Course Schedule


Critical Algorithm Studies (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Vera Tollmann

14-täglich | Donnerstag | 14:00 - 17:30 | 17.10.2022 - 03.02.2023 | HMS D19

Inhalt: There is no user interface for algorithms. So how do algorithms influence the way we perceive digital cultures? The effects of algorithms on our social media newsfeeds, streaming platforms, and visual culture and its modes of action raise questions: What are algorithmic cultures, and where do we encounter them? This seminar follows a critical approach to thinking of algorithmic systems as standardizing, censoring, and decontextualizing. How do algorithms recommend books? Whose knowledge, interests, and aesthetic preferences are represented through algorithms? Are we, as subjects, considered algorithmic objects? And how can we intervene in algorithmic cultures? Human actors bring ambiguities, presuppositions, and contradictions into these calculations. In the seminar, we discuss arguments using theoretical texts, scientific papers, and practical exercises.

Digital Humanities: Studying Digital Media through Digital Media (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Jan Müggenburg

Einzeltermin | Do, 20.10.2022, 09:45 - Do, 20.10.2022, 13:15 | HMS 211/215
Einzeltermin | Do, 03.11.2022, 09:45 - Do, 03.11.2022, 13:15 | HMS D22
14-täglich | Donnerstag | 09:45 - 13:15 | 17.11.2022 - 01.12.2022 | HMS 211/215
Einzeltermin | Do, 15.12.2022, 09:45 - Do, 15.12.2022, 13:15 | HMS D22
Einzeltermin | Do, 12.01.2023, 09:45 - Do, 12.01.2023, 13:15 | HMS 211/215
Einzeltermin | Do, 26.01.2023, 09:45 - Do, 26.01.2023, 13:15 | C 6.320

Inhalt: ›Media studies‹ is a cultural studies discipline that investigates a wide range of (digital) media using a variety of methods. ›Digital Humanities‹ is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. What happens when you combine these two approaches? When we study digital media, we usually do so by using other digital media. We research the history of the Internet using the World Wide Web, we investigate Twitter bubbles by using our own Twitter account, we program in Python to better understand the power of programming languages, we play computer games to analyze computer game cultures and so on. Is media studies thus always and necessarily a digital humanities discipline? Can reflection on our digital methods help us to better understand our own engagement with our research subjects? In this seminar we will encounter different takes on the relationship of Media Studies and Digital Humanities from contemporary media studies scholars. Together we will look at and experience ourselves a variety of digital media that are used to study digital media: from Game Studies to Software Studies and Sound Studies we will also deal with a variety of media studies subdiscplines. The seminar texts we are going to read in the seminar are selected from the Anthology „The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities“, edited by Jentery Sayers (Routledge 2018). Buying the book or Ebook is recommended but not necessary to participate in the course.