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Prof Roberto Simanowski


Contact Information

Office: M8073 CMC
Phone: 34429576
Fax: 34420288
Email: rsimanow@cityu.edu.hk
Dr. Simanowski’s research bridges literary, cultural and media studies. Trained as a scholar of literature and history with a doctoral thesis on popculture around 1800 (1998), he researched and edited two books on nationalism in German literature and the literary salon in Europe (1999). Since then his interest has moved to the field of aesthetics, culture, and politics of digital media. In his Interfictions (2002) he outlines the criteria of a digital hermeneutics for multilinear, multimedial and interactive text, a concept which he expands in Digital Art and Meaning (2010) as he discusses the status of interpretation in a „culture of presence.” In his monograph on digital media in the event society (Erlebnisgesellschaft) (2008) he addresses the aesthetic and cultural ramifications of digital technology. In Data Love (2014) he explores the seduction and betrayal of digital technologies, in Facebook-Society (2016) he discusses, with psychological, narrative and politcal slants, the modes of communication and cultural techniques inherent to social networks. Digital Humanities and Digital Media (2016) is a collection of conversations with scholars in the field of digital studies on the political, cultural, and aesthetic implications of digital technologies. Prof. Simanowski’s methodology combines discourse analysis and case studies with the aim of assessing meta-theoretical discussions and thematic readings. He has recently finished a collection of essays about new media and is currently writing a monograph on new media literacy and the Digital Humanities.

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  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2017). InInstant Selves: Algorithmic Autobiographies on Social Network Sites. New German Critique. 44:1 (139) 2017. 233 - 244.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2014). The New Aesthetic of Speculative Realism, or, How Interpretation Lost the Battle Out to Materiality and How Comfortable this Is to Humans. Speculations: A Journal of Speculative Realism. V/2014. 359 - 381.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2010). Digital Anthropophagy: Refashioning Words as Image, Sound and Action. Leonardo, Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. 43/2. 159 - 163.


  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2017). Abfall. Das alternative ABC der neuen Medien (Decline. The Alternative ABC of New Media). Berlin:  Matthes & Seitz.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2016). Data Love. The Seduction and Betrayal of Digital Technologies. New York:  Columbia University Press (2014 in German with Matthes & Seitz Berlin).
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2016). Digital Humanities and Digital Media. Conversations on Politics, Culture, Aesthetics, and Literacy. London:  Open Humanities Press.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2016). Facebook-Gesellschaft. Berlin:  Matthes & Seitz.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2010). Digital Art and Meaning. Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations. Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. , Gendolla, Peter. & Schäfer, Jörgen. (eds.). (2010). Reading Moving Letters: Digital Literature in Research and Teaching. A Handbook. Bielefeld:  Transcript.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2008). Digitale Medien in der Erlebnisgesellschaft. Kultur – Kunst – Utopie. [Digital Media in the Society of Event: Culture, Art, Utopia] Reinbek bei Hamburg:  Rowohlt.

Book Chapter

  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2015). Creativity and digital text. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity, ed. Rodney Jones. (pp. 383 - 397). London, New York. Routledge.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2014). Digital and Net Art. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media and Textuality. (pp. 133 - 138). M.-L. Ryan, L. Emerson, and B. Robertson (eds.). Baltimore. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Simanowski, Roberto. (2012). Text as Event: Calm Technology and Invisible Information as Subject of Digital Arts. U. Ekman (ed.). Throughout: Art and Culture Emerging with Ubiquitous Computing. (pp. 191 - 204). Cambridge. MA: MIT Press.

Last update date : 24 Nov 2016