Rahel Süß is a political theorist researching digital technology and the future of democracy at Humboldt-University and King's College London. In her post-doctoral project, she explores how data can be governed and managed democratically and how we can understand a digital democratic theory. She studied political science, philosophy and sociology at the University of Vienna and Charles University in Prague and held visiting and research positions at Westminster University, Queen Mary University, Goldsmiths University, Duke University, and Humboldt-University. In 2020, Rahel Süß obtained her Ph.D. with a thesis on experimental democracy (summa cum laude). She is the author of three monographs, founder of the journal engagée and the founding director of the Data Politics Lab.
Anna-Verena Nosthoff is a philosopher and political theorist, teaching at the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Vienna and at FU Berlin. She was a research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the networked societies and is currently a research affiliate at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. She has published on critical theory, the aesthetics of resistance, digital politics, the politics of social media, algorithmic governmentality and (neo-)cybernetic governance, in various edited volumes and international journals, such as Behemoth, Thesis Eleven, Cultural Politics, Culture, Theory & Critique, Critical Research on Religion, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie and Leviathan. As an essayist, she regularly writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Die Republik, Philosophie Magazin, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and other publications. Her book Die Gesellschaft der Wearables, co-authored with Felix Maschewski, was published by Nicolai Publishing & Intelligence (Berlin, 2019). Anna is Editor of the journal engagée and Co-Director of the Data Politics Lab.
Sebastian Berg is a research associate in the group “Democracy & Digitalization” at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society and member of the research group “Politics of Digitalization” at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, with previous visiting and research positions at FU Berlin and Princeton University. He works on ideas of democratic digitalization, the political theory of data-based analysis and intervention techniques, and the cybernetization of democratic representation. In his doctoral project he examines the genealogy and contemporary political datafication in the context of democratic representation.
Rafael Dernbach is a researcher and writer concerned with the social and medial constructions of futures. Currently, he works as Director of Emerging Narratives at fischerAppelt advisors and is an affiliate researcher at the Käthe Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-apocalyptic Studies at Heidelberg University. As a Gates Scholar, he completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in media philosophy on strategies of anticipation in post-cinematic art.
Roberta Fischli is a political scientist and journalist. She currently works as a research and teaching assistant at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where she writes her PhD thesis on freedom in the digital economy. Her research interests include the digital political economy, data justice, and questions around data ownership. Roberta also chairs the ethics board of the data cooperative Posmo.
Jan Groos is a researcher, filmmaker and podcaster. He studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and is currently working on a PhD thesis on ‘Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Algorithmic Governance’ at the Centre for Sociological Theory (CST) at Kiel University. Jan runs the podcast Future Histories (www.futurehistories.today) as part of his extended research practice.
Ann-Kathrin Koster is a political theorist currently working on a dissertation on "Democratic Contingency and Artifical Intelligence" at the Schaufler Lab (Technische Universität Dresden). She is interested in democratic theory, the epistemological dimension of democracy and technology in its various relations to politics and society. She is also a member of netzforma* e.V., an association that promotes feminist perspectives on network politics and technology.
Janosik Herder is currently research assistant in political theory at the University of Osnabrück. He is working on a genealogy of the concept of communication and its political implications. Janosik has published on the political role of algorithms and the works of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Karl Marx.
Paola Lopez is a mathematician by training. Combining a mathematical perspective with legal philosophy, science and technology studies and gender studies, she is currently working on an interdisciplinary PhD thesis at the Institute of Legal Philosophy at the University of Vienna. She is also a visiting researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. In her research, she focuses on data-based algorithmic systems and their epistemic limitations as well as on their implications for equal treatment and questions of justice.
Felix Maschewski is a literary and cultural theorist (HU Berlin). Currently he is affiliated researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures (Amsterdam) and is teaching at the Institute of Political Sciences at FU Berlin. Apart from his academic writing (a.o. in Behemoth, Leviathan, Thesis Eleven, Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie), he regularly writes essays for Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Republik, Wirtschaftswoche, Philosophie Magazin, among others. His most recent book is Die Gesellschaft der Wearables (co-authored with Anna-Verena Nosthoff, Nicolai 2019). He is also co-editor of the Behemoth special issue ‘Futures of Critique in the Digital Age’.
Dominik Piétron is a research associate at the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin. He works on the political economy of digital capitalism with a special focus on data and infrastructures. He is a member of the Alliance Digital City Berlin which seeks to promote democratic debate around digitization conflicts at the municipal level.
Roland Meyer is an art historian and media scholar with a research focus on the history and theory of digital image cultures. His most recent book Gesichtserkennung (Wagenbach 2021) deals with the cultural and social implications of automated facial recognition from a visual cultures perspective. In his current research, he focuses on digital image archives, navigable images, and the media archeology of augmented spaces. Roland teaches at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and lives in Berlin.
Shintaro Miyazaki has been junior professor of Digital Media and Computation (tenure track) at the sub-department for Media Studies of Humboldt University of Berlin since 2020 and Senior Researcher at the Institute Experimental Design and Media Cultures at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel since 2014.
Sara Morais dos Santos Bruss is a cultural and media theorist, educator and feminist. Her main areas of research evolve around feminist epistemologies of science and technology, specifically with a focus on emerging informational systems subsumed under the umbrella term Artificial Intelligence. Previously, she has worked on digital acts of (feminist-intersectional) solidarity within the DFG-funded RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms where she received her doctoral degree from the University of Potsdam and the English and Foreign Language University Hyderabad. She is a member of the editorial collective of kritisch-lesen.de and a board member of Diffrakt. Zentrum für Theoretische Peripherie. Sara lives and works in Berlin.
Magdalena Taube is professor of Digital Journalism at the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and editor-in-chief of the internet newspaper Berliner Gazette. She is the author of Disruption des Journalismus (2018) published by Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam and co-editor of numerous readers, including A Field Guide to the Snowden Files (2017) published by Diamondpaper, Berlin and Invisible Hand(s) (2020) published by Multimedijalni institut, Zagreb.
Lotte Warnsholdt is a cultural and media theorist, working on questions of temporality and critique in digital cultures. She studied European ethnology, minority studies, law and cultural studies at the University of Copenhagen, University of Hamburg and Leuphana University Lüneburg. In her doctoral thesis, she examines the genealogy of predictive media and asks the question of how prediction challenges the conditions of the modern project of critique. Lotte has published on algorithmic governmentality, critique and (media) history.
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