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01 March 2021
Call for Papers: International Anthology and Authors’ Workshop “Video Conferencing: Practices, Politics, Aesthetics”
University of Siegen, March 10 and 11, 2022 (abstracts submission deadline: April 15, 2021) Editors:...
Call for Papers: International Anthology and Authors’ Workshop “Video Conferencing: Practices, Politics, Aesthetics”

University of Siegen, March 10 and 11, 2022 (abstracts submission deadline: April 15, 2021) Editors: Axel Volmar, Olga Moskatova, Jan Distelmeyer

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has reorganized existing methods of exchange, transforming comparatively marginal technologies into the new normal. Video conferencing in particular has become a favored means for spatially distributed forms of communication and collaboration without physical copresence. Corresponding apps and their infrastructures proliferate, leading to a widespread adoption of video conferencing in various societal domains, such as work, education, leisure, friends and family. This sudden omnipresence of video conferencing has already provoked a burst of reactions in recent months, with the rise of Zoom coming to stand for new practices of networked, synchronous online sociality. Scholars have discussed, for instance, Zoom’s physical effects (e.g., “zoom fatigue”), privacy issues, malicious practices (e.g., “zoom bombing”), and split-screen aesthetics. Despite this attention, however, video conferencing remains relatively understudied in media studies. The “Video Conferencing: Practices, Politics, Aesthetics” anthology therefore takes the current situation as a point of departure for examining the mediality of video conferencing, while expanding the scope of the examination beyond the context of the pandemic to address video conferencing as a medium more broadly.

Video conferencing establishes connections and mediations whose analysis requires the consideration of different levels and their interrelation. Its mediality prompts to interrogate the complex interplay of materiality and software, platform structures and economies, education and society, and the aesthetics of encounters and their associated practices and technical procedures. The focus on the conditions, procedures, and effects of mediation raises questions both technical and cultural, political and aesthetic, and historical and topical. What socio-technical and practical needs does video conferencing respond to, and which practices and conditions, conversely, are produced by video conferencing in the first place? What political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts are operative or altered in the process? To what extent are new opportunities of access, participation, and spanning distances opened up, or the conditions of being-with narrowed? And finally, what aesthetic forms are being generated, passed on, or modified?

To address these questions, the anthology puts emphasis on media processes and configurations that constitute video conferencing and structure its practices, politics, and aesthetics. As an umbrella term, “video conferencing” includes diverse and historical applications, such as image and video telephony, telepresence, and visual communications, and thus demands attention to the specific meanings and media practices it acquires in different contexts. Although the anthology is broadly conceived, it especially encourages proposals that engage approaches in media studies and related disciplines, such as media theory, film and television studies, critical infrastructure studies, science and technology studies, software and platform studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and interface studies. These diverse approaches share an interest in issues of mediation and together enable a comprehensive account of the complexity of video conferencing as a media phenomenon. In this respect, the use of the gerund is also programmatic: in contrast to the noun “video conference,” the progressive form “video conferencing” deliberately stresses the procedural, praxeological, and agential aspects of the subject.

The collection seeks proposals that engage with the mediality of video conferencing by connecting material from case studies to fundamental theoretical questions. Of particular interest are media theoretical perspectives that can shed light on how the current boom in video conferencing challenges the prevalent understandings of digitally networked media,

possibly by interrelating different areas, ecologies and scales. Therefore, we particularly look forward to discussions regarding the role and significance of video conferencing in relation to other media and media practices. We also welcome proposals focusing on the impact of video conferencing on social and cultural stratifications, reflecting on the nonnormative or artistic uses of video conferencing or intertwining the aesthetical issues of video conferencing with issues of privacy and data-driven economies. In addition, papers may explore the ways in which video conferencing systems alter or influence the relations and tensions between technologies and modes of use, circulations and infrastructures, public and private spheres, individuals and collectives, proximity and distance of encounters, and audiovisual and other data practices.

Given that video conferencing represents a global phenomenon designed to cross borders yet bound to specific territorial conditions and local contexts, the anthology aims to gather international perspectives that may expose the different conditions prevailing in different regions of the world. Therefore, we particularly look forward to proposals from colleagues based outside Europe and North America.

Please send your abstract in the range of 500 to 700 words (including a short bibliography of three to five items) and short biography by April 15, 2021, to videoconferencing-anthology@sfb1187.uni-siegen.de. (Authors who are unable to keep the submission deadline due to COVID-19-related problems may however arrange an individual extension with the editors.)

The selected contributors are invited to submit draft chapters, which will be discussed at an authors’ workshop. Depending on the global pandemic situation, the event will either take place at the Collaborative Research Center Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen, Germany, on March 10 and 11, 2022, or will be held online. The anthology will be published by the German Transcript Publishing and distributed in the United States by Columbia University Press.

Timeline and Submission Deadlines:

  • Initial abstracts due: April 15, 2021
  • Author notification due: May 15, 2021
  • Draft chapters (5,500–7,000 words) due: December 15, 2021
  • Authors’ workshop (incl. feedback and internal review of draft chapters): March 10–11, 202

 

Detailed information (PDF): Download

03 February 2021
Job Advertisement: Postdoc Media of Cooperation (University of Siegen)
  We are looking for: In Faculty I – Faculty of Philosophy, Media Studies, the German...
Job Advertisement: Postdoc Media of Cooperation (University of Siegen)

 

We are looking for:

In Faculty I – Faculty of Philosophy, Media Studies, the German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) „Media of Cooperation“ is looking for a postdoc at the earliest possible date under the following conditions:
    •    100% = 39,83 hours
    •    Salary category 13 TV-L
    •    fixed-term period until 31.12.2023

CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation”:

The CRC is an interdisciplinary research association consisting of 15 projects and more than 60 researchers from the fields of media studies, science and technology studies, anthropology, sociology, German language and literature studies, computer sciences, and medicine, as well as history, education, and engineering. It is receiving funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2016.

Within the subproject A01 „Digital Network Technologies between Specialization and Generalization“, we jointly investigate histories of digital media since 1989. We aim for a theory of digitality that encompasses practices, infrastructures, and publics.

Your tasks:

  • Cutting-edge research in media history and theory
  • Further qualification with a second book or Habilitation
  • Organizing international conferences and publications along with other subprojects of the CRC
  • Developing new ideas for grant extension
  • Participating in the general program of the CRC (research forum, workshops, conferences)
  • Contributing to the core topics of the CRC (infrastructures, publics, praxeology)

Your profile:

  • Excellent PhD in Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Science and Technology Studies or History
  • Experience in microhistory and openness towards digital methods
  • An international and interdisciplinary research profile
  • Excellent proficiency in English, further languages are highly welcome

Our offer:

  • This position aims to promote the candidate’s scientific qualification (according to the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contracts; Wissenschaftszeitvertrags­gesetz), for which the ongoing media research in Siegen offers a supportive environment (Habilitation)
  • Responsibility for a field with great creative potential
  • An agile environment that supports engagement with innovative educational work
  • The opportunity to make a visible contribution towards modern accounts of leadership, cooperation and diversity culture
  • Numerous offers such as flexible working hours, company pension scheme, dual career service, coaching/mentoring and a comprehensive personnel development program

We look forward to receiving your application by 02.03.2021.

Please apply exclusively via our application portal (https://jobs.uni-siegen.de or https://u-si.de/WhZUm respectively). Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications in paper form or by email.

Contact:

Dr. Sebastian Gießmann
0271 / 740 – 2586
sebastian.giessmann@uni-siegen.de 

The University of Siegen is an equal opportunity employer. The call for applications is explicitly aimed at people of all genders (m/f/d); applications from women are given preference in accordance with the North Rhine-Westphalian Equal Opportunities Act (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz). We also welcome applications from people with different personal, social and cultural backgrounds, people with severe disabilities and people of equal status.

19 January 2021
CfP: Navigationen. Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften 1/2022, published by Christoph Borbach and Max Kanderske
Taking a literal approach towards the journal’s name, the call addresses current research on the topic...
CfP: Navigationen. Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften 1/2022, published by Christoph Borbach and Max Kanderske

Taking a literal approach towards the journal’s name, the call addresses current research on the topic of navigation from a media & cultural studies perspective. Our goal is to provide an overview of the field, its researchers and their approaches, methods and theories. Taking the ubiquity of so-called smart devices in the post-digital as a starting point, the issue will ask about current media practices and techniques of civilian and military navigation as well as their methodological investigation and (re-)modelling. We welcome epistemological perspectives that examine current navigational practices and techniques in their historical development, taking into account the variable, sometimes divergent conditions and historically marginal designs of the navigational – i.e. successful as well as failed media, infrastructures, practices and standards.

Abstracts (max. 7,000 characters) can be sent to max.kanderske@uni-siegen.de and christoph.borbach@medienkomm.uni-halle.de until February 28th 2021. They should include a short biographical note. Should the circumstances allow it, the participating authors are invited to present their texts for discussion at an author workshop in July 2021. It will be funded by CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation” and held at the University of Siegen. Further information on the journal Navigationen. Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturiwssenschaften are available at https://www.universi.uni-siegen.de/katalog/zeitschriften/navigationen/.

 

Detailed information (PDF): deutsch / english.

06 November 2020
Launched ‘Interface’-Blog opens debate about societal relevance and impact of the CRC’s work
We are excited to launch Interface, a new online platform for debate about the societal relevance...
Launched ‘Interface’-Blog opens debate about societal relevance and impact of the CRC’s work
We are excited to launch Interface, a new online platform for debate about the societal relevance and impacts of our work, as well as for wider discussion of related themes and issues. Entitled Interface, this platform aims to facilitate the collective exploration of how the diverse research areas studied by Collaborative Research Centre ‘Media of Cooperation‘ members and associates may connect to – or interface with – current issues and broader societal debates, both within and beyond academia. We welcome contributions that explore themes and issues addressed by our research centre as well as innovative ideas for the blog. We particularly look forward to receiving submissions from academics, civil society, and practitioners in the field. Visit Interface at: https://interface.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/ For further details on submissions, see: https://interface.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/2020/10/16/launching-the-interface/ 
13 October 2020
2 Short-Term Scholarships in the integrated graduate school of the CRC from January 2021
The University of Siegen is an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan university with currently about 18,000...
2 Short-Term Scholarships in the integrated graduate school of the CRC from January 2021

The University of Siegen is an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan university with currently about 18,000 students and a range of subjects from the humanities, social sciences and economics to natural, engineering and life sciences. With over 2,000 employees, we are one of the largest employers in the region and offer a unique environment for teaching, research and further education.

At the University of Siegen, as of 1 January 2021 the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1187 „Media of Cooperation“ offers

two Short-Term Scholarships

to promote the work of early-carrier researchers. The duration of the scholarships is 12 months. A longer-term collaboration with the goal of a doctorate within the CRC is envisaged. The basic amount of the scholarship is based on the maximum rate of the DFG (1.365,- EUR). In addition, an allowance for material expenses and, if applicable, a child allowance will be paid.

 

CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation“

The CRC is an interdisciplinary research network consisting of 15 projects and more than 60 scientists from the fields of media studies, science and technology studies, ethnology, sociology, linguistics and literature studies, computer science and medicine as well as history, education and engineering. It has been funded by the DFG since 2016. The CRC investigates the emergence and dissemination of digitally networked, data-intensive media and understands these as cooperatively accomplished conditions for cooperation. The research of the participating subprojects focuses on data practices that are explored in the situated interplay of media practices, infrastructures and public spheres.

The short-term fellowship program of the CRC provides national and international doctoral students the opportunity to further develop their research project in the CRC, to get to know participating researchers and to exchange ideas with them. The research projects of the scholarship holders should be thematically related to the subprojects of the CRC, so that their work can be supported by the principal investigators and their teams. Scholarship holders are assigned to the Integrated Research Training Group (MGK) of the CRC and benefit from its structured training program. The CRC offers scholarship holders an international environment for interdisciplinary media research as well as an extensive program of events and training in ethnographic, digital, sensor-based and linguistic methods.

Further information on the CRC’s research agenda and subprojects can be found at https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/en.

 

Your Profile

  • Relevant, above-average degree in one of the disciplines participating in or related to the CRC, preferably in media and cultural studies, sociology or in the field of socio- or business informatics, human-computer interaction or information systems (equivalent to a Master’s degree, Magister, Diplom or Lehramt/Staatsexamen Sek. II)
  • Individual research project in one of the above-mentioned disciplines within the subject area of the CRC. Ideally, you can assign the project to one of the subareas of the CRC –
    infrastructures, publics or praxeology
  • Interest in methods of media research, the analysis of data practices and an affinity for working in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Willingness to participate in the international event program of the CRC and the MGK
  • Very good written and spoken English language skills

 

Your Tasks

Expectations of successful candidates:

  • Regular participation and involvement in the events and the training program of the MGK (colloquia, workshops, summer schools, methodology workshops, interdisciplinary groups)
  • Presentation of preliminary results of the individual research project within the MGK colloquium

Equal opportunities and diversity are promoted and actively practiced at the University of Siegen. Applications from women are highly welcome and will be given special consideration in accordance with the federal state equality law. We also welcome applications from people with different personal, social and cultural backgrounds, people with disabilities and those of equal status.

For further information contact Katharina Dihel (Tel.: +49(0)271 740-4518)

E-Mail: katharina.dihel@uni-siegen.de

 

Please send your application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, 5-10-page outline of a project idea) by 2 November 2020 to Katharina Dihel, Herrengarten 3, 57072 Siegen, Germany. Alternatively, you can also send your application in a single PDF file by e-mail (max. 5 MB) to katharina.dihel@uni-siegen.de. Please note that risks to confidentiality and unauthorized access by third parties cannot be ruled out when communicating by unencrypted e-mail.

Information about the University of Siegen can be found on our homepage: www.uni-siegen.de.

19 September 2020
Job advertisement: Two doctoral positions for research assistants (100%); Digital Humanities, (Socio-)Informatics or data science
CRC 1187 „Media of Cooperation“ is offering two fulltime doctoral positions with a context in the...
Job advertisement: Two doctoral positions for research assistants (100%); Digital Humanities, (Socio-)Informatics or data science

CRC 1187 „Media of Cooperation“ is offering two fulltime doctoral positions with a context in the digital humanities, (socio-)informatics or data science. Applications are due 01. October 2020.

The University of Siegen is an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan university with currently about 18,000 students and a range of subjects from the humanities, social sciences and economics to natural, engineering and life sciences. With over 2,000 employees, we are one of the largest employers in the region and offer a unique environment for teaching, research and further education.

CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation“

The CRC is an interdisciplinary research network consisting of 15 projects and more than 60 scientists from the fields of media studies, science and technology studies, ethnology, sociology, linguistics and literature studies, computer science and medicine as well as history, education and engineering. It has been funded by the DFG since 2016. The CRC investigates the emergence and dissemination of digitally networked, data-intensive media and understands these as cooperatively accomplished conditions for cooperation. The research of the participating subprojects focuses on data practices that are explored in the situated interplay of media practices, infrastructures and public spheres.

Further information on the CRC’s research agenda and subprojects can be found at https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/en

We are looking for:

Starting on 1 January 2021, two doctoral posts in digital humanities, (socio-)informatics, human-computer interaction or data science (with a focus on media research) are available at the University of Siegen in the integrated graduate school (MGK) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1187 “Media of Cooperation”, subject to the following conditions:

  • 100% = 39,83 weekly hours
  • Pay group 13  TV-L
  • temporary 31.12.2023

Your tasks:

  • Independent conception and realisation of a research project in the thematic area of the CRC, especially in the field of development and ethnographic research of a digital practice (augmented reality, artificial intelligence, social robotics, machine learning, sensor-based media, conversational interfaces, among others)
  • Regular participation and involvement in the events and the training program of the MGK (colloquia, workshops, summer schools, methodology workshops, interdisciplinary groups)
  • Presentation of preliminary results of the individual research project within the MGK colloquium and in the context of relevant (international) conferences

Your profile:

  • Relevant, above-average degree in one of the following disciplines participating in or related to the CRC: digital humanities, (socio-)informatics, business information science, human-computer interaction, data science, information systems, or similar (equivalent to a Master’s degree)
  • Individual research project in one of the above-mentioned disciplines within the subject area of the CRC, specifically in the development and research of a digital practice with a qualitative approach (project outline of max. 10 pages, including a work plan; please make explicit the connection to the research framework of the CRC)
  • Interest in methods of media research, praxeological research approaches and an affinity for working in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Willingness to participate in the international event program of the CRC and the MGK
  • Good written and spoken English language skills

Our offer:

  • Suport for further academic qualification (doctorate), in compliance with the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz
  • Many opportunities of co-creating the program of the Integrated Graduate School
  • A number of offers like flexible work hours, university pension scheme, dual career service, coaching/mentoring and a comprehensive personnel development program

 

Applications (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, letter of recommendation by a university lecturer referring to the intended research project, outline (max. 10 pages) of a project idea plus bibliography and work plan) are possible until 01.10.2020.

Contact:

Dr. Timo Kaerlein

0049 (0)271 / 740 – 5251

19 September 2020
Job advertisement: Four doctoral positions for research assistants (65%); Cultural and Social Studies, Media Research
The CRC 1187 „Media of Cooperation“ is offering four doctoral positions (65%) with a background in...
Job advertisement: Four doctoral positions for research assistants (65%); Cultural and Social Studies, Media Research

The CRC 1187 „Media of Cooperation“ is offering four doctoral positions (65%) with a background in cultural and social studies (media research). Applications are due 01. October 2020.

The University of Siegen is an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan university with currently about 18,000 students and a range of subjects from the humanities, social sciences and economics to natural, engineering and life sciences. With over 2,000 employees, we are one of the largest employers in the region and offer a unique environment for teaching, research and further education.

 

CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation“

The CRC is an interdisciplinary research network consisting of 15 projects and more than 60 scientists from the fields of media studies, science and technology studies, ethnology, sociology, linguistics and literature studies, computer science and medicine as well as history, education and engineering. It has been funded by the DFG since 2016. The CRC investigates the emergence and dissemination of digitally networked, data-intensive media and understands these as cooperatively accomplished conditions for cooperation. The research of the participating subprojects focuses on data practices that are explored in the situated interplay of media practices, infrastructures and public spheres.

Further information on the CRC’s research agenda and subprojects can be found at https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/en

 

We are looking for:

Starting on 1 January 2021, four doctoral posts in cultural and social studies (media research) are available at the University of Siegen in the integrated graduate school (MGK) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1187 “Media of Cooperation”, subject to the following conditions:

  • 65% = 25,89 weekly hours
  • Pay group 13  TV-L
  • temporary 31.12.2023

Your tasks:

  • Independent conception and realisation of a research project in the thematic area of the CRC, especially invited are ethnographic research projects of digital practices
  • Regular participation and involvement in the events and the training program of the MGK (colloquia, workshops, summer schools, methodology workshops, interdisciplinary groups)
  • Presentation of preliminary results of the individual research project within the MGK colloquium and in the context of relevant (international) conferences

Your profile:

  • Relevant, above-average degree in one of the following disciplines participating in or related to the CRC: media studies, anthropology, geography, history, cultural studies, literary studies, linguistics, political science, education, sociology, science and technology studies, or similar (equivalent to a Master’s degree)
  • Individual research project in one of the above-mentioned disciplines within the subject area of the CRC, specifically in the field of historical or contemporary qualitative research of a digital practice (project outline of max. 10 pages, including a work plan; please make explicit the connection to the research framework of the CRC)
  • Interest in methods of media research, particularly praxeological research approaches and an affinity for working in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Willingness to participate in the international event program of the CRC and the MGK
  • Good written and spoken English language skills

Our offer:

  • Suport for further academic qualification (doctorate), in compliance with the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz
  • Many opportunities of co-creating the program of the Integrated Graduate School
  • A number of offers like flexible work hours, university pension scheme, dual career service, coaching/mentoring and a comprehensive personnel development program

 

Applications (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, letter of recommendation by a university lecturer referring to the intended research project, outline (max. 10 pages) of a project idea plus bibliography and work plan) are possible until 01.10.2020.

Contact:

Dr. Timo Kaerlein

0049 (0)271 / 740 – 5251

10 September 2020
Start of the second funding phase (2020-2023): CRC Annual Conference 2020 on “Pandemic Cooperation” on October 27 and 28, 2020
The CRC 1187 "Media of Cooperation" is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for another 3.5...
Start of the second funding phase (2020-2023): CRC Annual Conference 2020 on “Pandemic Cooperation” on October 27 and 28, 2020

The CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation” is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for another 3.5 years until December 2023. The beginning of the second funding phase falls in the middle of the ongoing exceptional situation of the COVID 19 pandemic, which the CRC will address scholarly on October 27 and 28, 2020: “Pandemic Cooperation: Media and Society in Times of Corona” is the title of this year’s annual conference, in which researchers from more than ten countries will meet in six thematic panels to analyze the ongoing effects of the pandemic on cooperative relationships mediated by digital media. Two keynote speeches by Sarah Pink and Arjun Appadurai/Paula Kift will round off the program of the annual conference, which is taking place completely virtually for the first time

04 August 2020
Call for Papers: “Geomedia 2021 – Off the Grid” The 4th International Geomedia Conference
Siegen, Germany, 5-8 May 2021 The phrase “off the grid” is commonly understood to refer to the voluntary...
Call for Papers: “Geomedia 2021 – Off the Grid” The 4th International Geomedia Conference

Siegen, Germany, 5-8 May 2021

The phrase “off the grid” is commonly understood to refer to the voluntary decoupling from established infrastructure networks such as electricity, water or gas supply. The implication is one of material independence and a self-sufficient lifestyle. Going “off the grid” means making yourself invisible by rebuking the social and technological structures that normally organize our lives. It is entering, or returning to, uncharted territory. The grid from which you disappear is often imagined like a web that we are woven into, at once providing security – of cultural connectivity, opportunities to work, or societal participation – while also limiting individual, political or technological agency.

The grid also speaks to the geographic coordinate system, an all-encompassing global structure which makes it possible to accurately locate any point on earth. This unified grid represents a dominant ordering principle for everything “locatable”. It is part of the technological infrastructure of many platforms, services and applications which fall under the definition of geomedia, most prominently the Global Positioning System (GPS). In this regard, “off the grid” is a move away from such Cartesian notions of space towards a situated relational account of (quotidian) practices carried out with, through, or in relation to, geomedia.

Going off the grid has also been seen as a form of renunciation of the conveniences of the late capitalist (media) world in order to lead a supposedly slower, less stressful and eventually less superficial life – as inspired by the transcendentalism of the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. But with so many people relying on the grid for purposes of work and entertainment in recent times, what does this mean for our relation to geomedia? What does going off the grid look like now? This presupposes, of course, that there is ipso facto a grid – an infrastructure – which one can connect to freely at any time. But a great number of people do not get to choose to decouple from the grid – a fact that speaks to questions of access to the socio-material infrastructures underpinning geomedia and associated communities and practices.

Arguably, practices of surveillance and countersurveillance concern the implicit or even involuntary participation in corresponding infrastructures. Here, optimization for a range of tasks and activities routinely involves a certain kind of surveillance; a default setting in the running of all kinds of media platforms used for navigation, video streaming or online gaming. In this, surveillance is wrapped up with profit-seeking practices, and the extraction of value from the ‘data fumes’ of platform users, who enter a form of “cooperation without consensus” as they stream movies, hire taxis, host videoconferences, ride public transport, or go on dates. In these various iterations, surveillance might look different, and/or be practiced in distinct ways to traditional forms of state or corporate surveillance, increasingly dependent on technological protocols and standards that not only underpin the grid but also govern our use of geomedia. One consequence is that the relation between private and public spheres is transformed, and introduces new questions of governance, exploitation and marginalization. It is of crucial importance, who is online, and who is offline might as well not exist. Yet these optimization processes are also subject to countermeasures that constitute new modes of existence – from anonymous accounts and the use of VPNs, to location spoofing, and other tricks and techniques to hide, erase, or obfuscate user activity and location.

Yet the grid is not all-encompassing, nor all-powerful. Whilst countersurveillance efforts resist, fight back and oppose, alternative geomedia projects imagine the grid differently – sometimes even plotting its demise. From community broadband initiatives, to independent media organizations, post-capitalist streaming platforms, and citizen science projects; there is a continued, concerted effort to build alternatives to state-based, or company-owned geomedia, operating at various scales from the hyperlocal to the global. Through these efforts, organizers and participants question the foundations of our collective social and technological infrastructures, redefining what it is to care, share, distribute, cultivate or reallocate funds, resources, opportunities and ideas – bringing new geomedia, and new imaginaries of hope (or perhaps fear), into existence.

PDF with detailed information and contact details

04 July 2020
Selected talks from CRC annual conferences are online
A selection of talks from past CRC annual conferences can now be watched on the video portal of the University...
Selected talks from CRC annual conferences are online

A selection of talks from past CRC annual conferences can now be watched on the video portal of the University of Siegen. The 25 videos uploaded so far cover a broad range of topics across the conference themes of “Infrastructures of Publics — Publics of Infrastructures”, “Varieties of Cooperation” and “Data Practices: Recorded, Provoked, Invented”, including keynote talks by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger and David Ribes. The video collection is part of the new CRC public relations strategy in the second funding period which aims at addressing different academic and non-academic publics across various channels of communication, and simultaneously serves as one key element in setting up an institutional archive documenting the discussions on media research in Siegen for the years to come. Additional videos will be uploaded in the following weeks.

Direct link to the video collevction: https://video.uni-siegen.de/?f%5Bunit_ssim%5D%5B%5D=SFB+1187

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