Are the humanities still relevant in the twenty-first century? In the context of pervasive economic liberalism and shrinking budgets due to a deep and prolonged recession, the exigency 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.
|Kitty Zijlmans is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory/World Art Studies at the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. Since January 2011 Director of LUCAS - Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.|Judith Thissen is senior lecturer/researcher at Utrecht University in the Department of Media and Culture.
ContemporaryCulture New Directions in Arts and Humanities Research - 4[-]Contents - 6[-]Introduction - 10[-]Part i Media Cities - 18[-] Chapter One Mediacity: On the Discontinuous Continuity of the Urban Public Sphere - 20[-] Chapter Two Orkontros: Brazilian Migrants, Social Network Sites and the European City - 38[-] Chapter Three Imagining the City: The Difference that Art Makes - 52[-] Chapter Four Body Movies: The City as Interface - 63[-]Part ii The Ludic Turn - 74[-] Chapter Five Homo Ludens 2.0: Play, Media and Identity - 76[-] Chapter Six Digital Cartographies as Playful Practices - 94[-] Chapter Seven From Gengsi to Gaul: Mobile Media and Playful Identities - 102[-] Chapter Eight Transformations in Perception and Participation: Digital Games - 111[-] Chapter Nine Machinima: Moving on the Edge of Rules and Fiction - 129[-]Part iii Thinking Analogue - 138[-] Chapter Ten Sound Technologies and Cultural Practices: How Analogies Make us Listen to Transformations in Art and Culture - 140[-] Chapter Eleven The Case of ccMixter: Credit-Giving within a Communal Online Remixing Practice - 156[-]Part iv Hybrid Practices - 184[-] Chapter Twelve On the Need for Cooperation between Art and Science - 186[-] Chapter Thirteen Laboratory on the Move in Retrospect - 192[-] Chapter Fourteen Embedded in the Dutch Art World - 204[-] Chapter Fifteen Roots and the Production of Heritage - 223[-] Chapter Sixteen How to Succeed in Art and Science: The Observatory Observed - 231[-]Part v Looking Back, Looking Forward - 242[-]Introduction - 244[-]Interview with Jos van Dijck and Robert Zwijnenberg - 245[-]About the Authors - 262