History of Media and Science

The 20th and 21st centuries are essentially characterized by a double entanglement of science and media. On the one hand, the history of analog and digital media cannot be understood without the discourses in the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, and social sciences that made their emergence possible and continue to have an epistemological impact. On the other hand, (technical) media format scientific theories and practices. Thus, scientific objects are only ever given as mediated by media at the level of their creation and transformation from 'world' into scientific objects and object areas. Likewise, scientific methods and institutions, forms of transport, and work are fundamentally dependent on the contingent state of historical media technologies. 

The junior professorship "History of Media and Science" investigates this double entanglement by bringing together two prominent research perspectives that approach this complex relationship independently of each other and form opposite directions. Thus, the history of science has been one of the most productive and internationally successful social and cultural science cycles of the last 30 years. In the past, it has not only been researched with great success the historical and socio-technical conditions of possibility of, among other things, natural science subjects but at the same time contributed to media studies that has identified scientific 'media' as epistemologically and epistemologically driving factors within the history of science. Since then, there has been a productive collaboration between the history of science and media. Media epistemological and media archaeological approaches of the so-called German Media Theory have also entered into a dialogue with American, British, and French theoretical models of science research (actor network theory, Science and Technology Studies (STS); historical epistemology).

The junior professorship ties in with the exchange of ideas and methods that has taken place so far and develops a new research focus of ICAM. Within the framework of concrete case studies, the dual function of media as an effect and effector of science and science as an effector of media will be examined.


Past Events

Reichweitenangst. Batterien und Akkus als Medien des Digitalen Zeitalters

In the context of the project "Reichweitenangst" an interdisciplinary conference will take place at the Leuphana University Lüneburg from January 24 to 26, 2019.


Prof. Dr. Jan Müggenburg
Universitätsallee 1, C5.324
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-1647

Secretary's Office

Daniela Ott
Universitätsallee 1, C5.324
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-2286