January 22: Introductions + Orientation

This week we’ll discuss your preliminary interests, the purposes and possibilities of method, the relationship between method and methodology, the problems with methodological orthodoxies, and the new context in which research must operate – and the new demands to which it should respond.

I’ll be referencing these materials in today’s class; you needn’t read them, but you’re welcome to!

Media Research’s Past + Present

  • Shannon Mattern, “Mapping the Field” lecture
  • We can get a sense of what’s happening in a field by looking at its conference programs, its “calls for proposals” (CFPs), the catalogs for major presses (e.g., Duke, MIT, Minnesota, Chicago).

Methodological Orthodoxy

  • Michael Crotty, “Introduction: The Research Process,” in The Foundations of Social Research: Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process (Sage, 1998): 1-17. (See UMS_Methods_Sept22, 2014)
  • Jane Stokes, Excerpts from “Getting Started,” How to Do Media and Cultural Studies (Sage, 2003): 17-33.
  • Chart from Egon G. Guba and Yvonna S. Lincoln, “Paradigmatic Controversies, Contradictions, and Emerging Confluences,” in Norman K. Denzin and Yvonna S. Lincoln, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research, 3rd (Sage, 2005): 195-6.

Future of Research

  • On social scientific research: Danah Boyd, “We Are to Blame for the State of Social Science Research,” items: Insights from the Social Sciences (July 5, 2016).
  • Geof Bowker, “Emerging Configurations of Knowledge Expression,” in Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo J. Boczkowski and Kirsten A. Foot, eds., Media Technologies: Essays on Communication Materiality and Society (MIT Press, 2014): 99-118.
  • Shannon Mattern, “Forms of Scholarship: Multimodal

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