Mailing address
guido.ipsen@uni-dortmund.de

 

 

Guido Ipsen

After studying English and German philology, history, philosophy and history of the arts at the University of Kassel (Germany) from 1990-1993, as well as information systems engineering at the University of Wolverhampton (England) in 1993-1994, Guido Ipsen was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Wolverhampton in 1995.

 In the same year he became research assistant at the department of languages, University of Kassel, lecturing and doing research in Prof. Winfried Nöth’s semiotics division. He then started his PhD thesis.

 He finished his thesis on the semiotics of hybrid structures in hypertext networks in 2001 (summa cum laude). The printed book will appear in 2004, bearing the title HybridHyperSigns. An English translation is under preparation.

 Guido Ipsen is now working on a second book (the German “Habilitation”). The project is a Historical Semiotics of the Media. The aim is to reveal a semiotic theory of sign evolution in media history that focuses on the evolutionary force within sign systems, their usage in culture respectively, rather than technological innovation of medial devices. Part of this was a research project at the University of Kassel on the history of reception of medial change.

 He continued to work in the Kassel team of semioticians around W. Nöth as an assistant professor until 2003. During that time, he also administered a research project on constitutionalism at the University of Kassel in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Horst Dippel.

 Since August 2004, Guido Ipsen has been working as a Professor for Scientific Communication and Media Semiotics at the University of Dortmund, Germany. He hosts the faculty’s Forum for Cultural Studies, works as an advisor for scientific journals, and coordinates various projects on an international scale.

 Guido Ipsen focuses on lecturing transdisciplinary subjects with semiotic and historical background. He also wrote an online introduction to linguistics and several papers and articles on semiotic and linguistic issues.

 

  1.  Academic career
  2. Administration
  3. Papers
  4. Publications 
  5. Funded Research
  6. Lectures

Academic career

1990-1993   Student of English and German philology, history, philosophy, and history of the arts, University of Kassel, Germany

1992-1993   Research assistant and tutor

1993-1994   Foreign language assistant and postgraduate student of history und information systems engineering, University of Wolverhampton, England

1994-1995   Research assistant, University of Kassel

1995             Master of Arts “History with Information Systems Engineering”, University of Wolverhampton, England

1995-2000   Assistant to Prof. Dr. Winfried Nöth, department of languages, semiotics section, University of Kassel

1996-2003   SOCRATES-coordinator Kassel-England

2000             21.2. - 3.3.2000 Visiting Academic, University of Wales, Cardiff

2001             9.2. PhD Dissertation HybridHyperSigns: Semiotic Parameters of Script Structures in WWW-based Hypertexts Grade: „summa cum laude“

2001-2003   Assistant Professor to Prof. Dr. Winfried Nöth, department of languages, semiotics section, University of Kassel, and to  Prof. Dr. Horst Dippel, administrating the project Die Herausbildung des modernen Konstitutionalismus/The Rise of Modern Constitutionalism – Elektronische Edition aller Verfassungsdokumente (2001-2002)

2002             October, Visiting Academic, University of Wales, Cardiff

2003-            Professor for Scientific Communication at the Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Dortmund

Administration

Administrator, PhD Board of the Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Dortmund.

Member of the Steering Committee, Socrates Project on Consumer Citizenship .

Organizer, Forum for Cultural Studies – transdiciplinary approaches.

 

Papers

  • Linguistic Orientation in Computational Space. Semiotics of the Media, an International Conference. Kassel, 20.-23. März 1995.

  • Die Möglichkeiten neuer Medien zur Veränderung des Textparadigmas. Kommunikationsgesellschaft (26. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik), Kassel, 28.-30.09.1995.

  • Semiotics, Information Science, Hypertext: A Transdisciplinary Approach for Publishing Strategies on the Internet. Humanities Publishing on the Internet, Internationale Konferenz, Erfurt, 12.-13.04.1996.

  • Hypertextgrammatik? Ein Ansatz und Fragestellungen. Norm und Variation (27. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik), Erfurt, 26.-28.09.1996.

  • Information Systems Engineering for the Making of Educational Hyperware. Gastvortrag, Kolloquium "Selbstlernen und Software", Kassel, Sprachenzentrum, 06.11.1996.

  • HyperTextStruktur: Informationslinguistische Überlegungen. Gastvortrag, Universität Osnabrück, 22.04.1997

  • Tote Metaphern schweigen nicht: Zur Besonderheit hypertextueller Textkontiguität. Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik, Innsbruck, 24.10.1997

  • Dynamische Metaphern und Hypertext. 3. PROWITEC-Tagung: Textproduktion in elektronischen Umgebungen (Workshop "Virtuelle Philologie"), Hildesheim, 26.-28.02.1998.

  • Hypertext als pragmatisches Medium in der Lehre. Gastvortrag, Kolloquium Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Kassel, 20.10.1998.

  • Pragmatisches Design für Lernhyperware: Das Online-Projekt Linguistics for Beginners. Multimedia in Lehre und Studium (Workshop an der Universität Gh Kassel), 9.2.2000.

  • Representation and transmedialization: Semiotic façets of technological progress. Crisis of representation, Universität Gh Kassel, 18.-19.2.2000.

  • Pragmatik des Hypertextes. 4. PROWITEC-Tagung: Textproduzieren in elektronischen Medien, Wien, 27.-29.4.2000.

  • Genese einer Hyperware. Workshop Internet in der Lehre. Berlin, Humboldt-Universität, 22.-23.09.2000.

  • Hybridity at the root of semiosis. Semiotic Society of America Meeting: "Semiosis in the City", Toronto, 18.-21.10.2001.

  • Evolution of culture and history of the media. Groningen, 22-23.11.2001.

  • Semiotics of cultural interfacing. The unifying aspects of cultures, Vienna, 7-9.11.2003.

planned papers:

  • Semiocultures – Culture Semiotics: On “culture” in semiotics, its meanings, manifestations, and delimitations. 8th AIS/IASS Congress, Signs of the world, interculturality and globalisation, Lyon, 7.-12.07.2004

  • The Hybridity of Hypertext: Two Levels of Presentation. 19th Triennial Conference IAUPE 2004, Vancouver 14.08.2004

Publications 

  • 1996. Josef Wallmannsberger: Virtuelle Textwelten (Review), in: Journal of Literary Semantics: An International Review, 181-185.

  • 1997. Linguistic orientation in computational space, in: Nöth, Winfried (ed.), Semiotics of the Media: State of the Art, Projects, Perspectives. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 559-574.

  • 1998. Linguistics for Beginners: An Interactive, Multimedial Online Textbook. Online: http://www.uni-kassel.de/fb8/lfb/lfb.html (Work in progress).
    Award: Predicate "Cool Site" by the Open Directory Project in the category Science/Social_Sciences/Language_and_Linguistics at
    http://dmoz.org/Science/Social_Sciences/Language_and_Linguistics/

  • 1999. Dynamische Verweise in Hypertexten: Zur Verwendbarkeit von Metaphern bei der Hypertextproduktion, in: Jakobs, Eva-Maria -- Knorr, Dagmar -- Pogner, Karl-Heinz (eds.), Textproduktion. HyperText, Text, KonText [Textproduktion und Medium; 5]. Frankfurt/Main: Lang, 11-28.

  • 2000. Abstract (translation), in: Paris-Berlin 1900-1933: Begegnungsorte, Wahrnehmungsmuster, Infrastrukturprobleme im Vergleich. Bock, Hans Manfred -- Ilja Mieck (eds.). Bern: Lang.

  • 2001a. Linguistics for beginners: The past, present, and future of an online tutorial, in: EESE 5/2001. http://webdoc.gwdg.de/edoc/ia/eese/eese.html.

  • 2001b. HybridHyperSigns, in: Wagner, Dorothea et al. (eds.), Ausgezeichnete Informatikdissertationen 2000. Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik, 63-74.

  • 2001c Evolution of culture and the history of the media, in: S.E.E.D. Journal (Semiotics, Evolution, Energy, and Development) 2/2001. Online: http://www.library.utoronto.ca/see/pages/SEED_Journal.html

  • 2001d. Pragmatik des Hypertextes, in: Handler, Peter (ed.). E-Text: Strategien und Kompetenzen: Elektronische Kommunikation in Wissenschaft, Bildung und Beruf. Frankfurt/Main: Lang, 67-80.

  • 2002a. Computer und Multimedia, in: Filk, Christian -- Michael Grisko (eds.). Einführung in die Medienliteratur – Eine kritische Sichtung. Siegen: Carl Boeschen, 123-134.

  • 2002b Poetik und Werbung: Neue Genres der Kommunikation. Tanja Christidis über Poetry and Advertising, in: Semiotische Berichte 1-4 (02), 345-358.

  • 2002c. Hybridity at the root of semiosis, in: Simpkins, Scott -- John Deely (eds.). Semiotics 2001 [=Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, held Oct. 18-21, 2001 at the University of Toronto and Victoria College, Toronto]. Ottawa : Legas, 292-310.

  • 2003a. The crisis of cognition in www-based media, in: Nöth, Winfried (ed.). Crisis of representation. Semiotica 143 (1/4) [special issue], 185-197.

  • 2003b A plea for a semiotic history of the media, in: Semiotische Berichte 1-4/03, 45-60.

In print:

  • 2004a. The interdependence of cultural evolution and medial development, in: Bax, Marcel -- Barend van Heusden -- Wolfgang Wildgen (eds.). Semiotic evolution and the dynamics of culture.

Work in progress:

  • 2004b. Semiotics of cultural interfacing, in Proceedings of the Vienna Conference “The unifying aspects of cultures”.

  • 2004c. HybridHyperSigns: Semiotische Parameter von Skriptstrukturen WWW-gebundener Hypertexte.

  • 2004d. HybridHyperSigns: Semiotic parameters of script structures of www-based hypertexts.

  • 2004e. Mediality, historicity, finality: Re-reading Peircean foundations for a modern transdisciplinary semiotics, in: S.E.E.D. Journal (Semiotics, Evolution, Energy, and Development).

  • 2004f. Hybridity of the body as a foundation for a holistic nature-culture-semiotics, in: Santaella, Lucia. The hybrid body.

  • 2004g. [with W. Nöth] Introduction, in Winfried Nöth & Guido Ipsen, eds. Körper - Verkörperung - Entkörperung / Body - Embodiment - Disembodiment. (=Zehnter Internationaler Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Semiotik, 29. bis 21. Juli 2002, Universität Kassel) [CD-ROM], Kassel: Kassel University Press.

  • 2004h. Hybridization and extensions of the human body, or: The conquest of nature by culture, in Winfried Nöth & Guido Ipsen, eds. Körper - Verkörperung - Entkörperung / Body - Embodiment - Disembodiment. (=Zehnter Internationaler Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Semiotik, 29. bis 21. Juli 2002, Universität Kassel) [CD-ROM], Kassel: Kassel University Press.

  • 2004i. [with W. Nöth] (eds.) Körper - Verkörperung - Entkörperung / Body - Embodiment - Disembodiment. (=Zehnter Internationaler Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Semiotik, 29. bis 21. Juli 2002, Universität Kassel) [CD-ROM], Kassel: Kassel University Press.

  • 2004j. S like steam engine. Transcodings of sign systems in the realm of railways, in Guido Ipsen, Dario Martinelli, Merja Bauters et al. The S-book.

  • 2004k. [with D. Martinelli, M. Bauters et al.] (eds.) The S-book.

  • 2004l. Nature, culture, body, environment, and transcendence, in Signs systems studies.

  • 2005a. [with F. Beilecke] Medien-Maschinen: Das Konzept der Medialen Brüche im Diskurs der Moderne. Eine transdisziplinäre Studie aus Semiotik und Politologie.

  • 2005b. (ed.) Pansemiotism: Transdisciplinary perspectives on the universe of signs.

  • 2005c. Semiotik der Eisenbahn: Signalsprachen in synchroner und diachroner Perspektive.

 

Funded Research

  • 1992-1993. [Collaborator] Corpus Analysis: The COLUMBO programme. Funded by University of Kassel.

  • 1995-1996 [Organizer] Project for Improvement of Lectures: Implementation of an Online Linguistics for Beginners Resource. Funded by University of Kassel.

  • 1998-2003 [Collaborator] German-Brasilian Culture and Media in Comparison. Funded by DAAD.

  • 2000-2002 [Collaborator] The Rise of Constitutionalism 1789-1848. Funded by German Research Council (DFG).

  • 2001-2002 [Organizer] The historical discourse on media: Resource collection. Funded by University of Kassel.

  • 2002-2003. [Collaborator] The informational interface. Funded by SSHRC (Canada).

  • 2003 [Organizer] Historical Semiotics of the Media. Pre-project for an application to the DFG. Funded by University of Kassel.

  • 2003-2008. [Collaborator, member of the steering committee] European Consumer Citizenship. Funded in the framework of the Socrates programme, European Union.

 Work in progress:

  • 2004/2005 (to be announced) [Organizer] First Dortmund Conference on Semiotics, Dortmund, Germany.

  • 2004-2009 [Applicant] Historical Semiotics of the Media.

 

Lectures

  • Winter 1991/92
    Tutorial: Introduction to Linguistics

  • Winter 1992/93
    Tutorial: Computergestützte Lexikographie: Wortindices und Konkordanzen

  • 1993-1994
    Foreign language assistant at the University of Wolverhampton

  • Winter 1995/96:
    Introduction to linguistics;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Summer 1996:
    Approaches to hypertext;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Winter 1996/97:
    Introduction to linguistics;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Summer 1997:
    Sociolinguistics;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Winter 1997/98:
    Introduction to linguistics;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Summer 1998:
    Film semiotics;
    Computer enhanced learning and teaching in the classroom (I);
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Winter 1998/99:
    Introduction to linguistics;
    Computer enhanced learning and teaching in the classroom (II);
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Summer 1999:
    Semiotics of the media – history of the media. A transdisciplinary approach.
    Foreign language acquisition and computers;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Winter 1999/2000:
    Introduction to linguistics;
    Introduction to pragmatics;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Summer 2000
    Information linguistics;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Winter 2000/2001:
    Translation English-German;
    Translation German-English;
    Introduction to word processing for exchange students

  • Summer 2001:
    Hybrid signs and hybrid cultures: Semiotic perspectives on modernity

  • Winter 2001/2002:
    Hybrid Times: An introduction to semiotics in the (post)modern age;
    The muse of semantics: Meaning and play in language

  • Summer 2002:
    Semiotics of advertising and the rise of the consumer society;
    Of Klingons, Elves and international communication: Artificial languages in society, literature, and pop culture.

  • Winter 2002/2003:
    Reading the media

  • Summer 2003:
    History of the media – histories of the media

  • Winter 2003/2004:
    Inter! Trans! Multi! The crossing of disciplinary borders in academic work
    Semiotics as a transdiscipline
    Summer 2004 (planned):
    Introduction to interdisciplinary work in cultural studies
    Semiotics and semiology: On the history and theories about the nature of signs
    Media semiotics

 

©Guido Ipsen, 2004