From June 25th-29th, 2012 the RMeS Summer School took place at Utrecht of Groningen.
Theme: “Media in transition“.
“Traditionally, research in the Humanities focuses on textual artifacts. Media scholars, whether they come from historical, cultural, literary, film or journalism studies, work with archival material, secondary sources, and media content. In the analogue age, these products had a relatively permanent character; research designs could take the permanence and durability of the text almost for granted. This is no longer the case. With the rise of digital technology, the production, content and reception of (or participation with) media is continuously in flux and the intensity of change in terms of production practices and institutional structures is significant. In the Digital Age, media objects are manipulable, malleable, and changeable which raises a number of challenges in terms of how we research our objects of study. Not only are audiences able to interact with content more easily, they are increasingly able to create, collaborate, and participate – turning into producers themselves. This summer school focuses on how to capture increasingly liquid media texts, how to conceptualize the growing diffusion of media production, and how to grasp our continually changing media landscapes. During the workshops this theme will be discussed from a theoretical perspective. Consequently, new qualitative methods will be discussed that enable scholars to study media in transition.”
For more information, see: http://www.rmes.nl/summer-school-2011-2012/