SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen

B05 - Early childhood and smartphone. Family interaction order, learning processes and cooperation


Principal Investigators:

Prof. Dr. Jutta Wiesemann 


Bina Elisabeth Mohn (PhD)

Pip Hare (MA)

Astrid Vogelpohl (Diplom cultural education)

Clemens Eisenmann (PhD)

Inka Fürtig (Dipl.-Soz.)

Student Assistants:

Valentino D'Aloia


Our current research will be extended from 2020 as a long-term study in which we continue to work with our observations from the first phase (2016 – 2019).

What characterises childhood in the age of digital media? Since our project’s launch in 2016, we have been observing how infants and (young) children are involved in their families’ everyday media practices. Our objective is to identify and make visible transformations in everyday life and in children’s early learning processes. The observations we have made so far suggest that today’s children, together with their parents, are establishing new ways of appropriating their worlds. Our project focuses on children’s digitally enacted practices in order to empirically study the forms of learning that they entail. We are developing a performative concept of learning that facilitates analysis of how everyday practices involving media are changing.

We study digital media practices in families by means of the digital research practices of camera ethnography (Mohn): ethnographic showing. This includes further development of a self-reflexive concept of co-operation (Goodwin) in research, as well as the application of Wittgenstein’s notion of “perspicuous representation” (übersichtliche Darstellung) in creating arrangements of video fragments, which are digitally linked in open net-like structures. In the course of the second phase, we will undertake four cyclical research phases with fieldwork in diverse family settings. We produce audio-visual miniatures that make practices observable as “bundles of practices and material arrangements” (Schatzki). These miniatures then become the building blocks of micro-analyses and arrangements that structure research material showing media practices as learning. We invite diverse audiences into “looking laboratories” (Blicklaboratorien), bringing together research and public discourse.


Current Publications

P. Hare, B. E. Mohn, A. Vogelpohl, J. Wiesemann 
Face to Face - Face to Screen
Early Childhood and Media. 24 camera ethnographic miniatures
SeriesCamera Ethnography
Bd. 1, 2019, 88 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, gb., ISBN 978-3-643-14299-3

With 24 short films, this catalogue and accompanying DVD offers insights into the fundamental ways that media practices in early childhood shape the development of self- and family identity and of children's relationships to people, objects, and their surroundings. The filmic miniatures and concise texts result from camera ethnographic observation and thick depiction undertaken by the authors in 14 families of different nationalities since 2016 as part of the collaborative research centre Media of Cooperation (University of Siegen). Viewers are invited to research for themselves the films that are grouped into four chapters.

(c) LIT Verlag Berlin-Münster-Wien-Zürich-London


Exhibition „Das bist Du!“ Early childhood digital

Results from the camera ethnography were digitally shown publicly in the form of the exhibition „Das bist Du!“ Frühe Kindheit digital (Siegerlandmuseum, Siegen, 16.09.2018 to 06.01.2019). The video installations of this exhibition also make it possible for a broader public to observe how digital media practices in early childhood constitute self-references, reference to others, factual relationships and family life.

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Further Publications

In appearance

Lange, Jochen. 2019. Die Materialisierung des ‚Kindlichen‘. In: Materialitäten der Kindheit. Körper, Räume, Dinge, 20:. Kinder, Kindheiten, Kindheitsforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
Mohn, Bina Elisabeth. 2020. Kamera-Ethnographie. Ethnographische Forschung im Modus des Zeigens. Programmatik und Praxis. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.
Wiesemann, Jutta, Clemens Eisenmann, Inka Fürtig, Jochen Lange und Bina Elisabeth Mohn, Hrsg. 2020. Digitale Kindheiten. Medien der Kooperation. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.



Eisenmann, Clemens, Jan Peter und Erik Wittbusch. 2019. Doing media ethnography in everyday family life with young children. Media in Action: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Cooperative Media.
Mohn, Bina, Pip Hare, Astrid Vogelpohl und Jutta Wiesemann. 2019. Face to Face – Face  to Screen. Frühe Kindheit und Medien / Early Childhood and Media. 24 kamera-ethnographische Miniaturen / 24 camera ethnographic miniatures. Berlin, Münster, Wien, Zürich, London: LIT.
Mohn, Bina, Pip Hare, Astrid Vogelpohl und Jutta Wiesemann. 2019. Cooperation and Difference. Camera Ethnography in the Research Project „Early Childhood and Smartphone“. Media in Action: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Cooperative Media.



Mohn, Bina Elisabeth. 2018. Kamera-Ethnographie. Schauen, Sehen und Wissen filmisch gestalten. In: Handbuch Filmsoziologie, hg. von Alexander Geimer, Carsten Heinze, und Rainer Winter. Springer Reference Sozialwissenschaften. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
O A. 2018. „Das bist Du!“ Frühe Kindheit digital. 26. September, Siegerlandmuseum, Siegen.
Wiesemann, Jutta und Klaus Amann. 2018. Co-operation is a feature of sociality, not an attribute of people. Media in Action: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Cooperative Media.
Wiesemann, Jutta und Inka Fürtig. 2018. Kindheit zwischen Smartphone und pädagogischem Schulalltag. In: Institutionalisierungen von Kindheit. Childhood studies zwischen Soziologie und Erziehungswissenschaft., hg. von Tanja Betz u. a., 196–212. „Kindheiten – Neue Folge“. Weinheim/München: Beltz Juventa.



Fürtig, Inka und Tanja Betz. 2017. Bericht über die gemeinsame Jahrestagung „Materialitäten der Kindheit: Körper – Räume – Dinge“ der DGS-Sektionen Soziologie der Kindheit und Soziologie des Körpers und des Sports. In: , 47:220–223. 2. Trier: Universität Trier.



Lange, Jochen. 2016. Medienkompetenzvermittlung in der Grundschule. In: Mediales Lernen. Beispiele für eine inklusive Mediendidaktik, hg. von Markus Peschel, 7:105–114. Dimensionen des Sachunterrichts – Kinder. Sachen. Welten. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren.


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