Dr Philipp Seuferling is LSE Fellow in Media and Communication in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
Dr Seuferling earned his Ph.D. in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden, in October 2021. His doctoral thesis is entitled “Media and the refugee camp: the historical making of space, time, and politics in the modern refugee regime” (view here). In the study, he explores the historical role of media practices and media technologies in experiencing and governing refugee camps in Germany since 1945. For the thesis Dr Seuferling has received the Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group at the International Communication Association (ICA). Dr Seuferling holds degrees from Hamburg University (B.A.) and Lund University (M.Sc.). During the spring term of 2022, he was a visiting researcher at the Department for Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University (NYU).
In his current research, Dr Seuferling focuses on historical and contemporary mediations of state borders. Critically investigating contemporary imaginaries of “smart borders” alongside historical developments of media technologies in border governance, he aims to scrutinize how borders are cultural techniques, fundamentally enabled by media practices and technologies of filtering and differentiating. During his stay at NYU, he conducted an archival case study of the Ellis Island immigration station and its early fantasies and practices around media technologies in governing the migrant body and decision-making at the border.