Fellow Prof. Dr. Hermann Rotermund

Hermann Rotermund
Prof. Dr. Hermann Rotermund

University of Applied Science, Cologne

  Fellow at CAIS from August 2017 to January 2018

Disruption in and by the media

Digital media constitute the most influential industry in the world today, and they permeate our everyday lives. This entails both gains and losses for human coexistence; given the early stage of development, these gains and losses can barely be estimated yet. Nor is there available the conceptual toolkit to describe adequately the current media changes. This project combines the investigation of current cultural, social and political changes with the question of whether there is taking place a mere renewal of previous relationships or indeed a fundamental break (disruption). Besides research approaches from media studies, the project also uses those from economics, political science, sociology, and the technical sciences.

The project pursues two goals. First, to establish a methodologically critical view of research on media change and the transformation processes associated with it. Second, to propose new ways of describing cultural, social and political processes that have attracted debate, exemplified by concepts such as public sphere, deliberation, participation, community, and transparency.

Main Research Topics
  • Disruption
  • Media
  • Democracy
  • Public sphere
  • Participation
Curriculum Vitae
  • Early 2013 to mid-2016: Head of an EU research project (Public Service Media 2.0) and substitute professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Since 2004: Professor for Media Studies at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne
  • Twenty years as a curator, publisher, freelance author, and project manager of digital media projects
  • Research assistant and teaching posts at the University of Bremen
  • Studies in sociology and German; doctorate in Frankfurt am Main
Publications and presentations
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Von Maschinen lernen. Zur Mechanical Notation von Charles Babbage. Erscheint in C. Engemann & A. Sudmann (Hrsg.), Machine Learning – Medien, Infrastrukturen und Technologien der Künstlichen Intelligenz. Bielefeld: transcript.
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Networked societies, digital media platforms and the future of Public Service Media. Erscheint in G. Lowe, H. Van den Bulck & K. Donders (Hrsg.), Public Service Media in a Networked Society. Göteborg: Nordicom Publishers.
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Cloud-TV ist erst die halbe Transformation. Zeitschrift für Medienmanagement und Medienökonomie, 2, 5-6.
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Transparenz in deutschen Rundfunkräten. In O. Torun, C. Herzog, H. Hilker & L. Novy (Hrsg.), Transparenz und Finanzierung öffentlich-rechtlicher Medien / Transparency and Funding of Public Service Media. Berlin: Springer VS
  • Rotermund, H. (2017). Diese Verjüngungskur muss scheitern. Sechs Einwände gegen das Jugendangebot von ARD und ZDF. In C. Kappes, et al. (Hrsg.), Medienwandel kompakt 2014–2016 (S. 439-442). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien.
  • Rotermund, H. & Hagen, W. (17.11.2016). Gespaltene Medienwelt. Wahlkampf gegen die Medien. Carta.info
  • Herausgeber von: Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture 8.1, 2017: Archives of the Digital