Dr.

Katja Kaufmann

Post-Doctoral Researcher

 

My main research interest lies in the inventive and unexpected practices of people using their mobile, digital devices to tackle the challenges of their everyday lives. My conceptual perspective is characterized by a pronounced interdisciplinary outlook seeking for inspiration beyond the boundaries of my own academic discipline, communications, in fields such as popular and cultural studies, refugee and migration studies, human geography, postcolonial studies, internet studies, or science and technology studies.

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Location: Bruno-Sander-Haus, 7th floor, room 60735

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Phone: +43-512-507-54056
Fax: +43-512-507-54199

Postal address

Department of Geography, University of Innsbruck, Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

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Research Foci

At a Glance

Regional

Central Europe (Austria, Germany)

Thematic

Mobile media & everyday life

digital & forced migration studies

research ethics

Concepts & Theories

mobile media, digital media, locative media, media and cultural studies, media appropriation, science and technology studies, affordances, practice theory, mixed realities (particularly AR), connected migrant, transdisciplinarity

Methods

Qualitative methods, mixed methods, non-representational methods, mobile and digital methods, smartphone approaches, elicitation approaches, method development

Academic Career

Positions:

 

2019 – present → Postdoctoral Researcher and Principal Investigator, third-party funded project “The Digital, Affects and Space”, Institute of Geography, Innsbruck University

2019 → Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Geography, Innsbruck University

2015 – 2018 → Senior Scientist without Doctorate and Doctoral Candidate: Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC), Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Klagenfurt

2013 – 2015 → Junior Scientist and Doctoral Candidate: Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC), Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Klagenfurt

2013 → Research Assistant: Department of Journalism and Communication Research (IJK), University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover

2011 → Volunteer & Travel: Self-organized stay in Ireland and Britain

2008 – 2011 → Student Assistant and Tutor: Chair of Media and Music Management Prof. Dr. Carsten Winter, Department of Journalism and Communication Research (IJK), University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover

2007 → Internship Account Planning: Advertising agency Jung von Matt/basis, Hamburg, Germany

 

Special Academic Positions & Memberships:

 

2019 – 2021 → Guest Researcher, Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC), Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Klagenfurt  

2016 – 2018 → Elected Employee Representative of the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies in the Austrian Academy of Sciences

2014 – 2018 → Organiser of the annual Young Scholar’s Workshop, Working Group Popular Culture and Media (AG Populärkultur und Medien) of the Association for Media Studies (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft)

2013 – 2017 → Assistant Editor European Handbook of Media Accountability, Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Klagenfurt

2016 – present → Peer-review for international journals (European Journal of Cultural Studies, Geoforum, Information, Communication & Society, International Communication Gazette, Media and Communication, New Media & Society, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Studies of Transition States and Societies)

 

Memberships

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK)

European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)

Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)

Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)

AG Populärkultur und Medien der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft

Kommunikationskultur e.V. (IJK Hanover‘s alumni association)

 

Degrees:

2019 → Dr. phil. (Communications) University of Klagenfurt, Austria, passed with distinction (1,0)

Title of thesis (in German): “Smartphone methods and their research ethics as exemplified by the case of Digital Migration Studies”

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2012 → Master of Arts (Media and Music), University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover, passed with distinction (1,0)

Title of thesis (in German): “Shopping in a mobile networked everyday life. A qualitative study into mobile shopping and the role of the smartphone therein”

2009 → Bachelor of Arts (Media Management), University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover (1,5)

Title of thesis (in German): “Shaping one’s relationship to music with media”

Awards & Honors:

2017 → Best Student Paper Award 2017 of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) for the paper “Navigating a new life: Syrian refugees and their smartphones in Vienna”

2015 → Short-term research placement abroad (KWA-Stipendium), funded by the University of Klagenfurt for participation and paper presentation at the international conference “Users Across Media”, 6.-8. May 2015, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2010 – 2011 → Merit-based scholarship by the Schader-Stiftung

 

Featured Publications

A Selection

Navigating a new life: Syrian refugees and their smartphones in Vienna

Information, Communication & Society 21 (6), 882-898.

The Mobile Instant Interviewing Method

Mobile Media & Communication.

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed):

Kaufmann, K. & Peil, C. (2019). The Mobile Instant Interviewing Method: Using WhatsApp for enhancing self-reporting and exploring media usage in-situ. In: Mobile Media & Communication. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/2050157919852392

Kaufmann, K. (2018): The smartphone as a snapshot of its use: Mobile media elicitation in qualitative interviews. In: Mobile Media & Communication (2), 233-246. https://doi.org/10.1177/2050157917743782

Kaufmann, K. (2018): Navigating a new life: Syrian refugees and their smartphones in Vienna. In: Information, Communication & Society 21 (6), 882-898, https://10.1080/1369118X.2018.1437205 

Kaufmann, K. (2016): Wie nutzen Flüchtlinge ihre Smartphones auf der Reise nach Europa? Ergebnisse einer qualitativen Interview-Studie mit syrischen Schutzsuchenden in Österreich. In: SWS-Rundschau 56 (3), 319-342.

Kaufmann, K. (2015): Die Rolle des Smartphones im Einkaufsalltag: Erkenntnisse aus einer qualitativen Nutzerstudie. In: Kommunikation @ Gesellschaft (16), 26 Seiten. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-423023.

 

Contributions to Volumes (peer-reviewed):

Kaufmann, K. (forthcoming): Mobile Methods: Doing migration research with the help of smartphones. In: K. Smets, K. Leurs, M. Georgiou, S. Witteborn & R. Gajjala (Eds.): The SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration. Sage.

Kaufmann, K. (2018): Mobil, vernetzt, geräteübergreifend: Die Komplexität alltäglicher Smartphone-Nutzung als methodische Herausforderung [Mobile, connected, across devices: The complexity of everyday smartphone use as a methodical challenge]. In C. Katzenbach, C. Pentzold, S. Kannengießer, M. Adolf, & M. Taddicken (Hrsg.), Neue Komplexitäten für Kommunikationsforschung und Medienanalyse: Analytische Zugänge und empirische Studien (S. 139-158). https://10.17174/dcr.v4.6 

Kaufmann, K. (2018): Mit Kriegsflüchtlingen über ihre Smartphone-Nutzung auf der Flucht sprechen: Eine forschungsethische (Selbst-)Reflexion [Talking with war refugees about their smartphone use on their journey: a (self-)reflection on research ethics]. In: Nina Köberer, Marlis Prinzig, Michael Schröder (Hrsg.): Migration, Integration, Inklusion (S. 133-150). Nomos.

 

Other contributions to Volumes:

Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., Kaufmann, K., Brinkmann, J., & Karmasin, M. (2018): Summary: Measuring media accountability in Europe – and beyond. In: Eberwein, T., Fengler, S. & M. Karmasin (Eds.): The European Handbook of Media Accountability (S. 135-150). Routledge.

Kaufmann, K. & Winter, C. (2014): Ordinary people: Gewöhnliche Leute als Unternehmer ihrer Popkultur [Ordinary people as entrepreurs of their popular culture]. In: Uwe Breitenborn, Thomas Düllo & Sören Birke (Hrsg.), Gravitationsfeld Pop (S. 339-352). Bielefeld: transcript. https://doi.org/10.14361/transcript.9783839424513.339

Invited Lectures, selection:

Kaufmann, K. (2019, March). Using smartphones as means of knowledge-co-production: Experiences from research with refugees. Invited lecture presented at the LSE Symposium “Migration and the Digital City“, 29 March 2019, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom. http://www.lse.ac.uk/media-and-communications/events/2019/migration-and-the-digital-city

Kaufmann, K., Mallmann, F. & Alhassan, M. (2018, September). Mit Kriegsflüchtlingen über ihre Smartphone-Nutzung auf der Flucht sprechen: Ethische und methodische Herausforderungen [Talking with war refugees about their smartphone use on the journey: Methodical and ethical challenges]. Gastvortrag im Rahmen des Seminars „Flucht und Trauma“, 29. September 2018, VÖPP Akademie der Vereinigung Österreichischer Psychotherapeutinnen und Psychotherapeuten (VÖPP), Wien, Österreich.

Kaufmann, K. (2018, March). When digital connectivity enables physical mobility: The case of Syrian refugees using smartphones on their journey to Austria. Invited lecture presented as part of the “LSE Research Dialogues” series, Keyword “Mobility”, 8 March 2018, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom.

Kaufmann, K. (2017, April). Google Maps, WhatsApp & Facebook Groups: Das Smartphone auf der Reise syrischer Flüchtlinge nach Österreich [Google Maps, WhatsApp & Facebook Groups: The smartphone on the journey of Syrian refugees to Austria]. Gastvortrag im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung „Mehr als Flucht“, 28. April 2017, Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie der Universität Wien, Österreich.

Kaufmann, K. & Alhassan, M. (2016, June). Refugees and their smartphones – a research project from a communication studies perspective. Invited lecture presented at the interdisciplinary workshop “(Forced) Migration & Media“, 13 June 2016, University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

Kaufmann, K. (2016, Juni). Die Rolle des Smartphones auf der und für die Flucht: Erste Ergebnisse einer qualitativen Interview-Studie mit syrischen Flüchtlingen [The role of the smartphone for and during the journey: First results from a qualitative interview study with Syrian refugees]. Vortrag auf Einladung des Instituts für Journalistik und Kommunikationsforschung, 1. Juni 2016, Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Deutschland.

 

Other Lectures, selection:

Kaufmann, K. (2019, September). Geographien der Mobilität: Wie syrische Flüchtlinge mit Hilfe ihrer Smartphones auf der Flucht kommunikativ und räumlich mobil werden. Vortrag im Rahmen des Deutschen Geographenkongresses, 25.-30. September 2019, Kiel, Deutschland.

Bork-Hüffer, T., Rutzinger, M., Kaufmann, K. & Gudowsky, N. (2019, August). Creative methodologies for researching the socio-spatial impact of augmented urban futures. Paper presented at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 28-30 August 2019, London, United Kingdom.

Kaufmann, K. (2019, Mai). Smartphone-Methoden und ihre Forschungsethik am Beispiel der Digital Migration Studies [Smartphone methods and their research ethics as exemplified by the case of Digital Migration Studies]. Universitätsöffentliche Präsentation der Dissertation im Rahmen der Defensio, 31. Mai 2019, Universität Klagenfurt, Österreich.

Kaufmann, K. (2019, Mai). Herausforderungen der Forschungsethik bei qualitativen Interviews [research ethics challenges in qualitative interviews]. Vortrag im Rahmen des Panels „Ethische Herausforderungen bei der Erforschung digitalisierter Öffentlichkeiten“ auf der 64. Jahreskonferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 9.-11. Mai 2019, Münster, Deutschland.

Kaufmann, K. (2017, November). When the refugee’s tool becomes the researcher’s tool: Getting deep into refugees’ smartphone practices with WhatsApp. Paper presented at the International Conference of the ECREA Diaspora, Migration and the Media section together with ICC section “Migration and communication flows: rethinking borders, conflict and identity through the digital”, 2-3 November 2017, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain.

Kaufmann, K. (2017, October). Navigating a new life: Syrian Refugees and their Smartphones in Vienna. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), 19-21 October 2017, University of Tartu, Estonia.

Kaufmann, K. (2017, September). Mobility through and with media: The locative media practices of Syrian refugees using smartphones. Paper presented at the International Workshop “Anthropologies of Media and Mobility: Theorizing movement and circulations across entangled fields”, 14-16 September 2017, University of Cologne, Germany.

Kaufmann, K. & Eberwein, T. (2017, Juni). Gesellschaftliche Teilhabe durch Smartphones? Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Medienbildung und Empowerment. [Social participation through smartphones? Thoughts on the relationship between media literacy and empowerment]. Vortrag im Rahmen des universitätsweiten Workshops „Der Mensch im digitalen Zeitalter“, 28.-29. Juni 2017, Universität Klagenfurt, Österreich.

Kaufmann, K. (2017, Februar). Mit Kriegsflüchtlingen über ihre Smartphone-Nutzung auf der Flucht sprechen: Eine forschungsethische (Selbst-)Reflexion [Talking with war refugees about their smartphone use on the journey: A (self-)reflection from a research ethics’ perspective]. Vortrag im Rahmen der Jahrestagung 2017 der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Kommunikations- und Medienethik zusammen mit dem Netzwerk Medienethik und in Kooperation mit der Akademie für politische Bildung, Tutzing, 16.-17. Februar 2017, Hochschule für Philosophie München, Deutschland.

Kaufmann, K. & Peil, C. (2016, November). Carrying media diaries into the future: how WhatsApp enhances self-reporting methodologies. Paper presented at the 6th European Communication Conference (ECREA): Mediated (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts, Presents and Futures, Charles University, November 9-12, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic.

Kaufmann, K. (2016, October). The Empowered Refugee: The Smartphone as a Tool of Resistance on the Journey to Europe. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR): Internet Rules!, Humboldt University zu Berlin, October 5-8, 2016, Berlin, Germany.

Kaufmann, K. (2016, July). “The life I had is in my pocket“ – How Syrian refugees bridge past and future with the help of their smartphones. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR): Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward, University of Leicester, July 27-31, 2016, Leicester, UK.

Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., Kaufmann, K., Brinkmann, J. & Karmasin, M. (2016, June). Measuring media accountability in Europe: A comparative study of infrastructures of media self-regulation in 30 European states. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 9-13, 2016, Fukuoka, Japan.

Kaufmann, K. (2015, November). Mobil, vernetzt, geräteübergreifend: Die Komplexität alltäglicher Smartphone-Nutzung als methodische Herausforderung [Mobile, connected, across multiple devices: The complexity of everyday smartphone use as a methodical challenge]. Vortrag im Rahmen der gemeinsamen Jahrestagung der Fachgruppen Computervermittelte Kommunikation und Soziologie der Medienkommunikation der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), 5.-7. November 2015, Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft, Berlin.

Kaufmann, K. (2015, Juni). Beyond Media Reception: Developing Material Artefacts as Part of Today’s Everyday Media Use. Paper presented at the ECREA Audience and Reception Studies Conference 2015: Audience Research in a ‚Post-Media’ Age?, University of Tartu, June 25-27, 2015, Tartu, Estonia.

Kaufmann, K. (2015, Juni). Die Aneignung und Nutzung mobiler app-basierter Endgeräte als ausdifferenzierende Entwicklung materieller Interfaces [The appropriation and use of mobile app-based devices as differentiating production of material interfaces]. Universitätsöffentliche Präsentation des Dissertationsvorhabens vor dem Doktoratsbeirat Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 23. Juni 2015, Universität Klagenfurt, Österreich.

Kaufmann, K. (2015, Mai). Researching Cross-Media Practices: The Smartphone as a Snapshot of its Use. Paper presented at the International Conference on Users Across Media, University of Copenhagen, May 6-8, 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kaufmann, K. & Winter, C. (2014, April). Mobile Media Practices: The Transforming Role of the Smartphone in Everyday Shopping Contexts. Paper presented at the CECC International Conference on (New) Audience Practices, Catholic University of Portugal, April 3-4, 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.

Kaufmann, K. & Winter, C. (2010, Oktober). Wie digitale Netzwerkmedien aus gewöhnlichen Musiknutzern Gestalter und Entwickler von Beziehungen zu Musik und zu Menschen machen [How digital network media make ordinary music users into shapers and producers of musical and social relationships]. Vortrag im Rahmen der Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Soziologie der Medienkommunikation der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK) „Medienentwicklung im Wandel“, 28.-30. Oktober 2010, Hannover, Deutschland.

 

Media & Public appearances:

Kaufmann, K. (2017, 17. August). Akku wichtiger als Essen – Smartphone als „Freund auf der Flucht“. Interview mit APA Austria Presse Agentur, mit Nachdruck in Wiener Zeitung Online, Krone.at, Science.Orf.at, Der Standard Online.

Kaufmann, K. (2017, 07. Juli). Das Smartphone als Lebensretter. Interview mit Die Presse. Verfügbar unter: http://diepresse.com/home/science/5248615/Das-Smartphone-als-Lebensretter

Kaufmann, K. & Alhassan, M. (2017, 28. Juni). Das Smartphone als Fluchtbegleiter. Interview mit ÖAW-Presseabteilung, Nachdruck auf Lebensart.at. Verfügbar unter: https://www.oeaw.ac.at/oesterreichische-akademie-der-wissenschaften/die-oeaw/article/das-smartphone-als-fluchtbegleiter/ 

Kaufmann, K. (2017, 05. März). Podiumsteilnahme an der Diskussion “Kommunikationstechnologien und Migration“ im Rahmen des elevate Festivals, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Österreich.

Kaufmann, K. (2017, 14. Januar). Umgang mit Sozialen Netzen in der Not. Interview mit Der Standard Forschung Spezial [online]. Verfügbar unter: http://derstandard.at/2000050501986/Umgang-mit-Sozialen-Netzen-in-der-Not

Kaufmann, K. (2016, 07. Dezember). Podiumsteilnahme an der Diskussion “Wer (M)acht Medien? – Filmscreening & Diskussion My Escape“ im Rahmen des Fachtutoriumsprojektes Studieneingangsphase, Institut für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Universität Wien.

Kaufmann, K. (2016, 26. September). Understanding why smartphones are so essential to refugees. Refugee Outreach & Research Network Blog. Verfügbar unter: http://www.ror-n.org/-blog/understanding-why-smartphones-are-so-essential-to-refugees

Kaufmann, K. (2016, 27. August). Nicht ohne mein Handy. Interview mit Schweiz am Sonntag [Online]. Verfügbar unter: https://www.schweizamwochenende.ch/nachrichten/nicht-ohne-mein-handy-131067432

Kaufmann, K. (2016, 28. Juni). Wenn Menschen dank Smartphones am Leben bleiben. Blogbeitrag auf Der Standard [Online]. Verfügbar unter: http://derstandard.at/2000039965056/Wenn-Menschen-dank-Smartphones-am-Leben-bleiben

Kaufmann, K. (2016). Ein Selfie als Lebensbeweis. Interview mit ad astra – Magazin für Wissenschaft und Kultur der Universität Klagenfurt, Ausgabe Oktober 2016, S. 11. Verfügbar unter:  https://www.aau.at/blog/ein-selfie-als-lebensbeweis/ 

 

About Me

My main research interest lies in the inventive and unexpected practices of people using their mobile, digital devices to tackle the challenges of their everyday lives. My conceptual perspective is characterized by a pronounced interdisciplinary outlook seeking for inspiration beyond the boundaries of my own academic discipline, communications, in fields such as popular and cultural studies, refugee and migration studies, human geography, postcolonial studies, internet studies, or science and technology studies.

Further, I am highly interested in mobile methods. Over the course of my research projects, I found a particular methodological potential of mobile media technologies for the development of qualitative and mixed mobile methods to come closer to the experiences of people in today’s volatile everyday lives. From my point of view, there is much to be gained from mixed methods in the form of elicitation approaches that combine the abundance and precision of data – may it be data produced by a smartphone, by a GPS device, or a bio-sensing device – with the subjectivity of the study participants’ insights to understand the increasing empirical complexity of a mobile, digitally connected life.

Yet, what often is left aside is the ethical dimension of method innovation. Particularly in the context of doing research with vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups, as I did in my recently completed PhD study with refugees on their smartphone use, researchers need to acknowledge the ways methods also contribute to the generation of categories and, thus, to the perceptions of what the transient spaces and societies we live in are composed of. All the more, I am convinced of the value that a self-reflexive, ethically informed approach has – not only confined to the application of research methods but anchored in the process of method development itself.

My research has been supported by grants from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the City of Vienna and the University of Klagenfurt. I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover (Germany) and obtained my doctoral degree from the University of Klagenfurt (Austria) while working as a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in Vienna.

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