Taking approaches drawn from cultural studies and particularly from new cultural history, the network Materiality and Virtuality is dedicated to an interdisciplinary historically and anthropologically focused understanding of the interdependencies between virtual and material realities. Materiality and virtuality do not form an irreconcilable, binary opposition; rather, in our view, it is their productive interaction that produces the texture of meanings from which “realities” are made.

We assume that people generate culture in ever new processes of negotiation in the interplay of virtuality and materiality: Be it because cultural imprints are only ideationally available and order, filter, or shape human perceptions of the physical world, or, on the other hand, these ordering performances in everyday interaction with materiality decisively shape virtually generated ideas.

We proceed from the hypothesis that the mechanisms of productive entanglement of materiality and virtuality become particularly evident in times of intensified change, which are often experienced as times of crisis. Therefore, we are interested in two periods of fundamental transformations: the transition from the Middle Ages to the early modern period and the changes of the late 20th and early 21st century.

The aim of our network is to conduct cross-cultural, interdisciplinary research on reciprocal interaction between materiality and virtuality and the associated fields of conflict. Our methodological goal is to develop methods and tools for working with material and immaterial sources, to generate innovations in disciplinary engagement with virtual research data, and to develop models for testing the usability of these configurations.

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Video Recordings of the conference presentations are available on the  UniTV website.


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Christina Antenhofer | University of Salzburg

Dr.  Gruber Elisabeth | University of Salzburg

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kühberger Christoph | University of Salzburg

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kern Manfred | University of Salzburg

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arno Strohmeyer | Austrian Academy of Science

Univ.-Prof. Dr.  Georg Vogeler | University of Graz

Univ.-Prof. Dr.  Brigitta Schmidt-Lauber | University of Vienna

Univ.-Prof. Dr.  Karin Harrasser | University of Art and Design Linz

Univ.-Doz. PD MMag. Dr. Heinrich Ammerer | University of Salzburg

Univ.-Prof. Dipl. Ing.  Nikolaus Augsten, PhD | University of Salzburg

Assoz. Prof. Dr. Anna Kathrin Bleuler | University of Salzburg

Assoz. Prof. Dr. Brauer Michael | University of Salzburg

Univ.-Prof. Dr.  Marko Demantowsky | University of Vienna

Mag. Dr. Bakk.rer.nat. Dr.h.c. Univ.-Doz. Jasmine Dum-Tragut | University of Salzburg

Ass.-Prof. Dr.  Bernhard Fuchs | University of Vienna

Univ.-Prof. Dr.  Christian Heuer | University of Graz

Dr.in  Isabella Nicka | University of Salzburg

Dr.in  Sarah Kolb | University of Art and Design Linz

Dr.  Stephan Kurz | Austrian Academy of Science

Dr.  Thomas Kühtreiber | University of Salzburg

Assoz.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gottfried E. Kreuz | University of Salzburg

MMag. Dr.in  Sarah Lang | University of Graz, B.A., M.A., M.A.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.in  Jasmin Mersmann | University of Art and Design Linz

Mag.a Dr.in Lena Oetzel | University of Salzburg

Assist.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Schäler | University of Salzburg

Dr.in  Heike Schlie | University of Salzburg

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Sokolicek | University of Salzburg

Assoz. Univ.-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in  Regina Thumser-Wöhs | Johannes Kepler University, Linz

Prof. Dr.  Andreas Uhl | University of Salzburg

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Zerfaß | University of Salzburg

Ass. Prof.  Chiara Zuanni, PhD | University of Graz


DALME  Documentary Archeology of Late Medieval Europe, Harvard University/Geogetown University

 Mobility of Objects Across Boundaries, 1100-1700; University of Chester, The Open University

 Matters of Activity, Excellenzcluster Berlin