I am currently a research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society – The German Internet Institute. Previously I held positions as post-doctoral researcher at Aarhus University (DK) in the project OrganiCity and worked as researcher, lecturer and science manager at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies of Freie Universität Berlin.
My research is focused on the intersections of media technologies with journalistic and communicative practice. In my current research, I am developing an analytic and theoretical model for the circulation of communicative objects to analyse the new infrastructures of publics as they emerge between online and offline networks of actors. This addresses new interdisciplinary approaches to understanding co-creation processes in publics, logics of networked systems and the intersections with organizational modes of innovation and governance.
I obtained my PhD at the Graduate School of North American Studies Berlin (2009-2014) with a dissertation on “Journalistic Practices and the Cultural Valuation of New Media”. This study laid out a theoretical framework of practice theory to describe changes in journalism and public communication as new technologies emerge. The study looked comparatively at the emergence of the penny press (1830s), the adoption of photography in journalism(1890s), and the challenge of network media to broadcast journalism (2000s). I was a visiting scholar in 2007 at Doshisha University Kyoto and have been inspired (forever) by the concept of media archaeology and film history while I was at the University of Amsterdam (2004/5).
Apart from reviewing for German and international journals, publishers and associations, I was Vice Chair of the Digital Culture and Communication Section (2014-2016) in the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). I am also founding member of the open access journal Media Theory.
- christoph [ at ] raetzsch.berlin