Erich Hörl

Erich Hörl
Erich Hörl is principal investigator of subproject 1 “Elements of a Critical Theory of Media and Participation”.

Since 2014, Erich Hörl is full professor of Media Culture at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. He is also a senior researcher at Leuphana’s Digital Cultures Research Lab (DCRL). Prior to this, he was professor of Media Technology and Media Philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum, where he was the head of the ‘Bochumer Kolloquium Medienwissenschaft’ (bkm). Furthermore, he is speaker of the Doctoral Research Group “Knowledge Cultures/Digital Media” and deputy spokesperson of the research training group “Cultures of Critique”.

Currently, he is working on a general ecology of media and technology as well as on a critique of the processes of cybernetisation of every form of life and every mode of existence, focussing on a historical-systematic outlining of a technoecology of participation. He publishes internationally on the history as well as the problems and challenges of the contemporary technological condition.

He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Konstanz in summer term 2016.

Research Interest

  • General Ecology
  • History and theory of cybernetics
  • History and Theory of relationality
  • Philosophy of Technology and Media Philosophy
  • Anthropology and Ecology


Recent publications include “The Environmentalitarian Situation: Reflections on the Becoming-Environmental of Thinking, Power, and Capital”, in: Cultural Politics 14:2 (2018), General Ecology. The new ecological paradigm, Bloomsbury 2017 and Sacred Channels. The archaic illusion of communication, Amsterdam University Press 2018 with a foreword by Jean-Luc Nancy.


Leuphana University Lüneburg

Publications of subproject 1

SP 1: Elements of a Critical Theory of Media and Participation

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Institut für Kultur und Ästhetik Digitaler Medien
Universitätsallee 1, C5.302
D – 21335 Lüneburg

E-Mail: hoerl[at]

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