Contemporary Culture
Contemporary Culture
New Directions in Arts and Humanities Research
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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 José van Dijck and Robert Zwijnenberg - 245 About the Authors - 262

Robert Zwijnenberg, Kitty Zijlmans

Judith Thissen (ed.)

Contemporary Culture

New Directions in Arts and Humanities Research

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

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

Judith Thissen is senior lecturer/researcher at Utrecht University in the Department of Media and Culture.