Author Archives: Sebastian Sevignani

NEW POSITION from February 2014

From February 2014 I will be a post-doctorial researcher at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena’s Institute of Sociology. I will work with Prof. Hartmut Rosa (co-editor of Time&Society and known amongst others for his enagagement with Charles Taylor and his profound theory of social acceleration). Rosa is a a current and leading proponent of critical social theory informed by the Frankfurt School theory tradition, the institute in Jena is a new gathering point for critical theory in the German-speaking countries, so I am very happy and proud to work in Jena.

A very interesting volume that presents Jena’s critical sociology is the book “Soziologie – Kapitalismus – Kritik: Eine Debatte” (Sociology – Capitalism – Critique: A debate) published in German with Suhrkamp (

A good Interview (in German) with Hartmut Rosa can be found here:

And a talk by Rosa about accelleration can be found (in English) here:

NEW PUBLICATION: “The commodification of privacy on the Internet” in Science & Public Policy 40(6)

The paper can be accessed under:

It is a short summary of my dissertation’s line of argumentation, complemented by public policy suggestions

CfA “The Dynamics of Virtual Work”

The COST Action “Dynamics of Virtual Work” (led by Prof. Ursula Huws, University of Hertfordshire) will organise its first major conference (September 3-5, 2014 in Hatfield near London). The submission of abstracts for pressentation is possible due to January 15, 2014.

More information:

CfP: Theorizing digital labour and virtual work: Definitions, Forms, and Transformation.

Colleagues and I will edit a special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, and Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society about digital labour and virtual work.

Here is the CfP_DigitalLabour

the relevance of digital labour

My supervisor Christian Fuchs compiled empirical examples and theoretical questions that proof the relevance of digital labour in today’s informational capitalism!

new publication: Facebook vs. Diaspra: A Critical Study

Sevignani, Sebastian. 2013.  Facebook Vs. Diaspora: A Critical Study. In Unlike Us Reader: Social Media Monopolies and Their Alternatives, edited by Geert Lovink and Miriam Rasch (pp. 323-337). Amsterdam: Institute of Network Culltures.

The Unlike Us Reader offers a critical examination of social media, bringing together theoretical essays, personal discussions, and artistic manifestos. How can we understand the social media we use everyday, or consciously choose not to use? We know very well that monopolies control social media, but what are the alternatives? While Facebook continues to increase its user population and combines loose privacy restrictions with control over data, many researchers, programmers, and activists turn towards designing a decentralized future. Through understanding the big networks from within, be it by philosophy or art, new perspectives emerge.


It just went online and provides now basic information, but is still work in progress!