Last week I had the pleasure of attending the conference, Public Emotions: Affective Collectivity in Audiences, at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Here’s the conference blurb:
I spent the past few days attending the conference on Materialities of Postcolonial Memory organized by the Amsterdam School for Heritage Memory and Material Culture. The highlights for me were the panels that dealt with […]
Last week I joined a symposium in Istanbul on the changing meanings of Mediterranean cities.
I’m very glad to be joining the sessions of a great event at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. Coinciding with my first days of fieldwork here in the city, the workshop has brought together a […]
Yesterday I dropped by an inspiring symposium on Public Lives/Private Platform: The Politics of Twitter organized by Matt Cornell and co. at the University of Amsterdam. Was a great, self-organized space for activists, academics, journalists, and critical tech enthusiasts of many sorts. The keynote lecture by Jillian York on the history of the hashtag was very cool and it was a pleasure to meet her.
Yesterday I was happy to chair a fascinating Masterclass session led by Farida Vis, who is Director of the Visual Media Lab in Sheffield. The session was given by Farida at the KNAW as part of an event organized by Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi on migration, media, and digital technology. Farida gave an interactive talk about the work she’s doing with her team at the Visual Media Lab about the circulation of images, such as that of Alan Kurdi, and their role in shaping discussions of the refugee debate in the UK.
Last week I completed the Summer School of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam as part of the digital methods training of the Digital Crossings project I’m working on. It was an immersive experience in the world of “big data” researchers, tools, methods, and ontologies. We learned through a mix of keynote lectures, tutorial workshops, and working in groups on our own research projects. I had the opportunity of pitching three small sub-projects that I proceeded to work on for the first week together with my team from the Digital Crossings research project and an international group of participants of the summer school.