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Dr. Julia Borst (University of Bremen): "How and Why Do Literary Scholars Study Websites? – Insights into a Research Project on Afroeuropean Activism in the Digital Space"

Recently, more and more people of African descent in Romance-speaking Europe have started to tell their stories online, re-appropriating the narrative of who they are and why they are here. The ERC-funded AFROEUROPECYBERSPACE project investigates how they use the internet to gain visibility and participate in knowledge production. Studying online magazines, blogs and other digital (…)


Prof. Dr. Anne Kaun (Södertörn University, Sweden): "Vanishing Act - An Ethnography of Digitalization and the Disappearance of Printed News"

In this presentation I engage with digitalization through the lens of disappearance, challenging the prevailing narrative of digital emergence and transformation. Guided by Jean Baudrillard’s idea that concepts emerge when things begin to vanish, the study focuses on the disappearance of printed newspapers as a case study. There are two main aims: first, to ethnographically (…)


Katharina Hajek (LMU Munich & UdK Berlin, Germany): "Constructing a Climate of Compliance – Understanding Resistance to Pro-Environmental Messages"

Does every restriction of freedom lead to the same resistance? In the lecture, Katharina V. Hajek will provide insights into a project funded by the Bavarian Institute for Innovation for Digital Transformation (bidt) on the measurability of reactance in the age of ‘wicked problems’ and focus on the question of how different types of reactance (…)


Prof. Dr. Nicola Righetti (University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy): "Coordinated Behavior on Social Media: Concepts and Tools"

Coordination is central to social and communicative behaviors online and offline. Recently, this concept has been incorporated into disinformation studies, focusing on inauthenticity and social media manipulation, thereby generating considerable attention. In this talk, I explore various coordinated behaviors on social media and discuss related detection and analysis methodologies. Investigating coordinated behavior on social media (…)


Dr. Matti Nelimarkka (University of Helsinki, Finland): "Navigating the Visual Turn in Digital Media: Methodologies and Challenges for Visual Big Data"

As digital media takes a decidedly visual turn, researchers delving into (social/digital) media adapt and refine their methodologies to handle visual big data. This talk provides an overview of my research team’s initiatives aimed at leveraging images as a substantive data source. We work on utilising machine learning for scalable image analysis or ‘images-as-data’, but (…)


Dr. Christoph Günther (University of Erfurt, Germany): "Of Snapwas and Tele-Dāʿīs: Audiovisualities of contemporary Muslim preaching"

When: 20. December 2023   –   16:15 to 17:45h Where: Room 60.070, Linzer Str. 4   Abstract: My paper explores the audiovisual design of videos by contemporary Muslim preachers. I hope to offer a broader perspective on this emerging field that considers the complexity of audiovisual material. I propose audiovisuality as a conceptual complement to existing research (…)