November 2017
Dezember 2017
Januar 2018
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Wintersemester 2017/18

vergangene Veranstaltungen einblenden


in medias res


Do, 19.10. 18.00 – 19.30 Uhr

Stadt- und Landesbibliothek
im Bildungsforum Potsdam
EG Veranstaltungssaal
Am Kanal 47
14467 Potsdam

Der Eintritt ist frei. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.

Ob die heutigen Anschläge des IS oder die Attacken der RAF im Deutschen Herbst vor 40 Jahren – stets wird Terrorismus durch Medien begleitet und durch ihre Logiken beeinflusst. Terroristen und Extremisten nutzen Medien als Instrumente, um sich zu organisieren, Sympathisanten zu werben, Gegner zu provozieren, Botschaften zu streuen, Schrecken zu verbreiten und die Wirkmächtigkeit ihrer Taten zu verstärken. Das Zusammenspiel zwischen Medien und Terrorismus soll in der ersten Veranstaltung der neuen Reihe in medias res unter dem Titel „Medien-Terror-Extremismus“ am 19. Oktober 2017, 18.00 Uhr diskutiert werden. Veranstaltungsort ist die Stadt- und Landesbibliothek im Bildungsforum Potsdam. Diana Rieger (Universität Mannheim) und Bernd Zywietz (Universität Siegen) bieten eine medienwissenschaftliche Analyse extremistischer Aktivitäten, aber auch möglicher Gegenmaßnahmen: Bernd Zywietz forscht seit mehreren Jahren zu Dschihadimus im Internet, Diana Rieger beschäftigt sich mit Counter-Narratives, medialen Werkzeugen, um terroristische Propaganda zu entkräften. Rainer Grieger, Präsident der Fachhochschule der Brandenburger Polizei, vertritt in der Gesprächsrunde die Sichtweise der Polizeiarbeit und der Politikberatung; er wirkte mehrere Jahre in der Arbeitsgruppe „Terrorismus“ des Europäischen Rats mit. Moderiert und organisiert wird die Diskussion durch die Medienwissenschaftler Jens Eder und Chris Wahl, beide Professoren der Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Die Debattenreihe in medias res ist eine gemeinschaftliche Veranstaltung der SLB Potsdam und des in Potsdam ansässigen Brandenburgischen Zentrums für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM). Sie wird künftig in regelmäßigen Abständen stattfinden und der Öffentlichkeit aktuelle Perspektiven der Medienwissenschaft zugänglich zu machen.

Eintritt frei


Rainer Grieger (Präsident der Fachhochschule der Polizei des Landes Brandenburg)
Dr. Diana Rieger (Universität Mannheim)
Dr. Bernd Zywietz (Universität Siegen)


Prof. Dr. Jens Eder (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)


Prof. Dr. Chris Wahl (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)


Affective Transformations: Politics. Algorithms. Media

1. – 3.11.


Universität Potsdam
Campus Am Neuen Palais
Haus 8
14469 Potsdam

The event is open to the public, registration requested.

The affective turn has recently come under pressure. The fascination with all things affective that emerged during the 1990s and peaked in the first decade of the 21st century has lost its former innocence and euphoria. Affect Studies and its adjacent disciplines have now to prove that they can cope with the return of the affective real that technology, economy and politics entail.

Two seemingly contradictory developments will be picked up as starting points for the conference. First, innovations in advanced disciplines such as affective computing, mood tracking, sentiment analysis, psycho-informatics and social robotics all share a focus on the recognition and modulation of human affectivity. Mechanisms like individual affect regulation or emotion management are being increasingly transferred onto personal digital devices. These algorithmic technologies collect affective data, process them and nudge users into normalized behavior and patterns of feeling. Affect gets measured, calculated, controlled.

Secondly, recent developments in politics, social media usage and journalism have contributed to an conspicuous rise of hate speech, cybermobbing, public shaming, “felt truths” and resentful populisms. In a very specific way, politics as well as power have become affective. In light of the rise of neo-nationalisms, religious and conspiratorial fanaticisms and presidentially decreed patriotism, the question what affective politics does, can or should mean attains an unparalleled urgency. Affects gets mobilized, fomented, unleashed.
We thus witness, on the one hand, the emergence of what we propose to call “affective media”, i.e. technologies and applications that rationalize affects by processing them algorithmically. On the other hand, we observe that (social) media affects become irrational and seem to have disruptive effects on the political as well as social order of (not only)Western democracies.

These two developments appear to be linked. For example, while social media echo chambers are part of the affective media spectrum, their effects are very real and are radically altering our socio-political landscapes (e.g. Brexit, US election). What was invented to control affect has furthered uncontrollability on a potentially global scale.

By assembling scholars from different fields of research, we want to examine this apparent paradox and put the emphasis on its historical, transformational nature. When the ways we deal with our affectivity get unsettled in such a dramatic fashion, we obviously have to rethink our ethical, aesthetical, political as well as legal regimes of affect organization. This is not just a purely academic task, but rather an issue of responsibility.

The event is open to the public, registration requested.

Preliminary Program

November 1, 2017
2:30 pm: Registration
3:30 pm: Bernd Bösel (Potsdam): Welcome and Introduction
3:45 pm: Performance Lecture and Installation
Dina Boswank (Berlin), Timo Herbst (Berlin/Leipzig), Irina Kaldrack (Braunschweig): Transforming Political Gestures Through a Chain
4:30 pm: Opening Lecture
Marie-Luise Angerer (Potsdam): Paradoxes of Becoming Intense. On ‘Smart’ Companionship, Significant Selfies and Animojis
(Chair: Bernd Bösel)
5:30 pm: Coffee break
6:00 pm: Evening Lecture
Richard Grusin (Wisconsin-Milwaukee): Counter-Mediations (Chair: Marie-Luise Angerer)

November 2, 2017
10:00 am: Lecture 1
Andrew A. G. Ross (Ohio): Digital Humanitarianism and the Cultural Politics of a Planetary Nervous System
(Chair: Michaela Ott)
11:15 am: Coffee break
11:30 am: Panel 1 Aufklärung 2.0 / Enlightenment 2.0
Markus Rautzenberg (Essen): Alien Thinking. On the Return of the Sublime Mathias Fuchs (Lüneburg): Affect Esoterics
Sandra Wachter (Oxford): Law and Ethics of Big Data, AI, and Robotics (Chair: Jutta Weber)
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm: Lecture 2
Pierre Cassou-Noguès (Paris): The Synhaptic Monster (Chair: Mathias Fuchs)
3:45 pm: Coffee break
4:00 pm: Panel 2 Techno(Ir)rationalities
Jutta Weber (Paderborn): Techno(ir)rationality and Technosecurity Oliver Leistert (Lüneburg): Effective Affects with Social Bots
Bernd Bösel (Potsdam): Affective Media Regulation
(Chair: Serjoscha Wiemer)
5:30 pm: Coffee break
6:00 pm: Evening Lecture
Michaela Ott (Hamburg): Affective Media Politics (Chair: Markus Rautzenberg)
8:00 pm: Conference Dinner

November 3, 2017
10:00 am: Lecture 3
Paul Stenner (London): Affect on the Turn. Liminal Media for Affective Transformation (Chair: Thomas Slunecko)
11:15 am: Coffee break
11:30 am: Panel 3 Conceptualizing Interfaces of Affection
Dawid Kasprowicz (Witten-Herdecke): Encoding Proximity. Intuition in Human-Robot Collaborations
Kathrin Friedrich (Berlin): Interfacing Trauma. Virtual Resilience Training in Military Contexts Lisa Schreiber (Berlin): Empathy in Human-Machine Interaction. A Concept of Interpersonal
Relation in Affective Computing (Chair: Oliver Leistert)
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm: Lecture 4
Felicity Colman (London): The Informatic Affect of Algorithmic Conditions (Chair: Marie-Luise Angerer)
3:45 pm: Coffee break
4:00 pm: Panel 4 Ambiguities of Algorithmic Care
Serjoscha Wiemer (Paderborn): Affective Robots that Care
Irina Kaldrack (Braunschweig): Distributed Autonomy
Gabriele Gramelsberger (Aachen): Promising Care, Longing for Data (Chair: Bernd Bösel)
5:30 pm: Coffee break
6:00 pm: Closing Lecture
Jean Clam (Paris): Witnessing the Dismantlement of a Proven Structure of Belief. Renews the Actuality of a (“Pathological”) Grammar of Assent
(Chair: Gabriele Gramelsberger)


Marie-Luise Angerer, Bernd Bösel, Kathrin Friedrich, Mathias Fuchs, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Irina Kaldrack, Andreas Kaminski, Dawid Kasprowicz, Oliver Leistert, Markus Rautzenberg, Sandra Wachter, Jutta Weber, Serjoscha Wiemer


Marie-Luise Angerer, Bernd Bösel, Naomie Gramlich

The conference is part of the Network “Affect- and Psychotechnology Studies. Emergente Techniken affektiver und emotionaler (Selbst-)Kontrolle” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).