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PhD Defense Hugo Huurdeman

Supporting the Complex Dynamics of the Information Seeking Process 18 april, 10 u, Agnietenkapel

Search engines increasingly serve as the prime intermediaries between user and information. Their features have converged to a very streamlined set: a single search box and 10 ‘blue links’. However, in the context of complex tasks involving learning and knowledge construction, the search process is far from straightforward, as various information seeking models have evidenced. In his thesis, Hugo sheds new light on the apparent contradiction of information seeking models describing drastic changes in searchers’ feelings, thoughts and actions, and the limited task support offered by current search systems. He focuses on research-based tasks conducted via web archives and online search engines. Through literature reviews, user studies and information retrieval experiments, the thesis aims to rethink the currently dominating search approach, and ultimately arrive at more dynamic support approaches for complex search tasks. Supervisors: R.A. Rogers A.P. de Vries Co-supervisor: J. Kamps >

Inflexions: A Journal for Research-creation

Publication Toni Pape, Halbe Kuipers

We are happy to announce the recent publication of the latest issue of Inflexions: A Journal for Research-creation, co-edited among others by our colleague Toni Pape and ASCA Ph.D. candidate Halbe Kuipers. This issue is entitled “Modes of Exhaustion” and explores the wide-spread problem of exhaustion from various angles. Contributors include Barbara Glowczewski, Peter Pál Pelbart, Alanna Thain, Marwin Vos, Sissel Marie Tonn, Nicole de Brabandere, Adam Szymanski and others. From the introduction: “This issue of Inflexions is committed to investigating what minor ways of creatively working with exhaustion might be possible or impossible today while taking into account that the range of possibility is tied to the conditioning of the field that makes these options felt as real. How can one create vacuoles in the strangling networks of social relations and obligations; and what kinds of spatio-temporal compositions might constitute these vacuoles? With this question we, the editors and authors, want to approach... >

Surveillance as a public matter

by Lonneke van der Velden

L.C. van der Velden: Surveillance as Public Matter: Revisiting sousveillance through Devices and Leaks. PhD defense was in Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229, Amsterdam, on 8 February. Lonneke van der Velden investigates concepts of surveillance in the context of digital innovations. As surveillance consists of processes that are technical and often secret, she asks how surveillance is made public, and what kind of translation process this involves. She tackles this question by combining an empirical inquiry into how surveillance is traced and made visible and understandable with a conceptual search for new vocabularies to address surveillance practices and countermeasures. Supervisor Prof. D.A.J.P. Denys Co-supervisor Dr R.A. Rogers >

Digital Methods Summer School project featured in the New York Times

Project from 2016 critiques stock images

The Digital Methods Summer School project from 2016 is a critique of stock images, and shows how the Lean In collection by Getty Images, aimed at empowering women, is used out of context. See ‘From Sex Object to Gritty Woman: The Evolution of Women in Stock Photos’     >