Rik Smit: Retracing Memory Practices in Digital Spaces (2012-2017)

Rik Smit, M.A.: Retracing Memory Practices in Digital Spaces

October 2012 – September 2017
Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG is its Dutch acronym)
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Department of Media and Journalism Studies
Promotores: Prof. Dr. M.J. Broersma and Dr. Ansgard Heinrich

Description of the project:
How are memory practices changing and which new practices are emerging in our increasingly mediatized and digitized culture? This overarching question guides my research into publicly mediated memory. Memory is a site of constant contestation and reconstruction, an unstable network formed by ideas, objects, people and the technologies of memory we call media. It therefore requires a methodological approach that lays bare these shifting interactions and associations in empirical contexts. This research attempts to do so by examining memory as it is formed on different platforms such as Facebook and through emerging (digital) practices.