SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen

B06 - Un-/desired Observation in Interaction: “Intelligent Personal Assistants” (IPA)


Participants wanted

Do you want to purchase a Smart Speaker? We are looking for German-speaking participants for our study and would like to accompany you during the setup of the device. We can compensate your time with an amount between 30 and 140 Euros depending on your involvement in our study. Contact: ipa-studie@uni-siegen.de


Principal Investigator:

Prof. Dr. Stephan Habscheid

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Hoffmann

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer (formerly)


Tim Moritz Hector

Dr. Christine Hrncal

Dr. David Waldecker

Student Assistants:

Viviane Börner

Aileen Halbe

Alexander Martin

Miriam Müller

Franziska Niersberger-Gueye

Franziska Petri


Dr. des. Kathrin Englert

Jacqueline Klesse

Dr. Vincent Knopp

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer

Dr. habil Oliver Schmidtke

Tamara Schwertel


In the first phase, the project examined publication practices and discursive / practical demarcations drawn by young people in dealing with Social Media from the perspective of producing 'requested' attention and avoiding 'unsolicited' observation. The analysis mainly focused on argumentatively shaped "orders of justification" in the sense of Boltanski and Thévenot, and thus a case of mutual production of cooperation under problematic media‐related conditions.

Based on this in the second phase the project investigates how stationary "Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPA)" with "Voice User Interfaces" (VUI) are integrated by domestic users into their verbal interaction and everyday practices and negotiated in situ against a background of tensions between requested/required responsiveness and problematic observation/utilization of linguistic input. Complementary to this, the project aims to gain insights into the black box behind the commercial VUI with the help of experts in the institutional processing and exploitation of such data – also in connection with digital methods.




Englert, K., Waldecker, D., & Schmidtke, O. (2019). Un/erbetene Beobachtung: Bewertung richtigen Medienhandelns in Zeiten seiner Hyper-Beobachtbarkeit. In J. Kropf & S. Laser (Eds.), Digitale Bewertungspraktiken: Labore der Grenzziehung in vernetzten Welten (pp. 215–236). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.





Hector, T., & Hrncal, C. (2020). Intelligente Persönliche Assistenten im häuslichen Umfeld. Erkenntnisse aus einer linguistischen Pilotstudie zur Erhebung audiovisueller Interaktionsdaten. Working Paper Series Media of Cooperation, 14, 1–18. https://www.mediacoop.uni-siegen.de/de/publikationen/working-papers-media-of-cooperation/



Englert, K., Waldecker, D., & Schmidtke, O. (2019). Un/erbetene Beobachtung: Bewertung richtigen Medienhandelns in Zeiten seiner Hyper-Beobachtbarkeit. In J. Kropf & S. Laser (Eds.), Digitale Bewertungspraktiken: Labore der Grenzziehung in vernetzten Welten (pp. 215–236). Springer VS. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-21165-3_9
Schmidtke, O., Englert, K., & Waldecker, D. (2019). Vom alltäglichen Ziehen fließender Grenzen. Die Veröffentlichung von Intimität bei jugendlichen Social-Media-Nutzer/innen. In P. Ettinger, M. Eisenegger, M. Prinzing, & R. Blum (Eds.), Mediensymposium 2016 (Buchreihe Mediensymposium, Band 14). Springer VS. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-24052-3_12
Waldecker, D., Englert, K., & Ludwig-Mayerhofer, W. (2019). Media Ethnography and Participation in Online Practices. Media in Action, 3(1), 9–22. https://www001.zimt.uni-siegen.de/ojs/index.php/mia/article/view/47



Englert, K., Klesse, J., Ludwig-Mayerhofer, W., Schmidtke, O., & Waldecker, D. (2017). ‚Das Digitale‘ und sein Modus Operandi. Bewertungen (un)erbetener Be(ob)achtung. http://publikationen.soziologie.de/index.php/kongressband_2016/article/view/524