Vita

Martin Doll started his career as an editor and journalist for German public TV. Later he studied Drama/Theatre/Media (Applied Theatre Studies) in Gießen and wrote his dissertation in Media Studies on ‘Forgeries as Practical and Immanent Criticism’.

He taught as Guest Lecturer at the University of Gießen and Frankfurt, and was Research Fellow within the PhD programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) ‘Zeiterfahrung und ästhetische Wahrnehmung’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He currently prepares a research project on ‘media and community’ with a focus on literary and social utopias in the 19th century.

Medien der
Gemeinschaft

ICI Project 2008-10

The project analyzes concepts of ‘community’ and their tensile connections to the advent of historically ‘new’ electronic media. How do structures of communication affect structures of political participation, and visa versa? In trying to answer this question, the project aims to unearth ‘past futures’ that have been consigned to the trash heap of history and to reevaluate their place in the history of political thought, as well as their potential today. The project is especially concerned with seemingly marginal discourses like, for example, journalistic texts, which neither entered the media studies canon nor lead to the birth of generally accepted concepts like ‘the network’.

Thus the project aims to shed light on the tensions between a whole range of discursively constructed dualisms within the gravitational fields of social actors, imagined collective subjects and media devices: e.g. collectivization/particularization, participation/exclusion, centralization/decentralization, unilaterality/multilaterality, authority/anarchism, control/freedom, economy/gift…