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Dezember 2018

Regelungsstrukturen und Regelbildung in digitalen Kommunikationsräumen

Together with the research focus “Internet and Society” within the cluster of excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on the Main, the Hans-Bredow-Institut organises a special format of the ‘Frankfurter Kolloquium für Internetforschung [Frankfurt Colloquium for Internet Research] within the series "Norms, Plurality and Critique | Postdoctoral Dialogue Series 2018/2019”.

Three questions will be in the focus of the debate with the emphasis on the last two:
  1. What normative factors can be distinguished in digital communication spaces and what regulatory factors are formed in the interaction of these factors (structural perspective)? (First findings of the programmatic research show that a differentiation of statutory law, contracts, social norms and technical code as normative factors is analytically strong and empirically profitable.)
  2. What processes and practices lead to the creation of rules in digital communication spheres, and what are the interactions between rule-making processes within and outside these spheres (process perspective)?
  3. Who are the actors – and in which constellations are they involved in the rule-making and the emergence of regulative structures? How is the power structure constituted, and how are responsibility and legitimacy attributed (stakeholder perspective)?


If you are interested in participating in this event, please send an email to Dr. Matthias Kettemann.

Infos zur Veranstaltung


Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Campus Westend, Gebäude „Normative Ordnungen“
Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2
60323 Frankfurt am

When:     Friday, 14 December 2018, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (including buffet)
Where:   Goethe University Frankfurt on the Main, Campus Westend, Building “Normative Orders“, Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2, 60323 Frankfurt on the Main, SR 5.02 (5th Floor)


The Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung at Universität Hamburg, Germany’s oldest and most renowned institute for the research of medially conveyed communication, will be admitted to the Leibnitz Association on 1 January 2019. In this context, the Institute has restructured its research initiatives and has explored a field with the research program “Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces”, which has been successful in Frankfurt both at the Faculty of Law and at the cluster of excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” for quite some time now. Critical perspectives on the topics of the research programme will be presented and discussed during the colloquium.


11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.    Welcome
Klaus Günther and Rebecca Schmidt (Co-Speaker and Managing Director of the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”)

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.    Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces
Jan-Hinrik Schmidt (Speaker of the Research Programme, Hans-Bredow-Institut)

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.    Die normative Ordnung des Internets [The Normative Order of the Internet]
Matthias C. Kettemann (Postdoc Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”)

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.       Frankfurter Perspektiven auf normative Ordnungen in digitalen Räumen (I): Prozesse und Praktiken der Regelbildung und deren Kontestation [Frankfurt Perspectives on Normative Orders in Digital Spaces (I): Processes and Practices of Rule-Making and their Contestation]
Chair:  Wolfgang Benedek (University of Graz)

with comments by:
Prof. Beatrice Brunhöber (Privacy in the Criminal Law, Interdisciplinary Legal Research)
Prof. Christoph Burchard (Cyber Criminal Law)
Prof. Klaus Günther (Philosophy of Law, Multi-Normativity, Orders of Justification)
Prof. Stefan Kadelbach (European Law and International Law)
PD Dr. Daniel Lambach (Cyberspace and Agency)
Dr. Sofie C. Møller (Kant, Crisis, Internet)
Dr. Linda Monsees (Public Sphere on the Internet)
Prof. Alexander Peukert (Copyright/IT Law)
Prof. Christian Stegbauer (Network Research)

1:15 p.m. - 1.45 p.m.     Lunch Buffet

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.     Frankfurter Perspektiven (II): Verantwortung und Rechtfertigung von Machtverhältnissen in digitalen Räumen: die Rolle der Akteure [Frankfurt Perspectives: Responsibility and Justification of the Power Structure in Digital Spaces: The Role of Stakeholders]
Chair:  Wolfgang Benedek (University of Graz)

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.     Closing Remarks
Matthias C. Kettemann (Postdoc Fellow in the Cluster of Excellence „Normative Orders“) and Jan-Hinrik Schmidt (Speaker of the Research Programme, Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung at Universität Hamburg)

Organisation:     Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard), and Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Contact person

PD Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt
Senior Researcher Digital Interactive Media & Political Communication

PD Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17-83
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17-77

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