Literature, Media History, and Information Cultures (LMI)

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How have literature, art, film, and music been affected by – and affected – media technologies throughout history? We do research on the aesthetic practices of and the technological changes in society over the last 150 years. 

Literature, Art, and Media Technologies

The research group “Literature, Media History, and Information Cultures” (LMI) investigates the intersections among literature, art, and media technologies. We take an interest in how literary practices – but also other arts such as visual art, performance, film, music, and sound art – have become interlaced with the history of media. Even though there is a focus on aesthetic practices and media technologies, a number of other issues are also explored, e.g. subjectivity and identity, knowledge and power, memory and history, and agency and performativity.

Infrastructures and a Literary History of the Senses

Among the topics, fields, and problems addressed in LMI are: media ecologies, digital infrastructure, archives and databases, appropriation and remediation, inter- and transmedial work, digital and post-digital aesthetics, and the literary history of the senses. Important theoretical input and impulses come from fields such as media archaeology, new materialism, digital humanities, and Actor-Network-Theory.


The activities of the group consist of doctoral and post-doctoral research projects and research courses, workshops, symposia, and conferences. Moreover the PhD-students in LMI operate and publish Sensorium Journal.

The Research Group

Research on Language and Culture