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My essay on participative propaganda Medien und Partizipation. Zwischen Distributionsapparat und partizipativer Propaganda is now available at the online journal Kommunikation@Gesellschaft. It is part of a special edition on participation, edited by Marion Näser-Lather and Barbara Frischling, and it is hosted by the Social Science Open Access Repository. It is in German, here is an […]

“Beyond Germany: German Media theory in a Global Context” is the title of the preconference I am preparing together with Andreas Ströhl (Goethe Institut, Washington DC) and Bernhard Debatin (Ohio University). This event is part of the programming of the 2019 ICA annual conference in Washington. Hosted by the Goethe Institut, it will focus on […]

Inmitten des Lärms um Sharing Economy und Social Media ist selten die Frage zu vernehmen, welche Bewandtnis es mit dem Teilen selbst eigentlich hat. Was sagen wir, wenn wir sagen, wir „teilen“? Dass das Teilen selbst vertrauter und alltäglich Vorgang ist und nicht als etwas Besonderes wahrgenommen wird schafft leicht das Gefühl, hier gäbe es […]

In La società trasparente (1989), Vattimo places the “relative chaos” of the mass media at the heart of his understanding of postmodernity as an epoch of the weakening of being. The consequent decline of strong foundations for political author- ity was part of Vattimo’s emancipatory reading of the media. In the second edition of the […]

The latest issue of Media and Communication on peacebuilding in the age of new media is out. Edited by Vladimir Bratić, the issue explores the innovative use of new media technologies in peacebuilding both from a theoretical and applied angle. In my own contribution, Elicitive Conflict Transformation and New Media: In Search for a Common […]

An interview conducted by German artist and cyberfeminist Cornila Sollfrank during the transmediale workshop at Liverpool John Moores University has appeared in the APRJA issue Excessive Research. We talk about the notion of excess, its significance in the work of Bataille, and its role in conceptualizing sharing.

“The rise of ‘sharing in communication and media studies,” by Nicholas A. John (Hebrew University, Israel) and myself is available online now at the digital version of Information, Communication, and Society. Full Special Issue on Sharing will follow early 2016.  



The Goethe Institute’s Kultursymposium Weimar will be a major event of which I expect a shift in our research about sharing. Thanks to Andreas Ströhl and his fellow workers for preparing this exciting event, and for inviting me to speak. Sharing and exchange are basic human cultural practices. They play as big a role in […]

The research/Ph.D. workshop EXCESSIVE RESEARCH relates to the announcement of transmediale 2016 “Conversation Piece” which examines some of the compulsive activities of contemporary digital culture in which we are encouraged to stay active, to make, to share and to secure. A culture of sharing, for instance, is evidently one of the most noticeable compulsory effects […]

WOUB Interview


  Follow this link to a conversation with Dawn Jewell, on media, activism, and protest movements. Broadcast on WOUB on 20 December 2014.  

Untranslating Peace was a seminar I held at the MA Program in Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck, August 1-12, 2011. This seminar aims to contribute towards a better understanding of the interculturality of peace by drawing on theories of translation and cultural translation. Coming out of postcolonial and queer theory, as well as […]

Art and Culture in the Age of Security. Data Browser 04. Edited with Geoff Cox. ‘Today we are facing extreme and most dangerous developments in the thought of security. In the course of a gradual neutralisation of politics and the progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the state, security imposes itself as the basic principle […]



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As Giorgio Agamben wrote in 2001, security has been the Leitbegriff, guiding concept, of state politics since the birth of the modern state.1 Today, though, we are facing ‘extreme and most dangerous developments in the thought of security’. Referring to Foucault, Agamben argues that unlike disciplinary power, security creates open spaces and is therefore related […]