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Research Values

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The research/PhD workshop RESEARCH VALUES contributes to the transmediale festival program of 2018, which takes place under the title of face value. Workshop participants take part in closed seminars and talks at the newly founded Center for Media Studies in Potsdam over 3 days, contribute to online and offline publications, and participate in public presentations at the festival in Berlin. The workshop aims to provide a forum for emerging researchers to enter into speculation, critique, exchange, and dialog about their research topic. The PhD workshop is organised by APRJA, A Peer-Reviewed Journal About_, Aarhus University, transmediale – festival for art and digital culture and Brandenburg Center for Media Studies – ZeM, Potsdam.

“Taking things at face value” seems to have become the norm of public discourse amidst today’s reactionary and algorithmically guided communication practices. transmediale wants to challenge this impulse to judge things by their immediate appearance and instead look at less visible issues, which run deep across all sectors of society. These include power relations rarely discussed at digital culture events, such as contemporary imbalances of class, gender, and race, which are also being built into technological systems.

Topics may include the economies of utility and expenditure that pervade digital culture—currencies, semantics, identities, and their interrelations. At the same time, the workshop raises the question of how research can move out of its own self-reaffirming loop, in which it mostly fulfills an economic function. What does it mean to take research at face value? What lies beneath its surface in terms of the wider social, cultural, economic, and environmental forces it generates? In times of immediate and reactionary responses to complex realities, we urgently need to provide alternatives to this urge towards simplification, and reinvent the notion of research value/s.

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TitleResearch Values
LocationBrandenburg Center for Media Studies – ZeM
Degree of recognitionInternational event