My dissertation project revolves around the collaborative production of Free an Open Source software (FOSS). I am interested in a combination of several problem areas that is anchored in the interplay between a special-interest community and a set of socio-technological practices. The key question is how practices of meaning-making develop in unison with cultural techniques to build media infrastructure. The constitution of this assemblage between material and immaterial structures serves as a platform for assessing the dynamics in the collaborative production of FOSS on several levels such as power dynamics, personal and communal interests, motivations and values, conflicting economic and political ideas.
The research problem of this project is the future of cultural production and alternatives to forced forms of collaboration. It coincides with a scientific development that is marked by an increasing interest in topics related to cooperation. As collaborative software development has become the norm for engineering disciplines and many other businesses a deconstruction of collaboration shall contribute to an understanding of a collective production of knowledge that fosters sharing and innovation.
So far I have taught in the following courses:
MKGA02 - Introduction to media and communication studies (autumn semester 2015 + 2016)
MKGA71 - Communication and global media I (spring semester 2015)
MKGB17 - Media and ICT project (autumn semester 2015)
MKGB61 - Digital Aesthetics (autumn semester 2015 + 2016)
MKGB72 - Module 1: Media, Culture, Society (spring semester 2016)
MKGBU1 - Media, culture and technology (spring semester 2015)
I am writing my dissertation on collaboration, no spoilers here.
What I can tell you tough is that I have reviewed articles for the journal Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) as well as abstract and articles for various conferences (AoIR, ECREA, ICA, NordMedia).
Currently I am a board member of Karlstad University Graduate Students’ Association.
Born in Vienna but I have moved around a bit. I fulfilled my obligatory national duty in the form of an alternative service at the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam where I worked on peer education projects in Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia, and South Korea.
I studied Media and Communication, Philosophy, as well as Hispanic Linguistics and Literature at the University of Vienna and at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 2013 I received a Master degree in Communication studies from the University of Vienna. Since October 2014 I am a PhD researcher here at Karlstad University.
For years I have worked as a freelance journalist producing articles, documentaries, feature shows on digital culture, media theory or philosophy of technology as well as sustainability and energy technologies for radio, TV, web platforms. For five years I also worked as a so-called multimedia journalist for Austria’s news agency APA, producing audio podcasts, news videos, mixed-media formats, and writing good old articles.
There was a time when “doing” freelance journalism was real fun around the late 1990s and early 2000s. Nowadays I’d rather enjoy technology studies with social theory on the side and nice glass of (continental) philosophy.