I am a master‘s student in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of California, Irvine. I earned my BA in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies from the University of Bremen, Germany in 2017. I am a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation (SDV) and the German-American Fulbright Foundation.
My research focuses on data and knowledge infrastructures, hacker culture, critical studies of migration and humanitarianism, as well as anthropocenic risks. In 2017, my an ethnographic study of free wireless network activism in German refugee shelters received the DARIAH-DE DH Award for emerging scholars in the digital humanities.
2017 (with Sebastian Kubitschko) Humanitarian media interventions: doing infrastructures in times of forced migration. Spheres Journal for Digital Cultures #3.
in preperation Humanitäre Medieninterventionen: Infrastrukturierung freier Datennetze in Zeiten der Fluchtmigration (working title). In Kaufmann, Nimführ, Otto & Schütte (eds.) Wie zu Flucht und mit Geflüchteten arbeiten? Reflexionslücken, Repräsentations- und Ethikfragen in Forschung und Praxis. VS Springer, 2019.
in review (with Monic Meisel) Free Wireless Network Activism and the Industrialized Media Infrastructures of Forced Migration. In: McGuirk, S & Pine A (eds.): Profit, Protest, and the Asylum Industry (forthcoming). (with Monic Meisel).
2017 Humanitarian Modulations: Doing ‚Free‘ (Media and Communication) Infrastructures in Times of Forced Migration. BA Thesis, University of Bremen. Open Access.
2018 Still “in its infancy”? Afterthoughts on the relevance of STS anchors in Germany. EASST Review Volume 37(4) 2018.
2018 (with Monic Meisel) Country Report Germany. From the shelter to the classroom: Two Case Studies Of Civic Participation Through Freifunk Berlin. Global Information Society Watch Yearbook.
2017 Vorstellung der PreisträgerInnen des DARIAH DH-Award 2017: Tim Schütz. DHd Blog.
hacking istanbul (2015)
This student documentary film takes its audience to an easily overlooked place within Turkey’s metropolis: the Istanbul Hackerspace. Based on an ethnographic approach, the aim is to shed light onto a contemporary hacker institution that proudly calls itself the ‘first in the Middle East’. The outcome are brief portraits of people and their projects that try to navigate a growingly authoritarian political climate as well as hyped up, economic visions of the future.
In the course of the film, our protagonists challenge the stereotype of hackers as criminals and data thieves. Instead, they articulate many different interpretations of what hacking as a practice can or should be. Examples include a tiny do-it-yourself detector that challenges excessive tear gas usage by Turkish police forces; learning how to program the world’s tiniest computer; or simply having a place to chat about your next start up project over a tasty ‘hacker soup’. All this, and much more, can be found in the Istanbul Hackerspace.
‘Hacking Istanbul’ was produced by Konstanze Scheidt and Tim Schütz during the autumn semester 2014/15 at Bahçeşehir University and premiered on January 22nd, 2015 at the Pera Museum, Istanbul.
beep beep (2017)
Within mainstream media, the figure of the hacker as criminal, thief and techno-outlaw is a common stereotype. What is hidden behind this representation, is the growing diversity of hacker subjectivities, projects and movements. As an ethnographic short film, ‘Beep Beep’ offers a glimpse by juxtaposing two contemporary technology communities in the Austrian capital, Vienna. On the one hand, one encounters the MetaLab, a hackerspace that has been open for over a decade, offering everything from weekly lectures, hackathons and massive laser cutting equipment. On the other, there is Mz Baltazars Laboratory, a feminist technology workshop promoting hands-on engagement with technology as highly gendered practice. Together, they enable a discussion on the future of hacker spaces that push the boundaries between tech, craftiness, artwork and the need for safe(r) spaces of encounter.
The film was shot by Victoria Paar, Sara Rahnenführer and Tim Schütz for the 2017 edition of the Ethnocineca film workshop under the theme ‘Radical Minds’. In May 2017, film was premiered as part of the Ethnocineca Documentary festival at the Votiv Cinema, Vienna.