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Michael Dieter on Fri, 7 Nov 2008 09:48:20 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> Research Methods Workshop with Geert Lovink

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Web 2.0 Studies // Critical Internet Theory
Geert Lovink

Research Methodologies Workshop
December 15th and 16th, 2008
School of Culture and Communication
University of Melbourne

The School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne
is seeking applications from researchers who wish to take part in a
two day methodologies workshop with Professor Geert Lovink (Director,
Institute of Network Culture, Amsterdam). Participation is free but
places are limited and will be restricted to participants who are
engaged in research relating to the theme of Web 2.0 studies and
critical Internet theory. Participants will be chosen based on a
competitive application process and priority will be give to
postgraduates and early career researchers. The workshop will include
a discussion of the work of Geert Lovink and presentations from
successful applicants.

Workshop Theme

This two-day intensive workshop will focus on critical methodologies
for studying Web 2.0. In relation to the contemporary Internet, there
is an obvious need to move beyond cultural studies approaches to
fandom, where active consumption is simply recast as participatory
culture without any assessment of the economic and technological
forces driving user-generated content. Rather than relying on the
Jenkins-style models of convergence and the notion of collective
intelligence, this workshop will encourage participants to consider
the alternative possibilities and theoretical problems facing a
materialist understanding of network culture.

For instance, to what extent can software studies move from
engineering issues and technologically-focused specifications to
outline a broader analytics of power? What sort of creative concepts
are available for understanding the everyday practices of blogging?
How can organized networks transform their dependence on free labor to
reach greater economic sustainability?

While the theme is framed in part by Geert Lovink's ongoing
theoretical work, this workshop also allows for the opportunity to
discuss some of the more general difficulties facing Internet
research, including questions of scale, speed and temporality,
theories of technology, debates around networked politics and modes of

Some key topics:

-        organized networks
-        theories of blogging
-        recent web 2.0 literature (Bruns, Zittrain, Shirky)
-        software studies and protocol (Fuller, Galloway)
-        distributed aesthetics
-        free labor and collaboration

The ARC Cultural Research Network has agreed to fund 3 stipends of up
to $750 to support travel and accommodation costs of participants from
outside Melbourne.

How to Apply: Applications are due by Friday Nov 21, 2008.
Applications must include a 250-word summary of your research topic,
highlighting links to the theme and a one-page curriculum vitae.

Applications and further information should be sent to Michael Dieter
at mdieter {AT} unimelb.edu.au

Geert Lovink, founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures
(INC), is a Dutch-Australian media theorist and critic. He holds a PhD
from the University of Melbourne and in 2003 was based at the Centre
for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. In 2004,
Lovink was appointed as Research Professor at the Hogeschool van
Amsterdam and Associate Professor at University of Amsterdam. He is
the founder of Internet projects such as nettime and fibreculture. His
recent book titles are Dark Fiber (2002), Uncanny Networks (2002) and
My First Recession (2003). In 2005-06 he was a fellow at the
Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin Institute for Advanced Study where he
finished his third volume on critical Internet culture, Zero Comments

Geert's weblog: www.networkcultures.org/geert
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