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Cursus: ME3V21001
Data as Media
Cursus informatieRooster
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau3 (3 (Bachelor Gevorderd))
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geesteswetenschappen; BA Onderwijs Geesteswetenschappen; Ug School Media en Cultuurwetenschappen;
ContactpersoonK.F. van Es
VorigeVolgende 2
Contactpersoon van de cursus
K.F. van Es
Overige cursussen docent
K.F. van Es
Overige cursussen docent
dr. J. van Gorp
Overige cursussen docent
dr. M.L. de Lange
Overige cursussen docent
G.A. van Schie, MA
Overige cursussen docent
1  (06-09-2021 t/m 05-11-2021)
TimeslotB: B (DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag)
OpmerkingIt’s not possible to register for this course during the change-of-enrolment days.
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 31-05-2021 09:00 t/m 27-06-2021 23:59
AanmeldingsprocedureOsiris Student
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
At the end of the course students are able to:
  • identify and explain cultural data practices, based on the relevant academic concepts developed for approaches to datafication and mediatization;
  • develop an understanding of how a media and performance studies perspective can be productive for data studies;
  • conduct a situational data analysis of a cultural or societal phenomenon, exploring how data are produced, circulated and/or operationalized;
  • write a paper that is academically sound and according to academic conventions on the design and results of this analysis.
Priority rules apply to this course. Make sure you register for this course before June 14, 12.00 noon to be considered for enrollment.
The following students are guaranteed a place:
  • BA Media en cultuur/Media and Culture;
  • BA TCS or LAS;
  • pre-master’s students.
Other students will be placed by means of random selection. 

In our data-driven society data are often seen as empirical and therefore neutral or objective phenomena. However, data are constructions, always already constituted in wider assemblages. As such, datafication - the process of turning all aspects of our social and cultural world into data - poses ethical, cultural, and critical challenges that demand reflection. 
This course approaches datafication as a process of mediatization and demonstrates the valuable contribution that media and performance studies can make to the field of data studies. Inspired by the idea of data as situated and principles from the ethics of care, it promotes a critical engagement with data that is also responsible, affective and material (cf Loukisass 2019). More concretely, it examines - through various cases linked to gender, performance, new media and film/television studies - how the media and performance studies perspective on data is productive to discussions about the role of data and algorithms in our culture and society. Students furthermore learn to conduct a situational data analysis, analyzing how data are produced, circulated and/or operationalized.
This is the first course in the specialization Critical Data studies. The aim of this advanced trajectory is to train students to analyze the assemblages that produce, circulate and utilize data in diverse ways. It teaches them to raise critical questions about how datafication shapes and interacts with society and culture.
This course presupposes basic knowledge of theories of (new)media. Moreover you are expected to be acquainted with either the Chicago or MLA system of referencing and annotating literature; to be able to search and select sources/literature in the university library and in online databases; to be able to read and process academic texts; to formulate valid research questions and to be able to write a coherent and well-structured paper.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
This knowledge and these skills can be acquired and trained in the courses in basispakket 1 & 2 BA Media & Culture of basispakket 1 & 2 BA CIW.
Verplicht materiaal
Titel:All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society (2019)
Auteur:Yanni Alexander Loukissas
Uitgever:MIT Press


Lectures and seminar meetings are designed to provide tools for the critical reading of texts, discussions of research questions and for analyzing data practices.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Students are required to read the assigned texts in advance and prepare questions and complete weekly assignments for both lectures and seminar meetings.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
Students are expected to prepare for all meetings by reading and completing assignments. This includes preparing collaborative assignments, participation in group discussions, and peer feedback on written work and presentations of other students during seminar meetings.

Minimum cijfer5,5

Aspecten van academische vorming
Academisch denken, werken en handelen
Kennis hanteren in een bredere context
Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium

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