From February 13 to 14, 2020, our research group met for the third time at the Bochum Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS). The CAIS promoted the meeting within its funding scheme for working groups.
The first day was used for presentations and discussion. Ines Engelmann kicked off the meeting with her talk on the effects of the visibility of norms on audience participation and the quality of their contributions on news websites. Nina Springer focused on invisibility as an explanatory factor of the online disinhibition effect. Hanne Detel, Helena Stehle, and Claudia Wilhelm presented their study on reciprocal visibility and its consequences for the relationship between journalists and the audience in online contexts. Merja Mahrt then spoke about representation as a condition for integrative media effects. Finally, Cornelia Brantner reflected on questions of participation and visibility in mediatized public spheres using the example of online protests.
Helena Stehle started the second day with a report on the literature synopsis on the concept of (in)visibility, which she conducted together with Annekatrin Bock. After the concluding discussion, the working group continued its preparations for the workshop with international guests, which will take place at the CAIS from March 19 to 20, 2020. In three panels we will discuss the topic of unequal visibility in digital spaces with Johanna Schaffer (Kunsthochschule Kassel), Isabel Paehr (artist, Berlin), Graham Meikle (University of Westminster, London) and Olivier Driessens (University of Copenhagen). The workshop will address various empirical and theoretical perspectives on issues of (in)visibility and (in)equality in the digital age. The truly international character of the workshop is made visible by the backgrounds of the researchers: Scholars from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom will meet in Bochum.
“Unequal visibility in digital spaces“ — our research group will discuss this topic with international guests at the Bochum Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) on the 19th and 20th March 2020.
Our first guest, Olivier Driessens, Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, will focus on the relationship between the concepts of visibility and attention. The second contribution is an interactive input entitled “visiblity [programmability]” by Johanna Schaffer, Professor for Theory and Practice of Visual Communication at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, and the Berlin artist Isabel Paehr. The following day, Graham Meikle, Professor of Communication and Digital Media at the University of Westminster in London, will speak on “Beyond social media: Networked sensors, communication and visibility.“ As a respondent, we will welcome, among others, Joan Ramon Rodríguez-Amat, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.
We are looking forward to an interesting exchange and in-depth discussions and we would like to thank the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), Bochum, which made the international workshop possible and provided funding.
From Wednesday, November 27 to Friday, November 29, 2019, our research group met for the second time at the Bochum Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS). The CAIS funded the meeting within its programme that hosts working groups.
On this occasion, the members of the research group worked on current and future projects on visibility and invisibility in the digital age. Among others, questions on the concept of visibility, joint research efforts, and the upcoming Thematic Section in Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS) on “Visibility in the Digital Age: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives” (Call for Papers) were discussed. Furthermore, the organization of a workshop to be held in March 2020 was on the agenda. In this workshop, the research group will discuss inequality and visibility in digital media with invited international experts. In addition to gaining valuable insights, a second goal of the workshop is to create a broader research network that helps both deepening an understanding of the empirical and theoretical ramifications of the issue as well as granting greater visibility to the factors, implications, consequences, and remedies of visibility and invisibility in public discourse.
Artificial intelligence and digitization – this was the motto of the CAIS Forum 2019 of the Center for Advanced Internet Studies in Bochum. On October 8, 2019, experts discussed opportunities and challenges as well as the use of artificial intelligence with the interested public.
As part of “Meet the Scientists”, PD Dr. Merja Mahrt presented the work of our research group and exchanged views on our research questions with citizens and experts from business and politics.
This year’s annual meeting of the DGPuK is dedicated to “integration through communication in digitized public spheres”. The research group will be present with a panel on “Integration and division in digitized public spheres: The relevance of visibility in struggles over meaning”. The panel will be moderated by PD Dr. Merja Mahrt (University of Düsseldorf). Read more
The newly founded research group “Hide and See(k) – Visibility in the Digital Age”—funded by Center of Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) as a working group—met on the 16. and 17.08.2018 for the two-day kick-off workshop at the CAIS in Bochum. The research group consists of scientists from German, Austrian, Swiss, and Swedish universities and researches how important visibility respectively invisibility is in the digital world.
Brantner, C., Lobinger, K., Mahrt, M., Springer, N., & Wilhelm, C. (2018). Researching (in-)visible voices in the digital age. ICA Blue Sky Workshop, 68th Annual ICA Conference, 24-28 May 2018, Prague.
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