WPT - Workshop Practice Theory

The Lecture and Workshop Series on Practice Theory aims to develop a new perspective on media history and media analysis. It is giving primacy to “practice” while focussing on processes of media production and work. We set out exploring media practices related to “coordination”, “delegation”, “registration & identification”, both with regard to a sound empirical foundation and to theoretical reflection.

These categories are used to investigate media practices that specifically interconnect publics and infrastructures. Our Lecture and Workshop Series on Practice Theory is dedicated to “Theoretical Empiricism” and will assemble international research that addresses questions of theory and empirical research symmetrically. For this purpose, three further categories are brought into play as part of the practice turn, namely repair work and experimentation.


Selected publications


The publication studies four aspects of the practice turn in media studies: Media history from a praxeological perspective, the practice turn in religion and media studies, the connecting and dividing lines of media theories concerning gender and post_colonial agencies, and a historical and theoretical examination of the current relationship of media theory and practice theory.

Schüttpelz, E., Taha, N., Stolow, J., Dommann, M., & Bergermann, U. (Eds.). (2020). Connect and Divide: The Practice Turn in Media Studies. Zürich: diaphanes.


Gießmann, S., Röhl, T., & Trischler, R. (Eds.). (2019). Materialität der Kooperation. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.



Gießmann, S. (2018). Für eine Medienpraxistheorie der Delegation. Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, (2), 133–148.


Gießmann, S. (2018). Elemente einer Praxistheorie der Medien. Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft19, 95–109.



Dang-Anh, M., Pfeifer, S., Reisner, C., & Villioth, L. (2017). Medienpraktiken – Situieren, Erforschen, Reflektieren. Eine Einleitung. Navigationen – Zeitschrift Für Medien- Und Kulturwissenschaften17(1), 7–36.


At the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and Media Studies the volume asks for the continuing actuality and productivity of Susan Leigh Stars (1954-2010) works on boundary objects, marginality, work, infrastructures and communities of practice. For the first time the seminal works by Star are published in German and are made available in Open Access.

Star, S. L. (2017). Grenzobjekte und Medienforschung. (S. Gießmann & N. Taha, Eds.) (Vol. 10). Bielefeld: transcript.