Upcoming Events

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

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

Dashboards of Doubt and Disorientation: Workshop with Shannon Mattern

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

Tue. 14 December 2021, 4-6pm c.t.
Research Forum - Prof. Dr. Kathrin Friedrich: "Adaptive Media. Tracking Technologies and Interventional Life Sciences"
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Research Forum – Prof. Dr. Kathrin Friedrich: “Adaptive Media. Tracking Technologies and Interventional Life Sciences”
14 December 2021, 4-6pm c.t.

Adaptive Media. Tracking Technologies and Interventional Life Sciences

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

Venue

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/218
Wed. 15 December 2021
MGK-Research Colloquium
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MGK-Research Colloquium
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

Wed. 15 December 2021 - Wed. 15 December 2021
Research Tech Lab: "Enriching image data with AI" with Jason Chao
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Research Tech Lab: “Enriching image data with AI” with Jason Chao
Wednesday, 15. - 15 December 2021, 11am-12.30pm

 

Enriching image data with AI
 
Participants will learn how to exploit AI technologies to enrich image datasets. 
Participants will be introduced to the affordances of computer vision APIs supported by Memespector-GUI:
 
  • Google Vision (proprietary)

  • Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services (proprietary)

  • Clarifai (proprietary)

  • Image classifier based on Keras (open source)


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

Preparation:  In this tech lab session, we recommend that the participants try invoking at least one proprietary API to process an image dataset.  Participants are advised to register with one of the APIs beforehand by following the instructions for Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure or Clarifai.  (Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure may ask for bank card details.  They will check whether the card is active but will not charge on the card in the process of registration.) In case any participant has difficulty opening an account with the API services, the facilitators will make temporary access tokens for the APIs, which will be valid in the course of the session, available to the participants. 

Note on proprietary APIs:  Proprietary APIs are commercial services and using them is not necessarily free of charge.  Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Clarifai provide each account with monthly quotas of free API requests.  Moreover, new accounts usually receive free credits from Google Vision and Microsoft Azure which are adequate for processing tens of thousands of images.

 

Venue

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/218
Thu. 16 December 2021 - Fri. 17 December 2021
Workshop “Test Society/Covid-19”
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Workshop “Test Society/Covid-19”
Thursday, 16. - 17 December 2021, 10:00 - 16:00

Test Society/Covid-19

Interpreting Testing Situations Across Scales With Visual Methods 

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

Building on previous workshops at the Universities of Warwick, Amsterdam and St Gallen, the workshop will offer researchers in STS, media studies and associated fields an opportunity to engage in and reflect on interpretative analysis of visual data in an interdisciplinary set-up crossing social, design and data-intensive methods. The first day will involve interpreting thematic sets of images guided by an interpretative protocol and the second day will involve discussing results and trialling the communicative capacities of visual situational analytics with invited guests.

 

Hosted by: Media of Cooperation, University of Siegen

Organisers:  Noortje Marres (University of Warwick), Liliana Bounegru (King’s College London), Gabriele Colombo (Politecnico di Milano), Carolin Gerlitz (University of Siegen), Jonathan Gray (King’s College London)

 

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

 

Background Readings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tue. 11 January 2022, 18:00 – 20:00
Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie - Media Practices and Their Social Effects: Lecture with John Postill
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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – Media Practices and Their Social Effects: Lecture with John Postill
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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MGK-Research Colloquium
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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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – Media Practices and Their Social Effects: Workshop with John Postill
12 January 2022, 11:00 - 12:30

**Speaker will be present in Siegen.**

 

Media Practices and Their Social Effects: Workshop with John Postill

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

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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Lecture Series: “Learning (in) Digital Media” – Caroline Sinders: “Feminist Data Set”
18 January 2022, 18:00 - 20:00

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

 

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.

 

Fri. 21 January 2022, 12:00 - 16:00
Workshop „I am a Mentor! Part 1 – The Unique Opportunity of Mentoring“ (Katja Wolter)
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21 January 2022, 12:00 - 16:00

Within the framework of the mentoring program of our CRC, we want to enable our members and especially the mentors of the program to expand their mentoring skills. In the first workshop “I am a Mentor! Part 1 – The Unique Opportunity of Mentoring” the participants will recap the basic mentoring skills and exchange information on fundamental topics and questions.

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

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

The workshop will be held online and in English.

For the workshop a registration in advance is required.

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

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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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – Versuch einer praxeologischen Medienphilosophie: Was Medien(praktiken) über Medienpraktiken wissen: Lecture with Jens Ruchatz & Kevin Pauliks
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.

 

Tue. 25 January 2022 - Tue. 25 January 2022
Research Tech Lab: “Trying to build a method to study ML tools - organization, technicity, and orchestration” with Yarden Skop
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Research Tech Lab: “Trying to build a method to study ML tools – organization, technicity, and orchestration” with Yarden Skop
Tuesday, 25. - 25 January 2022, 4-6pm

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

Venue

Herrengarten 3, AH-A 217/218
Wed. 26 January 2022
MGK-Research Colloquium
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MGK-Research Colloquium
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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Werkstatt Medienpraxistheorie – Versuch einer praxeologischen Medienphilosophie: Was Medien(praktiken) über Medienpraktiken wissen: Workshop with Jens Ruchatz & Kevin Pauliks
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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Lecture Series: “Learning (in) Digital Media” – M. Beatrice Fazi (University of Sussex): “Causality and the Future of Deep Learning”
01 February 2022, 18:00 - 20:00

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

Mon. 07 February 2022 - Tue. 08 February 2022
Author's Workshop "Taming Digital Practices" (B06)
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Author’s Workshop “Taming Digital Practices” (B06)
Monday, 07. - 08 February 2022

 

CfP Issue 01/2023 of Digital Culture and Society: Taming digital practices – On the domestication of data-driven technologies Incl. Author’s Workshop at CRC “Media of Cooperation”

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

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

Call for Papers
For more information contact Tim Hector

 

 

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

This event is in english

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Mon. 14 February 2022, 09:00-17:00
Workshop inkl. Coaching „Mit Drittmitteln zur Professur. Erfolgreiche Antragstellung für Wissenschaftler*innen“ (Dr. Judith Theben)
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14 February 2022, 09:00-17:00

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

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

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

Der Workshop findet online und auf Deutsch statt.

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

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

Mon. 28 March 2022 - Tue. 29 March 2022
Klausurtagung (Retreat) - Schloss Herborn
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Klausurtagung (Retreat) – Schloss Herborn
Monday, 28. - 29 March 2022

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Past Events

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

Wed. 01 December 2021 - Fri. 03 December 2021
Conference “Digital Matters”
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Wednesday, 01. - 03 December 2021

 
Digital Matters
 
In popular discussion digitality is increasingly equated with networked immateriality: disembodied algorithms float rhetorically in an ethereal cloud of big data. Think, for example, of the “digital edition” of the PlayStation 5 console, so called because it has no optical drive to read games, which must instead be downloaded. The implication is that the regular PS5 console is somehow not digital because its storage medium is visible to the unaided human eye. This presupposition of digital immateriality is not just a misconception to be corrected, but a productive site for interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry into media and data practices. In Digital Matters, historians, media theorists and information scholars come together for three days to examine the socio-material constituents of digital systems and artifacts. How and why did people come to deny the materiality of the digital? What can we learn by recovering it? What if we rethink digital materialities as ongoing cooperative accomplishments?

 

Program and further information

 

Organization: Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee & Siegen University),  Valérie Schafer (University of Luxembourg), Axel Volmar (Siegen University) & Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University)

 

Registration: There is no charge for online registration. To register, please email Charline Kindervater charline.kindervater@student.uni-siegen.de who will log your interest and provide you with a Zoom link for the event. If you would like to join the organizers in central Siegen to participate in person, please contact Thomas Haigh thomas.haigh@gmail.com

Venue

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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 an online-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. 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

Sam Hind: Sensor strategies: Finessing the ‘inter-operation’ of autonomous vehicles

Vehicles are becoming increasingly dependent on the capture, storage, and analysis of actively sensed data. This paper will consider how sensor data generated by autonomous vehicles (AVs) is put to work. Rather than considering sensor data as only, or strictly, ‘operational’, I want to suggest that it be conceived of as both interoperable and integral to the interoperation of AVs. In short, that sensor data must be pushed through, made compatible with, and prepared for, a range of different systems and processes for it to contribute to the decision-making capabilities of AVs. I discuss what is meant by interoperability with the help of Adrian MacKenzie and Anna Munster’s work on ‘platform seeing’, and Anthony McCosker and Rowan Wilken’s idea of ‘camera consciousness’. I then draw on five processes encountered in research into machine vision in this AV context: streaming processing optimization, depth sensor processing, 3D object detection, lidar point segmentation, and lidar point attenuation. Each, I argue, draws attention to the emergent ‘sensor strategies’ devised to deal with these interoperable issues: of tackling ‘stale’ video frames, of correcting missing pitch and roll annotations, of visualizing occluded objects, of balancing a trade-off between over or under-segmentation, and of removing the interference of ‘spurious’ objects like rain droplets and dust particles. To understand them, I draw on the work of anthropologist Michael Fisch, suggesting that machine vision researchers ‘finesse’ interoperability; applying and refining their skills within an automotive domain to achieve an acceptable level of interoperation.