Thomas Allmer

Thomas Allmer

My research interests are as follows:

  • Critical social theory
  • Political economy of media and communication
  • Sociology of technology
  • Digital labour and capitalism
  • Social media/digital media/Internet/new information and communication technologies and society
  • Privacy and surveillance studies
  • Academic labour
David Braunstein

David Braunstein

Magister in Psychology, BA, MA in Philosophy, PhD student in Philosophy.

Main research interests: theory of society and the question of how people organize their lives socially and economically, based on the theory of Niklas Luhmann.

Currently working on combining contemporary theories of psychology, sociology and philosophy because our modern global challenges lead us to go beyond disicplinary limitations.


Spomenka Celebic

Spomenka Celebic is a Master’s student at the University of Vienna at the Department for Cultural and Social Anthropology.

Out of the wide spectrum in the field of anthropology, her main focus remains on the contemporary society in its various perspectives. Predominantly, she is interested in rising political populist parties in Western Europe and their engagement on social media, therefore their influence on public opinion and reaching the widest audience using different tools on social media.

Moreover, using and combining both ethnographic and theoretical approach, and within her Master thesis, Spomenka is closely looking at the recent migrations from the Middle East with the emphasis on the Balkans region where the refugees find themselves in transition. This research is followed by observation of the political background, including changes in current society as well as local and international support provided for the refugees.


Gerhard Chroust

Works in the glossaLAB project.

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Annette Grathoff

I made my PhD in Biology, Chemical Ecology due to a strong interest in learning holistic approaches. When I supervised projects at the Vienna city administration for environmental services, MA 22 in 2010, it became clear that for a solid and scientifically grounded argumentation in how to organize social and environmental system administration in the future, a deep understanding of systems and information sciences is needed. 

Which difference makes a difference?  We know such differences from Physics, namely forces. In music a rhythm or a relation between frequencies can trigger a sensation. Those are only two examples for cases where we know differences which can make differences. A difference is there because it is perceptible in principle. A force can change rates and distributions…

My focus is to consider all experiences, observations and techniques from science and art in one go when working on finding answers to the question “What is making differences which can make differences?”

My approach to physical information is taking an evolutionary perspective thinking recursively and in nested networks of different kinds.


Wolfgang Hofkirchner

Works, primarily, on a new book on The Great Bifurcation. A Critical Social Systems Framework.


Sophie Huber-Lachner

Works in media production and public communication

Studied Multimedia Art at FH Salzburg and Southampton Institute, Great Britain

Completed her doctoral thesis at the ICT&S Center for Information and Communication Technologies & Society in Salzburg

Recently specialized in Digital Journalism at fjum Forum Journalismus und Medien, Vienna

Currently, she focuses on her first feature length documentary film

She is interested in "Zukunftsfähigkeit" and "Conviviality"

That's why she closely looks at projects pioneering in the fields of co-learning, co-working and co-liviing

She is a proud mother of two and describes herself as a "dialectic optimist"



Cecile Malaspina

Cecile Malaspina is the author of An Epistemology of Noise, Bloomsbury, 2018 and principal translator, with the collaboration of John Rogove, of Gilbert Simondon, On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects, Univocal Publishing / Minnesota University Press, 2016. She is member of the editorial board at Copy Press and ANGELAKI: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. Based in London, she is affiliated with the CNRS-Université Paris 7, Laboratoire SPHERE, (UMR 7219), France.



Irena Mostowicz

Designated project co-ordinator.

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Sebastian Sevignani

Sebastian's current research focuses on the following issues:

  • Critical Theory of Needs in the Digital Age: Revisiting critical theories of needs and need development. Situation need development in a critical theory of capitalism. Developing a notion of informational needs and digital needs and situating in the development of digital capitalism.
  • Writing a text book on Historical Materialism and Critical Media and Communication Theory.
  • Critical Theory of Privacy: Developing a critical, non-individualistic theory of privacy. Situation privacy in the political economy of capitalism. Pointing to social contradictions around the value and need of privacy. Researching social media users' attitudes towards privacy.
  • Understanding Digital Capitalism: What are the qualities of digital capitalism as a new form of socil formation? What is its economic structure? How is it regulated politically? Which ideologies, cultural values and represenations are specific to its social formation?

Tomáš Sigmund

Tomáš Sigmund is concerned with the relation of society and technology and man to the world in general. His areas of interest cover the topics of ethics, information ethics, system sciences, semiotics, media and phenomenology. He warns against totality in any of its manifestation and stresses respect towards otherness.

*  This list contains the names of researchers who currently, on a voluntary basis or paid, in part or in whole, work under the umbrella of The Institute for the integration of systems, information and critical social sciences or the implementation thereof, irrespective of whether or not they are Members.


Updated on 2019-09-22T17:07:03+02:00, by Wolfgang Hofkirchner.