Conference “Digital Matters”,  December 1 – 3, 2021 at Siegen University and online

Organizers: Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee & Siegen University),  Valérie Schafer (University of Luxembourg), Axel Volmar (Siegen University) & Sebastian Giessmann (Siegen University). This event is part of projects A01 and A02 of the SFB 1187: Media of Cooperation.

Theme: In popular discussion digitality is increasingly equated with networked immateriality: disembodied algorithms float rhetorically in an ethereal cloud of big data. Think, for example, of the “digital edition” of the PlayStation 5 console, so called because it has no optical drive to read games, which must instead be downloaded. The implication is that the regular PS5 console is somehow not digital because its storage medium is visible to the unaided human eye. This presupposition of digital immateriality is not just a misconception to be corrected, but a productive site for interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry into media and data practices. In Digital Matters, historians, media theorists and information scholars come together for three days to examine the socio-material constituents of digital systems and artifacts. How and why did people come to deny the materiality of the digital? What can we learn by recovering it? What if we rethink digital materialities as ongoing cooperative accomplishments?

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ECREA Communication History Section: our Panels at the ECREA 2021 Virtual conference

7 September 2021

Panel 1 (room 12): COH01 – Memories, narratives, and preservation in the media

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Panel 2 (room 12): COH02 – Contemporary (and apparently) digital effects in the analogue world

11:00 – 12:30 CEST

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Panel 3 (room 12): COH03 – Mass media historiography: theory and case studies in journalism and radio

17:00 – 18:30 CEST

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8 September 2021 

Panel 4 (room 12): COH04 – The (un)coverage of the 25 November 1975 military coup in Portugal. Constrained Media narratives on a polarized political environment

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Business meeting (room 9)

13:15-14:45 CEST

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9 September 2021

Panel 5 (room 26): COH05 – Trust, spread, and re-use of information after WWII

09:00 – 10:30 CEST

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Panel 6 (room 26): COH06 – Historicizing media and communication concepts of the digital age

11:00 – 12:30 CEST

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10 September 2021 

Post Conference “Old Media Persistence” 

9:00 – 16.30 CEST

To access the program: https://oldnewspersistence.com/program/

To register and join the virtual program through Webex, please send an email to valerie.schafer@uni.lu until September 8, 2021.