Thomas Mann Fellows | 2022

Apr, May, Jun

Prof. Dr. Claus Pias | Media Studies Scholar

Foto: Privat
Foto: Privat

Prof. Dr. Claus Pias studied electrical engineering, art history, German literature and philosophy in Bonn and has taught at the universities of Bochum, Essen, Vienna and Princeton. He is professor of »History and Epistemology of Media« at Leuphana University Lüneburg and director of the »Centre for Digital Cultures« and the »Institute for Advanced Studies in Media Cultures of Computer Simulation". His research focuses on the history of media in science, technology and art. He is currently working on the temporal and epochal semantics of »digital cultures« and their and their Cold War beginnings.

Publications (Selection)

2019 | The Oxford Handbook on Media, Technology and Organization Studies, together with Beyes, T. and Holt, R.D., Oxford University Press
2017 | Nach der Revolution: Ein Brevier digitaler Kulturen, together with Beyes, T., Tempus Corporate GmbH
2016 | Cybernetics: The Macy Conferences 1946-1953. The Complete Transactions, Diaphanes Verlag
2016 | Vollstes Verständnis: Utopien der Kommunikation, gemeinsam together with Rieger, S., Diaphanes Verlag
2016 | Social Media - New Masses, together with Baxmann, I. and Beyes, T, Diaphanes Verlag

Awards (Selection)

2017 | Visiting Professor an der Princeton University
2015 | Senior Fellow am Kulturwissenschaftlichen Kolleg des Exzellenzclusters „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“ der Universität Konstanz
2010 | Senior Fellow am Internationalen Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie                 (IKKM) Weimar
2006 | Senior Fellow am Internationalen Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) Wien

Project Description

In his project “The Cold War Legacy of Digital Cultures”, Claus Pias dedicates himself to the beginnings of the talk of the digital age and its historiographical, economic, scientific and ideologic purposes and why this topic continues to shape our current discussions. In doing so, he explores the questions of when exactly the term "digital age" has been introduced and for what historical reasons.