From November 10th to November 11th 2011 a conference entitled “(DIS)ORIENTATION – (dis)orienting media and narrative mazes“ will take place at the Ruhr-University Bochum. The main focus of this conference will be on media as technologies and sites of orientation and disorientation as well as media narratives employing this (dis)orientation as theme and structure.

Conference rooms in the "Mensa"-building, Ruhr-University Bochum
Conference Languages: English, German


Jason Mittell

Associate Professor of American Studies and Film & Media Culture, Middlebury College (USA)

keynote title
Serial Orientations: Mapping the Narrative Worlds of Contemporary Complex Television
Rolf Nohr

Professor für Medienästhetik/Medienkultur, Institut für Medienforschung, HBK Braunschweig (D)

keynote title
Die Kabine als "anderer Ort". Mediale Positionierungen

Nanna Verhoeff

Associate Professor for Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University (NL)

keynote title
A Visual Regime of Navigation: Locative Media and Digital Archives

The conference is organised by:

Julia Eckel (M.A.)


Bernd Leiendecker (M.A.)
Daniela Olek (M.A.)
Christine Piepiorka (Dipl./M.A.)

We'd like to express our sincere gratitude to our co-operation partners, who enable us to conduct this conference:

Media Studies Department of the Ruhr University Bochum (Link)
Ruhr-University Research School (Link)
Faculty for Philology (Link)
Rectorate of the Ruhr-University Bochum (Link)
Gesellschaft der Freunde der RUB e.V. (Link)

For directions to the Ruhr-University please visit the following website:
Orientation at the RUB

Below you find a small map of the way from the underground stop "Ruhr-Universität" to the conference rooms in the "Mensa"-building (click to enlarge).


A conference dinner will take place on November 10th 2011 at the Orlando in Bochum (Alte Hattinger Straße 31, 44789 Bochum - City) and we cordially invite you to join us!

Please register for the conference dinner on the registration-site until October 23rd. Charges for the dinner will be 20 Euros, which you please transfer to our bank account until October 31st.

Account owner:
Christine Piepiorka
bank code:
banking institution:
comdirect Bank

Here you find some links to various hotels in Bochum.

Park Inn
(ca. 100€)

Art Hotel Tucholsky
(ca. 65-85 €)

Plaza Bochum
(68 €)

Jugendherberge Bochum
(ca. 59 Euro)

Ibis Bochum Zentrum
(49 €)

Hotel Aleppo
(Hotel ca. 59 €,
Hostel ca. 39 €)

Kolpinghaus Bochum
(ca. 28 Euro)