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Participants 2014


Paul Babinski


Paul Babinski is a PhD student in German at Princeton. At the moment, his research interests are centered around the technological and economic conditions of mass publication in the 19th century, in particular topics such as serialized literature, methods of image reproduction, the social organization of literary production, and copyright law. He previously studied German and Mathematics at the University of Colorado – Boulder.


Boris Buzek


Boris Buzek is a PhD student at the German Department at the University of Zurich. He holds a M.Sc. in Architecture and a M.A. in History and Philosophy of Knowledge, both from ETH Zurich. For his PhD project he is currently investigating literary imagination since the early modern age, its poetic strategies, and spatial narrative principles. His further research interests include early modern poetics of knowledge, cultural and scientific implications of the Scientific Revolution, philosophy of the early 20th century, interdisciplinary spatial discourses, as general research approaches between Literature, Architecture and Philosophy.


Máximo Farro


Máximo Farro is an anthropologist, assistant researcher at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas and curator ofCollections in the Archivo Histórico del Museo de La Plata, Argentina. He holds a PhD from the Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, UniversidadNacional de La Plata. He works mainly in the area of history of science, studying the history of nineteenth-century anthropology andarchaeology in Argentina with special emphasis on its collections (museum objects, manuscripts and photographs) understood as thediscipline’s material culture, focusing on the set of practices that surround it and the underlying epistemic infrastructures. He made databases of the Museo de La Plata’s anthropological photography collections under the research project “Faces drawn in the sand: a rescueproject of native peoples’ photographs” supported by the British Library. He is the author of La formación del Museo de La Plata. Coleccionistas, comerciantes, estudiosos y naturalistas viajeros a fines del siglo XIX, Prohistoria ediciones, 2009


Toni Hildebrandt


Toni Hildebrandt studied Art History, Musicology, Philosophy and Romance Literature at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Liszt School of Music Weimar, the Sapienza University of Roma and the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples. He is currently finishing his PhD dissertation at the University of Basel, titled “Projection and Delimitation: Counter-Dispositifs of Drawing 1955­-1975”. From March 2010 to September 2013, Hildebrandt has been a Research Fellow at the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Iconic Criticism “eikones”. There he was one of the founding members of the online journal “Rheinsprung 11” (www.rheinsprung11.ch) and lecturer at the eikones Summer School “Image Practices” (2011) and “The Construction of Images” (2012). He is also a member of “What Images Do”, a Research Network established in 2012 in collaboration between NCCR Iconic Criticism “eikones”, the Delft University of Technology, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. For the academic year 2013/14 Hildebrandt was nominated a Resident Fellow at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome.


Hannah Hunter-Parker


Hannah Hunter-Parker is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the German Department at Princeton University. She is currently writing a dissertation (co-advisers: Sara Poor, Nikolaus Wegmann) on German Romanticism and the medium aevum, which explores the medial conditions for new attentions to Medieval German literature around 1800 and its aftermath in the writings of Ludwig Tieck. She is the recipient of a Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for Research Abroad in the Humanities (AY 2013-14) and is a Graduate Student Fellow at Mathey College.


Daniel Irrgang


Daniel Irrgang is the scientific supervisor at the Vilém Flusser Archive, a scientific assistant at the chair of Media Theory at the Berlin University of the Arts, and a researcher in the project “Archaeology/Variantology of the Media”. In 2011, he graduated with a M.A. in Media Studies andCommunication Studies. Currently, he is writing his doctoral thesis “Diagrammatics as a Cultura experimentalis”. Together with ClemensJahn, he is editing the proceedings of the “Forum on the Genealogy of MediaThinking”, initialized by Siegfried Zielinski, cooperating with guests such as Peter Weibel, Boris Groys, and Hans Belting. Daniel is co-founder (2006) of the communication agency AFKM, concerning with media-related projects


Susanne Jany


Susanne Jany studied Cultural History and Theory as well as German Literature in Berlin, Gothenburg and London. She worked as an editor and writer for different German and international architectural magazines. As a doctoral candidate, she joined the PhD-network Das Wissen der Literatur at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2012 and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2013. Her dissertation project is concerned with exploring the notion of ‘process architectures,’ investigating the different ways in which workflows within 19th century industrial buildings are organized by architectural means.


Diana Kamin


Diana Kamin is a doctoral student at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at the New York University. Her broad research interests include the evolving practices of preserving, documenting, and viewing art through digital media and the media history of image reproductions. She spent five years in the exhibitions and curatorial departments at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she facilitated numerous exhibitions of postwar and contemporary art, and holds a B.A. in Art History from Georgetown University.


Maren Koehler


Maren Koehler is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Planning at the University of Sydney. Her PhD research examines the architectural space of the lobby as a technology of mediation and governance. She studied architecture at the Institute of Technology Berlin and the College of Art in Edinburgh. Along with teaching and co-curating exhibitions, Maren has worked as an architect in Berlin, Hong Kong, New York, Beijing and Shanghai


Hannes Mandel


Hannes Mandel is a PhD candidate at the German Department at Princeton, holding a Master’s degree in Media Studies from the University of Potsdam and the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. During his studies in Germany, he worked for the Franco-German TV network arte, co-organized the international short film festival EmergeAndSee, and assisted in organizing an art exhibition and academic conference on multitasking in Berlin. His research interests are situated between media studies and their academic origin (in Germany) “Literaturwissenschaft”, and include media theory, the history of technology, cultural (media) practices (“Mediengebrauch”), and in particular relationships of media and cultural nostalgias, mostly in but not limited to the “very long” 20th century.


Ido Ramati


Ido Ramati is a PhD student at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His PhD dissertation explores the emergence of the first Modern Hebrew writing and inscribing machines (such as typewriters, sound recordings and eventually also Hebrew computer programs) and the way they served as a crucial technological infrastructure for the process of the birth of Modern Hebrew culture since the mid-19th century. His M.A. thesis “Returning to the Site of Trauma: Representations of Germany in Israeli Contemporary Fiction Cinema” applied methodologies borrowed from Trauma Studies to the study of visual culture. His research also benefits from his experience as a guide and instructor at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. His research interests include history and archeology of media technologies, philosophy and theory of media and communication, New Media, cinema and photography.



Adam Webb-Orenstein


Adam Webb-Orenstein is a PhD student in anthropology at Rice University and holds an M.A. in folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation project inquires into the influence of finance on contemporary media environments by examining the interface between the development of digital information technology and venture capital. His research interests include orality and literacy, human-machine interaction, media systems and culture, intellectual property, and organicism in social thought.


Katharina Wloszczynska


Katharina Wloszczynska is a PhD candidate in Media Philosophy at the Bauhaus University Weimar (Germany). She studied Film and Media, Psychology and Intercultural Communication in Jena (Germany) and Cracow (Jagiellonian University, Poland), holding a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation), and earned a M.A. in Media Studies from Friedrich-Schiller University Jena in 2011. From 2011 to 2013, she was lecturer in Film Studies (Jena) and research assistant (Jena and Weimar). Currently, she is doctoral fellow at the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris. Her dissertation project entitled “Wiederverfilmung – Wiederholung – Wissen“ (Remake – Repetition – Knowledge) is supervised by Prof. Dr. Lorenz Engell and explores the mediality of re-making practices in film, the arts, and other spheres of cultural production.


Derek Woods


Derek Woods is a PhD student in English at the Rice University. His research engages contemporary U.S. and Canadian literature, science and technology studies, environmental criticism, and theories of posthumanism. Derek is a fellow in the Center for Energy and Environment Research in the Human Sciences at Rice (culturesofenergy.com) and holds a doctoral research fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is also a student in the Rice Center for Critical and Cultural Theory (3ct.org). Derek’s dissertation research concerns post-WII cultures of the end of nature, the aesthetics of scale, and theories of the Anthropocene. The portion of his dissertation most relevant to cultural techniques concerns the “mill-site,” or the physical and textual locations where raw materials are processed from “natural” to “cultural” states. This project incorporates research into cultural techniques as forces that precede and produce nature/culture distinctions. Drawing on a background in biology at the University of British Columbia, Derek is also at work on a monograph concerning lichens, systems theory, and evolutionary symbiogenesis.