Summer school: Mobile Situations | Situated Media

Intersections between Media and Cultural Studies, STS, Feminist Theory & Mobilities Research

Graduate Workshop 25-27 June 2015 – a collaboration between:

  • The Graduate Research Training Group Locating Media, University of Siegen
  • Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Centre for Science Studies (CSS), Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), Media and Cultural Studies, Lancaster University
  • UK Northwest Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC), Pathways  Sociology, Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices and Social Anthropology
  • Hamburg University, Sociology

Situations figure prominently in many conceptual and methodological approaches. Ever since Thomas and Thomas’ statement ‘If men [sic.] define situations as real, they are real in their consequences’ (1928, in Merton 1995), situations have formed a fundamental unit of analysis, ranging from studies of the performance of gender in inter- or intra-action (Garfinkel 1967, Butler 1990, Barad 2007) to investigations of the situated production of scientific facts (Latour and Woolgar 1986) and technological affordances at the intersection of plans and situated action (Suchman 2007). A concern with situation and situatedness cuts across feminist theory, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, art, and the interdisciplinary mobilities paradigm in ways that is generative of new insights and new mobile and inventive methodologies (Buscher, Urry and Witchger 2011, Lury and Wakeford 2012). This workshop brings together young scholars and leading academic to explore these intersections.



Thursday 25th June

from 11:00  Registration, Meeting at Lanaster University
13:00  Pickup from lancaster Railway station Mobile Pair Discussions*
14:30-15:00  Settling into Grasmere & Glenthorne House
15:00-15:30  Coffee & Introduction
15:30-17:00  Market Session
17:00-18:30  Keynote I TBC – Lucy Suchman & Discussion
18:30-?  Intersections I
19:00  Dinner @ Glenthorne

Friday 26th June

08:00-09:00  Intersections II (early bird volunteers)
09:00-10:30  Keynote II Title TBC – Erhard Schüttpelz & Discussion
10.30-11:00  Intersections II
11:00-17:00  Walking Mentoring & seminar with lunch & coffee somewhere
17:00-18:00  Mapping Intersections
20:00  Dinner at Green’s Bistro, Grasmere

Saturday 27th June

09:00  Depart Grasmere for Lancaster University
10:00-12:00  Collaborative (?) Writing Retreat
12:00-13:00  Lunch
14:00-16:00  Reading & Close
19:00  Dinner

Sunday 28th June

Day at own leisure
Monday-Tuesday 29-30th

Lancaster Sociology Intellectual Party

Please note that a separate Abstract must be submitted by March 13, 2015 at the website above. The process is competitive, so participation in Mobile Situations | Situated Media does not guarantee a place at the Lancaster Sociology Intellectual Party.


Mobile Pair Discussions – A show and tell on the move. It would be great if you could bring something to make a ‘stand’. This could be a proper academic poster (see here for some examples), it could be the set of slides you intend to present at the Sociology Summer Conference, it could be a large printout of a particularly central 300 word statement from your thesis. You could also draw a mindmap or a picture, bring objects or do a performance – there are no limits to your creativity as long as you can convey the gist of your project in 2-5 minutes. Senior researchers should also bring something. It could be – in 300 words – their latest book, a book proposal, a research grant application, or just a question that really occupies them at the moment.
Market Session – General milling around where everyone explains their projects to those stopping at their stand. We’ll have to swap shifts.
Mentoring – To take place while walking. 2-3 young scholars per senior academic discussing 1-3 particularly challenging questions the students/junior researchers face. These could be theoretical questions ‘Can you combine ethnomethodology, feminist theory and the mobilities paradigm?’ or practical questions ‘How to make a chapter plan?’. It would be ideal if you could let your mentor have your questions before you arrive.
Intersections – In groups or individually, formulate 1-3 key question arising for you at the intersections of media, mobilities, feminist, STS theories and research subjects. Write them on a post-it and cluster them with questions other people have posted. Focus must be on intersections. In session I we’ll write down and start posting these questions on a big wall. In session II we’ll cluster those questions and junior researchers present their questions. We form groups for walking seminar.
Walking Seminar – Groups of 3-5 people pick one intersection and discuss it in depth. How is it generative for your research? What new insights are possible? What new methodologies? What’s problematic? They may do this on a walk (and a coffee en-route), they may find a room and do this sitting down. They must produce an illustrated or animated summary of what they learnt from their discussion.
Mapping Intersections – Each group presents 1 result from Walking Seminar, we produce a map of intersections and interesting questions.
Writing Retreat – Space and time to write with new momentum (hopefully!).
Reading & Close – Reading each others’ work, constructive critique, closing reflections and plans.

Fieldworkers of our own lives: developing approaches to Citizen Social Science and public anthropology
Alexandra Albert

The rise of citizen science and participatory science, where citizens voluntarily participate in scientific activities, calls into question the way in which scientific research is undertaken, as well as who is a scientist, who can collect data, what data can be collected, and what such data can be used for. In addition, many people are increasingly creating digital data in their own daily activities, as well as in their use of social media. The reality and scale of the so-called big data revolution, with all the tensions that ensue, is hat data is now something that we are embedded in.  How does this big data environment provide compelling new modes of knowing? Should we give way to the “harmless” new science of benign surveillance?

My project seeks to develop approaches to Citizen Social Science as the situated production of the scientific facts of people’s everyday lives. In this sense when drilled down into, Citizen Social Science can be seen to be an ethnomethodological approach to the social sciences. It is an attempt to promote an understanding of society from within, by the people being studied, for the people being studied and as such does not look to use outside sources to describe a situation. People, in doing what they do, account for or describe what they are doing and see around them and what the social order is (Sacks, 1963). In many respects everyone is a social scientist already. This leads to the claims that ’sociological description is an endogenous feature of the fields of action that professional sociologists investigate‘ (Lynch, 1997). Similarly as Garfinkel (1967) states ‚the activities whereby members produce and manage settings of organised everyday affairs are identical with members‘ procedures for making those settings „account-able“’.

In this sense, it could be argued that as citizens gather data about the world they live in, defining their social spaces as situations, Citizen Social Science brings about a new ‘lived objectivity’ and sense of situatedness even if it is partial or contested. It also raises many questions in terms of the data that is collected and how this can be collected and subsequently worked with. What does the lived experience mean for Citizen Social Science? How can the non-verbal aspects of the lived experience be captured and analysed? What form or shape would the data take? This approach brings sensory data to the fore and begs the question of what constitutes data and what does not? How can situations and situatedness be recorded? What is the comparable unit of analysis here? Is this already being done anyway as we make sense of our existence and environments? Are we already fieldworkers of our own lives? Citizens are generators of, but also generated in and by, the data environment (Elliot at al., 2013). As such, many citizens are already fieldworkers of their own lives.

The idea of Citizen Social Science links back to certain aspects of the Mass Observation project in the early 20th Century where volunteers submitted reports of their daily activities or events that they had seen (Madge & Harrisson, 1938; Hubble, 2006). The Mass Observation project highlights the tensions around the nature of the observer as opposed to who is being observed. The project also makes much exploratory headway into methodological issues of researching the everyday, and how to bring everyday activities into sharp relief. If, as Hymes (1996) suggests, ‘our ability to learn ethnographically is an extension of what every human being must do, that is learn the meanings, norms, patterns of a way of life’, then the Mass Observation Project is a form of public anthropology already in existence. In this apparent contradiction, mass observation seems to turn anthropology on its head, not simply in bringing it ‘home’ but also allowing everyone  to appropriate the tools of anthropology. What does this mean for the future of the discipline?

The research will develop approaches for Citizen Social Science and public anthropology by exploring the potential for new types of data collection where citizens record data as they go about their daily lives. It will look to study the ways in which ordinary people construct a stable social world through everyday utterances and actions in a series of data-gathering case study exercises. At the same time, it will explore the use of readily available digital technology to record such situations and situatedness, and the technological affordances that arise, in an attempt to reclaim the power imbalances and truly locate the “smartness” at the centre of the “smart citizens” debate in the hands of citizen.
Citizen Social Science can generate new insights and a new mobile and inventive methodology (Buscher, Urry & Witchger, 2011; Lury & Wakeford, 2012), raising questions around the ownership and interpretation of data, issues of data quality and reliability, and the new kinds of digital literacy. Citizen Social Science based approaches could bring about a renewed idea of public sociology. It is not about doing social research ‘on the cheap’ or undermining the trained social researcher, but about enabling and empowering citizens in the social research process and facilitating the research of issues in new ways (Purdam, 2014). In this sense Citizen social science based approaches could bring a renewed idea of emancipatory and social justice driven social science for researching intractable social issues.


Mirroring: Anonymous Videos, Political Mimesis, and the Praxis of Conflict
Adam Fish

Information activists like Wikileaks and the Pirate Bay, and information corporations such as Google and Microsoft each “mirror” files and databases. Mirroring or the duplicating and re-distribution of data is central to the operations of cloud computing, file-sharing, and emergent forms of political action. First, this article describes how Anonymous–made famous by hacks, leaks, and performative politics—secures visibility for their political videos by mirroring them across YouTube. Second, as political mimesis, the content made visible by mirrors solicits viewers to model themselves after politically active bodies. Third, while mirrors represent politicized bodies they cannot be reduced to mere representations. Drawing from poststructuralism and cultural anthropology, I argue that mirrors do not reveal origins but rather located a praxis of conflict. Video activists and information corporations are mutually dependent. Video activists need for-profit video platforms to broadcast content. The user-generated content produced by video activists and others constitutes surplus capital for information corporations. The frictions of mirroring expose the paradoxical entanglements of information activists and information firms. I support these claims with evidence from interviews with Anonymous video producers as well as textual analysis of Anonymous videos and mirrors.


Kinematic productivity: What do pedometers do?
Peter Fuzesi

The following chapter is an exploration of how walking is reconstituted as a healthy activity through the introduction of pedometers. Here ‚healthy activity‘ means the production of social goods, more specifically that walking, as such, has generative effects in managing one’s mental and physical health; and can prevent one from developing conditions like obesity, diabetes or respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. As a backdrop, to understand the use of pedometers, one has to look at ‚quantified self‘. The last decade has seen the emergence of the market of technologies that deploy sensors to monitor movement and other vital signs. Social science scholars were quick to problematise these technologies, that simultaneously rely heavily on imaginaries of the “body itself”, while creating new regimes of visibility and control (Lupton, 2013; Till, 2014; Williamson, 2015).

While the use of self-monitoring technologies is expanding their accuracy and actual medical value is unclear. As the producers of most devices and apps state in their disclaimers: measurements are approximate, and health benefits derive from ‚making healthier choices‘. This is also recognised within the health promotion, and the benefits of these technologies are primarily identified as deriving from changing one’s behaviour (Prendergast et. al, 2008; Thaler, 2008). By making one aware to potential health dangers, the individual can be enrolled into counting calories, exercising more and making healthier lifestyle choices in general.

In the case of pedometers, this means that even though the count is only an approximation, making one aware their daily step count can help the user living a healthier life. Pedometers produce public health goods through multiple operations, these can be grossly simplified into three steps: First, people using them do tend to take readings and observe their own performance. Second, those aware of their performance are motivated to exercise more, and achieve the healthy average, that was stipulated as ten thousand steps a day. Third, walking more, as far as evidence-based medicine is concerned, is associated with health benefits with regards to different health conditions like obesity, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and depression, to mention only a few.

As long as we look at steps only as ontological givens, waiting to be counted, the only problem with pedometers is their inaccuracy. This, however, seems insufficient both in conceptual and practical terms. Firstly, because pedometers also prescribe and prioritise particular forms of movements and bodies through the particular ways steps are modelled and counted. Secondly, it would tell little about how pedometers work as technologies of behavioural change: people using them not only monitor themselves, but also tend to walk more and achieve a daily average of ten thousand steps. This is done by mobilising steps, that are perceived as a non-problematic gesture and activity: For most normatively functioning people walking or taking steps prescribes a particular type of exercise, that requires neither any specialised tools nor previous training. In public health terms this means the social goods of preventing diseases while saving money for the healthcare budget. Furthermore, for everyday practice the count of ten thousand steps, as the optimal average, defines a type of calculative scale: walking from university to my home is about 4500-4800 steps, going to the supermarket from the office is about 800-900 steps. These approximate numbers are not only measurements or records, but also have the capacity to become tasks to the user. Therefore surveying one’s step count both enables and prescribes decisions between going out in the lunch break or not, or taking the bus or walking home.

To take into account the different roles, that steps can take, the problem then becomes multiplicity (Mol, 2002; Law, 2004). Material semiotic approaches demonstrated how bodies can be reconfigured as active agents that generate user behaviour and social goods, among other effects. Can one do the same with gestures? To explore this question, I draw on the concept of responsive media as discussed by Wei, and Myers and Dumit. A responsive media space, as Wei defines, is “augmented by real-time computational processes, enables the improvisation of meaningful gesture in more general modalities” (2002 p.442). These spaces, as Wei argues, call into question the linguistic and informatic models of gestures by opening new ways to “understand gesture and agency as embodied, a-linguistic experience” (p.440). Myers and Dumit, on the other hand, considers how scientists turn their technologies into responsive media “to get entangled kinesthetically and affectively with their data.” (2011 p.240)

I propose to think about pedometers as responsive media, but in this case responsiveness serves a different purpose. While Myers and Dumit presents cases, where responsive media is used by
scientists to maximize their “haptic creativity”, pedometers are used to generate health benefits through walking. One could call this kinematic productivity. Exploring this kinematic mode of production leads to several interesting questions. Here I focus on two of those: How can one think about pedometers as responsive media spaces? And what roles steps, both as gestures and as units of measurements, play in translating and generating this practice?

‚Street Art‘ in the Digital Road Network
Katja Glaser

In the course of ongoing globalization processes and mobile, portable and digitally networked media technologies one can definitely detect significant changes in both the perception and production of street art. In a certain sense, one could even assert that it leaves the streets. Somehow.

Instead of languishing its temporary and ephemeral existence in the street, street art gets more and more both located and situated in the internet. What happens is that, nowadays, people can take street art-pictures – let’s say – ‘on the run’, passing by and strolling through the city space. Instantly, they are able to upload their digital photographs, almost in real-time, into the data stream of the internet. Consequently, street art shows its presence on specific photo management sites like Flickr or Instagram, on street art-blogs, -websites, -apps, or gets embedded into digital street maps. Especially its upload, circulation and distribution in or through social networks, in particular Facebook, plays an important role in discussing this phenomenon. Because, online practices definitely (re)shape, re(tro)act and reconfigure offline practices. And vice versa.

My project outlines street art as a result of locative and situational phenomena by applying locative and situational methods. I´m mainly focusing on a media studies point of view, deliberating on categories like (mediated) spaces/places and situations (among others). My research questions are: How do both practices and aesthetics of street art need to be (re)conceptualized in the context of new media technologies? Or stated differently: How do street art and new media technologies reciprocally influence each other in a both practice-theoretical and (media) aesthetical significant way?
On the one hand, I´m interested in current negotiation processes, documentation-/circulation- and presentation forms of street art; on the other hand, I´m interested in artists who use new media technologies explicitly as an aesthetic strategy for their projects.


Doing Inktimacy. An Ethnographic insight into quotidian tattoo practices and rituals at a tattoo studio
Sarah Herrmann

Since the early 1980s the cultural technique of tattooing has crossed the formerly social environments of its usage in Western societies. Regarded as a symbol of individual lifestyle, expression of one’s corporeality or medium of (self-)aestheticisation the tattoo itself seems to be a suitable narrative in academic and media discourses to illustrate the socio-cultural shifts of our time because it paradoxically reflects the mode of variability.

Instead of analyzing the academic, public and media coverage based constitution of the tattoo I focus on the quotidian operating principles of a professional tattooer at a tattoo studio. To put it more precisely: my project mainly deals with the social relationship between the tattooer and the tattooee which is – in my view ­– negotiated through and structured by the ritualized practices of tattooing. The research questions are: How is the tattooeer-tattooee relationship characterized? And further on: In which situations and through which courses of action is this relationship established? In order to follow up those questions I have conducted ethnographic research over a period of 18 months at a tattoo studio in the middle of Germany. The term ‘inktimacy’ can be seen as an early result of my field experiences. It describes the intimate relationship between the tattooer, the tattooee and the tattooed body as a result of the shared experience of becoming tattooed.


Multimodal Practices of Emotion Display in Situated German and Turkish Storytelling
Ilham Huynh

One of the main characteristics of everyday storytellings is the display of emotionality and creation of social affiliation. By reconstructing past relations and stances, the storyteller reveals her/his emotional attitude towards the narrative; the addressee can then align with her/his stance (Kern 2011). Both practices, the display of emotionality and the sharing of stance, are highly interactive processes, jointly achieved by both participants.
In the last few years, linguistic interest has developed in this particular field and shows that communicative resources are central to a successful establishment of emotion display in interaction. Linguistic techniques the storyteller uses are, for example, direct speech, compression and shifts in tense (Günthner 2007). Research shows that listeners actively take part in the process by posing auxiliary questions, continuers, second stories, response cries and assessments (Heritage 2011). Although nonverbal communicative practices also play a crucial role (Stivers 2008), very little scientific attention has focused on this topic. Therefore, with the help of multimodal conversation analyses, I am examining verbal and nonverbal techniques, which are used to display emotions and establish social relations within situated German and Turkish interactions. For this purpose I collected audiovisual data following the principles of the graduate school ‘Locating Media’ in locative and situational field studies in Germany and Turkey.

Günthner, Susanne (2007). Techniken der „Verdichtung“ in der alltäglichen Narration. Kondensierungsverfahren in Beschwerdegeschichten. In J. A. Bär, T. Roelcke, & A. Steinhauer (Hrsg.), Sprachliche Kürze. Konzeptuelle, strukturelle und pragmatische Aspekte (S. 391–411). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
Heritage, John (2011). Territories of Knowledge, Territories of Experience: Empathic Moments in Interaction. In T. Stivers, L. Mondada, & J. Steensig (Hrsg.), The Morality of Knowledge in Conversation (S. 159–183). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kern, Friederike (2011). Der Erwerb kommunikativer Praktiken und Formen – Am Beispiel des Erzählens und Erklärens. In S. Habscheid (Hrsg.), Textsorten, Handlungsmuster, Oberflächen. Linguistische Typologien der Kommunikation (S. 231–256). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
Stivers, Tanya (2008). Stance, Alignment, and Affiliation During Storytelling: When Nodding is a Token of Affiliation. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 41(1), 31–57.
Tannen, Deborah (2007[1989]). Talking Voices. Repetition, Dialogue, and Imagery in Conversational Discourse (2. Aufl.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bonding: Rhythms of Appropriation, Adaption and Resistance in Street Renewal
Laura Kemmer

This dissertation project develops a methodological framework based on Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis to account for the temporal patterning of everyday practices in street renewal. The term “bonding” is used here to describe a specific process of “collectivization of society” (Stäheli 2013), based on a case study in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Drawing from field research on conflicts around the re-installation of a local tramway in recently renewed Santa Teresa neighborhood, I show how “bonds” between the involved actors rely on spatial practices that range from the appropriation of the tramway as symbol of renewal to adaption via affixation and resistance against socio-spatial differentiation. Interestingly, it is the very absence of the tramway (Portguese “bonde”) that since its suspension after an accident in 2011 reinforces and reconfigures material and social infrastructures of collectivity.

I argue that “bonding” is decisive for the renewal of Santa Teresa main street, as it links the symbolic power of collective affective and nostalgic practices of nostalgia, commodification and embodiment with struggles around the material and social infrastructures associated with the tramway. Through theoretical abstractions I analyze the geopolitical and historical dimensions of this conflict. In light of the June protests in Brazil in 2013, the case can be localized within a wider context of “loose couplings” that have popped up repeatedly during the last years at the interplay of urban and digital space. The case also promises insights on the interrelation of time and space in street renewal. By analyzing rhythms of “bonding”, I aim at capturing not only the sensory experience of streets (renewal), but also the attempts to sustain, or challenge socio-spatial order.

Bonding: Rhythmen von Aneignung, Anpassung und Widerstand in Straßenaufwertung (Deutsche Version) Ausgehend von Lefebvres Rhythmusanalyse entwickelt das Promotionsprojekt einen methodologischen Rahmen, um zeitliche Muster alltäglicher Raumpraktiken im Kontext von Straßenaufwertung zu untersuchen. Den Begriff „bonding“ verwende ich, um einen spezifischen Prozess der“Kollektivierung von Gesellschaft“ (Stäheli 2013) zu beschreiben, ausgehend von einer Fallstudie in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilien. Am Beispiel des Konfliktes um das Wiedereinsetzen einer Straßenbahn im jüngst aufgewerteten Stadtteil Santa Teresa zeige ich, wie inter-personale aber auch human-technische Verbindungen (engl.„bonds“) durch räumliche Praktiken – von der Aneignung der Bahn als Symbol, über die Anpassung durch Affizierung bis hin zum Widerstand gegen sozial-räumliche Differenzierung – hergestellt werden. Gerade die physische Abwesenheit der Bahn (port. „bonde“), so mein Argument, intensiviert und rekonfiguriert materielle und symbolische Infrastrukturen der Kollektivität. „Bonding“ ist entscheidend für die Aufwertung der Hauptstraße von Santa Teresa, da es die symbolische Macht affektiver Praktiken der Nostalgie, Vermarktung und Verkörperung mit Aushandlungen zu den m9it der Bahn verbundenen materiellen und sozialen Infrastruktur verbindet. Über theoretische Abstraktionen analysiere ich die geopolitische und –historische Dimension des lokalen Konfliktes. Der Fall kann vor dem Hintergrund der Juni-Proteste des Jahres 2013 in Brasilien in einem Kontext „loser Verbindungen“ verortet werden, welche in den vergangenen Jahren neue Hinweise zur Interdependenz urban-digitaler Räume gegeben haben. Zusätzlich verspricht der Fall Einsichten zum Zusammenspiel von Zeit und Raum in Prozessen der Straßenaufwertung. Indem ich „Bonding“ rhythmusanalytisch untersuche möchte ich nicht nur die sinnliche Erfahrungen von Straßen (aufwertung) erfassen, sondern auch die Versuche, sozial-räumliche Ordnungen zu erhalten oder herauszufordern.


BarCamps: Hybrid MeetingVenues as new ways of collectivity formation
Janine Klemmt

BarCamps are so called Not- or UnConferences. In general, they can be organized by anyone and have an open thematic structure, which presumes a comparatively high participation of the attendees: Not until at the venue the participants determine the topics for the so called sessions, the building blocks of the event.

A further characteristic is posed by the communication structure. BarCamps feature an intensive interweaving of digital and co-present types of communication. Thus, BarCamps take place in (urban) space as communication between attendees. However, they are encased intensively within digital information transfer (such as mailing, social media, etherpads, microblogging, digital videography and photography) before, during and after the actual event.

However, network-based techniques are not only put into practice, they particularly form the topical basis for UnConferences. For instance, the topics at the BarCamp Hamburg, an annual BarCamp since 2007 and one of the biggest in Germany, can be about digital communication and Open Source. But there are also non-digital issues possible, such as Craft Beer. The main goal of BarCamps is (free) circulation of knowledge. Therefore, they can be placed near the sharing economy movement. Now BarCamps focusing on specific industrial sectors, such as the BibCamp (for librarianship), increasingly take place.

The aim of the scientific work is—by investigating the synergy of digital and co-present interaction structures, which can be found at BarCamps—to gain a deeper understanding of connectivities, collectives and social rooms against the backdrop of the change associated with contemporary digital media developments.


„Touring the Fictive“ – A Cultural Study of Literary Tourism
Raphaela Knipp
My PhD-thesis aims to explore the practice of literary tourism. Literary tourism can be defined as the practice of visiting places that are associated with literary texts. Although this form of readerly engagement with texts and places has become a recent topic in the academic discourse, the primary focus of these studies addresses historical practices in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth century. Little research has been done on contemporary forms and practices of literary tourism. As a consequence of this, little is known about the tourist motivation and perception regarding literary places. Therefore my project looks at present-day forms of literary tourism and it discusses theoretical and methodological approaches to its study. The central research questions are:  What aspects of literary texts influence literary tourism? How did local infrastructures of literary tourism come into being and how did they develop over time? How is literary tourism performed? It will be argued that literary tourism can be considered as a specific form of performative engagement with literary texts and place, involving the imagination as well as the body and the senses. The three examples I’m looking at are Ulysses by James Joyce, Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann and the ‘Eifel-Krimi’ (a specific genre of german regional crime fiction). The project combines methods of text analysis with ethnographic fieldwork including participant observation as well as interviews with literary tourists, tourist guides or staff members of literary museums and institutions.


Mediated Weddings: Producing Present Absence Through Mediations in Transnational Social Fields
Simone Pfeifer

New media technologies increasingly shape social relationships between migrants in Europe and their friends and families in the country of origin. Whereas some scholars on transnational social relations and media state that ‘social media’ foster closeness and intimacy over space and time, others argue, that the new reachability and availability leads to more conflicts and eventually distance. With my PhD project on transnational social relationships and media practices of Senegalese in Berlin, Germany and their friends and families in Dakar, Senegal I position myself between these two perspectives. I argue that media related processes and dynamics of closeness and distance have to bee seen as part of conventional social relationships. They have to be analysed in relation to the particular biographical projects and sociocultural relations and contexts.
Through the social practices associated with the production and appropriation of media like for example social networking sites, wedding videos and mobile phones, Senegalese in Dakar and Berlin position themselves at the same time in a local as well in as in a translocal or transnational social field.
During the workshop I want to explore how highly mediated events like weddings help to mediate the situations of translocal and transnationl social relationships. Looking closely at two vignettes from my ethnographic fieldwork in Dakar, Senegal and Berlin, Germany, I aim to show how processes of mediation are not only shaping and configuring transnational social relationships but also thereby producing immediate experiences of relatedness. Absent migrant grooms are made visible through the insertion of their pictures in the wedding album. Absent wedding guests phone in at the wedding ceremony to be present with their voices and thoughts.
In addition they can ‘participate’ in the event at a later stage through the viewing of the wedding video, wedding albums or images on Facebook. Through the circulation of money, images, or DVD’s, these various mediations of events are used to construct, develop and bind social relationships over space and time and also construct narratives that leave out the conflicts and distancing elements within these relationships.


Cycling sociabilities
Cosmin Popan

This presentation addresses social interactions as they appear within the practice of group cycling. The central argument of this paper is that observing how social interaction amongst cyclists and other road users is conducted at ground level, in the instances where ‚riding-in-formation‘ is performed by individuals who cycle in a more or less predefined ensemble, is essential from two perspectives. First, this micro-sociology of cycling may offer valuable insights in the process of shaping decisions in the domain of policy making, especially with regard to the existing Highway Code in the UK. Second, this magnifying approach on a particular mobile ‚interaction order‘ (Goffman 1983) could encourage ideas for radical decisions in designing future mobility infrastructures, that could re-work the current dominating motor vehicle-oriented design discourses and practices. By mobilizing Simmel’s concept of sociability (1910 [1949]) in the field of cycling, this paper distinguishes a set of particular five sociable interactions on and off the saddle: mutual agreement at speed, ‚riding-in-formation‘, intermodal sociabilities, impromptu sociabilities, café sociabilities. These instances are currently being tested and refined with empirical material produced through mobile methodologies that include video ethnographies of two cycling groups rides outside London (the 2 stars and the 4 stars rides organized by CTC Central London) and an auto-ethnography of my daily cycling in central London.

Goffman, E. (1983) ‚The Interaction Order‘, American Sociology Review, 48:1, 1-17;
Simmel, G. (1910 [1949]) ‚Sociology of Sociabilities‘, American Journal of Sociology, 55:3, 254-261

Carving the Northern Sea Route
Satya Savitzky

The presentation explores the challenges involved in charting an ‘emerging’ Arctic sea lane, the Northern Sea Route. The route’s emergence involves a range of linked geophysical, technological, and regulatory activities, which all need to come together in order for the route to be seen as reliable. The route is subject to turbulence from a wide range of sources meaning its future is exceptionally difficult to discern. The paper examines the methodological issues raised by a contemporary world in which – due to the range and complexity of interactions – the future has become increasingly difficult to predict.


Unfolding spaces of my memory: female migration through audio
Johanna Steindorf

How is it possible to make the subjective experience of walking in the city as a female migrant perceptible through audio? In my PhD project, I examine the artistic strategy of the Audio Walk in its different components and also the way in which it can be used as a method for artistic research.
The insights of this analysis serve as a basis for a series of experiments conducted in public space over a period of 16 months. The collaborating group of participants is formed of women scholars that have recently arrived from another country to live in Cologne, Germany. In this paper I would like to focus on my practical methodology and results, including a draft of the final work I will present within the artistic outcome of my PhD.

Since the beginning of 2014, I have been conducting several exercises/experiments with a group of 15 women that have recently moved to Cologne from another country. Making use of various elements of the Audio walk (headphones, parasocial interaction, site specificity, etc.) and adapting techniques and methods of soundwalking and psychogeography, I walked the city with these women and carried out individual interviews and group discussions to inquire about their own experience and direct perception of the city.

In the last stage of the experiments, I decided to work with the group on the experience of walking at night, noticing that the gender differences in this type of situation are much more extreme. And I also realized that the literature focussing on this subject is very scarce, especially in comparison to the extensive amount that has been written on the male figure of the flâneur and its connotations as coined by Walter Benjamin, André Breton and other male intellectuals. The question posed itself: Why is there no female equivalent to the flâneur and why, in return, are there so many well known artists focussing on the artistic strategy of the audio walk (Teri Rueb, Janet Cardiff, Andra McCartney, Vivienne Corringham etc.)?

One part of this final research entailed expert interviews with some of the artists themselves and the second a series of experiments made in the city of Cologne by night. With the same group, I visited different parts of the city and applied methods and strategies already used in earlier exercises. The analogue and digital recordings of these walks will be used as material and as a starting point for my final work, which also comprises field recordings and the construction of a narrative around the theories and history of walking by night and the gender differences regarding this subject.

Walking at night has become a way to resignify the question posed at the beginning of my PhD, broadening the ideas and the subject addressed within my research: While female migration remains the main topic of my experiments, narrowing down the possibilities and questions to this central point also brings aspects into discussion that concern women in all cultures and classes, while still examining the particularities of these women’s experience.

To me, it will be a great experience to present my work to an interdisciplinary audience and discuss on both the subjects addressed and the artistic experiments conducted during my research. I localize my practice right at the intersection between the areas of the workshop and would find it of great interest to hear feedback from very different perspectives and also to contribute with my own feedback to other presentations, which I am very much looking forward to.


Media practices beyond the laboratory. An (ethnographic) field study on (scientific) field studies
Judith Willkomm

My approach is based on laboratory studies which had a great influence on Science and Technology Studies and the History of Science from the nineteen-eighties until now (cf. Knorr-Cetina 1981; Latour and Woolgar 1979). Yet I want to focus on scientific field research and elaborate how it differs from the work in a laboratory. On the other hand, I will not only look at the mutual influence of researchers, the field of research, and the subject of research, but also at the media equipment that is used to collect data in the field. Drawing on my own ethnographic studies and historical research, I will explore the interplay of human observation and non-human data collection in field work considering the example of bioacoustics. A scientific approach to bioacoustics methods was established in the nineteen-fifties to improve research on the acoustic communication of animals and their auditory sense (cf. Tembrock 1959). The new tape recording technology and instruments that were able to transform sound into spectrographic images made it possible to store, to process, to translate, to compare and to exchange the phenomenon of animal sound in a completely new manner (cf. Bruyninckx 2012). With the digital revolution not only the mobility or the storage capacity of the recording equipment in bioacoustics has changed but also the research questions and approaches. I want to point out that this change sets up new questions about the role of the observer and the media technology in the process of field research.
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Latour, Bruno, and Steve Woolgar 1979: Laboratory life: The social construction of scientific facts. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
Tembrock, Günter: 1959. Tierstimmen: eine Einführung in die Bioakustik. Wittenberg: Ziemsen.


Alexandra Albert, NWTC CASE Studentship, Manchester & Lancaster

Monika Buscher, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
Mobilities.Lab, Centre for Mobilities Research

I study everyday material and epistemic practices – on the move or in situ – including experiences and practices of place-making, distributed collaboration, collective intelligence. Consideration of post-human IT-ethics plays a major part in my work. My approach is ethnographic and analytically rooted in ethnomethodology, science and technology studies, mobilities research and phenomenology. My work critically informs participatory, interdisciplinary socio-technical innovation. I co-design socio-technical ubiquitous computing imaginaries and technologies in different settings (from art and architecture to emergency response). I am Director of mobilities.lab and edit the book series Changing Mobilities together with Peter Adey.


Adam Fish,
Media and Cultural Studies, Lancaster University

I am a social anthropologist of digital culture, business, and politics. I investigate the interface of economic and political power, cultural discourses and practices, and networked communication technologies. These interests coalesce into critical and ethnographic investigations into media industries and media activism. Based on my ethnographic research into media companies in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, I am presently writing a book about the corporate myths of media „democratization“ and internet and television convergence.  In my present project I am investigating the politics of information infrastructures through ethnographic fieldwork with cloud computing companies, peer-to-peer banks, and „internet freedom“ activists.


Peter Fuzesi,
NWDTC, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

Sebastian Gießmann, ‚Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen. Research Training Group „Locating Media“

PhD in Cultural History and Theory, is Academic Coordinator of the DFG-Research Training Group „Locating Media“ at the University of Siegen, Germany. His research interests include cultural techniques of cooperation, network history, material culture, anthropology of law, and Internet studies. He co-edits the Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften and ilinx, the Berlin Journal in Cultural History and Theory. Gießmann serves as spokesperson for the working group on data and networks in the German Society for Media Studies and is part of the editing team of


Katja Glaser,
Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen, Research Training Group „Locating Media“

Katja Glaser is a PhD candidate at the DFG Research Training Group ‘Locating Media’ at the University of Siegen. She is currently writing her PhD thesis “‘Street Art’ in the digital road network”, dealing with street art and or in combination with new media technologies. Her research interests are: Street Art & Urban Art, Media Aesthetics, Mobile Media, (Mobile) Interface Theory and Social Networking.


Sarah Herrmann, ‚Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen, Research Training Group „Locating Media“

Sarah Herrmann works as a research assistant at the DFG research training group „Locating Media“. Her research interest focuses on the culture and art of tattoo practices in contemporary Western societies. Currently she is conducting empirical research on the topic as an employee at „Whispering Colors“ and is finishing her Master’s thesis on quotidian customs at a tattoo salon. She holds a bachelor degree in media studies from the University of Siegen, Germany.


Allison Hui,
Demand Centre, Lancaster University – TBC

My research is driven by a curiosity about changes in everyday life in the context of global mobilities of people, objects, and resources. I’m particularly interested in using theories of social practice to understand the dynamics of heterogeneous mobilities, and have studied cases of leisure, tourism, new media art and return migration. As a part of the DEMAND Centre, I work on projects looking at infrastructural adaptations and conceptualizing energy use in everyday life. I also have an interest in developing creative methodological and engagement tools for diverse communities, and will be contributing to this aspect of DEMAND’s work.


Ilham Huynh,
‚Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen, Research Training Group „Locating Media“

Ilham Huynh is a  Ph.D. Candidate of Linguistics at the University of Siegen and a member of the ‚Locating Media‘ research training programme. She also is a lecturer in the bachelor programme ‚Language & Communication‘ at the University of Bonn. She is currently writing her Ph.D. thesis ‚Hand’s on Heart – The Multimodal Production of Emotions in Turkish and German Everyday Storytellings‘. Her main interests lie in conversation analysis, intercultural communication, and multimodality of communication. She holds a masters degree in Linguistics, Psychology and German Literature.


Isis Kardels,
Hamburg University

Isis Kardels is a doctoral student in the research training group “Loose Couplings” at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She holds a bachelor degree in Cultural Studies and a master degree in Cultural Science “Culture, Art and Media”.

Her research interests include media theories, network theory, infrastructures, simulation, epidemic, biopolitics. Her dissertation project with the working title “Infectious Materiality. Of biological and informational Viruses” explore the notion of virus in its combined social and technical contexts. It examines viruses as information carrier, as agents of transmission (body, machine), and the infrastructures that enable them by looking at the fields of computer-science, the life sciences, and the discourse on immunity.


Laura Kemmer,
Hamburg University

Laura Kemmer is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School “Loose Couplings. Collectivity at the Intersection of Digital and Urban Space” at the Universität Hamburg. Her research interests include urban renewal, decolonial approaches, and the interrelations of space, time and mobility. She is working on her doctoral thesis which draws on Lefebvres Rhythmanalysis to account for the temporal patterning of inter-personal and human-material “bonds” that form around the re-installation of a local tramway (Portuguese “bonde”) in Rio de Janeiro. Laura Kemmer holds a masters degree in International Relations from the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universität Potsdam.


Janine Klemmt,
Hamburg University


Raphaela Knipp,
‚Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen, Research Training Group „Locating Media“

Raphaela Knipp is a doctoral researcher in the DFG research training programme „Locating Media“ at the University of Siegen. Her research interests include literature and material culture, ethnography in literary reception study, literary geography and literary tourism. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis which adresses the practice of literary tourism within contemporary culture. She holds a masters degree in literary, cultural and media studies (German Studies).


Michael Liegl,
Cemore Lancaster and Hamburg University

Michael Liegl is Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University. In his research he investigates the interplay of technology, spatial organization and social relations with a focus on the layering and hybridization of online and offline collaboration. Currently, he engages in domain analysis and participatory design and in the exploration of social, legal and ethical implications of IT supported emergency response in EU FP7 funded Bridge project http:/ Recent publications include: ‘Digital Cornerville’ (Lucius & Lucius 2010), and ‘Nomadicity and the Care of Place’ (Journal of CSCW 2014).


Adrian Mackenzie,
Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

I work at the intersections of science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, and social and cultural theory. I’m mainly interested in the overlaps and entanglements associated wiith network and computational media, with sciences as forms of practice and thought, and with social production of value. A lot of my current work also focuses on invention of data-related methods.


Cosmin Popan,
Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University

I am a PhD candidate in Sociology and work on the Liveable Cities project. My research focuses on the sociabilities of cycling, exploring the cyclists‘ sensory engagements with their environments as well as the various mobile social interactions ‚on the saddle‘. I use video recordings to document my participant observation (‚cycle alongs‘) of various cycling groups in and outside of London and for an embodied research of my own cycling experience.


Katrina Petersen,
Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University

Katrina Petersen is Research Associate at the Centre for Mobilities research, Lancaster University. She works on the SecInCoRe project, concered with the design of secure dynamic cloud concept for crisis management based on a pan-European disaster inventory. Her background is in science and technology studies, public engagement in museums and geology.


Simone Pfeifer,
‚Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen, Research Training Group „Locating Media“

Simone Pfeifer is a doctoral researcher at the graduate research training group ‚locating media’ of the University of Siegen in Germany. As a visual and media anthropologist her current research focuses on media practices and translocal social networking of Senegalese in Berlin and Dakar, Senegal. A special focus of her ethnography and analyses lies on the practices surrounding photography, Facebook, mobile phones and wedding videos and their appropriation by users of different age and sex. Simone Pfeifer earned a M.A. in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester and a Master’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the University of Cologne. Her research has been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and she has been a lecturer at the research and teaching network “Media, Culture, and Society” at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Cologne.


Satya Savitzky,
Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, Centre for Mobilities Research


Cornelius Schubert,
‚Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen, Research Training Group „Locating Media“

Cornelius Schubert  is a postdoc researcher in the DFG research training programme „Locating Media“ at the University of Siegen. He specialises in science and technology studies, medical and organisational sociology and innovation studies. He has conducted research on human-technology interactions in surgical operations and on global innovation networks in the semiconductor industry. His interests lie in micro-analytical studies of technologies-in-use and the unfolding of technological paths. He is currently studying the impact of computer simulations on predictive knowledge and practice and in politics and the economy. He holds a masters degree in sociology, psychology and linguistics as well as a doctoral degree in sociology.


Erhard Schüttpelz,
Media Studies, Universität Siegen

Erhard Schüttpelz is Professor of Media Theory at the University of Siegen. His research interests are literature and media history of globalized modernity, history of science, media theory and anthropology.


Jen Southern,
Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts

Jen Southern is an artist and Lecturer in LICA at Lancaster University, where she is affiliated to the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) and mobilities lab. Her recent fieldwork has taken her out walking with ramblers groups and footpath societies, on a flight with a flying instructor, and to meet a researcher who uses GPS to track reindeer. Her art practice is collaborative, process based and participatory, working with audiences to explore movement and sense of place through mobile technologies and locative media. She works across the disciplines of participatory art, sociology and mobile application design, and has contributed to international projects and workshops funded by NESTA, BBC, Arts Council England and Sagasnet.


Annika Stähle,
Hamburg University

Annika Stähle is a doctoral researcher in the post-graduate study program „Loose couplings“ at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her research interests include affect theory, digital cultures, infrastructures and materiality, biopolitics and tourism. On the case of cruise ships her doctoral thesis examines the role of affective infrastructures in tourism with specific interest in control- and regulation-processes. She holds a bachelors degree in Communication Science and German literature and a masters degree in Sociology.


Lucy Suchman,
Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

My research interests within the field of feminist science and technology studies are focused on technological imaginaries and material practices of technology design, particularly developments at the interface of bodies and machines. My current research extends my longstanding critical engagement with the field of human-computer interaction to contemporary warfighting, including the figurations that inform immersive simulations, and problems of „situational awareness“ in remotely-controlled weapon systems. I’m concerned with the question of whose bodies are incorporated into these systems, how and with what consequences for social justice and the possibility for a less violent world.


Tristan Thielmann,
Media Studies, Universität Siegen

Tristan Thielmann, PhD in Communication Studies, is a Senior Research Fellow in Media Studies and Media Geography at the University of Siegen. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Software Studies Initiative at the University of California San Diego as well as a Visiting Fellow of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program. His research interests include media history, cultural geography, ethnomethodology, science and technology studies. Through his interdisciplinary approach, his work has concerned the role of media technologies in mobile, locative, and cooperative media practices on different scales. Tristan Thielmann is co-initiator and supervisor of the Research Training Group “Locating Media,” funded by the German Research Foundation. He is preparing a habilitation thesis on geomedia.


Sam Thulin,
Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University

Sam Thulin is a postdoc in the mobilities.lab. He completed his PhD at the Mobile Media Lab at Concordia University in Montreal with Kim Sawchuk and Owen Chapman. Sam has secured funding from SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada) to carry out research on Situated sound composition in the context of mobile media: “Building on my doctoral thesis, the focus of my research will be the ways in which people use mobile technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, as devices for sound production, ranging from recording sounds to creating documentary or musical pieces on-the-go. The concept I am calling “situated composition” is intended to draw attention to these emerging practices while at the same time highlighting the ways in which sonic and social space are both composed and composing forces. “Situated composition” operates not only as a description of a set of practices (creating sound works with mobile technology), but also as an original theoretical contribution I intend to develop over the course of this research.”


Lisa Villioth,
‚Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen, Research Training Group „Locating Media“

Lisa Villioth is a post-graduate researcher in the DFG research training programme „Locating Media“ at the University of Siegen. She specialises in society, politics and media, protest research, online-activism and political (online-)campaigning. Lisa has conducted research on political online campaigning of the german campagning organization „Campact“. In her phd project she is studying the motivation of activists to participate in street protest and/or online-activism. With her research she wants to contribute in the discussion of critics of „Slacktivism“ and „Clicktivism“. Lisa holds two Bachelor degrees in media studies and political science as well as two Master degrees in media studies, political science and sociology.


Vanessa Weber,
Hamburg University

Vanessa Weber is a doctoral researcher in the post graduate programme „Loose Couplings. Collectivity in digital and urban spaces“ at the University of Hamburg. Her research interests include interdisciplinary urbanism, cultural sociology as well as politics of urban interventions and aesthetics. She holds a masters degree in urbanism and a bachelor degree in sociology. Besides her doctoral research she is a research assistant in the degree course „Metropolitan Cultures“ at the HafenCity University Hamburg and was prior to this responsible for corporate sponsorship management within the communications of global sporting events.


Judith Willkomm,
‚Locating Media‘, Universität Siegen, Research Training Group „Locating Media“

Judith Willkomm, M.A. (Magistra Artium = German B.A. + M.A. equivalent) in European Ethnology (comparable to cultural anthropology) and Media Studies at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, currently PhD candidate at the Research Training Group “Locating Media”, University of Siegen, working on her doctoral thesis which explore the upcoming Influence of media technology in field science considering the example of bioacoustics. Research interests are ethnographic methods combined with media theory and theory of social practice, science and technology studies, history of science and media philosophy.


Volker Wulf,
Information Systems and New Media, Universität Siegen

Volker Wulf is a professor in Information Systems and the director of the Media Research Institute at the University of Siegen. At Fraunhofer FIT, he heads the research group User-centred Software-Engineering (USE). He is also a founding member of the International Institute for Socio-Informatics (IISI), Bonn.

After studying computer science and business administration at the RWTH Aachen and the University of Paris VI., he got a Ph.D. at the University of Dortmund and a habilitation degree at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In 2001, he worked as a research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA. In 2006/07 Wulf spent a sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at Stanford University, Palo Alto. His research interests lie primarily in the area of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Knowledge Management, Computer Supported Cooperative Learning, Entertainment Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Participatory Design, and Organizational Computing.


Dennis Zuev,
Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University

Dennis Zuev graduated from the Krasnoyarsk State University, Russia and received his PhD in sociology of culture from Altay State University, Russia in 2004. He had taught Chinese Studies and  Media Studies in Siberian Federal University and Visual Sociology in Graz University.   Currently he is an Associate Researcher at Sociology Department, Lancaster University working on  aproject „Low-carbon mobilities in China“ and Researcher at Center for research and Studies in Sociology, Lisbon, Portugal. He has been involved in two other research projects – Conditions and Limitations of Lifestyle Plurality in Siberia, funded by Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany and  ‚Selfing‘: Contact, Magic and the Constitution of Personhood funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal. In both projects his research focus is on the changing habits of traveling. Dennis Zuev is a co-founder and Vice-president (Research) of Thematic Group 05 “Visual Sociology” in International Sociological Association. Together with R. Nathansohn he has published a book “Sociology of the Visual Sphere”. 


Overview of Participants


Participant Topic/Disciplinary Background
1. Prof. Dr. Erhard Schüttpelz  Media Theory
2. Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf  CSCW
3. Dr. Sebastian Gießmann  Cultural History/Media Studies
4. Dr. Cornelius Schubert  Sociology of Technology/STS
5. Dr. Tristan Thielmann  Media Studies/STS


1. Prof. Monika Büscher  Mobilities Research/STS
2. Dr. Adam Fish  Media Studies/Anthropology
3. Prof. Adrian Mackenzie  STS/Mobilities Research
4. Dr. Katrina Petersen  STS/Mobilities Research
5. Dr. Jen Southern  Art/STS/Mobilities Research
6. TBC Prof. Lucy Suchman  STS/Feminist Theory
7. Dr. Sam Thulin  Mobilities Research
8. Dr. Dennis Zuev  Mobilities Research


1. Dr. Michael Liegl  Media/STS


1. Raphaela Knipp „Touring the Fictive. A Cultural Study of Literary Tourism“
2. Ilham Huynh  „The Multimodal Production of Emotions in German and Turkish Everyday Storytellings“
3. Katja Glaser  „Street Art in the Digital Road Network“
4. Lisa Villioth  „Democracy in Action – Political Protest Campaigning in the Streets and on the Web.“
5. Simone Pfeifer  „Media, Gender, Generations: Translocal Networking and media Spaces of Senegalese in Berlin and Dakar“
6. Judith Willkomm  TBA
7. Sarah Herrmann  „Doing Tattooing:  reflections on contemporary tattoo practices in the Euro-American context“


1. Cosmin Popan  Alternative ‚velomobility‘ systems
2. Satya Savitzky  Carving the Northern Sea Route: risky mobilities, volatile geographies and global complexities
3. Peter Fuzesi  Disability Studies
4. Sarah Becklake  Tourism Mobilities
5. Alexandra Albert  Citizen Social Science


1. Isis Kardels Infectuous Collectives. Of Biological and Informational Viruses
2. Laura Kemmer  “Bonding”: Analyzing Rhythms of Appropriation, Adaption and Resistance in Street Renewal
3. Janine Klemmt  BarCamps: Hybrid MeetingVenues and new ways of collectivity formation
4. Annika Stähle  “Infrastructures of Intensity“
5. Vanessa Weber  Flowing-Over, Flowing-Through, Flowing-Out (to Sea): fluidly assembled collectivity in and around the Hamburg Harbour
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