Konferenzen – Tagung/Konferenz

Varieties of Cooperation. Mutually Making the Conditions of Mutual Making

2nd annual conference of the Collaborative Research Center “Media of Cooperation” November 23-25, 2017 at the University of Siegen, Germany

  • Zeitraum: 23.11.2017 – 25.11.2017
  • Institution: Universität Siegen
  • Ort: Siegen / Deutschland

About the Conference

The second annual conference of the Collaborative Research Centre “Media of Cooperation” brings together researchers interested in studying the manifold realizations of cooperative practices from a variety of scholarly backgrounds. The conference understands cooperation in broad terms as any form of mutual making, in which goals, means, and procedures are seen as ongoing accomplishments. From the exchanges of goods or information, to the interactions between bodies or organizations, and the coordination between colleagues, competitors, friends or foes. Mutually making the conditions of mutual making entails translating heterogeneous interests, negotiating conflicting values and articulating distributed activities. On the one hand, the individual papers and sessions of the conference will cover different notions and concepts of cooperation in diverse fields of study: from the mundane cooperation of everyday life to collective endeavors within specific domains. On the other hand, the contributions share a focus on the practices of making cooperation possible through cooperatively creating the conditions for cooperation itself. Seeing cooperative media both as a condition and consequence of cooperation, the conference will shed light on a general feature of media, technologies and instruments that both enable and constrain the collaboration between heterogeneous social worlds, with and without consensus.

In order to connect the broad variety of cooperations in the empirical projects that share the analytic focus on cooperatively creating the conditions of cooperation, the conference aims to map the diversity of cooperative practices along three analytic dimensions: scaling, composing and monitoring. These dimensions do not fix cooperation as a neatly defined unit, but allow for the empirical and conceptual comparisons of diverse and messy, sometimes consensual and sometimes conflicting, occurings of cooperation.


Cooperation varies depending on its size and duration. Some forms of cooperation occur in short sequences, in physical co-presence and with no more than two entities involved. Others span decades, are performed on a global scale by states and large organizations. Of course, many forms of larger-scale cooperation depend on forms of smaller-scale cooperation – and the other way around. We are interested in which ways such different scales of cooperations require and produce different media of cooperation.


The second dimension touches on the first. Cooperation also varies according to the entities it is composed of and their relations. There are elementary forms of cooperation that lie at the base of every social interaction. They occur whenever two entities come in contact with each other and commence in some form of mutual adjustment. Other forms of cooperation may be strategically planned, involving many heterogeneous entities that need to be aligned along a specific cooperative purpose. Again, naturally occurring cooperation and purposefully created cooperation often run side by side, but we suspect they also differ in the cooperative media being created and used.


Cooperation necessarily includes multiple ways of mutual monitoring. The cooperative activities may be open and transparent, but they may also be incidental, unnoticed or clandestine. This extends to the question in how far participating in cooperation is deliberate, unwitting or unwanted. If cooperative media support forms of cooperation that lack shared goals and allow for cooperation without consensus, this requires us to ask questions about control, domination and power inscribed in media as a consequence and condition of cooperation.

The diversity of cooperation will be opened up in seven panels. We will discuss large and small scale cooperation, in different compositions and varying patterns of monitoring cooperation, incidental and volatile as well as planned and durable cooperation in its historical and contemporary forms and how they all can be seen through the lens of mutually making the conditions of mutual making:

  • implementing information systems in enterprises,
  • understanding repositories in cooperation in digital media,
  • cooperating through data in the e-humanities,
  • doing da sein as cooperative accomplishment,
  • being lost in cooperation in social media,
  • addressing cooperating bodies,
  • discussing academics in cooperation.

Conference Program

Thursday 23rd Nov. 2017

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00
Opening and Welcome

10:00 - 11:00
Keynote 1 | Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (Berlin)

Cooperation in the Sciences: Remarks from the Perspective of an Historical Epistemology of Experimentation.

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00
Panel 1 | Implementing Information Systems

Chair: t.b.a

Christian Henrich-Franke (Siegen): From Dahlbruch to the World: Organizing a Company for International Markets in the 1960s.

Laura Meneghello (Siegen): Pneumatic Mail in Enterprises.

Laura Elsner (Siegen): Enterprise Communication in the 1980s based on ISDN.

13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 16:00
Panel 2 | Repositories in Cooperation

Chair: Sebastian Gießmann (Siegen)

Christine Hanke (Bayreuth): Tables and Databases – Multiple Infrastructures of Appropriation and Accessibility.

Florian Hoof (Frankfurt/M.): Standardizing Uncertainty: Digital Streaming Platforms.

Axel Volmar (Siegen): Formats as Media of Cooperation. Some Thoughts on Format Theory.

16:00 - 16:30
Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:30
Panel 3 | Cooperating through Data

Chair: Annette Strauch (Siegen)

Annette Strauch, Matthias Razum (Siegen, Karlsruhe): Research Data Management for the Collaborative Research Centre 1187 and Research Data Repositories.

Stefan Wesner (Ulm): Technological Challenges for a Sensible Research Data Management for the Social Sciences and Digital Humanities, Example: Replay‐DH.

Francesca Morselli, Timo Gnadt (Göttingen): Technological Challenges for a Sensible Research Data Management for the Social Sciences and Digital Humanities, Example: DARIAH‐EU.

Gaia Mosconi, Matthias Korn (Siegen): Doing Data. Mundane Ways of Coping with Research Materials.

from 19:30

Conference Dinner

Friday 24th Nov. 2017

09:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 12:00
Panel 4 | Doing Da Sein

Chair: Erhard Schüttpelz (Siegen)

Simone Pfeifer (Mainz): Mediating Absence and Presence in Transnational Social Relationships.

Ehler Voss (Siegen): “It Sounds Like at Least Three People Here.” Practices of Sensory Evidence Among Ghost Hunters in the US.

Ivan Tchalakov (Plovdiv): The “Scar Tissues” of Research Experience: Tracing Back the Intercorporealities that Bring in the ‘Not Yet’ There.

Bina Mohn, Pip Hare, Astrid Vogelpohl, Erik Wittbusch (Siegen): Sometimes There, Sometimes Not: Children in Families with Smartphones vis-à-vis Ethnographers with Cameras.

12:00 - 13:30

13:30 – 15:00
Panel 5 | Lost in Cooperation

Chair: Mundo Yang (Siegen)

Thilo Hagendorff (Tübingen): Information Control and Trust in the Context of Digital Technologies.

Niklas Barth (München), Martin Stempfhuber (Würzburg): Facebook’s Secretaries. (Un-)Desired Practices of Order.

David Waldecker, Kathrin Englert, Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer, Oliver Schmidtke (Siegen): On (Not) Being Lost in

15:00 - 15:30
Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00
Panel 6 | Cooperating Bodies

Chair: Clemens Eisenmann (Siegen)

Asta Cekaite (Linköping): Social touch and ‘carnal subjectivity’: Coordination of affection and control in embodied social interaction.

Marén Schorch & Claudia Müller (Siegen): Negotiation and Presentation of Bodily Perception and Performance in the Design of Supportive Technologies for Older Adults.

Larissa Schindler (Mainz): Entangling Bodies and Things in the Air.

17:30 - 18:00
Coffee Break

18:00 - 19:00
Keynote 2 | Alexa Färber (Hamburg)

Temporalising Mutuality: Explorations in the Workings of the Promise.

from 19:30
Conference Dinner

Saturday 25th Nov. 2017

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 11:00
Panel 7 | Academics in Cooperation

Chair: Christian Erbacher (Siegen)

Albert Müller (Wien): Cooperation among Cyberneticians

Natascha Gruver (Wien, Berkeley): Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Philosophy: a Case Study and some Reflections.

Thomas Wallgren (Helsinki): Socratic-Wittgensteinian Philosophy as True Politics.

11:00 - 11:15
Short Break

11:30 - 12:30
Panel Discussion | Talking Cooperation

Chair: Ehler Voss (Siegen)

Collaborative review of the conference with principal investigators and open to participants of the conference: Sigrid Baringhorst (Siegen), Alexa Färber (Hamburg), Christian Henrich-Franke (Siegen), Claudia Müller (Siegen), Erhard Schüttpelz (Siegen), Volker Wulf (Siegen), Martin Zillinger (Siegen)

12:30 - 13:00
Closing and Refreshments

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