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6) Visualization in/as Digital Media Studies (November 2021, Siegen/Potsdam)

November 15, 18-19, 2021
University of Siegen/Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Germany

Organized by Dr. Skadi Loist and Dr. Marcus Burkhardt

Guests: Nadieh Bremer (freelancing data visualization designer and artist), Michelle Mantsio (Australian Academy of Design) and Deb Verhoeven (University of Technology, Sydney)

Keynote: There will be an opening lecture by Johanna Drucker (Department of Information Studies, UCLA) on November 15. Her talk is entitled “Visualization for Modeling Interpretation”.

Visualizations play a central role in the digital humanities and for digital methods. They serve as a means of inquiry and of communication. In a joint workshop of the collaborative research center “Media of Cooperation” (University of Siegen), the BMBF project “Film Circulation on the International Film Festival Network” (Film University Babelsberg) and the DFG network "New Directions in Film Historiography“ we will explore the potentials as well as the epistemological and practical challenges of visualization in digital media studies. Our aim is to explore current approaches, practices and techniques of visualization and to discuss their potential contribution to digital media studies. Visualization refers to more than the beautiful, yet potentially misleading and suggestive presentation of fact through visual artifacts. Visualization denotes also a process, i.e. an exploratory research process in the mode of the visual. Therefore, the workshop will pay special attention to the practices of inquiry in the process of visualizing: How can visualization be understood as open-ended inquiry and how can critical intervention be articulated in and through visualization? In short, how can visualization be practiced as a mode of digital media studies in its own right? We invite contributions that engage with the topic of the workshop and a based in projects with specific practices of visualization and research on visualization.

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