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 theoretical and political debates and their genealogy, the  study aims to show how political and technical elites understand and justify the appropriation and application of data-based techniques, 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.

2019: "The Internet enables organizing without organization", in: Matthias C. Kettemann and Stephan Dreyer (eds.): Busted! The Truth About the 50 Most Common Internet Myths. Hamburg: Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) (forthcoming).

Zur Konstitution der digitalen Gesellschaft. Alternative Infrastrukturen als Element demokratischer Digitalisierung, in: Isabelle Borucki, Jürgen Neyer and Michael T. Oswald (eds.): Demokratietheorie und Demokratie im Lichte des digitalen Wandels. Wiesbaden: Springer (with Daniel Staemmler, in progress).

Die digitale Konstellation – eine Positionsbestimmung, in: Isabelle Borucki and Dennis Michels (eds.): Die digitalisierte Demokratie. Special Issue, Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft. Wiesbaden: Springer (with Niklas Rakowski and Thorsten Thiel, under review).

 

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