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.
No 1 (2017): Erhard Schüttpelz: Hunter into Prey: Trying to Make Sense of the »Media Revolution« at Göbekli Tepe
The essay tries to make sense of the iconography and monumentalism of Göbekli Tepe by way of a comparison with recent ›hunting ideologies‹ in forager situations of abundance or ›super-abundance‹. The article refers to two North American situations of super-abundance (North-West Coast societies based on seasonal aquafaunal abundance; and the seasonal congregations of large-scale Bison hunting groups on the Plains) to demonstrate how foragers coping with a situation of seasonal super-abundance are still able to ritually perform the reversibility of prey and predator inherent in hunting ideologies. The radical iconography of predators at Göbekli Tepe may likewise point to the ritual function of turning ›hunter into prey‹, and the monumentalism of Göbekli Tepe may be interpreted as a ritual setting celebrating the unity of a hunting congregation quite foreign to – and even deliberately pitted against – later regional developments.
No 2 (2017): Sebastian Gießmann: Drawing the Social: Jacob Levy Moreno, Sociometry, and the Rise of Network Diagrammatics
The following article discusses the combination of graphical methods and network thought in early sociology. It combines a case study of Jacob Levy Moreno’s sociometric work and diagrammatic practice with media-theoretical thoughts about the characteristics of network diagrams. These are understood as inscriptions that perform both an act of drawing and writing at the same time. Moreno’s mappings, as well as other early visual techniques of social research, are understood along Michel Serres’ understanding of the network diagram as a topological narration. Seen from the vantage point of a history of knowledge, Moreno’s sociometric and performative practices can not only be understood as a contribution to social network thought, but as actual research on the cooperative character of human interaction.
No 3 (2018): Thomas Haigh: Finding a Story for the History of Computing
Thomas Haigh is working with Paul Ceruzzi of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on an expanded and completely reorganized version of Ceruzzi’s classic monograph A History of Modern Computing. Haigh discusses the challenges involved in producing a one volume history of a uniquely flexible technology. Since the first edition of the book was published twenty years ago our sense of what the computer is for has shifted utterly, to encompass media consumption, personal communication, and shopping as well as the traditional activities of business administration and scientific number crunching. To reflect this, Ceruzzi and Haigh are adopting a new structure, in which each chapter of the book tells the story of how “the computer” becomes something different through its interaction with a particular set of users and applications. Haigh connects this structure to the work of historian Michael S. Mahoney, and his discussion of the “Histories of Computing(s).” He ponders the particular difficulty of avoiding a simplistic narrative of historical progress, often called a “whig history,” in summarizing the evolution of a technology whose spectacular technical improvement has come to define our idea of modernity. Haigh also discusses Ceruzzi’s text in relation to other comprehensive histories of computing, the production process of the new edition, and some of the editorial choices involved in a project of this kind.
No 4 (2018): Michael Dieter, Carolin Gerlitz, Anne Helmond, Nathaniel Tkacz, Fernando van der Vlist, Esther Weltevrede: Store, interface, package, connection: Methods and propositions for multi-situated app studies
This paper discusses methodological approaches to app studies, focussing on their embeddedness and situatedness within multiple infrastructural settings. Our approach arises by paying close attention to the multivalent affordances of apps as software packages, particularly their capacity to enter into diverse groupings and relations depending on different infrastructural situations. The changing situations they evoke and participate in, accordingly, makes apps visible and accountable in a variety of unique ways. Engaging with and even staging these situations, therefore, allows for political-economic, social and cultural dynamics associated with apps and their infrastructures can be investigated through a style of research we describe as multi-situated app studies. The piece offers an overview of four different entry points of enquiry that are exemplary of this overarching framework, focussing on app stores, app interfaces, app packages and app connections. We conclude with nine propositions that develop out of these studies as prompts for further research.
No 5 (2018): Kjeld Schmidt, Ina Wagner: Writ Large: On the logics of the spatial ordering of coordinate artefacts in cooperative work
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)