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Prof. Dr. Hermann Rotermund

Rheinische Fachhochschule Cologne

Hermann Rotermund

Disruption in and through the media

Digital media are the most globally influential industry today and permeate human everyday life. Their implementation is associated with gains and losses for human coexistence that can hardly be estimated yet given the early stage of development. There are also no conceptual tools available to adequately describe the current media change. With the investigation of current cultural, social and political changes, the project is linked to the question of whether a mere renewal of previous conditions is taking place or a fundamental break (disruption). In addition to media studies, the investigation also takes into account economic, political science, sociological and technological research approaches. The project pursues two goals.
On the one hand, the aim is to establish a method-critical view of research into media change and the transformation processes associated with it. On the other hand, it is about new proposals for describing cultural, social and political processes around which debates have developed. The terms public sphere, deliberation, participation, community and transparency are examples of this.

Main research areas

  • Disruption
  • Media
  • Democracy
  • Public sphere
  • Participation

Curriculum Vitae

  • From the beginning of 2013 to mid-2016, head of an EU research project (Primary Care 2.0) and substitute professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Professor of Media Studies at the Rheinische Fachhochschule Cologne since 2004
  • Twenty years working as a curator, in publishing, as a freelance author and as a project manager of digital media projects
  • Research assistant and lecturer at the University of Bremen
  • Studied sociology and German language and literature and gained a doctorate in Frankfurt am Main

Lectures and publications

  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Learning from Machines. On the Mechanical Notation of Charles Babbage. To be published in C. Engemann & A. Sudmann (eds.), Machine Learning – Media, Infrastructures and Technologies of Artificial Intelligence. Bielefeld: transcript.
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Networked societies, digital media platforms and the future of Public Service Media. To appear in G. Lowe, H. Van den Bulck & K. Donders (eds.), Public Service Media in a Networked Society. Gothenburg: Nordicom Publishers.
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Cloud TV is only half the transformation. Journal of Media Management and Media Economics, 2, 5-6.
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Transparency in German broadcasting councils. In O. Torun, C. Herzog, H. Hilker & L. Novy (Eds.), Transparenz und Finanzierung öffentlich-rechtlicher Medien / Transparency and Funding of Public Service Media. Berlin: Springer VS
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). This rejuvenation cure must fail. Six objections to ARD and ZDF’s youth programming. In C. Kappes, et al. (Eds.), Medienwandel kompakt 2014-2016 (pp. 439-442). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien.
  • Rotermund, H. & Hagen, W. (17.11.2016). Divided media world. Election campaigning against the media. Carta.info
  • Publisher of: Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture 8.1, 2017: Archives of the Digital

Prof. Dr. Hermann Rotermund

Rheinische Fachhochschule Cologne

Fellow at CAIS from August 2017 until January 2018