Siegen Workshop, 2018

As the second milestone in the project, the Siegen workshop will take place at the Media of Cooperation Collaborative Research Center, University of Siegen, Germany, on June 1–2, 2018. The workshop will bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars working on questions of media and temporality. The event is conceived as an authors’ workshop in order to discuss preliminary and pre-circulated draft papers. Therefore, except for the keynote lecture on Friday, June 1, the workshop is not open to the public. However, interested colleagues and students are welcome to attend as discussants. In order to register and to gain access to the collection of pre-circulated papers, please write an email to Jenny Berkholz

Axel Volmar (University of Siegen)
Kyle Stine (Johns Hopkins University)
Jenny Berkholz, research assistant (University of Siegen)

Times: June 1–2, 2018
Venue: Collaborative Research Center “Media of Cooperation”, Herrengarten 3, 57072 Siegen, room AH-217/218
Participants: Geoffrey C. Bowker, Marisa Cohn, Sumanth Gopinath, Yuk Hui, Alexander Monea, Eva-Maria Nyckel,
Britt Paris, Gabriele Schabacher, Florian Sprenger, Kyle Stine, Andreas Sudmann, Axel Volmar

Keynote: June 1, 18:00: Gabriele Schabacher (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz): Time and Technology. The Temporalities of Care

As part of the workshop, we are currently screening the “Logistics Art Project” (a video work from 2012 by Swedish artists Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson) at the collaborative research center Medien der Kooperation in Siegen (in front of our conference room) and here, on our website, as a livestream. The film documents the journey of a container ship from Sweden to China over 37 days (of playing time) in duration, which makes it the longest film ever made. As the Logistics Art Project contemplates time, consumption and logistics, we deem it well suited to accompany our workshop. The live stream will run continuously from May 14, 18:30 CEST to June 20, 2018.

Funding for this workshop has come from the Media of Cooperation Collaborative Research Center, University of Siegen, Germany.

• Workshop Format
• Schedule
• Getting Around

Workshop Format
Rather than having presentations, we aim to discuss preliminary chapter drafts in the range of 5,000 words including the bibliography. Ideally, your draft would emphasize the following questions/points:

1. What question or problem will your essay address and what argument will you make?
2. How is your paper different from the vast literature on time and media and in what sense does your paper reflect infrastructures of time and the processes of infrastructuring time?
3. Why and how are studies on the relation of media, infrastructures, and temporality particularly relevant for contemporary media studies and related fields?

For the discussion, we kindly ask each participant to act as a lead respondent for one or two fellow contributions. We aim for at least 45 mins (if possible one hour) of discussion per contribution. At the beginning of each discussion, the respective author will have the opportunity to briefly introduce the main arguments, goals and overall contribution of their paper (5-10 mins). The lead respondents will then offer their comments (no longer than 10 minutes) to facilitate the discussion. The lead respondents should further provide their comments in written form to the editors in order for us to pass them on to the authors.

Apart from workshopping the individual drafts, we would further like to

• discuss the volume’s revised draft introduction,
• the recently translated paper “Time Axis Manipulation – Real Time Analysis” by Friedrich Kittler,
• and issues related to the next steps toward a joint publication.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

19:00: Warm-up dinner for participants at restaurant and beer garden Hammerhütte, Kirchweg 79, 57072 Siegen.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Welcome, introductions, workshop overview

Discussion of Hardwired Temporalities concept (aka future book proposal / introduction) by Axel Volmar (University of
Siegen) and Kyle Stine (Johns Hopkins University)
Lead discussants: Bowker; Schabacher

10:45–11:00 Coffee Break

Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota)
Beep: Listening to the Digital Watch
Lead discussants: Volmar; Sudmann

Marisa Cohn (IT University of Copenhagen)
Software Rot, Infrastructure Decay: Unruly Bodies of Code in Time
Lead discussants: Bowker, Schabacher

13:00–14:00 Lunch at Picknicker (we’ll walk over together)

Eva-Maria Nyckel
Ahead of Time? Investigating the Infrastructures and Media-Theoretical Implications of Amazon’s Anticipatory Shipping Method
Lead discussants: Monea; Paris

Geoffrey C. Bowker (University of California, Los Angeles)
Lead discussants: Volmar; Giessmann

16:00–16:30 Coffee Break

Alexander Monea (George Mason University)
Lead discussants: Gopinath; Sprenger

17:30–18:00 Break

18:00–19:30 Keynote:
Gabriele Schabacher (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz)
Time and Technology. The Temporalities of Care

19:30 Meet-up to walk up to the Lower Castle and to the restaurant Brasserie.

20:00 Dinner at Brasserie

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Yuk Hui (Leuphana University, Lüneburg)
Problems of Temporality in the Digital Epoch
Lead discussants: Stine; Sprenger

Britt Paris (University of California, Los Angeles)
The Technics of Time: Hard and Soft Temporalities of the Future Internet
Lead discussants: Cohn; Sudmann

11:30–12:00 Coffee Break

Florian Sprenger (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
Intervals of Intervention: Microdecisions and the Autonomy of Cars
Lead discussants: Hui; Nyckel

Andreas Sudmann (Ruhr-University Bochum)
The Hardwired Temporalities of Deep Learning. Exploring the Nexus of Temporalities and Infrastructures in Artificial Neural Networks
Lead discussants: Gopinath; Stine

14:00–14:30 Lunch at the CRC/inhouse

14:30–15:15 Discussion of Friedrich Kittler: Time Axis Manipulation – Real-Time Analysis

15:15–16:00 Wrap-Up: Discussion of publication (current and possible contributors, tweaks to the book proposal and timeline for next steps)

Getting Around
Getting to Siegen from Frankfurt International Airport (FRA):

The easiest way to travel to Siegen main station (Hbf) is probably by train. You can buy a ticket from the airport to Siegen at the airport railway station; alternatively you can book in advance via German Rail ( A flex ticket is valid for every train on a given day, so you don’t have to worry about a particular connection.

Take the local train S 8 (direction Offenbach am Main Ost) or S 9 (direction Hanau Hbf) from platform “Regio 1” to Frankfurt Main Station (Frankfurt Hbf). This takes about 11 mins; departures are every 15 mins. The trains will most likely arrive on the lower level. Change to the ground level for long-distance connections. Take a regional train every hour at xx:21 to Siegen. The RE 98/99 trains (direction Siegen) run on even hours (12:21 Uhr, 14:21 Uhr, 16:21 Uhr) from platform 15 and are direct connections (duration 1:44 mins). The RE 30 trains run on odd hours (direction Kassel) also from platform 15 with a change in Gießen. If you’re on one of those trains, change in Gießen and take the RE 99 (direction Siegen) on platform 1.


Getting from Siegen main station to the hotel:

Getting from the hotel to the Warm-up Dinner on Thursday (Hammerhütte):

Getting from the hotel to the research center: