The members of CRC 1187 “Media of Cooperation” publish their research results in the widest possible range of publication venues suitable for their respective researches and disciplines. You will find a chronological list of CRC-related publications by all members under the point “All Publications”.

Beyond that, the CRC has various publication formats of its own in which CRC members as well as other researchers publish. These include the book series Medien der Kooperation (Springer Verlag) and Beiträge zur Praxeologie (Metzler Verlag), the open-access magazine Media in Action. An Interdisciplinary Journal on Cooperative Media, and the Internet blog series Debating Anthropology (in cooperation with the Global South Studies Center an der University of Cologne, the Institute for Ethnology and Cultural Studies (IFEK) at the University of Bremen, and the Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften).

You will find detailed information on the contents of the publications in the following:.











The dynamics of contemporary media have created a fast-paced field, in which academic studies are often challenged, both methodologically and theoretically, to keep pace with current developments in media, technology and society. In our view, the question of cooperation is a crucial issue surrounding these dynamics. Digital networked media in particular can be viewed as cooperative platforms, enabling people to work together, share experiences and information about their lives, and interact with each other. This is, however, not a new phenomenon: the media have always been vital for connecting individuals, groups or whole societies. Likewise, cooperation is a fundamental feature of all human endeavours.

The journal Media in Action aims to explore how to connect the two observations that (1) contemporary digital media are prima facie media of cooperation and (2) media and cooperation have been tightly enmeshed long before the digital age. This question lies at the core of this interdisciplinary journal on cooperative media and it unites the scholars in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1187 Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen.

Blog Series “Debating Anthropology – Streitbare Ethnologie”

The blog series “Debating Anthropology – Streitbare Ethnologie” aims to explore current topics in the field of social and cultural anthropology / ethnology, discussing controversial topics through a wide circle of contributors and asking questions about the public role and social relevance of ethnological knowledge.

Three blogs have been released so far. The first – “Cultural Relativism and Enlightenment” (mainly in German) – was published in December 2016 as a reaction to an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, in which ethnology / social and cultural anthropology was accused of justifying inhuman practices and of having a lack of distance from its subject matter.

This blog was superseded in October 2017 by a second blog, which is still running today. Under the title “How to move on with Humboldt’s legacy? Rethinking ethnographic collections“ / Wie weiter mit Humboldts Erbe? Ethnographische Sammlungen neu denken,” it deals with the opposite accusation of colonialism and, on the occasion of current discussions about the concept and design of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, also asks about innovative and contemporary approaches to ethnographic collections.

The third blog, which has been running since April 2018, was prompted by the controversy surrounding the recent renaming of the “German Ethnological Society / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV) ” to “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (DGSKA) (the English title of this association had since long been „German Anthropological Association“). Under the title “What’s in a name” (in German only), the blog asks what this renaming stands for, i.e. what it conveys about the history, present and future of this discipline in German speaking countries.

A fourth blog was launched in October 2018 with the question “Why Anthropology? Current Student Views” (in German only). The editorial board consists of a group of anthropology students at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, who conceived the blog and oversee it on their own responsibility in the framework of a seminar Ehler Voss offered on the topic “Publishing in Online Media”. The editorial board cordially welcomes the submission of contributions.

The blog series is jointly published by the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen, the Global South Studies Center at Cologne University, the Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, and the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research (IFEK) at the University of Bremen.

Editors: Christoph Antweiler (Bonn), Michi Knecht (Bremen), Ehler Voss (Siegen/Mainz), Martin Zillinger (Cologne)