Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089644749 Published June 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Contemporary Culture

New Directions in Art and Humanities Research

Edited by Judith Thissen, Robert Zwijnenberg, and Kitty Zijlmans

Edited by Judith Thissen, Robert Zwijnenberg, and Kitty Zijlmans

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

250 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089644749 Published June 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Are the humanities still relevant in the twenty-first century? In the context of pervasive economic liberalism and shrinking budgets, the importance of humanities research for society is increasingly put into question. This volume claims that the humanities do indeed matter by offering empirically grounded critical reflections on contemporary cultural practices, thereby opening up new ways of understanding social life and new directions in humanities scholarship. The contributors argue that the humanities can regain their relevance for society, pose new questions and provide fresh answers, while maintaining their core values: critical reflection, historical consciousness and analytical distance. 
Contents

Introduction

Judith Thissen

 

Part 1: Media Cities

 

1. Mediacity: On the Discontinuous Continuity of the Urban Public Sphere

René Boomkens

 

2. Orkontros: Brazilian Migrants, Social Network Sites and the European City

Martijn Oosterbaan

 

3. Imagining the City: The Difference that Art Makes

Judith Vega

 

4. Body Movies: The City as Interface

Martijn de Waal

 

Part 2: The Ludic Turn

 

5. Homo Ludens 2.0: Play, Media and Identity

Valerie Frissen, Jos de Mul and Joost Raessens

 

6. Digital Cartographies as Playful Practices

Sybille Lammes

 

7. From Gengsi to Gaul: Mobile Media and Playful Identities in Jakarta

Michiel de Lange

 

8. Transformations in Perception and Participation: Digital Gamers

Renée van de Vall

 

9. Machinima: Moving on the Edge of Rules and Fiction

René Glas

 

Part 3: Thinking Analogue

 

10. Sound Technologies and Cultural Practices: How Analogies Make us Listen to Transformations in Art and Culture

Karin Bijsterveld,  José van Dijck, Annelies Jacobs and Bas Jansen

 

11. The Case of ccMixter: Credit-Giving within a Communal Online Remixing Practice

Bas Jansen

Part 4: Hybrid Practices

 

12. On the Need for Cooperation between Art and Science

Robert Zwijnenberg

 

13. Laboratory on the Move in Retrospect

Ni Haifeng and Kitty Kijlmans

 

14. Embedded in the Dutch Art World

Judith Thissen

 

15. Roots and the Production of Heritage

Alex van Stipriaan

 

16. How to Succeed in Art and Science: The Observatory Observed

Geert Somsen and Jeroen Werner

 

Part 5: Looking Back, Looking Forward

 

Introduction

 

Interview with José van Dijck and Robert Zwijnenberg

Marcel ten Hooven

 

About the Authors

 

 

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