August 2019

What Problem Does Digitalisation Solve?

Digital technology has revolutionised the world in just a few years: our relationships, our work and even the results of elections – everything seems to follow completely different rules. For sociologist Armin Nassehi, a certain technology is only successful if it solves a fundamental problem. So if digitalisation succeeds in unfolding its potential for change, the question is: What problem does digitisation solve? Among other things, the answer will point out that modern society can be called “digital” in a peculiar way even before the advance of computer technology.

Armin Nassehi is Professor of Sociology at LMU Munich and editor of the cultural journal "Kursbuch"; he researches and teaches in the areas of sociology of culture, political sociology, sociology of religion as well as sociology of knowledge and science. His sociology is mainly based on Niklas Luhmann’s systems theory. Nassehi’s next book “Muster. Theorie der digitalen Gesellschaft [Pattern. Theory of the Digital Society]” will be published at the end of August.


6:30 p.m.   Doors open
7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.   Welcome and introduction
7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   “What Problem Does Digitalisation Solve?” Armin Nassehi (LMU Munich)
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   Moderated discussion and questions from the audience
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Get-together
The event will be held in English and simultaneously translated into German. For press accreditation, please contact Christian Grauvogel.

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Making Sense of the Digital Society

The current rapid pace of technological change creates enormous uncertainties – and thus the need for explanations that help us better understand our situation and shape the future. The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) are therefore continuing the Lecture Series Making Sense of the Digital Society that was launched in 2017. The aim of the format is to develop a European perspective on the current processes of transformation and its societal impact. The first speaker of this year’s series was sociologist Eva Illouz, followed by Dirk Baecker, José van Dijck and Louise Amoore.
The registration for this event will be opened on 24 July 2019.

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