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Former Acting Professors

Andreas Sudmann

Prof. Dr. Andreas Sudmann was Acting Professor (Vertretungsprofessor) for Spaces of Virtual Communication from October 2020 to July 2022. He is coordinator and co-applicant (alongside Anna Echterhölter, Jens Schröter, and Alexander Waibel) of the Volkswagen Foundation-funded research project "How is AI Changing Science? Research in the Era of Learning Algorithms." Since 2019 he is also director of the German Research Foundation (DFG)-funded project "Media and Infrastructures of Artificial Intelligence: Computer Vision, Transfer Learning, and Artificial Neural Networks as Black Box".


10/2020 - 07/2022 Acting Professor (Vertretungsprofessur) for Spaces of Virtual Communication, CITAS, Universität Regensburg
2020/06 – (paused since 1.10.20) Coordinator & Co-Applicant for the research group How is Artificial Intelligence Changing Science? Research in the Era of Learning Algorithms (with Anna Echterhölter, Jens Schröter and Alexander Waibel), Chair of Media Studies, University of Bonn, Planning Grant as part of the Volkswagen Foundation funding initiative Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future.
09/2019 - (paused since 1.06.20)
Director of the DFG-project "Media and Infrastructures of Artificial Intelligence: Computer Vision, Transfer Learning, and Artificial Neural Networks as Black Box", DFG-Format: Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators, awarded for the period 2019-2022
02/2017 - heute Lecturer (Privatdozent) at the Institute for Media Studies, Ruhr University Bochum 
WS 2019/2020 Visiting Professor for Media Theory, German University in Cairo
03/2019 - 06/2019

Research Fellow at the IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies, Vienna

Project: Natural Language Processing and Artificial Neural Networks: Cultures of Machine Translation. Application submitted in 2017

10/2018 - 02/2019 Acting Professor (Vertretungsprofessur) for Media Studies, specializing in Audiovisual Transfer Processes, at the University of Marburg (Deputizing for Prof. Dr. Jens Ruchatz)
05/2017 - 10/2017

Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum. Project: Deep Learning as a black box, “OpenAI” and the Internet. On the media-political dimension of machine learning.

Complete CV: https://ifm.blogs.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/index.php/institut/personen/pd-dr-andreas-sudan/


Selected Publications

Games & AI (Special Issue of Eludamos, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2019), (co-edited with Mathias Fuchs)

The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence. Net Politics in the Era of Learning Algorithms (Transcript/ Columbia UP 2019, editor)

Machine Learning. Medien, Infrastrukturen und Technologien der Künstlichen Intelligenz (Transcript 2018, co-edited with Christoph Engemann).

Serielle Überbietung. Zur televisuellen Ästhetik und Philosophie exponierter Steigerungen (Metzler 2017, also as Habilitation script, Ruhr-Universität Bochum).


Research Interests

  • Area Studies
  • Media theory and media history of artificial intelligence
  • Media ethnography and digital methods
  • Aesthetics and politics of digital and visual media
  • Media criticism
  • Documentary forms and processes
  • Transnational and transcultural media cultures


Winter Semester 2020/21

  • Medienethnographie. Konzepte zur Analyse digitaler Kulturen - Media Ethnography. Analytical Concepts for Digital Cultures
  • Wie verändert Künstliche Intelligenz die Wissenschaften? Perspektiven der Medienwissenschaft - How is AI changing Science? Media Studies perspectives
  • Dynamiken virtueller Kommunikationsräume. Analysen zum Verhältnis von Medien und Kommunikation im digitalen Zeitalter - Dynamics of Virtual Realms of Communication - An analysis of relations between media and communication in the digital age
  • Medien, Infrastrukturen und Technologien des maschinellen Lernens. Inter- und transkulturelle Perspektiven - Media, Infrastructures and Technologies of Machine Learning. Inter- and transcultural perspectives

Summer Semester 2021

  • Area Studies. Geschichte, Theorien, Methoden
  • Raumtheorien
  • Wie KI die Wissenschaften verändert
  • Digitale Ethnographie

Winter Semester 2021/22

Summer Semester 2022