Doctoral Research Group Knowledge Cultures / Digital Media

Digital Media constitute a key research area at Leuphana. Graduate students are invited to collaborate with scholars and find stipends and fellowships to support their dissertation projects at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM), at the Centre for Digital Cultures and at the Institute for Advanced Study on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS), as well as in other affiliated funded research projects in the network.
The collegium is dedicated to build a community of highly distinguished scholars in its engagement with the international scientific and research community. The academic life at ICAM and its dissertation collegium hosts a variety of congresses, conferences, workshops, and presentations with scholars recognised as leading experts in their fields, thus offering its students with opportunities of connecting with global networks of research and scholarly production.

Areas of Research

The research areas comprise of:

  •  history, archeology and epistemology,
  •  forms and strategies of aesthetic production,
  •  audio media cultures,
  •  digital research environments in art history and image studies,
  •  media and knowledge ecologies,
  •  media cultures of computer simulation,
  •  gamification and ludology,
  •  globalization,
  •  cyber-culture and gender studies,
  •  Internet and society.

The collegium has a special cooperation with the University of Lübeck* to research and analyse issues of

  •  history and ethics of science, esp. in medicine.

*The specially funded modules for this doctoral programme are hosted a the University of Lübeck.

Doctoral Degree

The respective faculty confers the doctoral degree Dr. phil.


  • Prof. Dr. Erich Hörl

Doctoral Supervisors

  • Prof. Dr. Maren Haffke
  • Prof. Dr. Erich Hörl
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Müggenburg
  • Prof. Dr. Claus Pias
  • Prof. Dr. Christina Wessely

Doctoral Courses

As a doctoral candidate at Leuphana, you not only write your dissertation, but also participate in the interdisciplinary doctoral courses to the extent of 30 credit points, which include (inter)disciplinary colloquia (Research Forum I and Research Forum II) and furthermore comprises four interdisciplinary modules on research ethics, research methods, scientific practice and current perspectives on science. Please find more information about Leuphana's doctoral courses here.