writing & collaborating

:::: johanna niesyto 

My key interests cover globalisation, public spaces, knowledge production, democracy, political campaigns, contentious politics, digital culture and social web. In my thesis I looked at Wikipedia as a  public space of political knowledge production. 

Doing public means to open up my research, to connect to others with similar research agendas. Doing public is not only about media content reaching audiences but first of all about communicative interactions between the members of decentred publics. Doing public grasps the active and passive actions through which people connect to the other, the public, the political and thus create meaning, knowledge and (counter)discourse.

In this vein am I collaborated with members of the Institute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam (Geert Lovink, Sabine Niederer), The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore (Nishant Shah, Sunil Abraham) and Nate Tkacz  (University of Melbourne, Australia) on the project ‘CPoV’ (Critical Point of View) that aims to investigate and foster critical research into Wikipedia. We have organized several events and published an edited book. For a fresh summary of the initiative see this signpost-interview with Nate Tkacz and me.

:::: publications

forthcoming

Die minimale Politik der Wikipedia. Dissertation.

together with Veronika Kneip: Künstler- und Sozialkritik im Netz: Vom Rezipienten zum aktiven User? In: Annemone Ligensa and Daniel Müller (eds): Re:Zeption. Die andere Seite der Medienumbrüche. Bielefeld: transcript.

Cyberfeminism on the German-speaking net: Contestation beyond binary code, in: Kristina Schulz (ed), The Women’s Liberation Movement: Impacts and Outcomes, Cambridge and New York: Berghahn Books.

2016

Media Campaigning, in: Kathrin Fahlenbrach, Martin Klimke, and Joachim Scharloth (eds.), Protest Cultures: A Companion, Cambridge and New York: Berghahn Books, 372-381.

2012

Konsens in zwei Sprachversionen. Wissenskulturen in der en- und de-Wikipedia. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

2011

A Journey from Rough Consensus to Political Creativity: Insights from the English and German Language Wikipedias. In Geert Lovink and Nathaniel Tkacz (eds): Critical Point of View:  Wikpedia Reader. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 139-158.

together with Dror Kamir: User DrorK: A Call for a Free Content Alternative for Sources. An interview with Dror Kamir. In Geert Lovink and Nathaniel Tkacz (eds): Critical Point of View:  Wikpedia Reader. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 288-295.

together with Mundo Yang und Sigrid Baringhorst: Politische Partizipation im Social Web. Das Beispiel nachhaltiger Konsumkritik im Social Web. In: Forum Wissenschaft & Umwelt 14, S. 144-149.

Digitalized Anti-Corporate Campaigns: Towards a New Era of Transnational Protest?  In: Hara Kouki and Eduardo Romanos (eds): Protest beyond Borders: Contentious Politics in Europe Since 1945. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 103-121.

2010

together with Sigrid Baringhorst, Veronika Kneip, Annegret März: Unternehmenskritische Kampagnen. Protest im Zeichen digitaler Kommunikation. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

together with Sigrid Baringhorst and Veronika Kneip: Unternehmenskritische Kampagnen im Netz. Zum Wandel von Protest- und Medienkulturen. In Andreas Hepp et al.: Medienkultur im Wandel. Konstanz: UVK, 385-400.

2009

Virtualized Campaigning for Europe: Towards Reinvigoration of European Public Sphere(s)? In: Sigrid Baringhorst, Veronika Kneip and Johanna Niesyto (eds): Political Campaigning on the Web. Bielefeld: transcript, 93-119.

Interview with Geert Lovink: A Plea for More Experiments and Creativity in Political Laboratories. In: Sigrid Baringhorst, Veronika Kneip and Johanna Niesyto (eds): Political Campaigning on the Web. Bielefeld: transcript, 257-272.

together with Katarzyna Gajewska: Organizing campaigns as ‚revitalizer’ for trade unions? The example of the Lidl Campaign. In: Industrial Relations Journal. vol. 40,2, 156-171.

together with Sigrid Baringhorst and Veronika Kneip (eds): Political Campaigning on the Web. Bielefeld: transcript.

together with Veronika Kneip: Digitalisierte Kampagnenöffentlichkeiten als sich vernetzende Öffentlichkeiten. In Gerhard Banse et al. (eds): Neue Medien und kulturelle Vielfalt. Konzepte und Praktiken. Berlin: trafo, 139-155.

2008

Europäische Öffentlichkeit im Internet. In: Navigationen, vol . 8, 2, 27-47.

2007

together with Sigrid Baringhorst and Veronika Kneip: Anti-Corporate Campaigns – Netzöffentlichkeit als Arena politischen Protests. In: Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen, vol. 20, 3, 49-60.

together with Sigrid Baringhorst, Veronika Annegret März, and Johanna Niesyto (eds): Politik mit dem Einkaufswagen. Unternehmen und Konsumenten in der globalen Mediengesellschaft, Bielefeld: transcript.

together with Sigrid Baringhorst and Veronika Kneip: Wandel und Kontinuität von Protestkulturen seit den 1960er Jahren. Eine Analyse ausgewählter Anti-Corporate Campaigns. In: Sigrid Baringhorst, Veronika Annegret März, and Johanna Niesyto (eds): Politik mit dem Einkaufswagen. Unternehmen und Konsumenten in der globalen Mediengesellschaft, Bielefeld: transcript, 109-136.

together with Veronika Kneip: Politischer Konsum und Kampagnenpolitik als nationalstaatliche Steuerungsinstrumente? Das Beispiel der Kampagne Echt gerecht. Clever kaufen. In: Sigrid Baringhorst, Veronika Annegret März, and Johanna Niesyto (eds): Politik mit dem Einkaufswagen. Unternehmen und Konsumenten in der globalen Mediengesellschaft, Bielefeld: transcript, 155-180.

Review: Der Bürger zwischen Politik und Konsum. Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen, vol. 20, 2, 216-217.

Europäische Öffentlichkeit@Internet. Politische Öffentlichkeitsarbeit am Beispiel des Internetportals der EU. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

:::: conference papers/presentations (selection)

2010

Wikipedia as Translingual Space. Conference ‘WikiWars‘. Institute of Network Cultures and The Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, January 12-13, 2010.

Experiences with tools across the EN and DE language versions. Workshop ‘WikiAnalytics’. Digital Methods Initiative, Amsterdam, March 25, 2010.

together with Mundo Yang: Methodological Challenges. Analyzing Consumer-Related Protest Cultures on the Social Web. University of Siegen, March 29-30, 2010.

Digital Research Infrastructures: What to Learn from Wikipedia (Critique)? Le Numérique Éditorial et Sa Gouvernance: Entre Savoirs et Pouvoirs. Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, April 28-30.

Exploring Wikipedia as Translingual Space. Research Workshop “Transnational Cultures in Europe”. Organized by the Chair of Comparative Cultural Sociology (Prof. Christian Lahusen) and the Chair of Modern History (Prof. Angela Schwarz), Siegen, June, 10-11, 2010.

Politik der Wissensproduktion in der Wikipedia. Workshop Wissen im Politikprozess und Politik der Wissensproduktion, DVPW-Arbeitskreis “Politik und Technik”, Darmstadt, June, 15-16, 2010.

Wikipedia – Translingual Space of Politics of Knowledge Production and Political Knowledge Production. Doctoral Symposium 2010: WikiSym, 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, Gdansk, July, 7-9.

Categories applied to open collaboration. Workshop “Reviewing and challenging socio-political approaches in the analysis of open collaboration and collective action online”. WikiSym, 6th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, Gdansk, July, 7-9.

2009

Cultures of Publics on the Web: “United in Diversity“ on the Wikipedia? Conference ‘Shaping Europe in a Globalized World? Protest Movements and the Rise of a Transnational Civil Society’, University of Zurich, Department of German, June 23-26, 2009.

together with Sigrid Baringhorst and Veronika Kneip: Anti-Corporate Campaigns on the Web: Changing Protest and Media Cultures. DGPuK Jahrestagung, University of Bremen,  April, 29-May, 1, 2009.

together with Veronika Kneip: Consumer Protest Politics on the (Social) Web: Doing Democracy beyond borders? ecpr conference, University of Potsdam, September 5-12, 2009.

2008

Why Conflicts represent a Chance for a Europeanization of the Public Spheres and Why the Net should be Investigated. 2nd ECPR Graduate Conference, Universitat Autonòma Barcelona, 25.-27.08 2008.

Online European Public Spheres: From Consensus to Contestation and back.  PhD workshop with Roland Robertson and Martin Albrow at the University of Siegen, 03.06.2008.

together with Veronika Kneip: Social and Artistic Critique: Two Different Ways of Participatory Politics on the Net? ‘Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference ‘ hosted by the New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, 17.04.-18.04.2008.

2007

Transnational Anti-Corporate Campaigns on the Net. Workshop ‘Webcampaigning @ public sphere(s)’, Universität Siegen, 09.11.2007.

together with Veronika Kneip: Interconnectivity of the ‘public of publics’ – The example of Anti-Corporate Campaigns. Conference ‘Changing politics through digital networks. The role of ICTs in the formation of new social and political actors and actions’ hosted by the Faculty of Political Science, University of Florence, 05.10.-06.10.2007.

Comparative Study of Transnational Anti-Corporate Campaigns – Research Design and Preliminary Results. Workshop ‘Campaign Analysis in a Globalizing World’ hosted by SFB 536 “Reflexive Modernization” and the Chair of Comparative Politics of the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science, LMU Munich at Starnberger See, 27.04.-28.04.2007.

Networking Campaigns – Towards a New Era of Transnationalism? Workshops ‘European Protest Movements’ at the Martin-Luther-University Halle. 22.11. – 25.11.2006, and at the University of Zurich 07.03.-10.03.2007.

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  1. Governance in Times of Change « OPEN REFLECTIONS - May 6, 2010

    […] Johanna Niesyto took a critical look at the governance structures underlying the DARIAH project from the viewpoint of Wikipedia-critique. This critical assessment of Wikipedia was discussed thoroughly during the conference Critical Point of View, which was held the month before in Amsterdam and was organized by the Institute of Network Cultures. Niesyto explored what we can learn from Wikipedia (critique). What is the relationship between science, infrasctructure and Wikipedia? Niesyto goes beyond the well-known critique that Wikipedia is ‘anti-academic’ as she looks at the actual medium and the infrastructure by which it is governed. As Niesyto points out, Wikipedia adheres to the NPOV-principle (Neutral Point of View (verifiability, reliable sources). She calls this ‘a forced marriage between Wikipedia and science’. This means governance policies are already built in into Wikipedia, its policies are full of signifiers. Another principle is the NOR-principle (No Original Research). Wikipedia does not want to be about new research but wants to represent it. Furthermore Wikipedia sees itself as a research infrastructure where it actively asks academics to add to Wikipedia to enhance its quality. […]

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