Arbeitstagung 2014

#Digitization – Arbeitstagung 2014 in Hamburg

Bilingual Conference in German and English

Within a relatively short time span, digital technologies have intruded into all parts of life. At the same time, technologies themselves keep evolving and are constantly being refined. Terminal points of these refinements do not seem discernible yet, and thus further innovations will continue to enter everyday practice. The international working conference takes up discussions in this context of the digitization and mediatization of modern life worlds. It addresses the widely claimed necessity to reflect these changes in cultural theory.

The bilingual conference (German and English) takes on national and international approaches on digitization. It discusses what digitization means in diverse cultural fields and sharpens the anthropological understanding by contrasting it with ideas from neighboring disciplines, such as media studies, sociology, or museum studies. It aspires to provide space for extensive debate and to discursively develop approaches from the perspective of cultural anthropology. In this spirit a major part of the conference will be conducted in workshop sessions which are going to be based on preliminary readings of different theoretical or methodical aspects, discussed within the workshops themselves. Prior to the conference, these texts are going to be provided via the online platform to promote well informed discussions.

Complementary to the workshops, three keynotes, held by leading scientists in the field of digitization from India, Germany and Canada, are going to offer a range of cultural-analytical perspectives and approaches. They discuss the foundational relationships between man and media (Manfred Faßler, Frankfurt: Anthropologie des Medialen), the miscellaneous surfaces provided by the internet as an icon for the digitization of everyday live (Nishant Shah, Bangalore: Histories of Internet(s)) and digital curation (Costis Dallas, Toronto: curation theory, digital curation and cultural heritage knowledge). Furthermore, links between academic work and innovative cultural projects, such as smartphone applications connecting locations in the city with local museums, are going to be the focus of the section ‘Digital Hamburg and beyond’.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

12:30 Arrival & Check In
14:00 Welcome

Opening addresses

Oliver Huck, Dekan der Geisteswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität
Manuel Heib, Marburg, The Commission ‚Digitization of Everyday Life’ in the German Society for Cultural Anthropology (dgv)

Flashback: The 2. Working-Conference in Berlin
Sanna Schondelmayer, Berlin

Follow-up: Introduction to “Digitization in Cultural Fields”
Gertraud Koch, Hamburg

15:00 Keynote 1:
Nishant Shah, Bangalore: Remembering to Forget: Encounters with the digital self.
16:45 Coffee Break
17:00 Digital Hamburg and beyond: Local media productions in cultural fields
Details (pdf) >
19:30 Commission Meeting „Digitalisierung im Alltag“ in der dgv

Friday, June 13, 2014

09:00 Keynote 2:
Manfred Faßler, Frankfurt: Praktisch digital
10:30 Workshop-Session 1
Workshop details (pdf) >
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Workshop-Session 2
Workshop details (pdf) >
16:30 Coffee Break
17:00 Panel discussion (in German)
Braucht die kulturanalytische Forschung neue Paradigmen?
(New paradigms for cultural research?)
Joan Kristin Bleicher, Klaus Schönberger, Estrid Sørensen, Heike Zinsmeister
Moderation: Gertraud Koch
19:30 Conference Dinner

Saturday, June 14, 2014

09:30 Keynote 3:
Costis Dallas, Toronto: Thing cultures, memory practices and digital curation
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Summing-up and Conclusion
Workshops and Key Notes
12:30 END


Workshops in English language:

  • When ethnography meets German media theory,
    Dr. Götz Bachmann, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
    Dr. Paula Bialski, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
  • Wie und was erzählen (mit) Geodaten? – What (to) do (with) geodata?,
    Dr. Ina Dietzsch, Basel (Bilingual WS)
  • Ethnography of digital infrastructures,
    Prof. Dr. Gertraud Koch, Hamburg
  • The Heuristic Potential and Limits of Program & Script,
    Dr. Carsten Ochs, Kassel
  • Digital Marx. Towards a Political Economy of Distributed Media,
    Dr. Andreas Wittel, Nottingham
  • Perception | Formation | Interaction: Perspectives for an Anthropology of the Medial,
    Dr. Alexander Schwinghammer, Weimar


Workshops in German language:

  • Mash up Culture,
    Prof. Dr. Joan Kristin Bleicher, Hamburg
  • Wie und was erzählen (mit) Geodaten? – What (to) do (with) geodata?,
    Dr. Ina Dietzsch, Basel (Bilingual WS)
  • Medienweltliche Ethnografie,
    Dr. Ute Holfelder, Zürich
  • Persistenz und Rekombination als Modus des soziokulturellen Wandels,
    Prof. Dr. Klaus Schönberger, Zürich
  • Jede Kopie ein Original? Vom Sinn und Unsinn kultureller Identifizierungen,
    Dr. Christian Schönholz, Marburg

Digital Hamburg and beyond: Local media productions in cultural fields

  • efoto­hamburg: Bringing Big Data back to the citizens of Hamburg
    Mareike Höckendorff, Hamburg
  • Big Data as a daily challenge
    Dr. Julia Fleischhack, Zürich
  • „Kann das weg oder ist das Kulturerbe?“. Potentiale und Herausforderungen der Nutzereinbindung in einem Online-Portal zur Alltagskultur (PortAll Rheinland)
    Lina Franken
  • digiKultur (Altonaer Museum)
    Dr. Susanne Müller-Wusterwitz & NN, Hamburg


Organized by

Prof. Dr. Gertraud Koch and Dagmar Stapelfeld
in cooperation with the Commission for ‚Digitization of Everyday Life’ in the German Society for Cultural Anthropology and Folklore Studies and the
Institute for Folklore Studies /Cultural Anthropology, Hamburg

Location & Duration

The conference is going to take place at the

Institut für Volkskunde/Kulturanthropologie (Institute for Cultural Anthropology )
Universität Hamburg / University of Hamburg
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 – Flügelbau West (ESA W)
20146 Hamburg
How to get there

between Thursday 12th of June 14.00 and Saturday 14th of June 2014 12.30. You may check-in at the conference site starting 12.30 on Thursday 12th of June 2014. You are going to find us on the second floor in the right-hand-part of the building. All plenary sessions, including the opening addresses, are going to take place in room ESA W 221. The conference site is opposite Hamburg Dammtor-station. You have to calculate about 45 minutes to reach the conference site from Hamburg Airport and it takes about 15 minutes to get there from Hamburg Central Station/Hauptbahnhof.


Funded by
the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


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