Anna-Verena Nosthoff

Anna-Verena Nosthoff
University of Freiburg | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg · Institut für Soziologie / Universität Wien (Institut für Politikwissenschaften)

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I am currently co-director of the Data Politics Lab at HU Berlin, a teaching fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Vienna and at FU Berlin, and an affiliated researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. Most recently, I was also a research fellow at Weizenbaum Institut.

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Der Beitrag untersucht Facebook als Beispiel einer besonders eindringlichen Form „kybernetischer Gouvernementalität“. Das „soziale“ Netzwerk wird dabei als psychopolitisch wirksames System von Affekten und Aktivierungen in den Blick genommen. Vor allem soll die diesem zugrundeliegende »Sozialphysik des Anstoßes« und ihre implizite kybernetische Log...
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Following media-theoretical studies that have characterized digitization as a process of all-encompassing cybernetization, this paper will examine the timely and critical potential of Günther Anders's oeuvre visa `-vis the ever-increasing power of cybernetic devices and networks. Anders has witnessed and negotiated the process of cybernetization fr...
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Zusammenfassung: Der Beitrag untersucht in medientechnischer Perspektive Praktiken und Strukturmerkmale gegenwärtigen digitalen politischen Campaignings und beleuchtet anhand des „(Regel-)Falls Cambridge Analytica“, wie die Plattform Facebook als „Infrastruktur der Affizierung“ politische Meinungsbildungsprozesse orchestriert. In diesem Rahmen anal...
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Zusammenfassung Der Artikel analysiert den Einzug Big Techs (der Fokus liegt auf Apple und Alphabet) in den Gesundheitsmarkt und beschreibt in Anlehnung an Michel Foucault und Shoshana Zuboff das Konzept einer „überwachungskapitalistischen Biopolitik“. Ziel ist, die Ausweitung des „Datenextraktivismus“ im Gesundheitswesen und der Gesundheitsforschu...
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Der Aufsatz diskutiert das Steuerungs- und Regelungsdenken zeitgenössischer neokybernetischer Governance-Ansätze (Pentland/ Khanna/ Noveck/ Thaler & Sunstein) unter besonderer Berücksichtigung früher Modelle politischer Kybernetik. Erstere werden dabei als Weiterentwicklung kybernetischer Staatstheorien charakterisiert, wobei insbesondere deren imp...
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Die digitale Gegenwart zeichnet sich in vielerlei Hinsicht durch ein konflikthaftes Oszillieren zwischen Alteritäts-und Universalitätsansprüchen aus. Exemplarisch beanspruchen algorithmische Rationalitäten in datafizierten Gesellschaften universelle Geltung, die durch den ubiquitären Einsatz digitaler Technologien und den damit verbundenen Bedeutun...
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Ziel des Beitrages ist die differenzierende Beschreibung des Projekts Cybersyn sowie die anschließende kritische Perspektivierung ausgewählter neokybernetischer Governance-Konzepte, die in den letzten Jahren verstärkt im Policy-Kontext diskutiert wurden. Die „Entscheidungsmaschine“ Stafford Beers, die der Management-Kybernetiker unter Salvador Alle...
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Louise Amoore: Cloud Ethics. Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others Durham: Duke University Press 2020
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Abstracts (ca. 1-2 pages) for contributions (approximately 20,000–25,000 characters) from different disciplines can be sent to behemoth@mail.uni-freiburg.de by July 15, 2020. Timeline: Selection of abstracts: July 31, 2020. Submission of manuscripts: October 15th, 2020 Peer review: November 31st, 2020 Submission of revised manuscripts: January 31s...
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Is technological control taking the place of what appeared uncannily uncontrollable? Or is it itself becoming uncanny? Two seemingly contradictory narratives have shaped the history and theory of technology. The narrative of disenchantment describes how nature, experienced as something foreign and dangerous, was tamed by becoming scientific and mec...
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Shitstorms, Hate Speech oder virale Videos, die zum Klicken, Liken, Teilen bewegen: Die vernetzte Gesellschaft ist von Affekten getrieben und bringt selbst ganz neue Affekte hervor. Die Beiträge des Bandes nehmen die medientechnologischen Entwicklungen unserer Zeit in den Blick und untersuchen sie aus der Perspektive einer kritischen Affekt- und So...
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This book traces how the current wave of industrial digitalization relates to processes of domination and emancipation. It aims to counter techno-deterministic narratives that would connect a perceived new ‘industrial revolution’ with clear-cut societal consequences. In order to do this, the volume intervenes into three ongoing discussions which pe...
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The article investigates the influence of cybernetic concepts—specifically, feedback, steering, self-regulation, adaptive/autocorrective behavior—on contemporary organizational thinking. By tracing these concepts back to cybernetics, particularly the thought of Stafford Beer and Kurt Lewin, the aim is to understand the cybernetic roots of current f...
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Die digitale Technik steckt voller Widersprüche: Neue smarte Geräte wie die Apple Watch, Fitness- oder Health-Apps werden als emanzipativ gefeiert und mit den Versprechen der Unabhängigkeit, Selbstbestimmung und Freiheit aufgeladen. Doch allzu häufig formen diese Wearables eine Realität, die sich durch Überwachen, Vermessen und Tracken bestimmt. An...
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The article critically investigates various approaches to “smart” governance, from algorithmic regulation (O’Reilly), fluid technocracy (P. Khanna), “smart states” (Noveck), nudge theory (Thaler/ Sunstein) and social physics (Alex Pentland). It specifically evaluates the cybernetic origins of these approaches and interprets them as pragmatic actual...
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This article discusses the theological implications of Adorno’s writings on Beckett by specifically examining their constellative motifs of death, reconciliation, and redemption. It addresses not only their content but also their form, suggesting a mutually stimulating relationship between the two as based both on a negative-dialectical approach an...
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Various media-theoretical studies have recently characterised the fourth industrial revolution as a process of all-encompassing technicisation and cybernetisation. Against this background, this paper seeks to show the timely and critical potential of Günther Anders's magnum opus Die Antiquiertheit des Menschen vis-à-vis the ever-increasing power of...
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Various media-theoretical studies have recently characterized the fourth in- dustrial revolution as a process of all-encompassing technicization and cy- bernetization. Against this background, this paper seeks to show the timely and critical potential of Günther Anders’s magnum opus Die Antiquiertheit des Menschen vis-à-vis the ever-increasing powe...
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This study seeks to critically explore the link between sovereignty, violence and war in Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer series and Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan. From a brief rereading of Leviathan’s main arguments that explicitly revolves around the Aristotelian distinction between actuality/ potentiality, it will conclude that Hobbesian pre-contractual...
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This essay re-explores the tie between ethics and politics in the thought of French phenomenologist Emmanuel Levinas and is specifically concerned with the political consequences that might be drawn from his unique account of ethics. In response to Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani's recent reading of Levinasian politics as ethicoliberatory praxis, this e...
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Agnes Heller’s hopes concentrate on finding a potential balance between nihilism and fundamentalism. For her, fragility is an inevitable, basic constant of the human condition—to which she does not respond by proclaiming a radically arbitrary canon of values, but with an old Socratic sentence from Plato’s Gorgias: That it is better to suffer wrong...
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Die Struktur des zeitgenössischen Selbstverständnis ist vor allem von einem Begriff beherrscht – dem der „Krise”. Autoritär durchzieht er die Diskurse der Gegenwart, taucht einmal als Finanz-, Schulden-, Ukraine-, oder zuletzt als Flüchtlings-„krise” auf. Dabei ähneln politische und gesellschaftliche Reaktionen auf eine nun siebenjähri- ge Finanzmi...
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Walter Benjamin produced around eighty radio talks, dialogues, and children’s stories for Berlin and Frankfurt radio stations in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Fortunately, Radio Benjamin finally compiles Benjamin’s most important pieces in this medium. (...) Benjamin’s aim in presenting these radio works was to sharpen the listener's sociopolitic...
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This essay explores the works of German artist Gustav Metzger as a potential response to Theodor W. Adorno’s dictum “Nach Auschwitz ein Gedicht zu schreiben, ist barbarisch” (“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric”). It argues that culture, as understood in the Adornian sense, is inextricably barbaric as a result of simply being after Auschwi...
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It could be asserted that the spectre of Equaliberty (Égaliberté) has haunted Étienne Balibar’s work for decades. Early connotations avant- la- lettre can be found in his concept of citizenship as ‘temporary equilibrium’ (Balibar 1988: 724) — a key structural condition that also underpins ‘equaliberty’. The notion itself reappears throughout the en...
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This project critically investigates the current potential of the 20thcentury philosophical critiques of ‘cybernetic technopolitics’ with regard to current digitised political (dis-)orders. It explores ‘cybernetic technopolitics’ as a specific form of the technicisation of political systems that works largely on the basis of the following factors: (i) control fostered through feedback systems, (ii) the mathematisation of communication and (iii) the informatisation of socio-political systems. The first part of the project reconsiders the writings of those whose thought was the forerunner of the idea of a ‘cybernetic state’ (e.g. Deutsch’s /Lang’s oeuvres). It will show the significance of their ideas for an understanding of contemporary politics, which––as can be concluded from more general arguments concerning the ‘technological condition’ recently put forward by Tiqqun, Mersch, Galloway and others––can effectively be described as the outcome of a decade-long process of cyberneticisation. The first section of the project will also demonstrate how the core questions of cybernetics have, from its very initiation, been of a political nature, concerned, above all, with constructing order from noise through cybertechniques of governance. In the second part, cybernetic technopolitics is explored from a critical perspective. The project specifically focuses on the earliest philosophical critiques––from the first and second generation of the Frankfurt school to Arendt and Anders. It also sheds light on contemporary reactualisations of their accounts by contemporary philosophers of technology (particularly Stiegler). While the secondary literature on the genealogy of cybernetic technopolitics is only beginning to grow, a historical investigation into the writings of its critics is still missing. My project will bridge this gap to re-explore their significance for a critical approach toward contemporary (techno-) politics.