Upcoming Events

Tue. 07 February 2023 - Wed. 08 February 2023
MGK Research Colloquium
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Tuesday, 07. - 08 February 2023, 09:00 - 19:00

Research Colloquium of the MGK members

Venue

University Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Mon. 08 May 2023 - Tue. 09 May 2023
Conference: „Voice Assistants in Private Homes: Media, Data and Language in Interaction und Discourse“
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Monday, 08. - 09 May 2023

We cordially invite you to the conference organized by project B06 on 8 and 9 May 2023:

“Voice Assistants in Private Homes: Media, Data and Language in Interaction and Discourse”.

The event is bilingual and will be held in German on the first day and in English on the second day at the Seminarzentrum Obergraben (US-S, Obergraben 25). We are pleased to welcome Simone Natale and Nils Zurawski as keynote speakers.

We will publish a programme and further information on this page soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact the organizing team (see below for contact details). 

Venue

Seminarzentrum am Obergraben
US-S, Obergraben 25

Contact

CRC 1187, Project B06
David Waldecker / Tim Hector
ipa-studie@uni-siegen.de
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Past Events

Thu. 02 February 2023, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series "Research at Risk" - Bridget Fonkeu: "Translanguaging, a strategic tool for teaching and learning in the German classrooms: The case of multilingual Cameroonian immigrants"
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02 February 2023, 18:00 - 20:00

Translanguaging, a strategic tool for teaching and learning in the German classrooms: The case of multilingual Cameroonian immigrants.

Translanguaging is a pedagogical program where two or more languages are simultaneously used in the classroom. One language is used to teach and instruct the students, but the student’s output is sometimes allowed to be in their L1/Mother tongue. This practice gives the students” a time to shine”. Students can be encouraged to communicate and make meaning by drawing on and intermingling linguistic features from the different languages in their repertoire.Translanguaging helps students and teachers fully understand the communicative repertoires they bring to the learning arena. It also helps the teacher identify how to draw on those repertoires for successful educational practices for the students concerned. This thesis, therefore, recommends translanguaging in the educational process of immigrants. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”- Nelson Mandela.

 

About the lecture series

In view of the current political situation, especially the war in Ukraine and the protest movement in Iran, the lecture series “Research at Risk!” is an invitation to discuss the challenges of research in media, theater and cultural studies in crises and war regions beyond national and cultural boundaries. We have invited experts from various disciplinary and geo-political situations/positions to present their research on topics related to the wars and crises in our world and how this affects their research.

The lectures focus on research practices in war and crises as well as on scientific/activist work on war and crises. Specifically, our speakers address the questions of how research, education and study can be carried out under hostile conditions and what influence war, political oppression, diaspora and other crisis-related impacts have on the production of knowledge. Which forms of knowledge and cultures receive credit in the academic world, and which are excluded? Where do scientists and students place the significance of the media when faced with these circumstances?

The event is a continuation of an initiative from within German Media Studies to support scholars at risk affected by the ongoing Russian invasion on Ukraine. We want to use the attention currently being raised by the war in Ukraine to give stage to researchers from various zones of war and risk across Europe and worldwide, including Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Turkey, Kamerun, and Afghanistan.

The lecture series “Research at Risk” is a cooperation project of German media scholars and supported by: the CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation”, the CRC 1472 “Transformationen des Popuren and the Media Studies department at the University of Siegen, the Graduiertenkolleg 2132 “Das Dokumentarische and the Faculty for Philology at Ruhr University Bochum, and the European Media Studies at the University Flensburg.

Guests are welcome to register via Mail ‘Send an E-mail

Venue

Online event
Thu. 02 February 2023 - Fri. 03 February 2023
Workshop „Die Akte / n.2“
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Thursday, 02. - 03 February 2023

Gibt es ein Motto, das das Prinzip einer verwalteten Welt auf eine Formel bringt, dann den altrömischen Prozessgrundsatz: Quod non est in actis, non est in mundo. Bereits in antiker Justiz und Verwaltung herrschte jenes Primat der Verschriftlichung, das aus einer Handlung oder Aussage eine Rechtssache und einen Geschäftsfall macht. Akten sind seither nicht nur die Grundlage von Bürokratien im Sinne Max Webers‚ sondern von Verwaltungs- und Rationalisierungsmaßnahmen in diversen (etwa pädagogischen oder medizinischen, militärischen oder wirtschaftlichen) Institutionen.

Akten (bzw. ›Akte‹) verstehen sich dabei nicht nur als schriftliche Zeugnisse geregelter Geschäftstätigkeit, sondern als entscheidende Formen und wichtigste Medien administrativen Handelns. Man mag sie als immutable mobiles und damit als Träger jeder essentiellen staatlichen Macht verstehen, oder aber als Mediencontainer, die unterschiedlichste Schreib- und Textformen in ein und denselben Geschäftszusammenhang bringen. Die Form- und Mediengeschichte der Akte reicht von der römischen Justiz und Administration über das mittelalterliche Urkundenwesen, die erstmals genormten Aktenschriftstücke der Frühen Neuzeit und die Registraturvorschriften des 18. Jahrhunderts bis hin zur modernen Büroreform und ›Digitalisierung‹ in der Gegenwart.

Programm für 02.02.23

14:00 s.t. – 15.30 Uhr

Begrü­ßung und Einfüh­rung:
Niels Werber (Siegen)

Peter Plener (Wien):
Dracula – Process – Star. Stan­zun­gen und Kanz­lei-Ordnun­gen, alte und neue Akten­läufe

15:30 – 16:00 Uhr

Café

16:00 s.t. – 18:00 Uhr

Armin Schä­fer (Bochum):
Akten­fik­ti­o­nen bei Clemens J. Setz

Livia Klein­wäch­ter (Köln):
“Leitz­ord­ner­li­te­ra­tur quo vadis? Erzäh­len von und in Akten bei Thomas Bern­hard und Ernst-Wilhelm Händ­ler”

Café

18:00 c.t. – 19:30 Uhr

Erhard Schütt­pelz (Siegen):
Theo­rie der Akte/n, Betr.: RSHA IV B4/RSHA IV B4a

20:00 Uhr

Abend­es­sen

 
Programm für 03.02.23

10:00 s.t. – 12:00 Uhr

Corne­lius Schu­bert (Dort­mund): Medi­zi­ni­sche Akten. Verhält­nisse von Flüch­ti­gem und Fixier­tem

Maren Lehmann (Fried­richs­ha­fen): Sozi­ale Mobi­li­tät, symbo­li­sche Fixie­rung: Die Person als Akte

12:00 – 12:30 Uhr

Café

12:30 – 13:30 Uhr

Sebas­tian Gieß­mann (Siegen): Einein­deu­tig­keit. Digi­tale Akten­form und Block­chain-basierte Trans­ak­ti­o­nen

13:30 – 14:30 Uhr

Mittag­es­sen

14:30 – 15:30 Uhr

Anna Tusch­ling (Bochum):
Vor der Digi­ta­li­sie­rung: Kartei und Akte in der frühen Daten­ver­a­r­bei­tung ab 1950

15:30 – 16:00 Uhr

Abschluss und Abreise

Der Workshop ist eine Kooperation zwischen dem SFB 1187 „Medien der Kooperation“ und dem SFB 1472 „Transformationen des Populären“ in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Österreichischen Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport (Sektion III – Öffentlicher Dienst und Verwaltungsinnovation)

Venue

Universität Siegen
AH 217/218
Herrengarten 3
57072 Siegen
Wed. 01 February 2023, 18:00 - 19:30
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - "Dances with Categories: Towards the anthropology of 'Technology', Technicity and Technodiversity" - Lecture by Ludovic Coupaye"
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01 February 2023, 18:00 - 19:30

This lecture explores how “Technology” is a category vernacular (emic) to modernity which, when used, inscribes the phenomena it refers to within an utilitarian, rationalist and Eurocentric frame. Building on the works of the Francophone Technologie Culturelle, the paper suggests going back to Marcel Mauss’s definition of “technical acts”, focalising on the issue of “efficacy”. The paper claims that it is by taking seriously the efficacy according to the actors themselves, whether computer engineers, long yam growers or shamans, that one can built a methodological frame able to empirically analyse technical (or ritual or aesthetic) phenomena, and their profound axiological import, without sacrificing their material or conceptual diversity, or their spatial or temporal complexity. It opens up with a call for an anthropology of technicity and technodiversity which analyse the different modalities of actions and relations between humans and their milieus.

See also:

15|11|22 The normative order of sensing – Lecture with Lorenza Mondada
24|1|23 ‚One last round!‘ Towards a Critical Ethnomethodology of Climate Change – Lecture with Thomas Scheffer

Venue

Universität zu Köln
neuer Senatssaal
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Köln
Wed. 01 February 2023, 10:00 - 11:30
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - "Dances with Categories: Towards the anthropology of 'Technology', Technicity and Technodiversity" - Workshop with Ludovic Coupaye
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01 February 2023, 10:00 - 11:30

The workshop is a pre-discussion of the lecture on the same topic exploring how “Technology” is a category vernacular (emic) to modernity which, when used, inscribes the phenomena it refers to within an utilitarian, rationalist and Eurocentric frame. Building on the works of the Francophone Technologie Culturelle, the paper suggests going back to Marcel Mauss’s definition of “technical acts”, focalising on the issue of “efficacy”. The paper claims that it is by taking seriously the efficacy according to the actors themselves, whether computer engineers, long yam growers or shamans, that one can built a methodological frame able to empirically analyse technical (or ritual or aesthetic) phenomena, and their profound axiological import, without sacrificing their material or conceptual diversity, or their spatial or temporal complexity. It opens up with a call for an anthropology of technicity and technodiversity which analyse the different modalities of actions and relations between humans and their milieus.

*As the workshop is an internal event, external guests please contact Dr. Johannes Schick by email for registration, indicating their academic title, full name, their institution, their official email address and the title of the event they wish to attend.

Venue

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Tue. 31 January 2023, 14:15 - 15:45
Lecture Series: "Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy" – Alexander Gerner: "Hacking into Aesthetics and Politics of (AI-)Avatarization and algorithmic faciality"
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31 January 2023, 14:15 - 15:45

“Hacking into Aesthetics and Politics of (AI-)Avatarization and algorithmic faciality”

In Neil Stephanson’s 1992 dystopian sci-fi novel “Snowcrash,” the Metaverse is an escape from the reality of the novel’s main character, Hiro, a nearly broke computer hacker and pizza delivery driver who spends much of his time “there.” He accesses the Metaverse by wearing goggles and earphones and appears within the Virtual world as his own customized Avatar. In computing, an Avatar is a graphical representation of a user or the user’s character, a playable character or persona, a “playable figure” -besides a prosthetic marionette. A digital Avatar can also be a virtual assistant, a representative in the digital world, such as the Metaverse. This standard working definition of the Avatar leads to theoretical tensions between primarily computational or computer-generated gamification (games) and ludification (human play and its ludic actors) and respective control and degrees of freedom.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to create avatars with human-like facial features can impact how we interact with technology and each other significantly and how we become others. These avatars, which can be used as virtual assistants or in gaming and different virtual environments, can mimic human behavior and emotions (cf Ekman´s FACS), leading to the possibility of anthropomorphism. While interacting with LLM-based conversational agents (such as Chat-GPT) may create the illusion of being in the presence of a thinking creature, these systems are fundamentally not like humans. They can be inscrutable, presenting a mix of superhuman and inhuman abilities. It may take time for us to learn how to handle these new kinds of entities and resist the temptation of anthropomorphism, especially if endowed with algorithmic faciality. However, the use of AI avatars also raises questions about agency, control, and dependency, as well as the potential for manipulating individuals through these avatars. The use of AI to create realistic avatars also raises aesthetic concerns, such as the influence of an avatar’s “cuteness” or likability on people’s preferences and the potential for reinforcing normativity of specific beauty standards and aesthetic manipulation of behavior.

Additionally, using AI avatars in work and social situations brings up issues of identity and blurring boundaries between the virtual and physical worlds. As AI technology continues to advance and the use of AI avatars becomes more widespread, it will be essential to consider this development’s ethical and social implications. Ganism and other computer-generated or machine-learning algorithms produce sociality via platformed faciality as the mimetic algorithmic social-political designed system of platformed digital life without alterity experience, present -in contrast- in between humans’ face-to-face encounters (Levinas). This talk will hack with artistic and activist dramaturgies/strategies into algorithmic faciality.

Alexander Gerner (PhD) is a playwright and researcher in philosophy of science and technology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon 2012) where he is Vice-head of the Research Group RG3- Philosophy of Technology, Human Sciences Art and Society at the Centre for Philosophy of Sciences, University of Lisbon (CFCUL). Gerner teaches, among others in “History and Philosophy of Technology“ and “Computer and Society” at FCUL. At the moment he is writing on a book on aesthetic, anthropotechnical, political and ethical impact of AI Avatars. He investigates human technology, social resonance, ethics and AI aesthetics in a critical approach to algorithmic rationalities in his research project “Hacking Humans. Dramaturgies and Technologies to become other.“

About the Lecture Series

This semester we focus on concepts that can critically address the ongoing crises of the digital age (e.g. information, climate, resources, discrimination) and might help to develop new critical practices, an understanding of the present and the future that we are facing. These concepts are Aesthetics & Evidence, Critique and Imagineries, (Data) Governance and Activism, (Interactive/value-sensitive) Design and Decolonialism. Even though all of these concepts deserve a lecture series on their own, we chose to have for each of these topics one lecture in order to create a kaleidoscopic and interdisciplinary perspective on what critical practices and future “Politics of Data and Semi-Autonomy” can look like.

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm c.t.. External guests can join online by registering here.

See also:

23|11|22 – Investigative Aesthetics with Matthew Fuller
7|12|22 – Sensing Machines with Chris Salter
18|1|23 – Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy with Orit Halpern

Venue

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Thu. 26 January 2023, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series "Research at Risk" - Oleksiy Radynski: "The Deal of the Century: Towards the Genealogy of Fossil Fascism"
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26 January 2023, 18:00 - 20:00

The Deal of the Century: Towards the Genealogy of Fossil Fascism.

In 1970, a contract was signed between the USSR and the Federal Republic of Germany, envisioning the deliveries of Siberian natural gas in exchange for German technology. This ‘Deal of the century’, as dubbed by the Soviet media, is known in the West under a humbler name ‘gas in exchange for pipes’. The presentation looks at the afterlife of this deal between Russia and Germany and discusses the impact on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine as well as ideological implications of extractivism and trade with Russian fossil fuels and how this affects Russian (and German) politics. Taking 1970 as a point of departure, it’s worth asking: What if the Pipe is the new Wall, an infrastructure of oppression that’s fluid rather than rigid, dissecting and transversing the continent with invisible energy flows that help authoritarian economic models dominate over democratic politics?

 

About the lecture series

In view of the current political situation, especially the war in Ukraine and the protest movement in Iran, the lecture series “Research at Risk!” is an invitation to discuss the challenges of research in media, theater and cultural studies in crises and war regions beyond national and cultural boundaries. We have invited experts from various disciplinary and geo-political situations/positions to present their research on topics related to the wars and crises in our world and how this affects their research.

The lectures focus on research practices in war and crises as well as on scientific/activist work on war and crises. Specifically, our speakers address the questions of how research, education and study can be carried out under hostile conditions and what influence war, political oppression, diaspora and other crisis-related impacts have on the production of knowledge. Which forms of knowledge and cultures receive credit in the academic world, and which are excluded? Where do scientists and students place the significance of the media when faced with these circumstances?

The event is a continuation of an initiative from within German Media Studies to support scholars at risk affected by the ongoing Russian invasion on Ukraine. We want to use the attention currently being raised by the war in Ukraine to give stage to researchers from various zones of war and risk across Europe and worldwide, including Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Turkey, Kamerun, and Afghanistan.

The lecture series “Research at Risk” is a cooperation project of German media scholars and supported by: the CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation”, the CRC 1472 “Transformationen des Popuren and the Media Studies department at the University of Siegen, the Graduiertenkolleg 2132 “Das Dokumentarische and the Faculty for Philology at Ruhr University Bochum, and the European Media Studies at the University Flensburg.

Guests are welcome to register via Mail ‘Send an E-mail

Venue

Online-Veranstaltung
Wed. 25 January 2023, 14:15 - 15:45
Research Forum: Synthesis of the Retreat
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25 January 2023, 14:15 - 15:45

Venue

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Wed. 25 January 2023, 10:00 - 11:30
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - "'One last round!' Towards a Critical Ethnomethodology of Climate Change" - Workshop by Thomas Scheffer
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25 January 2023, 10:00 - 11:30

The talk unfolds mundane events in the light of the members’ methodical responses to pressing tasks. It discusses the practical as well as analytical status of climate change as an omnipresent existential problem, questioning the reproduction of society. This is why the events implicate the sociologists in various membership categories: as bystander, participant, and contemporary.

Thomas Scheffer is professor for sociology with an emphasis on interpretative social research. He worked and published on asylum, law policing, political work, and, recently, on sociology and climate change. His research methods cover CA, MCA, studies of work, ethnography, and discourse analysis. He developed the trans-sequential analysis for linking events and processes of meaning production.

 

*As the workshop is an internal event, external guests please contact Dr. Johannes Schick by email for registration, indicating their academic title, full name, their institution, their official email address and the title of the event they wish to attend.

Venue

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Tue. 24 January 2023, 18:15 - 19:45
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - "'One last round!' Towards a Critical Ethnomethodology of Climate Change" - Lecture by Thomas Scheffer
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24 January 2023, 18:15 - 19:45

The talk unfolds mundane events in the light of the members’ methodical responses to pressing tasks. It discusses the practical as well as analytical status of climate change as an omnipresent existential problem, questioning the reproduction of society. This is why the events implicate the sociologists in various membership categories: as bystander, participant, and contemporary.

Thomas Scheffer is professor for sociology with an emphasis on interpretative social research. He worked and published on asylum, law policing, political work, and, recently, on sociology and climate change. His research methods cover CA, MCA, studies of work, ethnography, and discourse analysis. He developed the trans-sequential analysis for linking events and processes of meaning production.

 

 

 

See also:

15|11|22 The normative order of sensing – Lecture with Lorenza Mondada
1|2|23 Dances with Categories: Technodiversity and the Anthropology of Technics and Technology – Lecture with Ludovic Coupaye in Cologne

Venue

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Mon. 23 January 2023 - Mon. 05 December 2022
Introduction to Diversity in Research Part II: Reflecting Power Relations and your own Position in the Research Field *cancelled*
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Monday, 23. - 05 December 2022, 9:30 - 13:00

Continuation of Part I (16.1.)

Lead by Constantina Rokos, M.A., Social Anthropologist

Research and associated research fields involve numerous diversity-facets that pose challenges. Thus, science and knowledge creation are based on the assumption that researchers move appropriately and reflectively within the research fields. Researchers must be consequently trained to reflect on their position and power relations in their field to conduct research appropriately.

Constantina Rokos, M.A. is a research fellow and decentralized equal opportunity officer at the Münster School of Business (FH Münster). She specializes in intercultural competences and DEI from an educational and research perspective. A self-reflexive and ethnological approach characterizes her work.

This workshop serves as a first approach to self-reflective and diversity-sensitive discussions to recognize one’s practice and the diversity of one’s field and to develop appropriate research behaviors.

The Workshop is held in English and will take place online on two days

Monday, 16 Jan 9.30 – 13.00
Monday, 23 Jan 9.30 – 13.00

Intended group: all members (m, f, d) of the SFB 1187 

We kindly ask for registration by 02 January 2023 here.

Venue

Online-Veranstaltung
Thu. 19 January 2023, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series "Research at Risk" - Kateryna Myhaylyova: "Media Space as a Means of Forming Social Memory of the War: Case of Ukraine2022"
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19 January 2023, 18:00 - 20:00

Media Space as a Means of Forming Social Memory of the War: Case of Ukraine-2022

This Lecture will focus on three central points:

  1. Theoretical foundations for social memory analysis. Social memory as a construct outside of time. Attributes of social memory in the theories of Halbwachs, Warburg, Assman, Tosh, Nora.
  2. Media as a way of filling social memory “boxes” . A brief overview of the possibilities. Military media in Ukraine: distribution and characteristics of audiences. Redistribution of consumption. New media space: quantity and quality.
  3. Media content in Ukrainian realities: substantive accents. Constructing the future: what is embedded in the social memory of the media about the war, which is not yet over…

 

About the lecture series

In view of the current political situation, especially the war in Ukraine and the protest movement in Iran, the lecture series “Research at Risk!” is an invitation to discuss the challenges of research in media, theater and cultural studies in crises and war regions beyond national and cultural boundaries. We have invited experts from various disciplinary and geo-political situations/positions to present their research on topics related to the wars and crises in our world and how this affects their research.

The lectures focus on research practices in war and crises as well as on scientific/activist work on war and crises. Specifically, our speakers address the questions of how research, education and study can be carried out under hostile conditions and what influence war, political oppression, diaspora and other crisis-related impacts have on the production of knowledge. Which forms of knowledge and cultures receive credit in the academic world, and which are excluded? Where do scientists and students place the significance of the media when faced with these circumstances?

The event is a continuation of an initiative from within German Media Studies to support scholars at risk affected by the ongoing Russian invasion on Ukraine. We want to use the attention currently being raised by the war in Ukraine to give stage to researchers from various zones of war and risk across Europe and worldwide, including Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Turkey, Kamerun, and Afghanistan.

The lecture series “Research at Risk” is a cooperation project of German media scholars and supported by: the CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation”, the CRC 1472 “Transformationen des Popuren and the Media Studies department at the University of Siegen, the Graduiertenkolleg 2132 “Das Dokumentarische and the Faculty for Philology at Ruhr University Bochum, and the European Media Studies at the University Flensburg.

Guests are welcome to register via Mail ‘Send an E-mail

Venue

Online event
Wed. 18 January 2023, 14:15 - 15:45
Lecture Series: "Politics of Data – Politics of Semi-Autonomy" – Orit Halpern: "The Smartness Mandate"
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18 January 2023, 14:15 - 15:45

“The Smartness Mandate”

Today, growing concerns with climate change, energy scarcity, security, and economic volatility have turned the focus of urban planners, investors, scientists, and governments towards computational technologies as sites of potential salvation from a world consistently defined by catastrophes and “crisis”. From large scale computer simulations of the weather, to smart cities and infrastructures, to geo-engineering projects, we have arguably transformed the planet into a test-bed and experiment for computational technologies. The penetration of almost every part of life by digital technologies has transformed how we understand nature, culture, and time. But what futures are we imagining, or foreclosing through these planetary “experiments”? How have we come to see human survival as fundamentally dependent on computational networks? This talk maps the rise of this “smartness mandate”. Tracing genealogies from population biology, artificial intelligence, finance, urban planning, and ecology I will develop an account of how ubiquitous computing has become one the dominant governing logics of our present and to what effects.

About the Lecture Series

This semester we focus on concepts that can critically address the ongoing crises of the digital age (e.g. information, climate, resources, discrimination) and might help to develop new critical practices, an understanding of the present and the future that we are facing. These concepts are Aesthetics & Evidence, Critique and Imagineries, (Data) Governance and Activism, (Interactive/value-sensitive) Design and Decolonialism. Even though all of these concepts deserve a lecture series on their own, we chose to have for each of these topics one lecture in order to create a kaleidoscopic and interdisciplinary perspective on what critical practices and future “Politics of Data and Semi-Autonomy” can look like.

The lecture series takes place as a hybrid event Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm c.t.. External guests can join online by registering here.

See also:

23|11|22 – Investigative Aesthetics with Matthew Fuller
7|12|22 – Sensing Machines with Chris Salter
31|1|23 – Hacking into Aesthetics and Politics of (AI-)Avatarization and algorithmic facialitiy with Alexander Gerner

 

Venue

Universität Siegen
Campus Herrengarten
AH-A 217/18
Mon. 16 January 2023, 9:30 - 13:00
Introduction to Diversity in Research: Reflecting Power Relations and your own Position in the Research Field *cancelled*
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16 January 2023, 9:30 - 13:00

Lead by Constantina Rokos, M.A., Social Anthropologist

Research and associated research fields involve numerous diversity-facets that pose challenges. Thus, science and knowledge creation are based on the assumption that researchers move appropriately and reflectively within the research fields. Researchers must be consequently trained to reflect on their position and power relations in their field to conduct research appropriately.

Constantina Rokos, M.A. is a research fellow and decentralized equal opportunity officer at the Münster School of Business (FH Münster). She specializes in intercultural competences and DEI from an educational and research perspective. A self-reflexive and ethnological approach characterizes her work.

This workshop serves as a first approach to self-reflective and diversity-sensitive discussions to recognize one’s practice and the diversity of one’s field and to develop appropriate research behaviors.

The Workshop is held in English and will take place online on two days

Monday, 16 Jan 9.30 – 13.00
Monday, 23 Jan 9.30 – 13.00

Intended group: all members (m, f, d) of the SFB 1187 

We kindly ask for registration by 02 January 2023 here.

Venue

Online event
Thu. 12 January 2023, 18:00 - 20:00
Lecture Series "Research at Risk" - Asli Telli: "Academic Freedom at the Nexus of Internationalization: Enforced or Intended?"
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12 January 2023, 18:00 - 20:00

Academic freedom at the nexus of internationalization: Enforced or intended?

Internationalization is not only a dominant policy discourse in higher education today, but also a complex assemblage of values. These values are linked to economic growth and prosperity, global citizenship, transnational identity capital, social cohesion, intercultural competencies and soft power. The main focus in this talk is the impact of uneven opportunity structures on displaced academics. In existing literature, though limited, the category of a displaced academic corresponds to the condition of exile and resettlement, due to war, conflict, natural disaster or political instability (McLaughlin et al 2020; Salehyan 2019). Thus, internationalization is a policy intervention by governments, but how these interventions are interpreted and practiced by HEIs is also an important signifier worth a debate. This talk, further, aims to discuss the nexus of forced/intended internationalization and mobility schemes within the framework of comparative national cases in Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK. These cases provide insight for challenges regarding neoliberal measures, academic freedoms, life-work issues including the precarity of displaced academics in current European higher education landscape. Mapping these issues and challenges with their intersectional threads may, further, develop perspectives for breaking through the neoliberal surge in European academia.

 

About the lecture series

In view of the current political situation, especially the war in Ukraine and the protest movement in Iran, the lecture series “Research at Risk!” is an invitation to discuss the challenges of research in media, theater and cultural studies in crises and war regions beyond national and cultural boundaries. We have invited experts from various disciplinary and geo-political situations/positions to present their research on topics related to the wars and crises in our world and how this affects their research.

The lectures focus on research practices in war and crises as well as on scientific/activist work on war and crises. Specifically, our speakers address the questions of how research, education and study can be carried out under hostile conditions and what influence war, political oppression, diaspora and other crisis-related impacts have on the production of knowledge. Which forms of knowledge and cultures receive credit in the academic world, and which are excluded? Where do scientists and students place the significance of the media when faced with these circumstances?

The event is a continuation of an initiative from within German Media Studies to support scholars at risk affected by the ongoing Russian invasion on Ukraine. We want to use the attention currently being raised by the war in Ukraine to give stage to researchers from various zones of war and risk across Europe and worldwide, including Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Turkey, Kamerun, and Afghanistan.

The lecture series “Research at Risk” is a cooperation project of German media scholars and supported by: the CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation”, the CRC 1472 “Transformationen des Popuren and the Media Studies department at the University of Siegen, the Graduiertenkolleg 2132 “Das Dokumentarische and the Faculty for Philology at Ruhr University Bochum, and the European Media Studies at the University Flensburg.

Guests are welcome to register via Mail ‘Send an E-mail

Venue

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Mon. 09 January 2023 - Tue. 10 January 2023
Klausurtagung (Retreat)
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Monday, 09. - 10 January 2023

The Retreat will take place at the Campus Unteres Schloss in Siegen from the 9th to 10th of January 2023.

Venue

Universität Siegen
Campus Unteres Schloss
US-S 001 / 002
Obergraben 25
57072 Siegen
Lageplan

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