Organization

Mira Keßler is a a PhD fellow at the Graduate School MEDAS21, funded by the VW Foundation. She holds an M.A. in Media Studies from Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen. She also worked as a filmmaker, media educator and journalist. Her research interests include journalism training, research on differences, constructive approaches, teaching & education, identity, postcolonialism, ethnography and qualitative methods.

Sarah Rüller is a researcher at the Collaborative Research Center 1187 – Media of Cooperation and a PhD candidate at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media, both at the University of Siegen, Germany. She is conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Palestine and Morocco and her research focuses on the interdependence of infrastructures and forms of publicness, as well as on social innovation and community learning.

Konstantin Aal is a PhD candidate and research associate at the CRC 1187 – Media of Cooperation and at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media, University of Siegen. He is part of come_IN, a research project which founded several computer clubs for children and their relatives including refugees. Over the past years, he conducted research in various settings, ranging from refugee camps in the West Bank, over developing a lion alert system in Botswana and establishing a media space in the High Atlas. His current research focuses on technology appropriation by local communities in the Global South and how this kind of technology is and can be used for activism.

Andrea Hartmann is a student assistant at the Collaborative Research Center 1187 – Media of Cooperation at the University of Siegen, Germany. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and is currently in her graduate studies in Social Work and in her undergraduate studies in Social Science. She is working as a social worker for refugees and people with a migration background. In 2019, she took a field trip to a Yezidi refugee camp in Kurdistan, Iraq, to learn more about the school system and people’s daily life.