SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen

A02 - The Culture of Telecommunication Standardisation in the Tensions of the Digital and Neoliberal ‘Double Revolution’ since the 1980s



Principal Investigators:

PD Dr. Christian Henrich-Franke 


Laura Elsner

Stefanie Quast


The project analyses a central requirement for social and technical cooperation: the standardisation of telecommunication infrastructures. It places the interdependencies between technical development and institutional change at the scientific centre of the project. As an example it zooms in the standardisation of ISDN during the digital and neoliberal 'double-revolution' (digitalisation of technology and liberalisation of markets) since the 1980s. The project starts from the hypotheses that cultures of standardisation, which had evolved since the 19th century, shape the defining of 'digital cooperation's capability' because of technical and institutional path dependencies.




Project-Related Publications

Books (Authored and Edited)

  • Henrich-Franke, Christian/Ambrosius, Gerold (2016): Integration of Infrastructures in Europe in Comparison. Berlin: Springer.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian/Ambrosius, Gerold (2013): Integration von Infrastrukturen in Europa: Synopse. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian/Ambrosius, Gerold/Neutsch, Cornelius (Hg.) (2010): Infrastrukturintegration und internationale Politik. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2017): “And Postal Services? ... The Universal Postal Union and the Digitalization of Communication”, in: Media in Action (1).
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2015): “Experten versus Politiker: Wer gestaltet die transnationalen Netze der Telekommunikation“, in: Diagonal (1), S. 149-168.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian/Ambrosius, Gerold (2015): „Pfadabhängigkeiten internationaler Infrastrukturnetze“, in: Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, (1), S. 291-316.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2014): „‚Alter Draht‘ – ‚neue Kommunikation‘: Die Umnutzung des doppeldrahtigen Kupferkabels in der Entwicklung der digitalen Telekommunikation“, in: Diagonal (1), S. 97-112.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2004): „Das Post- und Fernmeldewesen im europäischen Integrationsprozess der 1950/60er Jahre“, in: Journal of European Integration History (2), S. 95-117.

Anthology Contributions

  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2017): „‘Epistemic Communities’ of Radio Regulators: Gametes of a Europeanization of National Foreign Radio Policies“, in: Clemens, Gabriele (Hg.): The Quest for Europeanization. Stuttgart: Steiner, S.237-248.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2014): „Regulating Intra-European Connections: telecommunications and European integration 1950-1970“, in: Mechi, Lorenzo/Migani, Guia/Petrini, Francesco (Hg.): The UN and European construction: a historical perspective. Cambridge: University Press, S. 77-94.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2014): „Functionalistic spill-over and infrastructural integration: the telecommunication sector“, in: Dienel, Hans-Liudger/Schiefelbusch, Martin (Hg.): Linking Networks. The Formation of Common Standards and Visions for Infrastructure Development. London: Ashgate, S. 95-114.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2010): „Die Gründung europäischer Infrastrukturorganisationen im Ost/West-Vergleich: die PTT-Organisationen OSS und CEPT“, in: Henrich-Franke, Christian/Ambrosius, Gerold/Neutsch, Cornelius (Hg.): Infrastrukturintegration und internationale Politik. Baden-Baden: Nomos, S. 145-174.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2009): „Changing Patterns of Infrastructure Governance in the Transport and Communication Sectors in Europe“, in: Auger, Jean-François/Bouma Jan Jaap/Künneke, Rolf (Hg.): Internationalization of Infrastructures, Delft: University Press, S. 7-30.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian (2008): „Cookies for ITU: The role of cultural backgrounds and social practices in standardization processes“, in: Fickers, Andreas/Hommels, Anique/Schüler, Judith (Hg.): Bargaining norms, arguing standards. Den Haag: STT, S. 86-97.
  • Henrich-Franke, Christian/Ambrosius, Gerold (2007): „Alte Pfade und neue Wege der Integration – das Beispiel der Infrastrukturen in Europa“, in: Historische Sozialforschung, (4), S. 275-304.