Digital Methods Winter School

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Digital Methods Program

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Interventions & Positionings - Digital Methods Winter School 2018

The Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) Amsterdam, is holding its annual Winter School on Interventions & Positionings. The format is that of a (social media and web) data sprint, with hands-on work for telling stories with data, together with a programme of keynote speakers and a Mini-conference, where PhD candidates, motivated scholars and advanced graduate students present short papers on digital methods and new media related topics, and receive feedback from the Amsterdam DMI researchers and international participants. Participants need not give a paper at the Mini-conference to attend the Winter School. For a preview of what the event is like, you can view short video clips from previous editions of the Summer School in 2015 and 2014.
Over the past decade digital methods have been put to use by data journalists, national ministries, non-governmental organisations, city governments, media artists, police departments, international organisations, philanthropic funding agencies, not to mention by academics outside of digital media & computational culture, from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, working with their own outreach audiences and outside partners. That one may intervene with digital methods is clear, but the question concerns the positioning.
Extremism and counter-terrorism units may wish to map online networks of groups and individuals. Under which circumstances and with which ethics to act? City governments may be interested in how Airbnb data can provide insights into how the sharing economy is putting pressure on the housing market. When an analyst finds concrete instances of over-renting properties, does one share the findings and if so how? Non-governmental organisations would like to know whether their anti-fossil fuel campaigns are reaching audiences outside of their own bubbles. How to make such questions relevant for academic research? Funders would like an issue area and the stakeholders mapped, but what if one finds that the funders are overdetermining the agenda of the field? How to study secure messaging apps in a manner that is of interest to critical scholars and police departments (if at all)?
At the 2018 Digital Methods Winter School we would like to put forward positioning practices that address working with practitioners together with the projects (and data sets) they bring along. The Winter School has as its goal to take stock and tell stories of interventions and the positionings one was able to take up. How to navigate the space between scholarly research, practitioner expectation and critical output? Additionally the Winter School will make interventions, working together with ‘publics with an ask’. 

Course information:

  • Dates: 8 - 12 January 2018
  • Application deadline: 7 December 2017
  • Academic director: Richard Rogers
  • Academic level: all graduate levels - Master's, PhD candidates and professionals/scholars
  • Credits: non credit or 6 ECTS 
  • Field of study: New Media and Digital Culture
  • Location: Faculty of Humanities, Media Studies, Turfdraagsterpad 9, Amsterdam

Tuition fee

  • Non credit course & credit course: € 595

How to apply

For application details please visit the Digital Methods website below. 

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