Prof. Dr. Armin Beverungen

Gastprofessor im Projekt Medienpraxiswissen

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Room: GB 1/37

Contact Hours: upon consultation

Short bio

Armin Beverungen is a guest professor at the project media practice knowledge from September 2022 to August 2023. He is on leave at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, where he is a Junior Professor for Organisation in Digital Cultures. Previously he held academic appointments at the University of the West of England (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies), Leuphana University (PostDoc and Junior Director of the Digital Cultures Research Lab) and the University of Siegen (Akademischer Rat / Lecturer). He holds a BA from Lancaster University in Organisation Studies, an M.Phil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Critical Management Studies from the University of Leicester. He is also a visiting lecturer in the contextual studies program at the University of St. Gallen.

His work explores organisation in digital cultures. Apart from the project media practice knowledge he is working on two projects. One is a book project on algorithmic capital, which brings together much of his work around algorithmic management in finance, executive management and platform labour. The book seeks to assess to what extend data, platforms and algorithms enable an automation of management and organization, and at what cost. The second project is a research project located at Leuphana and funded by the VolkswagenFoundation (as part of the Niedersächsisches Vorab), entitled Automating the Logistical City: Space, Algorithms, Speculation. With his collaborators Ilia Antenucci and Maja-Lee Voigt, Armin here explores how Amazon’s logistical urbanism speculates on urban, automated futures.

He is an associate editor of the journal Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society. He is a former member of the editorial collectives of ephemera: theory and politics in organizationspheres: Journal for Digital Cultures, as well as the book series Digital Cultures (meson press).



  • Beverungen, Armin, Philip Mirowski, Edward Nik-Khah, and Jens Schröter. 2019. Markets. Minneapolis / Lüneburg: University of Minnesota Press and meson press.
  • Beverungen, Armin. 2010. ‘Whither Marx in the Business School?’ Leicester: University of Leicester.

Articles (Selection)

  • Beverungen, Armin. 2022. ‘The Invisualities of Capture in Amazon’s Logistical Operations’. Digital Culture & Society 7 (2): 185–202.
  • Beverungen, Armin. 2021. ‘The Wonderfully Organized and Mediated Endurance of Ephemera’. Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization 21 (4): 289–306.
  • Beverungen, Armin, Timon Beyes, and Lisa Conrad. 2019. ‘The Organizational Powers of (Digital) Media’. Organization 26 (5): 621–35.
  • Beverungen, Armin, and Ann-Christina Lange. 2018. ‘Cognition in High-Frequency Trading: The Costs of Consciousness and the Limits of Automation’. Theory, Culture & Society 35 (6): 75–95.
  • Beverungen, Armin. 2018. ‘‹Kognitiver Kapitalismus›? Nichtbewusste Kognition Und Massenintellektualität’. Zeitschrift Für Medienwissenschaft 18: 37–49.
  • Beverungen, Armin, and Ann-Christina Lange. 2017. ‘Zeitlichkeit und Kognition im Hochfrequenzhandel’. Archiv für Mediengeschichte 17: 9–20.
  • Beverungen, Armin, Steffen Böhm, and Chris Land. 2015. ‘Free Labour, Social Media, Management: Challenging Marxist Organization Studies’. Organization Studies 36 (4): 473–89.

Book Chapters (Selection)

  • Beverungen, Armin. 2022. ‘Automatisiertes Verhalten: Regierungskünste Bei Amazon’. In Wissensgeschichte Des Verhaltens. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven, edited by Georg Toepfer and Sophia Gräfe. Berlin: DeGruyter.
  • Beverungen, Armin. 2021. ‘Remote Control: Algorithmic Management of Circulation at Amazon’. In Explorations in Digital Cultures, edited by Marcus Burkhardt, Mary Shnayien, and Katja Grashöfer, online first. Lüneburg: meson press.
  • Beverungen, Armin. 2021. ‘Kybernetischer Kapitalismus? Amazon, Algorithmisches Management und Aneignung’. In Die unsichtbare Hand des Plans Koordination und Kalkül im digitalen Kapitalismus., edited by Timo Daum and Sabine Nuss, 95–109. Berlin: Karl Dietz.
  • Beverungen, Armin. 2020. ‘Executive Dashboard’. In Oxford Handbook of Technology, Media and Organization, edited by Timon Beyes, Robin Holt, and Claus Pias, 225–37. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Beverungen, Armin. 2019. ‘Algorithmic Trading, Artificial Intelligence and the Politics of Cognition’. In The Democratization of Artificial Intelligence: Net Politics in the Era of Learning Algorithms, edited by Andreas Sudmann, 77–93. AI Critique. Bielefeld: transcript.

Edited Collections (Selection)

Teaching (RUB)

  • WiSe 2022-23, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, »Kritische Datenkompetenz«, BA-Seminar.
  • WiSe 2022-23, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, »Metaverse«, BA-Seminar.
  • WiSe 2022-23, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, »Digital Cultural Intermediaries«, BA-Seminar. (Englischsprachig)