Events This Month
Join us for our regular series of DERC Chats, an informal opportunity to hear what people in the centre and our broader research community are working on.
We’ll hear three lightening talks followed by discussion over drinks and snacks.
This time we’ll hear from Ramon Lobato on researching streaming television services and software; Grace McQuilten on her current ARC Discovery Project, ‘Art based social enterprise and marginalised young people’; and Samuel Kininmonth on the challenges of digital methods.
Ramon Lobato is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication. A media industries scholar, Ramon studies digital distribution networks and how they structure access, discovery and audience experience. In this presentation Ramon will speak about two current projects exploring the impact of subscription video-on-demand services and smart TV use in Australia.
Grace McQuilten is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, and Leader of the Contemporary Art and Social Transformation Research Group in the School of Art. She is an art historian, curator and artist with expertise in contemporary art and design, public art, social practice, social enterprise and community development.
Samuel Kininmonth is a PhD Candidate in the Technology, Communication and Policy (TCP) Lab within the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University. His research examines the impacts of media automation, especially around platforms and infrastructures of digital advertising such as programmatic.
DERC RAW [Researchers @ Work]: “Software Studies: A Conversation”
Please join us for our regular series of DERC RAW, a series of informal research workshops presented by RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre. Dr Pradip Sarkar, Dr Yaron Meron and Ben Morgan from the School of Media and Communications will lead our next series on software studies.
What is “Software Studies”?
According to Lev Manovich (2013), “Software Studies” aims to “investigate both the role of software in forming contemporary culture, and cultural, social, and economic forces which are shaping development of software itself.”
Essentially, Software Studies is the scholarly examination of software (includes all digital artefacts), drawing concepts and epistemologies from the disciplines of media and cultural studies, digital humanities, social sciences, as well as computer science. In this regard it bears strong relations to Internet Studies, Platform Studies, and Digital Cultures.
As part of this RAW session, there will be brief presentations by three HDR researchers from the School of Media and Communications – Yaron Meron, who has just completed his PhD; Pradip Sarkar, currently undertaking his PhD; and Ben Morgan who’s approaching the finishing line. Following their presentations, there will be an informal discussion, to explore and examine ideas around research into digital tools, platforms, algorithms, and digital cultures.
Ref: Manovich, L. (2013). Software takes command (Vol. 5): A&C Black.