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    • Archives and Identity in the Context of Social Media and Algorithmic Analytics: Towards an Understanding of iArchive and Predictive Retention 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-12-24)
      The present article reconceptualises the archive in the context of digital media ecologies. Drawing upon archival theory and critical approaches to the political economy of the Internet, I account for new dynamics and implications afforded by digital archives. Operating at both a user-controlled explicit and a state- and corporate-owned implicit level, the digital archive at once facilitates empowerment ...
    • Art Across Borders: Dislocating Artistic and Curatorial Practices in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-04-27)
      The present article investigates the role of artworks in processes of bordering in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. Drawing upon a neo-formalist framework, it firstly analyses works that were exhibited during the X-Border Art Biennial to identify disruptive potentials vested in the artistic pieces’ formal properties, before it, secondly, addresses potential performance effects of these works and of ...
    • Articulating Threats/Threatening Articulations: The Discursive Impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) on Local Systems of Meaning 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2010)
      This paper deals with the threats posed by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to Arctic populations. It does not primarily focus on the negative impacts these substances have on ecosystems and human organisms, but rather directs its attention to the potentially disruptive effects the articulation of these threats might have on Arctic communities and systems of meaning. I employ the theoretical ...
    • Beyond Mimesis. War, History, and Memory in Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Chapter; Bokkapittel, 2013)
      A recent series of publications concerning the interrelation between memory, media and history (Erll 2005, Erll/Nünning 2004&2008, Oesterle 2005) bear witness to a growing scholarly interest in issues of reconstructing, representing and conveying past events. Because of its wide reach, film plays a significant role as medium for such processes (Erll/Wodianka 2008, Erll/Rigney 2009). This study focuses ...
    • Borders, barriers and grievable lives : the discursive production of self and other in film and other audio-visual media 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2011)
      On the background of a close reading of Ridley Scott’s war film Black Hawk Down (USA 2001; BHD), this paper investigates the formal properties through which a certain strain of war and action movies discursively constitutes the other – the enemy - as less than human. I develop the argument that the emergent relation between friend and foe in these films can be read through the concept of the border ...
    • Critical Digital Literacy: Technology in Education Beyond Issues of User Competence and Labour-Market Qualifications 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-08-26)
      The present contribution conducts an intervention in the study and practice of digital and media literacy. After reviewing key tenets of recent debates, I advance a specific under- standing of the concept – critical digital literacy – that, as I argue, comprehensively addresses issues of knowledge, competencies, and skills in relation to digital technologies. In particular, I posit that critical ...
    • Materialist Perspectives on Digital Technologies: Informing Debates on Digital Literacy and Competence 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2016-06-15)
      The present article brings critical media research and science and technology studies (STS) into dialogue with approaches to digital literacy and digital competencies in educational contexts. In particular, it focuses on material aspects of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as technical infrastructure, economic conditions, ecological consequences, and code-based as well as ...
    • Media Matter 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-02-27)
      The present contribution maps materialist advances in media studies. Based on the assumption that matter and materiality constitute significant aspects of communication processes and practices, I introduce four fields of inquiry - technology, political economy and labour, the body, and ecology - and argue that these perspectives enable more comprehensive understandings of the implications of ...
    • Playing Cultural Memory: Framing History in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' and 'Czechoslovakia 38-89: Assassination' 

      Pötzsch, Holger; Sisler, Vit (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2016-03-21)
      The present article brings game studies into dialogue with cultural memory studies and argues for the significance of computer games for historical discourse and memory politics. Drawing upon the works of Robert Rosenstone and Astrid Erll, we develop concepts and theories from film studies and adapt them to respond to the media specificity of computer games. Through a critical reading of the first ...
    • Playing Games with Shklovsky, Brecht, and Boal: Ostranenie, V-Effect, and Spect-Actors as Analytical Tools for Game Studies 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2017-12)
      The present article provides a critical introduction to concepts of estrangement. After referring scholarly debates about origins, mutual relations, and legacies of concepts such as Viktor Shklovsky’s ostranenie, Bertolt Brecht’s V-effect, and Augusto Boal’s spect-actor, I critically review earlier applications of these concepts in game studies and point to some problematic aspects of these endeavors. ...
    • Rearticulating the experience of war in 'Eine Frau in Berlin' 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2012)
      Situating itself in the field of cultural memory studies, this article traces the slow emergence in German historical discourse of the narrative of an anonymous German woman who survived the Soviet occupation of Berlin in 1945. I will, firstly, conceptualize the historical condition of the Anonyma as a precarious liminal sphere of transition between competing sovereignties that dislodged her political ...
    • Seeing and Thinking Borders 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Chapter; Bokkapittel, 2015)
      The title of this chapter, seeing and thinking borders, can be read in three different ways. It might refer to, firstly, the obvious fact that I try to adequately see and think borders - to subject processes of bordering and their contingent results to critical scrutiny. Or, secondly, the title might indicate that the acts of seeing and thinking themselves border - that perception and cognition are ...
    • Selective Realism: Filtering Experiences of War and Violence in First- and Third-Person Shooters 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-07-31)
      The present article develops the concept of selective realism to understand how design features and narrative frames of first- and third-person shooters (F/TPS) exclude attention to salient, yet unpleasant, features of warfare such as problematic forms of violence, long-term psychological impacts, or socio-political blowbacks. Identifying four specific filters that frame player experiences, I argue ...
    • A Tale of Two Versions: I Am Legend and the Political Economy of Cultural Production 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-11-11)
      Based on a comparative reading of the officially released version and the director’s cut of Francis Lawrence’s movie <i>I Am Legend</i> (2007a; 2007b), the present contribution interrogates possible connections between the political economy of film production and aesthetic form. Drawing upon theoretical frameworks such as Herman and Chomsky’s propaganda model and Artz’ critical study of global ...
    • Ubiquitous absent enemies: character engagement in the contemporary war film 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      The present article provides an analysis of the narrative and technical devices through which contemporary war films frame audience engagement with characters. It compiles and systematizes a wide set of empirical findings and exemplifies these through brief, illustrative readings of a selection of films. Combining Smith’s approach to film reception with insights from Laclau and Mouffe’s theory of ...
    • Uwe Krüger: Warum wir den Medien nicht mehr trauen 

      Pötzsch, Holger (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-11-11)
      <i>Mainstream: Warum wir den Medien nicht mehr trauen</i> viser hvorfor en voksende avstand mellom borgere og elitene er problematisk for et demokratisk samfunn. En journalistikk som viser seg ute av stand til å kritisk følge elitedrevne prosesser og praksiser mister den sentrale vaktbikkjefunksjonen som man ofte uten videre ettertanke tildeler store medieaktører. <i>Krügers bok</i> kan sees som et ...
    • War/Game: Studying Relations Between Violent Conflict, Games, and Play 

      Pötzsch, Holger; Hammond, Philip (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2016-12)
      Games and war have always stood in a close relationship to one another. From the ancient Chinese Go, via various iterations of chess to contemporary digital simulation games, or from classical Roman gladiator battles, via martial-arts competitions to today’s first-person shooters, the skills employed and the structures limiting participants’ actions and perceptions point to a variety of equivalences ...