Workshop 'Identifying an interdisciplinary research agenda'


7 October 2008, Amsterdam (Netherlands)


Peter Vorderer gives a keynote speech at the CMI workshop in Amsterdam

On October 7, 2008 Peter Vorder will give a keynote speech at the workshop of the platform for Communication, Media, and Information (CMI) in Amsterdam. The speech is titled: "Building a community of Communication, Media, and Information Scholars in the Netherlands"


Communication, media, and information as converging disciplines
In the past years, our media landscape has been changing profoundly. Media formats have converged due to digitisation and media consumers have turned into users and producers of media content. As a result, technological approaches have to be integrated with user-oriented perspectives and both, in turn, need to be seen in the context of their social consequences and cultural implications.
The Platform for Communication, Media, and Information (CMI) within the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) responds to these challenges. The goal of the Platform for CMI is to bring together communication, media and information scholars to form small, but enthusiastic groups of excellent scholars that want to develop innovative, cutting-edge research directions. As part of this goal, the Platform will organise three half-day workshops for scholars to reflect on the future of an interdisciplinary field.


New directions: developing research proposals
The explicit goal of the three workshops is to develop joint research projects and proposals than can be submitted for competitive research grants. Each workshop will consist of short and efficient discussions, an inspiring interdisciplinary plenary, and opportunities to mingle with other scholars during coffee and tea breaks as well as at the closing borrel.
In the first workshop on October 7, we will try to identify an interdisciplinary research agenda for the next decade. The first goal of this afternoon is to name the most pressing research topics that the community of communication, media, and information scholars will need to address in the future. Such research topics may centre around - but are by no means limited to - existing and emerging media (in)equalities, media literacies, or media-based opportunities for civic societies. The second goal of the first workshop is to specify, for each of the identified research topics, questions that can be addressed fruitfully in interdisciplinary research projects. This implies that we become aware of overlapping, but also potentially complementary ideas, concepts, and theories in the various fields. The third goal of this workshop is to sketch, for the previously established topics and research questions, what interdisciplinary research collaboration entails. By outlining the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration, the more specific issues that will be addressed in the following two workshops are prepared.


Three workshops
Whereas the first workshop is exclusively devoted to the identification and specification of potential research topics, the second workshop on December 9 will predominantly focus on the question of how collaboration can be achieved and which methodological challenges have to be tackled. The third workshop on February 10 will deal with the long-term perspectives of interdisciplinary collaboration along with the development of specific projects. Together, the three workshops aim at the formulation of research ideas that can be submitted for research funding.


First workshop: Identifying an interdisciplinary research agenda
When : October 7, 2008, 12:00-18:00
Where : Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam
12:35 - 13:05 Keynote speech: Prof. dr. Peter Vorderer (VU Amsterdam)


Second workshop:
When : December 9, 2008, 12:00-18:00
Where : Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam


Third workshop:
When : February 10, 2009, 12:00-18:00
Where : Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam

For more information see the KNAW website (Dutch).