About Us

Mathias Denecke (M.A.) is a doctoral student at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. After completing his studies in literature, art, and media studies at the University of Konstanz, he started working on his dissertation «Flow-Calculations – Transmission Problems in Digital Cultures.» The project focuses on the talk about flows and streams. In recent cultural and media scholarly writings, the terms are often used as an argumentative resource in order to illustrate seamless transmission processes of information. Such a purposeful usage of flows and streams, the project claims, ignores underlying power structures. Recently he published the article «Flows and Streams of Data: Notes on Metaphors in Digital Cultures» (in: Burkhardt, Marcus/Shnayien, Mary/Grashöfer, Katja (ed.): Explorations in Digital Cultures. Lüneburg: meson press). Further research interests are media theory, concepts of participation, metaphor theory and media history.

Holger Kuhn works as postdoctoral researcher at the DFG research training group “Cultures of Critique” at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He is currently working on a book project on “Liquidity: The Cultural Logic of Governmentality in Contemporary Video and Film.” From 2012 to 2016 he worked at the Department of Art History at Leuphana University. Recent publications include a book on the “holy kinship” and the construction of family in early capitalism (Die Heilige Sippe und die Mediengeschichte des Triptychons, Emsdetten / Berlin: Edition Imorde, 2018) and a book on the depiction of merchants in paintings from the 16th century (Die leibhaftige Münze. Quentin Massys’ Goldwäger und die altniederländische Malerei, Paderborn: Wilhelm-Fink-Verlag, 2015).

Milan Stürmer is research associate at th DFG project Media and Participation in the subproject Elements of a Critical Theory of Media and Participation. Within the project, his research area is designated as “Economic Elements of Participation” where he works on outlining the dominant form of capital and power in relation to debt and technology. After studying Film Studies and Media and Cultural Studies (BA (Hons)) in Bristol and Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media and Cultural Theory (MA) in Lüneburg, he is now doing his PhD with the working title “Debt as Relation – The Transformation of the Capital-Form in the Context of the History of Rationality” (Supervisor: Prof Erich Hörl). His research interest is focused on the intersection between the philosphy of technology, anthropology and economics. 


This workshop is hosted by the DFG research training group Cultures of Critique and the research project Elements of a Critical Theory of Media and Participation which is part of the DFG research group Media and Participation. It is organized by Mathias Denecke, Holger Kuhn and Milan Stürmer.