7th Annual Graduate Conference Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"

Digital <Dis>Orders

17-19 November 2016

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Campus Westend, Building "Normative Orders"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the popular and academic discourses, computers and their networks seem to be in a state of perpetual novelty and chaos. This is evident in the proliferation of buzzwords and new technologies that are constantly about to overthrow existing orders.  Discourses about Big Data, social media, cloud computing or the Internet of things present digitalization as a social revolution without end.
There are, however, several reasons to doubt this air of novelty. Worldwide Internet penetration is over 40%, and mobile broadband penetration in the OECD is over 80%. Many scholars consider Internet access to have become a basic human right. Computer assisted fraud has been a criminal practice for four decades, and the incident best approximating international cyber warfare occurred almost ten years ago. So-called digital natives are aging rapidly, and their aesthetic imperative has become mainstream. Whatever their revolutionary potential in the longue durée, computers, their data and their networks have become a mundane, ubiquitous and assumed feature of everyday life.
We welcome you to reflect with us on our arrival in digital normality so as to better understand the dynamics of digital order and disorder. We will touch upon such topics as the features and production of space in a digital society, the political economy of media and artistic production, the politics and modes of rule in the digital/posthuman age, the diffusion of responsibility in algorithmically controlled processes, and the social practices and subjectivities produced and assumed in a world of ubiquitous  connections and computers. Beyond these more academic engagements with the subject matter, we are happy to host a number of artistic interventions that challenge intuitive understandings of the forms of digital society and present alternative, creative representations of digital realities. These range from interactive demonstrations of textual data-mining; a video installation challenging the pre-determination of emotions through facial recognition technology; live, choreographed web design; and more. We have included other unconventional events in the program, like the mini-saloons and party, to provide time and opportunity to converse about these topics, the questions they provoke and the ideas they inspire.
Finally, it is our privilege to welcome two keynote speakers who have indelibly marked our thoughts on and appreciation of digital culture. On Thursday evening Louise Amoore, Professor of Geography at Durham University, will present her thoughts On Intuition: Machine Learning and Posthuman Ethics, exploring what the ‘agency’ and ‘intelligence’ of machines implies for ethics. And on Friday evening Zach Blas, renowned Artist and Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University, will elaborate his thoughts on Contra-Internet, a project that explores subversions of and alternatives to the Internet.

The organizing team

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Participation is free

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  • Prof. Dr. Christopher Daase (Professor für Internationale Organisationen der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Exzellenzcluster „Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen", Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung)
  • Ruben van de Ven (Rotterdam)
  • Ben Kamis (Politologe am Exzellenzcluster "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen")
  • Till Straube (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Humangeographie der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
  • Ruben van de Ven (Rotterdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Louise Amoore (Durham)
  • Artistic Intervention: A Webpage in three Acts, Joana Chicau (Rotterdam)
  • Artistic Intervention: A Webpage in three Acts, Joana Chicau (Rotterdam)
  • Till Straube (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Humangeographie der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) und Prof. Dr. Louise Amoore (Durham)
  • Manetta Berends (Rotterdam)
  • Artistic Intervention: A Webpage in three Acts, Joana Chicau (Rotterdam)

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Programme

Thursday, 17 November 2016

14:30-15:30, Registration
Building "Normative Orders", Lobby

15:30-16:00, Welcome Address
Building "Normative Orders", EG.01

Prof. Dr. Christopher Daase (Coordinator of the International Graduate Program, Cluster of Excellence ”The Formation of Normative Orders”)

 

16:30-18:30, Panel Session 1

The Economics of the Digital

Building "Normative Orders", EG.01

Natalie Rauscher (Heidelberg): Digital Inequality: The United States and the Rise of the Sharing Economy
Dr. Philipp Staab (Hamburg): The Consumption Dilemma of Digital Capitalism
Yannick Schütte (Lüneburg): Digital Data Dispossession and Capitalisation

Digital Spacialities

Building "Normative Orders", 5.01

Jakob Claus (Lüneburg): On Questions of Environmental Agency
Moritz Ahlert (Hamburg): The Order of Virtual Maps
Lila Athanasiadou (Delft): Just a Simulation: Limitations and Potentiality of Modelling Urban Processes Digitally
Gian Luigi Scarpa (Berlin): Remnants and Revenants Part II: Hautings of the Digital


18:30-19:00, Coffee Break

 
19:00-20:00, Keynote Address

On Intuition: Machine Learning an Posthuman Ethics

Building "Normative Orders", EG.01

Prof. Dr. Louise Amoore
(Durham)

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Friday, 18 November 2016

10:30-12:00, Panel Session 2

Devices of Digital Rule

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Janosik Herder (Osnabrück): What Is Information? From Cryptography to a Regime of Truth
Anna-Verena Nosthoff (Frankfurt/M) & Felix Maschewski (Berlin): Order from Noise? Reflections on the Cybernetic Condition of Digitality
Nikos Voyiatzis (Rotterdam/Athens): The Effect of the List

Post-Human Politics

Building "Normative Orders", 5.01

Kiran Banerjee (Toronto): Arendt and the Algorithm: Rereading the Human Condition in the Digital Age
Max Koch-Grünberg (Berlin): Torn between Truths: Self-fulfilling Prophecies and the Production of Uncertainty
Jakob Tonda Dirksen (London): On Digital Politics

 
12:30-14:00, Lunch

14:00-15:30, Artistic Intervention (max. 30 participants)

*I-could-have-written-that*

Manetta Berends (Rotterdam)

 
15:30-16:00, Coffee Break

16:00-17:30, Panel Session 3

Media, Knowledge and Relations

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Nicolas Oxen (Weimar): Instagrammatology: The Politics and Aesthetics of Smartphone Photography
Philipp Sack (Braunschweig): Queries, or: What Comes after the Death of ”Commonsensical Empiricism”?
Robert Ziegelmann (Heidelberg): Imagination and Distance: Does Digital Media Abolish Humanity?

States, Norms, Citizens

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Matthias Schulze (Jena): From Cyber-Utopia to Cyber-War: Advocacy Coalitions and Normative Change in Cyberspace
Linda Monsees (Bremen): Dynamics of De-/Politicization in the Technological Society
Katharin Tai (Oxford): Chinese Internet Governance

 
17:30-18:00, Coffee Break

 18:00-19:00, Keynote Address

Contra-Internet

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Dr. Zach Blas (London)

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19:00-23:00, Dinner & Party

Building "Normative Orders", 5th floor

 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

10:00-10:45, Artist Talk

Choose how you feel; You have seven Options

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Ruben van de Ven (Rotterdam)

 

11:00-12:30, Panel Session 4

Digitalising Subjectivity

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Tanja Wiehn (Berlin): The Digital Postponement of Death
Pierre Schwarzer (Witten/Herdecke): Social Media and the Primary Process

Digital Art & Culture

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Tobias Muno (Hamburg): Post Some Internet Shit
Philipp Hindahl (Frankfurt/M): The Interesting: An Aesthetic of Work and Networks in Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island
Thomas Meckel (Lüneburg): Social Theatre under New Conditions

 
12:30-13:00, Lunch
Building "Normative Orders", 5th floor

13:00-14:30, Artistic Intervention & Mini-Saloons

A Webpage in three Acts

Building "Normative Orders", 5.01

Joana Chicau (Rotterdam)

Topical Mini-Saloons

Building "Normative Orders", 5th floor

Continuing conversations on topics that emerge during the conference in a casual atmosphere

 

Presented by:
The Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders" at Goethe University in cooperation with Internet TBD and the University for Art and Design, Offenbach am Main


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