Critical Approaches (e.g., Rhetorical, Semiotic, Compositional + Discourse Analysis) * Historical Research * Visual + Sonic Methods * Material Analysis * Actor-Network Analysis * Art + Design Methods * Prototyping * Cartographic Methods * Curatorial Methods *
Lots More Where These Came From
In today’s class, we’ll split into groups and propose mixes of qualitative methods for a hypothetical research project.
- Critical Approaches: Sara McKinnon, “Text-Based Approaches to Qualitative Research: An Overview of Methods, Process, and Ethics,” in Angharad N. Valdivia, ed., The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies (Wiley, 2014): 19pp. Think about how you might apply or adapt these techniques in the analysis of audiovisual media (for more, see Gillian Rose’s Visual Methodologies).
- Historical / Archival Methods: Mark Hampton, “Historical Approaches to Media Studies,” in Angharad N. Valdivia, ed., The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies (Wiley, 2014): 18pp.
- Design Practice-Led Research: Stephen A. R. Scrivener, “The Roles of Art and Design Process and Object in Research” in Nithikul Nimkulrat and Tim O’Riley, Reflections and Connections: On the Relationship Between Creative Production and Academic Research (University of Art and Design Helsinki, 2009): 69-80. See also the design research of Sara Hendren and the speculative practice of Dunne + Raby.
Browse through some of the following (…and note that this is not an exhaustive list!):
- Sonic Methods: Check out the London-based “Listening Across Disciplines” Project
- Curation/Exhibition Design as Research: Skim Susanne Lehmann-Brauns, Christian Sichau, and Helmuth Trischler, eds., The Exhibition as Product and Generator of Scholarship [preprint] (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2010).
- Material Object / Network Analysis: Ann Beitz, “’…meet the Tetracono’: An Interview with David Reinfurt,” The Gradient (September 17, 2017). See also Brian Merchant’s genealogy of the iPhone in The One Device and on BookTV, and Matt Hockenberry’s work on supply chains.
- Protoyping Methods: Gabriella Arrigoni, “Epistemologies of Prototyping,” Digital Creativity 27:2 (2016); Jentery Sayers, “Kits for Cultural History,” Hyperrhiz 13 (2015).
- Fiction as Method: Jon K. Shaw and Theo Reeves-Evison, eds., Fiction as Method (Sternberg, 2017); Christian Svanes Kolding, “Design Is a Method of Action: Design Fiction…” <video>.
- Cartographic Methods: Check out my “Maps as Media” studio, and think about what we can learn about a subject by mapping it. Forensic Architecture uses mapping + media-making as forensic/human rights methods. Walking can be a method, too.
- Media-Landscape / Fieldwork Methods: Karen Lutsky and Sean Burkholder, “Curious Methods,” Places Journal (May 2017). See also the work of smudge studio, co-founded by Media Studies faculty Elizabeth Ellsworth and alum Jamie Kruse.
- Skim the Table of Contents and any intriguing chapters in Sebastian Kubitschko and Anne Kuan, eds,. Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research (Palgrave, 2016).
- Skim through our toolkits on “Critical Approaches,’ “Design Methods,” “Historical Research,” “Material Artifact Analysis,” “Visual and Sonic Methods,” etc.
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