Christian Pentzold

Recent innovations in the digitalization and datafication of communication fundamentally affect how people conceptualize, perceive and evaluate time to create the kind of world they live in. The exploratory project is meant to lay some conceptual groundwork and draw out some initial analyses for better understanding the interplay of media and data in respect of the way social time is constructed, modulated, and experienced. This should allow us to appreciate how new technologies and representations deeply affect the temporal organization of today’s media suffused societies, and it also sheds light on transformations in mediating time. The project follows the assumption that mediatization as a fundamental societal change that interweaves with the development and spread of communication and information technologies leaves its mark on the ways we process and order the pace, sequence, rhythms and of social reality.

Funded by an Institutional Grants from Bremen University, Chemnitz University of Technology, and Leipzig University.

Selected project publications:

Pentzold, Christian (2018): Between Moments and Millennia: Temporalising Mediatisation. In: Media, Culture & Society, 40(6), 927-937. Spanish translation: Entre momentos y milenios: temporalizar la mediatización. In: deSignis, 37(2022), 75-89.

Pentzold, Christian; Konieczko, Sebastian; Osterloh, Florian & Ploeger, Ann-Christin (2020): #qualitytime: Aspiring to Temporal Autonomy in Harried Leisure. In: New Media & Society, 22(9), 1619-1638.

Pentzold, Christian (2020): Jumping on the Practice Bandwagon: Perspectives for a Practice-Oriented Study of Communication and Media. In: International Journal of Communication, 14, 2964–2984.

Pentzold, Christian & Menke, Manuel (2020): Conceptualizing the Doings and Sayings of Media Practices: Expressive Performance, Communicative Understanding, and Epistemic Discourse. In: International Journal of Communication, 14, 2789–2809

Kaun, Anne; Pentzold, Christian & Lohmeier, Christine Eds. (2020): Making Time for Digital Lives. Beyond Chronotopia. London: Rowman & Littlefield.

Lohmeier, Christine; Pentzold, Christian & Kaun, Anne Eds. (2020): Making time in digital societies: Considering the interplay of media, data and temporalities. Special Issue of New Media & Society, 22(9), 1521-1732.

Pentzold, Christian; Kaun, Anne & Lohmeier, Christine (2020): Back to the Future: Telling and Taming Anticipatory Media Visions and Technologies. Special Issue of Convergence, 26(4), 705-856.

Pentzold, Christian; Kaun, Anne & Lohmeier, Christine (2020): Imagining and Instituting Future Media. In: Convergence, 26(4), 705-715.

Lohmeier, Christine; Kaun, Anne; & Pentzold, Christian (2020): Making Time in Digital Societies: Considering the Interplay of Media, Data and Temporalities. In: New Media & Society, 22(9), 1521-1527.

Amit-Danhi, Eedan; Pentzold, Christian; & Krämer, Nik (2024): A Holistic Framework for the Analysis of Predictive Rhetoric in Digital Visualizations. In: Convergence.