Carsten Ochs

PhD? Project

Simply put, my PhD? project asks the following question: “what happens in the course of an informatisation process, transforming a society, that is not (yet) informatised?“ Are people, technologies, sociocultural patterns transformed, and if so, how? In order to deal with such a question one has to do two things: first, to develop an analytical vocabulary allowing to focus on all of the three components being mentioned above at once; second, one has to do research to tackle the problem. I therefore attempt to develop heuristic tools being appropriate for the observation/description of sociocultural evolutionary processes driven by ICT from an in/between point of view, accompanied by a conceptual shift from action to inter-activity. Central to the perspective I propose is the notion of cultural programmes. In my fieldwork, I consequently pose the question: „how are new technological programmes connected to „pre-existing“ cultural ones?“ Also, I am planning to do research on the software localization project Urdu Localization Project (ULP) at the Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing (CRULP), FAST University, Lahore/Pakistan. The ULP is part of the PAN Localization Project, trying to foster computerisation processes in a couple of Asian countries. I am interested in how these processes unfold and attempt to include several dimensions of observation: technological, material, linguistic, semantic, semiotic, discoursive, political etc. As I look at software localization as being part of what might be called „global informatisation“, the whole project focuses theoretically and empirically on the production of the conditions for the emergence of global micro structures, understood as co-evolutionary process between technological and human forms, and cultural programmes.


born 1976

1999 – 2004 Magister student Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Sociology and Philosophy at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt

2004 – 2005 MA Programme Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London; you can access my Master Thesis here Attach:MasterThesis_CarstenOchs_2005.pdf

2006 – 2007 PhD? student at the Department for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt

since october 2007 PhD? student at the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen

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