SFB 1187 ›Medien der Kooperation‹ an der Universität Siegen
Workshop “Visualization in/as Digital Media Studies”
Donnerstag, 18. - Freitag, 19. November 2021


Visualizations play a central role in digital humanities and for digital methods. They serve as a means of inquiry and of communication. In a joint workshop of the collaborative research center “Media of Cooperation”, the BMBF project “Film Circulation on the International Film Festival Network” and the DFG network „New Directions in Film Historiography“ we will explore the potentials as well as the epistemological and practical challenges of visualization in digital media studies. Our aim is to explore current approaches, practices and techniques of visualization and to discuss their potential contribution to digital media studies. Visualization refers to more than the beautiful, yet potentially misleading and suggestive presentation of fact through visual artifacts. Visualization denotes also a process, i.e. an exploratory research process in the mode of the visual. Therefore, the workshop will pay special attention to the practices of inquiry in the process of visualizing: How can visualization be understood as open-ended inquiry and how can critical intervention be articulated in and through visualization? In short, how can visualization be practiced as a mode of digital media studies in its own right? We invite contributions that engage with the topic of the workshop and are based in projects with specific practices of visualization and research on visualization.


The online workshop is organized by Skadi Loist and Marcus Burkhardt


As part of the workshop, Johanna Drucker will give a lecture titled “Visualization for Modeling Interpretation” on Monday, 15 November, 15:00 – 17:00.


Workshop Schedule

Thursday, 18 Nov 2021

09:45 – 10:00    Welcome

10:00 – 11:20    Nadieh Bremer: data sketch|es – A year of exotic visualizations

11:20 – 11:30    Short Break

11:30 – 12:20    Martina Schories: Visualization as a Process 

12:20 – 12:30    Short Break

12:30 – 13:30    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Group Discussion


Friday, 19 Nov 2021

09:00 – 09:50    Deb Verhoeven and Michelle Mantsio: Loaded Images: Feminism, Data and the Film Industry’s “criminal networks”

09:50 – 10:00     Short Break

10:00 – 10:50     Federica Bardelli and Marcus Burkhardt: Visually Studying Cultures of Coding on GitHub: A Work in Progress Report

10:50 – 11:00     Break

11:00 – 11:30     Wrap up + End of the Workshop


For registration and questions please contact: florian.gleis@student.uni-siegen.de