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    Against the backdrop of an aging world population increasingly affected by a diverse range of abilities and disabilities as well as the rise of ubiquitous computing and digital app cultures, this paper questions how mobile technologies mediate between heterogeneous environments and sensing beings. To approach the current technological manufacturing of the senses, two lines of thought are of importance: First, there is a need to critically reflect upon the concept of assistive technologies as art…Read more
  • Popular Narratives of the Cochlear Implant
    with Anna Grebe and Markus Spöhrer
    In Arno Görgen, German Alfonso Nunez & Heiner Fangerau (eds.), Handbook of Popular Culture and Biomedicine: Knowledge in the Life Sciences as Cultural Artefact, Springer Verlag. pp. 229-243. 2018.
    In contemporary medical discourse as well as in the field of Disability Studies, the problems concerning the Cochlear implant gave rise to a series of controversies. While medical discourses or viscourses imply a natural process of hearing, the counterargument is that “normal hearing” is a social and cultural construction, which depends on a corresponding “thought style”. However, such constructions of normality, disability, inclusion and exclusion are not only produced or criticized by scientif…Read more
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    Musik-Filmische Teilhabekonstellationen als Partizipationsversprechen und situiertes Wissen in The Queen of Silence (2014) und And-Ek Ghes…
    Paragrana: Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie 28 (1): 153-174. 2019.
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    Against the backdrop of these works (Mitchell/Snyder and others), we propose an analysis of films with and about blind or visually disabled individuals that aims at exploring different modes of world perception. In our view, such an examination should not only discuss the question of “giving voice” and visibility to those who were formerly only represented in or by the media, or the fact that films belonging to what might be considered a “new disability documentary cinema” are dedicated to the e…Read more
  •  9
    Das hören des Cochlea Implantats
    Paragrana: Internationale Zeitschrift für Historische Anthropologie 22 (3): 408-424. 2014.
    The contribution analyses (self-)descriptions of hearing experiences articulated by cochlear implant (CI) users through internet blogs. These auto-medial testimonies (Dünne/Moser) are understood as elements of an individuation process that reciprocally produces the CI-user as well as the CI itself. The analysis therefore focuses on those acoustic effects that are established by the CI, its first activation and the further mapping or adaptation processes as well as early CI-hearing experiences an…Read more
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    Human, Non-Human, and Beyond: Cochlear Implants in Socio-Technological Environments
    with Beate Ochsner and Markus Spöhrer
    NanoEthics 9 (3): 237-250. 2015.
    The paper focuses on processes of normalization through which dis/ability is simultaneously produced in specific collectives, networks, and socio-technological systems that enable the construction of such demarcations. Our point of departure is the cochlear implant, a neuroprosthetic device intended to replace and/or augment the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sounds, the CI does the work of damaged hair cells in the inner ear by providing sound signals to t…Read more