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Inge Baxmann: I. Which Crowds?
I. Which Crowds?
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Inge Baxmann

I. Which Crowds?

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  • social movements
  • social networks

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Inge Baxmann

is a professor of theatre studies at the University of Leipzig. She is a member of the editorial board for the journal Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft. She has been an associate director at the Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris and a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. The primary concerns of her research are modern concepts and staging of national and transnational communities in Europe and Latin America and a historiography of bodily knowledge and media technologies from modernity to the present.
Other texts by Inge Baxmann for DIAPHANES
Inge Baxmann (ed.), Timon Beyes (ed.), ...: Social Media—New Masses

Mass gatherings and the positive or negative phantasms of the masses instigate various discourses and practices of social control, communication, and community formation. Yet the masses are not what they once were. In light of the algorithmic analysis of mass data, the diagnosis of dispersed public spheres in the age of digital media, and new conceptions of the masses such as swarms, flash mobs, and multitudes, the emergence, functions, and effects of today’s digital masses need to be examined and discussed anew. They provide us, moreover, with an opportunity to reevaluate the cultural and medial historiography of the masses. The present volume outlines the contours of this new field of research and brings together a collection of studies that analyze the differences between the new and former masses, their distinct media-technical conditions, and the political consequences of current mass phenomena.