After studying ›Drama, Theatre, Media‹ in Gießen, he earned his Ph.D. in Media Studies in Frankfurt/M. with a thesis on forgeries and hoaxes (published as Fälschung und Fake. Zur diskurskritischen Dimension des Täuschens). After two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the ICI Berlin, he was an Assistant Professor in the research project ›Aesthetical Figurations of the Political‹ in Luxemburg. Currently, he is Junior Professor for Media and Cultural Studies at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. He has co-edited several volumes in the book series ›Texte zur politischen Ästhetik‹, the most recent one on political animals (Politische Tiere. Zoologie des Kollektiven). He has published articles and book chapters on architecture as a medium, utopias and media, politics and media.
Martin Doll is currently working on a project on the technologization of politics/the politicization of technology in the 19th century. During his stay at Yale University, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), he is planning together with Paul North a ›Yale-Düsseldorf Working Group on Philosophy and Media‹.
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…