Thomas Christian Bächle, Dr.
Thomas Christian Bächle is Co-Head of the Digital Society Research Programme at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin. At the HIIG he also heads the research project “The Futures of Telemedicine: Knowledge, Policy, Regulation”, which focuses on regulatory challenges, norms and the acceptance of practices and applications in the field of telemedicine. In his Habilitation thesis, he analyses the intermediary processes between social ‘realities’ and simulation technologies by focusing on paradigms such as social robotics and affective computing.
His areas of research include cultural representations of identities, bodies and (media) technologies; human/machine interaction; technological materialities, interfaces and agency; mobile media, surveillance, robotics, affective computing and simulation technologies. In 2016 he published “Digitales Wissen, Daten und Überwachung zur Einführung” (Hamburg: Junius), an introduction to digital knowledge, data and surveillance.
Thomas studied Media Studies, American Language and Literature and Political Science (Magister Artium) at the University of Bonn and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He also earned an MA in Digital Media – Technology and Cultural Form from the University of London, Goldsmiths College. He received his PhD in Media Studies (summa cum laude) from the University of Bonn. His PhD thesis entitled “Mythos Algorithmus – Die Fabrikation des computerisierbaren Menschen“ [The myth of the algorithm. Fabricating computable humans] was published in 2014 (Wiesbaden: Springer VS).
For many years, he taught Media Studies at the University of Bonn and is a regular visiting professor at international institutions, such as the Universitat Abat Oliba CEU, Barcelona (2012-2017), Bilgi Üniversitesi, Istanbul (2015-2016) or the University of Helsinki (2018).
Co-Head of research programme: The evolving digital society