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Dr. phil. Steffen Lepa M.A.


Scientific collaborateur in cluster-of-excellence research project Medium und Emotion

Leader of research project:
"Survey Musik und Medien. Empirische Basisdaten und theoretische Modellierung der Mediatisierung alltäglicher Musikrezeption in Deutschland"

Office hours: Tuesdays 12-14h (Room H 2001 E)
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E-Mail: steffen.lepa AT tu-berlin.de
Phone: +49 30 314 29313
Telefax: +49 30 314 21143

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Research interests

  • Media reception / media use
  • Media education / instructional design
  • Social research methodology
  • Computer-based research and analysis instruments
  • Neurocognitive social media psychology
  • Bologna process and study programmee evaluation
  • Digital Cultures and media philosophy
  • Sound design, film music, multimedia production
  • youth culture / adolescence research




The Media Dispositif as a middle-range concept for integrating empirical research on mediatized worlds
Citation key lepa_media_2013
Author Lepa, Steffen
Year 2013
Address Dubrovnik, Croatia
Note 00000
Abstract The presentation suggests remobilizing the old concept of “le dispositif” as a new tool for empirical research on “mediatized worlds” (Krotz & Hepp, 2012). Far extending from its origin as a purely theoretical term in film theory (Baudry & Williams, 1974) and mere enhancement of critical discourse analysis (Jäger & Maier, 2009), an adopted dispositif concept shall serve as a genuine methodological device for bridging the gap between (a) qualitative micro-sociological examinations of everyday mediation processes and (b) multivariate statistical procedures that identify shared media repertoire patterns and their diachronic development at the larger societal scope. Therefore, ‘Media Dispositifs’ are meta-theoretically defined as ideal-typic social frames of everyday ritualized action with media technologies (Rothenbuhler, 1998). As historically developed devices for ritualized subjectivation, Media Dispositifs provide relatively fixed opportunity spaces in which a collectively shared habitus may be “produced, maintained, repaired and created” (Carey, 1989, S. 23). In this view, Media Dispositifs, like a cinema, a sports bar, or a rock concert do not determine, but substantially constrain what gets possible when their powers are deliberately enacted (Zajc, 1999). Accordingly, the initial step of the proposed Empirical Media Dispositif Analysis (Lepa & Geimer, 2011) is to describe the dispositif’s constraints by initially abstracting empirical phenomena from individual cases or the social groups under study and thereby drawing a kind of ‘intersubjective map’ of the opportunity space created by socio-spatial locations, media technologies and related discourses, actions and experiences. These ‘ingredients’ of the dispositif may be determined and cross-validated by differing methodologies such as laboratory experiments, systematic field observations, group discussions or qualitative interviews and related interpretive methods. In the second step, a Media Dispositif Analysis then looks at the same map from several different viewpoints that represent the actual research questions under study: By systematically comparing the ideal-typic possibility space with those possibilities actually enacted by certain individual cases or groups, it is possible to work out what is actually achieved by whom through which means. This approach creates a very useful interface to macro-level media repertoire research and vice-versa also to the micro-level research on the affordances of new media, as will be illustrated by the design and findings of a current study regarding the mediatization of everyday music listening in Germany.
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Curriculum Vitae

since 2012
Project leader of national-funded research project “Survey Musik und Medien. Empirische Basisdaten und theoretische Modellierung der Mediatisierung alltäglicher Musikrezeption in Deutschland” as part of the DFG-priority programme DFG-Schwerpunktprogramms “Mediatisized Worlds” .

since 2010
Postdoc researcher at the Audio Communication Group, Institute for Language and Communication at Technical University of Berlin, in the research project “Medium und Emotion” as part of the Berlin Cluster of Excellence network “Languages of Emotion

2009 – 2010
Teaching appointment for questionaire design and graphical data analysis with SPSS at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

2009 – 2010
Scientific lecturer (social research methodology) at the Institute for Pedagogics der Universität Oldenburg

2009 – 2010
Teaching appointment for multivariate statistics at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

September 2009
Promotion to a Doctor of Philosophy (“summa cum laude”) by the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences of Oldenburg University with the dissertation thesis:
“Jenseits des Films. Quantitativ-inhaltsanalytische Rekonstruktion von filmischen Verstehens- und Aneignungsprozessen mit Hilfe der Postrezeptiven Lesartenanalyse (PLA)”, supervised by Prof. Yvonne Ehrenspeck (general pedagogics) und Prof. Bernard Kittel (social research methodology)

2007 – 2010
Scientific lecturer (media education, social research methodology) at the Institute for Pedagogics at Oldenburg University

2007 – 2009
Teaching appointment for statistics with SPSS at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

2005 – 2009
Teaching appointment for digital audio editing at Braunschweig University of Fine Arts

2005 – 2007
Scientific research assistant in the national funded research project “Kommunikatbildungsprozesse Jugendlicher zur Todesthematik und Filmische Instruktionsmuster” at the Arbeitsbereich “Philosophie der Erziehung” (Prof. Dieter Lenzen) at Freien Universität Berlin

2005 – 2006
Teaching appointment for information psychology at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

2003 – 2005
Master Study of Media Management at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (Master of Arts degree, final grade: 1,5 / ECTS-Grade B – very good)

2003 – 2005
Responsible leader of the digital audio studio of the Central Media Service Unit at Braunschweig University of Fine Arts

Student research assistent at the BmBF/MWK-funded research project “CRIMP – Criteria for Evaluation of Audiovisuals in Multimedia Production“, of the Research Centre L3S, University of Hannover

1998 – 2003
Master study of Media Studies, Psychology and Media Technology at the Technical University of Braunschweig and Braunschweig University of Fine Arts (Master of Arts degree with final grade: 1,3)

1997 – 1998
Alternative civilian service at the daycare house for the elderly disabled of Lebenshilfe gGmbH, Braunschweig

University entrance diploma (“Abitur”) in English, Music, History (bilingual) und Computer Science at the Gymnasium Ricarda-Huch-Schule, Braunschweig, Germany (final grade: 1,8)

born on July, 30th 1978 in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany.


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