This course is compulsory for those Online Culture: Art, Media and Society students who choose the exit profile ‘Research’.
The semester is divided into two parts:
1 Paradigm shifts
We will start by critically discussing what constitutes a Kuhnian ‘paradigm shift’, and also the kinds of ‘turns’ the humanities have taken (linguistic turn; mobilities turn etc.). We will then move on to debate the notion of ‘paradigm shift’ through two recent developments relevant for humanities and cultural studies students: digital humanities and big data.
2 The researcher doing research
During this second part of the semester we start slowly orienting towards the spring semester when you will be working on your BA thesis. Building on the insights gathered during the first part of the course, we will discuss different aspects of carrying out an actual research project and some of the choices it entails and their implications. Your take-home exam will also include a self-reflection assignment where you need to reflect on yourself as a researcher, taking as a starting point the topics discussed during the course.
- Becker, Howard S., Tricks of the trade. How to think about your research while you’re doing it., Chicago: The University of Chicago Press., 1998.
- Berry, David M., The computational turn: Thinking about the digital humanities., Culture Machine 12, 2011.
- boyd, danah & Kate Crawford, Critical questions for big data., Information, Communication & Society 15 (5), 662-679.
- Kitchin, Rob, Big data, new epistemologies and paradigm shifts., Big Data & Society, 1-12., 2014.
- Marche, Stephen, Literature is not data: Against digital humanities., Los Angeles Review of Books, October 28.
- van de Ven, Inge, Attention please? Why we need both close and distant reading in the age of big data., Diggit Magazine, October 19., 2016.