest of Track 1 is Robin de Mourat, designer researcher at Sciences Po médialab (Paris, FR), Robin’s work can be consulted here: https://medialab.sciencespo.fr/en/people/robin-de-mourat

 

Track 2: “Critical Technical Practice” Revisited: Of Materials, Methods, and Montage
(Philippe Sormani)

In his 1997 paper “Toward a Critical Technical Practice”, Philip E. Agre passingly remarked upon “computing […] as a kind of imperialism [aiming] to reinvent virtually every other site of practice in its own image” (p. 131). Track 2 of the Summer School returns to Agre’s passing remark, and his project of “critical technical practice” more broadly, to reflect upon, reconfigure, and/or reorient that project in the light of contemporary developments in ethnomethodological analysis, and its distinctive notion(s) of “respecification” in particular. For this purpose, the track invites its participants to select from their “materials” and ongoing inquiries a discourse fragment, video recording, physical object, and/or computational artefact for which they wish to deepen and discuss its empirical analysis. The jointly investigated “perspicuous setting(s)” (Garfinkel 2002), in addition to explicating the “methods” involved in situ, will invite participants to tease out, if not tinker with, the normative implications of their empirical analysis, be it in the light of the notion of “montage” (e.g., Stalder 2016) or related notions (such as “assemblage” or “entanglement”), all of which have gained traction in and across media studies, current digital sociology, as well as science and technology studies. Track 2, in other words, brings together workshop participants and current practitioners in ethnomethodology, upcoming and established, to work out what “critical technical practice” could actually look like today (conceptually, analytically, interactively, aesthetically, etc.). Therefore, participants are invited to “bring their own materials,” whatever they may be, team up and/or do solo subprojects, whilst taking inspiration from the Track’s and its guests’ (ethno-)methodological inputs. Participants may join one or the other case study launched by the convenor, too. Designed as reflexive endeavors, these case studies explicate various AI assemblages and robotic systems (e.g., “DIY AI” kits, “AV” prototypes) from within their multifaceted montage and tricky performance(s) in situ and in vivo.   

 

Philippe Sormani (PhD in Sociology) is a Senior Researcher and Co-Director of the STS Lab at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Developing and drawing upon ethnomethodology, he has engaged in and published on experimentation, scientific or other, in and across different fields (e.g., Practicing Art/Science at Routledge, 2019). Currently, he is experimenting with “DIY AI,” robotic systems, and critical inquiry. He is affiliated to the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris and Co-Editor of Ethnographic Studies

@academia: https://ehess.academia.edu/PhilippeSormani 

 

Guests of Track 2 include Jakub Mlynar (Prague) and Wes Sharrock (Manchester). 

 

Jakub’s work can be consulted here: https://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/jakub-mlynar  

Wes’ work is partly made available via: https://www.sharrockandanderson.co.uk/the-archive/   

 

Keynote July 26, 10 – 11.15 am

Noortje Marres: For a situational analytics: An interpretative methodology for the study of social life in computational settings

Situational analytics extends to computing-intensive settings an interpretative methodology developed by Adele Clarke, Situational Analysis (2005), which uses data mapping to detect heterogeneous entities in fieldwork data to determine ‘what makes a difference’ in a situation. In this talk, I will review the case for a specific set of modifications of situational analysis to enable the study of situations in platform- and other computing-intensive settings at scale. I will concentrate on examining different understandings of what makes a situation, in order to ascertain whether and how the testing qualities and/or disruptive capacities of situations can be rendered detectable with automated methods of interpretative data analysis. 

Noortje Marres is Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. Her work investigates issues at the intersection of innovation, everyday environments and public life: the role of mundane objects in environmental engagement, intelligent technology testing in society, and changing relations between social life and social science in a computational age. She also contributes to methodology development, in the area of issue mapping, and more recently, situational analytics. Noortje studied philosophy and sociology of science and technology at the University of Amsterdam and will be a Visiting Professor at the University of Siegen from October 2021 onwards. She published Material Participation (2012) and Digital Sociology (2017) and with Michael Guggenheim and Alex Wilkie edited Inventing the Social (2018). She recently published the paper “For a situational analytics” (Big Data and Society, 2020) More info at www.noortjemarres.net  

 

Keynote July 26, 5 – 6.15 pm

Anne Rawls: Revealing Order through Disorder: Garfinkel’s Breaching Tutorials and Studies of Difficulty and Difference

Because most people take for granted the media of cooperation that we use to make self, sense and social facts together – the everyday practices and media we use to do that – it is necessary to develop ways of creating awareness of how we do these things. Garfinkel focused on both what he called “natural experiments” and classroom “tutorials” for examining breakdowns in social order that reveal the way order and meaning are “normally” achieved. These have come to be referred to as “breaching experiments”. It is important to remember that Garfinkel did not consider them “experiments” and did not rely on them outside of classroom exercises – focusing in actual research on finding instances of natural breakdowns and difficulties that could shed light on the normal ordinary achievement of self/identity and order/meaning.

Anne Rawls is Professor of Sociology, Bentley University, Professor of Socio-Informatics, Siegen University and Director of the Garfinkel Archive. Teaching social and interactional theory for over forty years Professor Rawls has also written extensively on Durkheim and Garfinkel, explaining their argument that equality is needed to ground practices in democratic publics, and showing how inequality interferes with the cooperation necessary to successfully engage in complex practices. She has documented the latter point through research on interaction between race/cultural groups.

 

Keynote July 27, 5 – 6.15 pm

Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl: Un/Making Matters, Practices and Imaginaries

In this presentation design researchers Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl from the Un/Making Studio will present their enquiries into un/making matters, practices and imaginaries. Their work builds on an understanding of design as always being both creative and destructive, and draws on methods, approaches and perspectives from feminist technoscience and participatory design that deals with public speculative engagements with science and technology. Based on their practice-based research they will discuss three different orientations of un/making: un/making in the aftermath of design, un/making preferable things, and un/making futures.

Åsa Ståhl is a senior lecturer in design at Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden. Kristina Lindström is a senior lecturer in design at the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University, Sweden. In 2014 they defended their collaborative PhD thesis, across the disciplines of Media and Communication Studies and Interaction Design at Malmö University. Since then they have also done a joint postdoc at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University as well as conducted artistic research in the project HYBRID MATTERs, where they explore past present and future imaginaries of plastics. Ståhl and Lindström currently run the Un/Making Studio with the aim of exploring alternatives to progressivist and anthropocentric ways of thinking and making within design. With a base in participatory and speculative design in combination with feminist technoscience their work engages with publics throughout their research process and exhibition makings.

 

www.unmakingstudio.se

https://www.instagram.com/unmakingstudio/

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