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Tristan Thielmann

The mobile place: A digital investigation

Tristan Thielmann is Professor of Science, Technology and Media Studies at the University of Siegen in Germany. He is director of the Collaborative Research Center “Media of Cooperation” and principal investigator of the research projects “Navigation in Online/Offline Spaces” and “Scientific Media of Practice Theory”, funded by the German Research Foundation. Tristan holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies and studied Experimental Media Art. In 2008 he became a Visiting Fellow of the Software Studies Initiative at the University of California San Diego, in 2011/12 Tristan was a Visiting Fellow of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program, and in 2015 he was Visiting Fellow at RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Center.

His cross-disciplinary research explores the aesthetics, ethnomethods, histories and techniques of geomedia with a focus on wayfinding and mobile human-computer interaction. He has published books and journal issues on the history of digital displays, on the aesthetics of locative media, on media geography, actor-media theory, and the spatial turn in cultural and social sciences. In 2018 he was elected as an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. Currently he is preparing a handbook of media geography.

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