Clemens Apprich (PhD) is assistant professor in media studies at the University of Groningen as well as research fellow at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His current research deals with filter algorithms and their application in data analysis as well as machine learning methods. He is the author of Technotopia: A Media Genealogy of Net Cultures (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017), and, together with Wendy Chun, Hito Steyerl, and Florian Cramer, co-authored Pattern Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press/meson press, 2019).
Mathias Denecke (M.A.) is a doctoral student at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. In his doctoral project «Flow-Kalküle. Übertragungsprobleme in Digitalen Kulturen», Mathias focuses on recent academic writings especially in media and cultural studies in which the terms flows and streams are purposefully applied as metaphors. The project describes the potentials as well as the challenges which arise when the words flow and stream are employed as an epistemic resource for describing information transmission in media technical environments. Together with Anne Ganzert, Isabell Otto and Robert Stock, Mathias is co-editor of the volume «ReClaiming Participation» (2016).
Bernhard J. Dotzler
Bernhard J. Dotzler is Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Studies at Regensburg University. Visiting Kade Professor at UCSB (2010). Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers (2018). His research interests include the history of computing, information behaviour, and the archeology of media. Author of Diskurs und Medium: Zur Archäologie der Computerkultur (2006), Diskurs und Medium II: Das Argument der Literatur (2010), Diskurs und Medium III. Philologische Untersuchungen: Medien und Wissen in literaturgeschichtlichen Beispielen (2011), and Zurück zu Foucault (2020, forthcoming).
Daniela van Geenen
Daniela van Geenen is a PhD-candidate at the DFG Locating Media Graduate School (University of Siegen), investigating “critical technical practice” in the context of sensor-based technologies and sensing infrastructures that make accessible and/or govern everyday life and urban space. In past research projects, Daniela investigated social media as spaces for debate and cultural production. Building on these experiences, her recent publications tackle the question of the (scholarly) conduct that the work with digital methods demands, challenged by the need to design accountable software and algorithmic tools. Daniela is also a lecturer in data journalistic practice and data visualization at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and an affiliated researcher at the Datafied Society research platform (Utrecht University).
Leistert, Oliver, works at Basel University and Leuphana University Lüneburg. Starting June 2020, he is PI for a DFG-funded research project on the shifts in power relations effectuated by blockchains and how this integrates into a techno-environmentality. Winner of the Surveillance & Society book award 2014. His main interests include algorithms, sociality, affect and mediatechnologies. He co-edited (with Lina Dencik) “Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest. Between Control and Emancipation” (2015).
Katja Mayer is a sociologist at the University of Vienna, Department of Science and Technology Studies. Her research examines the interactions between social science methods and their public spheres, focusing on the cultural, ethical and socio-technical challenges at the interface of computer science, social sciences and society. In addition, she is Senior Scientist at the Center for Social Innovation in Vienna and Associate Researcher at the University of Vienna’s ‘Governance of Digital Practices’ platform.
Research associate and Coordinator at the Media Anthropology Center of Excellence, Bauhaus-University Weimar. Has previously published on media-philosophical approaches to digital culture, the internet of things, games as well as the concept of remainders and remnants and is currently finishing his thesis on the ideas of ‘collectivity’ in digital networks, masses and swarms. Has been funded by the state of Thuringia and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.
Solveig Ottmann is a lecturer at the Department of Media Studies at Regensburg University, Germany. She teaches and researches in the fields of the history and theory of (acoustic) media. She was awarded with a PhD in media studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Her thesis Im Anfang war das Experiment. Das Weimarer Radio bei Hans Flesch und Ernst Schoen was published in 2013 (Berlin: Kadmos). Latest publication: Allouche/Ottmann/Roesler-Keilholz (eds.). 2020. Schlaf(modus).Pause / Verarbeitung / Smartphone / Mensch. AugenBlick (77).
Nikolaus Poechhacker is a Ph.D candidate and researcher at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University of Munich. In his work he is researching the relationship between institutions, social order, and algorithmic systems in various domains, bringing together perspectives from Media Theory, STS, Computer Science, and Sociology. Previously Nikolaus worked for some years in IT and studied Sociology, Computer Science, and STS at the University of Vienna. Most recently, he is exploring the impact of algorithmic systems and digital technologies on the legal system.
Jutta Weber is a science & technology studies scholar and professor for media, culture & society at Paderborn University (Germany). Her research focuses on computational technoscience culture(s) asking how and for whom the non/human actors work. She has been visiting professor i.a. at Uppsala (S), Vienna (A) and Twente (NL). Some recent publications: Technosecurity Cultures. Science as Culture, 29:1, 2020, ed. with Katrin Kämpf; Tracking and Targeting: Sociotechnologies of (In)security. ‘Science, Technology & Human Values’ 42:6, 2017; ed. with Karolina Follis and Lucy Suchman; Keep Adding. Kill Lists, Drone Warfare and the Politics of Databases. In: Environment and Planning D. Society and Space, 34:1, 2016, 107-125.
Dr. Bianca Westermann is a media scholar. Her research interests are centered on mobile media, social robotics and the medial constitution of prostheses, robots and cyborgs as well as the body as a medium. Other areas of interest include the medial construction of postmodern identity in digital media as well as sound studies.