Sebastian Berg

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Contact

sebastian.berg [at] wzb.eu
Weizenbaum Institut für die Vernetzte Gesellschaft
Raum A 102
Hardenbergstraße 32
D- 10623 Berlin


Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
Research Fellow of the Research Group

Research fields

Political representation under conditions of digitalization/datafication | History of political ideas | radical and representative democratic theory | Intersections of political theory and Science & Technology Studies

Past and present of political datafication in the context of democratic representation (working title)

 Doctoral project (Supervision: Prof. Dr. Christian Volk, Free University Berlin/Jeanette Hofmann, WZB)

The project inquires the implications of data-based mediation and analysis techniques for the understanding of political representation. In the field of politics, the transforming effect attributed to digitalization is perceived in particular in the datafication of election campaigns, data-driven analyses of constituencies, or political communication via digital platforms. On the basis of a reconstruction of the theoretical debate and its genealogy, the study argues that this effect neither results from a genuine logic of digital technology, nor is it simply to be understood a form of digital domination. Rather, it has to be perceived as a matter of a changeable and contradictory appropriation in the field of politics. The political-theoretical study aims to show how political and technical elites justify the appropriation and application of this technique, to which conditions – such as the crisis of democratic representation – they react, and which ideas and understandings of democracy or representation compete for interpretive sovereignty.

Selected Publications

2018 (with Ann-Kathrin Koster): „Materielle Grenzziehungen der Demokratie – ein Tagungsbericht als Spurensuche“, on theorieblog.de.

2018: „Politisches Gestalten als Herausforderung der Digitalisierung“, in: Stalder, Wolfgang (Hrsg.): Mehr als Algorithmen? Digitalisierung in Gesellschaft und Sozialer Arbeit, Weinheim/Basel: Beltz Juventa, S. 40-48.

2018 (with Florian Eyert): „Ein neues Recht für die digitale Gesellschaft? Tagungsbericht ‚Künstliche Intelligenz und Demokratie‘ (Trier)“, on theorieblog.de.

CV

Since 12/2017

Research fellow and doctoral candidate at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, research group 12 “Democracy and Digitalization”

10/2011 – 12/2017

Studies in Political Science and Public Law at Trier University (M.A.)

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Profilbild_Sebastian-Berg_ WZB

Contact

sebastian.berg [at] wzb.eu
Weizenbaum Institut für die Vernetzte Gesellschaft
Raum A 102
Hardenbergstraße 32
D- 10623 Berlin


Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin