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.
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.
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.)