Current and Past Events

Wintersemester 2022/23, every Thursday, 6:15pm - 7:45pm at Audimax
Lecture Series: "always on" - Alltagsmedien und digitale Kulturen [Everyday Media and Digital Cultures]

Whether social networks, news feeds, video chats, voice assistants or wearables - never before have digital media been so strongly integrated into our own everyday life and culture. These media have to prove themselves in everyday life. As digital everyday media, they perform familiar, useful functions and at the same time change existing everyday cultures in a sustainable way. For example, maps and phones are evolving into "Google Maps" and "Google Pixel" through processes of convergence, datafication, commodification and selection. Such change involves far-reaching technical and cultural innovations, but is also accompanied by social, political, and economic frictions.
The lecture series is dedicated to this creeping as well as radical change through case analyses, historical classifications, media theoretical meditations and practical everyday reflections. On the one hand, we look at technical media from the perspective of their everyday use and examine them in the context of digitalization. In addition, we explore the question of the extent to which everyday life itself functions as a medium that mediates between social structures and technical infrastructures on the one hand and individual actions and material apparatuses on the other. Thus, the 'medium of everyday life' reveals whether and how new gadgets can establish themselves culturally.
All students and employees of the JGU are cordially invited to attend the lecture series.


Tuesday, November 15th 2022, 10.00am - 12.30pm
Online-Workshop: "Hatespeech online widersprechen" [Countering Hatespeech Online]
Right-wing argumentation, fake news and racist hate speech have become commonplace on the Internet. (Extreme) right-wing groups and individuals have long since appropriated social networks to place themselves in debates and thus shift discourses. Here it becomes clear how important it is to show one's colors in different online situations and to dispute the space for right-wing demagogy, especially when it involves seemingly harmless statements.
This online seminar provides an introduction to dealing with situations in virtual space: whether discussions with friends, forum debates or student Facebook groups - the speakers present which communication situations can be distinguished and which options for action they offer us. Discuss, position, display? The participants will sharpen their awareness of how they can and want to act meaningfully in these situations.
On the level of argumentation, a selection of typical right-wing argumentation patterns as well as own counter-strategies will be dealt with, which can then be tried out.
The online seminar alternates between audiovisual inputs and various text-based discussion methods.
The number of participants is limited.
The event flyer including contact and registration link can be found here.


Current Issue
montageAV: "Messy Images"

"In late 2020, an editor at this magazine [montage AV] posted two flawed, distorted photos on her Instagram profile after her smartphone camera was suddenly only able to produce severely distorted shots. While a third of the image's surface showed the photo's subject cracked, pale, blurry, and barely recognizable, the rest degenerated into a grid landscape, albeit one plowed through with color, devoid of reference. Amidst the glossy filtered photo collections that make Instagram so popular, the two images seemed at times incongruous, at others unexpectedly raw and unruly, perhaps artsy, but in any case somehow remarkable. Shortly thereafter, amused and concerned followers came forward to inquire about the well-being of the crashed device and its owner, or to see the images as a symptom of the crisis-ridden pandemic year 2020.

But the images (or rather the networked image practices of disruption, documentation, sharing, and commenting that can be seen on the cover of this issue) cannot only be interpreted as an allegory of crisis. They act at the same time as elusive phenomena of contemporary visual culture, which we would tentatively describe as messy. With the establishment of broadband Internet access, smartphones, apps, as well as everyday forms of communication such as GIFs and memes, since the beginning of the 21st century not only has a previously hardly imaginable number of images and image forms emerged. As a result, the impression of a new messiness and great disorder (Stalder 2016, 114 ff.), which we try to further outline as the messiness of digital cultures, has also condensed. We refer to certain types of images in the digitally networked media environments of the present as messy images that challenge visual orders. Messy images emphasize the moment of the messy and unclear, the ambiguous and exuberant, but equally the inappropriate and unpredictable in the visual worlds of social networks, commercial video platforms, and obscure image boards."
- unofficial translation from the editorial of the current issue of montageAV, edited by Laura Katharina Mücke, Olga Moskatova and Chris Tedjasukmana.
For an overview of the entire issue, visit the homepage of montageAV.


Thursday, January 20th 2022 & Friday, January 21st 2022
International Online Conference: „ACTIVATING ATTENTION – Political Videos on Social Media”
Conference of the research project “Attention Strategies of Video Activism on the Social Web”, co-organized by Prof. Dr. Chris Tedjasukmana. The goal of the conference is to stimulate discussions among scholars, artists, and activists about the role that political videos, and video activism in particular, can play in current and future political discourses.
More information and the possibility to register can be found on the project's homepage.


until Sunday, December 12th 2021
Open Call for Participation at the Film- und Medienwissenschaftlichen Kolloquium 2022
The Film and Media Studies Colloquium (FFK) is a non-institutionalized, specialist conference that has taken place every year since 1988. The 35th FFK 2022 will be hosted for the first time by the mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna / Film Academy Vienna and will take place from 31.03. to 02.04.2022 online.
Participation in FFK 2022 is not subject to any thematic commitment; the registration deadline is December 12, 2021. Proposals for presentations, panels, and workshop/alternative exchange formats, as well as registrations for participation without a presentation, should be sent as a Word file by this deadline to
Further information on the participation process and the colloquium itself can be found in this document and on the homepage of the Vienna Film Academy.


Wednesday, 22nd September 2021 - Saturday, 25th September 2021
2021 Annual Conference of the Society for Media Studies debating Knowledge Ecology
Hosted by the Institute for Media, Society and Communication at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Chris Tedjasukmana contributes, among others, in the panel "More than Scientific Freedom. Theoretical Perspectives on the Debate about 'Cancel Culture'".
More info including the opportunity to sign up can be found on theevent poster and on the website.


until Monday, 1st November 2021
Call for Papers by the Montage AV journal (Nr. 31/01/2022)
Topic: Messy Images - Disorders of networked images
More information in German and English
In case of questions, arrangements, suggestions and submissions, please mail to Chris Tedjasukmana (, Laura Katharina Mücke ( and Olga Moskatova (


New publication
Guido Kirsten (Ed.) & Chris Tedjasukmana (Ed.):
Klassische Filmtheorien (Classical Film Theories)
Current issues from the silent film era, the Hollywood era and post-WWII film.
With contributions by Guido Kirsten, Karl Sierek, Chris Tedjasukmana, Margrit Tröhler, Daniel Wiegand, Matthias Wittmann and Barbara Wurm.
Please order via Ventil Verlag. Any information can be found on the publisher's homepage.


Dienstag, 06.07.2021
12:15 Uhr

Dana Kanin & Charlotte Peters (Voices4 Berlin):
Social Media in queer Activism
Registration via mail to
Overview of all guest lectures in the summer semester 2021


Thursday, 24th June 2021
6.15 PM

Sascha Simons (Uni Bonn):
Tracking - Data Forensics and Digital Indexicality
Registration via mail to
Overview of all guest lectures in the summer semester 2021


Tuesday, 22nd June 2021
12.15 PM

Cecilia Valenti (The Canine Condition):
Curating as a Collective
Registration via mail to
Overview of all guest lectures in the summer semester 2021


Thursday, 27th May 2021
10.15 AM

Jean Peters (Peng!-Kollektiv)
Tactical Media und Hacktivism
Registration via mail to
Overview of all guest lectures in the summer semester 2021


Thursday, 20th May 2021
10.15 AM

Christoph Günther (JGU Mainz):
Jihadism on the Internet
Registration via mail to
Overview of all guest lectures in the summer semester 2021


Tuesday, 18th May 2021
12.15 PM

Benjamin Wihstutz (JGU Mainz):
Theater, Politics and Witnessing
Registration via mail to
Overview of all guest lectures in the summer semester 2021




Friday, 23rd April 2021 - Sunday, 25th April 2021
[Stage] Occupations - Masterclass / Symposium on "Der Müll, die Stadt und der Tod"
Click here to access flyer with information on how to sign up.


Wednesday, 24th March 2021 - Friday, 26th March 2021
34th Film and Television Studies Colloquium - at the Bauhaus University Weimar & Online
To sign up, please mail to: