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Re-Measuring, Re-Calculating, Re-Counting: State - Society – Religion in Transition

GUSEGG 2022 will offer a discussion of how measurements inform our lives, as individuals and as a society. Personal and political decisions are often based on numbers and their interpretation. In times of immense data collection and digitalization of information, numbers influence how individuals interact with each other and how social structures determine these interactions. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, our societies had already become “digital by default” (Hill, Betts & Gardner 2015), which has given numbers and numeric measurements even more importance. More and more aspects of life – working, learning, shopping, leisure, communication with friends and family, but also activism and political engagement – happen online. The current push for digitalization is closely linked to datafication, the increasing use of algorithms, and machine learning, which create new concerns. As Sharon Block (2020) has recently pointed out, “algorithms are a list of programmed instructions, and can be millions of lines of proprietary code, never seen or understood by end users,” leading to critical algorithms studies as a response to the impact of unknowable algorithms on individual and collective decisions and actions.


Thus, GUSEGG 2022 will address the pressing questions of how our lives are influenced by numbers, how our online and offline actions and interactions are being measured, calculated, and counted, by ourselves and others, and what this means for states, societies, and our understanding of the world. In order to develop strategies and methods to meet the challenges of our times, this summer school suggests engaging in academic contemplation and interdisciplinary exchange about our datafied world. Such investigations offer us the opportunity of developing disruptive intellectual approaches and ideas, as we can gain insights into the many forces that make us believe that the challenges we face are essential, natural, or inevitable. Therefore, the suggested analysis offers us not only an understanding of our own alliances to data on an individual, a regional, national, and global level, but also the possibility of moving from a passive position to active involvement in transformation processes. By gaining insights into how measuring, calculating, and counting work in different domains, such as politics, society, and research, we can – continuing the work of sociologist Aaron Cicourel (1964) – understand how our realities are re-measured, re-calculated, and re-counted.


Roberta Maierhofer

for the Academic Advisory Board  

How the Summer School Works

Students will deal with the relevance and effect on global affairs of Europe/EU (emphasis on Southeastern Europe) and beyond by attending the offered morning and evening lectures, panel discussions, and participating in one of the following Seminar modules in the afternoon:

  • Seminar 1 - Narratives in Archives
  • Seminar 2 - Media Archeology: Private and Public
  • Seminar 3 - From Pancakes to Donuts: Economic Models
  • Seminar 4 - Mediation and Memory: Tradition and Transformation in Jewish Life
  • Seminar 5 - Narrative Didactics as Re-Measurement
  • Seminar 6 - “When I’m 64” – Aging Masculinities in a Datified World
  • Seminar 7 - Re-Measuring Emotions/Re-Calculating Knowledge


*more information to be added in the upcoming days



Participants will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the summer school. Please note that this only confirms the participation and cannot be used for credit transfer.

Students who wish to receive 6 ECTS credits are required to participate in the full program AND to write a seminar paper. Instructions about writing a seminar paper and more information about the credits,will be distributed throughout the course of the summer school. Once students have received a positive grade, transcripts will be available. These transcripts can be used to obtain credit at the home institution.

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