Media and Cultural Change

Stanford–Leuphana Summer Academy 2023

Stanford-Leuphana Summer Academy 2023

Open to Advanced PhD Candidates

Date: June 25-30, 2023

Location: Stanford Berlin, Haus Cramer, Pacelliallee 18, 14195 Berlin

Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

The Stanford-Leuphana Summer Academy addresses the intersection between individual humanities disciplines and studies of media and technology from historical, systematic, and methodological perspectives. As we live in a time when new technologies are emerging at an increasingly rapid pace, the Academy seeks to address vital questions about how different media can drive political and social change, but it also inquires into the assumptions and values that produce technological artifacts. Media studies and media theory intersect with various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences that treat the transmission of information, the formation of social networks, and the embodiment of knowledge in technological artifacts. Therefore, the Academy will bring together faculty and students from various branches of the humanities and social sciences to think about how »mediality« permeates these disciplines in distinct ways; we will approach these issues not only from a robustly interdisciplinary vantage but also by way of comparative cultural and historical perspectives. In this way, the Academy will contribute to our understanding of the fundamental ways that forms of media and technological mediation inform disciplinary knowledge across the humanities, as well as the ways that these disciplinary knowledge formations are an essential precondition to any serious thinking about mediality.

2023 Topic: Media and Cultural Change

The goal of the Summer Academy is to engage in a cross-disciplinary dialogue about media and cultural change. We seek projects that are historically and geographically situated, and/or localized investigations. How does the interplay of cultural and technological change take place? How was the historical power of media substantiated in their respective specificity? And also when, in which discursive context and with which arguments? We are keen to see research that revises theories of historical change and canonical accounts (e.g. McLuhan on the book, Brecht on radio, Enzensberger on TV, Guattari on digital media). We are also interested in the recursive relation of media-technological and cultural change, for example contemporary feudal worlds/historical mediality of feudalization; the historicization and ongoing relevance of Soviet computing; the history of old “new” media; the interplay of media technologies; the mediation of “spirits of capitalism” and organized life; aesthetic shifts and continuities across time that are intertwined with media and cultural change. We especially invite projects concerned with the Global South or that revise center/periphery narratives. 

Core Faculty

1. Timon Beyes (Sociology of Organisation and Culture, Leuphana)

2. Shane Denson (Film and Media Studies, Stanford)

3. Marisa Galvez (French, Italian, and German Studies, Stanford)

4. Karla Oeler (Film and Media Studies, Stanford)

5. Claus Pias (History and Epistemology of Media, Leuphana)

6. Fred Turner (Communication, Stanford)

7. Sybille Krämer (Philosophy, Leuphana)

8. Ruth Mayer (American Studies, Hannover)

9. Bernhard Siegert (History and Epistemology of Cultural Techniques, Weimar) 


Special Guests

Simon Denny (University of Fine Arts Hamburg)

Wolfgang Ernst (Media Studies, Humboldt University Berlin)



All applications from advanced doctoral candidates must be submitted electronically in PDF format. Please submit your CV (1-2 pages) along with a 500-word abstract of your topic and a short letter of intent explaining why you would like to attend this Summer Academy.

Please use the following naming convention for your application files: Lastname_CV.pdf,

Lastname_Abstract.pdf, Lastname_Letter_of_Intent.pdf.

Please email your applications by March 1, 2023 to and