My dissertation project revolves around the collaborative production of free and open source software (f/oss). I am interested in a combination of several problem areas that are anchored in the interplay between a special-interest community and a set of socio-technological practices.
The project's research problem is the "collaboration" paradigm. Developing out of f/oss, it promises that software delivers new production models, novel forms of institutions, innovation and value creation by replacing hierarchies with connectivity, bureaucracy with self-organisation, and competition with sharing. After this paradigm has become the point of departure for a production model and an innovation strategy in the technology sector and beyond, it is worth asking how f/oss has developed and how the ideas of self-organisation, flat hierarchies, and openness are practised.
Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork on the f/oss office suite LibreOffice, the project focuses on the collaboratives practices in the production process, organisational models, and governance processes and analyses to what extent these notions are materialised.
So far I have taught in the following courses:
MKGB94 - Project in media analysis (spring semester 2019)
MKGA91 - Media audiences in the digital age (spring semester 2017 + 2018 + 2019)
MKGB90 - Technical foundations of digital media and digital design (autumn semester 2017 + 2018)
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)
Chair of Karlstad University's Graduate Student Association (since 2017)
Board member of Karlstad University's Graduate Student Association (since 2016)
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 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, and 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 science and technology studies with social theory on the side and nice glass of (continental) philosophy.