Inge Kalle-den Oudsten: The Post Museum and Digital Technologies

Inge Kalle-den Oudsten | University of Amsterdam, Mediastudies | Promotor: Robin Boast, Supervisors: Mirjam Hoijtink and Wim Hupperetz | October 2015-2019 | i.kalle-denoudsten[at]uva.nl

The Post Museum and Digital Technologies
CEMEC (Connecting Early Medieval European Collections)

My research looks at the relationship between Eilean Hooper-Greenhill’s concept of the ‘post museum’ and digital technologies. The post museum may be conceptualised as the museum of the future: an open, democratic space, no longer centred on ‘objective’ knowledge and curator-led concerns, but much more about visitors and their meanings. Often, digital technologies are heralded as open and democratic, which begs the question – might they be an answer – could they project the traditional museum forwards towards the post museum? This question is approached by looking at visitor meaning making processes through participant-centred, ethnographically inspired, visitor research at two case-studies: the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam, complemented by the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Both these case-studies make serious use of digital technologies in their galleries, but both do so very differently. Through more than 20 in-depth visitor-led interviews, I aim to understand more deeply how visitors create meanings in museums and whether these processes may be influenced by digital technologies. In what ways can digital create more space for visitor meanings in our traditional museums, assisting these institutions into changing towards a post museum?

Anouk Mols: Mobile privacy and surveillance: Evaluating users’ everyday negotiations and practices

Anouk Mols | Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication | Promotor(es) prof. dr Suzanne Janssen, supervisor(s): dr Jason Pridmore | 1 October 2016 – 30 September 2020 | mols[at]eshcc.eur.nl

Mobile privacy and surveillance: Evaluating users’ everyday negotiations and practices
Overarching project: Mapping Privacy and Surveillance Dynamics in Emerging Mobile Ecosystems: Practices and Contexts in the Netherlands and US (funded by NWO/NSF)

Mobile devices offer users unlimited new possibilities, three of which are the opportunity to keep an eye on your neighbourhood through WhatsApp groups, to use wearables and apps which monitor your health and track your fitness achievements, and to constantly receive assistance from an intelligent personal assistant. However, these mobile and interconnected platforms might also have an effect on how users negotiate their privacy as they increase the potential for more pervasive forms of digitally mediated surveillance by companies, marketers, governments, employers and Internet Service Providers. Anouk Mols’ mixed-methods PhD project focuses on how users of mobile technologies negotiate the costs and benefits of emerging mobile technologies with regard to surveillance and privacy. She studies  the everyday negotiations and practices of users of neighbourhood watch messaging groups (WhatsApp Buurtpreventie), work messaging groups, fitness and health tracking apps and wearables, intelligent personal assistants (e.g. Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa), and smart speakers (e.g. Google Home and Amazon Echo). The research design includes in-depth interviews, focus groups and a privacy vignettes survey (which will be conducted in collaboration with the U.S. project partners at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Maryland). This research project provides new insights into how people develop, perceive and negotiate privacy and how mobile technologies influence the way people think about information disclosure.

Li-An Ko: Beyond Sadness: Historical Films in the Post-Martial Law Period of Taiwan (1987-2017)

Li-An Ko | Utrecht University, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) | Supervisor: Prof. dr Frank Kessler  Co-supervisor: Dr Judith Keilbach | 1 September 2014 – 31 August 2018 | l.a.ko[at]uu.nl

The development of cinema in Taiwan was heavily influenced by political powers (the colonial government of Japan and then the Chinese Koumintang), which controlled and restrained language, themes and historical representations on the screen. After the end of the Martial Law period in 1987, a number of films, in addition to the most famous one, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A City of Sadness (1989), engaged in the complicated historical issues of Taiwan, trying to represent Taiwanese history with viewpoints that had been suppressed by those in power. Thus, these historical films became part of the movement of reflecting on the identity of Taiwanese.

This research looks into the changes of historical discourse in Taiwanese cinema and the practice of local filmmakers on the historical representation during the past thirty years. At the same time, three case studies are used to explore the relationship between cinema and history and to respond to the issues of historical film with an analytical perspective of film narratology. The goal of the research is to foster our understanding of the role of cinema in the process of the historical reconstruction of this young democratic country, and of what/how the historical films contribute to the understanding of history.

Cara Brems: Journalism of Connectivity. How Social Media affect journalism practice, news coverage and public participation in the Netherlands and Flanders.

Cara Brems  | University of Groningen & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Department of Media and Journalism Studies (RUG) and TTKA – Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies (VUB) | Supervisors: Marcel Broersma (RUG) & Martina Temmerman (VUB) | 01 November 2013 – 01 November 2017 | c[dot]brems[at]rug[dot]nl & cara[dot]brems[at]vub[dot]ac[dot]be

The introduction of Web 2.0 technologies has fundamentally changed the ways in which we communicate with each other. People are increasingly expressing themselves, interacting with others and sharing information via social media and (micro)blogs. This notable shift has also affected the ways in which news is made and delivered to the audience.

In this project I study the impact of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook on journalism practice: How does this affect news coverage in the Netherlands and Flanders? By comparing the practices of Dutch and Flemish reporters, I want to learn how they integrate social media in their daily news gathering routines and how these platforms impact their professional identity.

Furthermore I focus on the ways journalists and news organizations use social media in their news texts and publishing strategies; and how social media impact the content and form of news and information dissemination. By using a mixed methods approach and by concentrating on specific case studies, this project aims to learn more about the way journalism is shifting from a mass media to a network communication paradigm.

Nicky van Es: Locating Imagination. An Interdisciplinairy Perspective on Literary, Film and Music Tourism

Nicky van Es | Erasmus University Rotterdam Faculty & Department: Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC); Arts & Culture Department | Supervisor: dr. Stijn Reijnders  | 01 February 2013 – 1 February 17 | vanes[at]eshcc[dot]eur[dot]nl

Description research topic: Within the broader “Locating Imagination”-project, I particularly study the phenomenon of literary tourism – the phenomenon of people visiting places associated with popular works of fiction and/or their authors. In mainly addopting an ethnographical approach towards studying contemporary manifestations of literary tourism, the underlying aims of this project are to gain further insights on the diverse range of motivations, experiences and meanings attached to this practice by tourists themselves. Overall, the project is aimed towards providing an explanation for the increasing popularity of this phenomenon through stressing the importance of both reading and writing literature in the experience of place in a postmodern context. For using a picture, I assume you can use the one displayed on my homepage of my university (http://www.eshcc.eur.nl/english/personal/vanes/), though I am not entirely sure to what extent this picture is free of copyrights. Should you require any additional information or have any further questions, please do not hesistate to let me know as well!