Postdoc in Media Lab Helsinki at Aalto University!

I am pleased to say that I have got a position as a postdoctoral researcher in Media Lab Helsinki at Aalto University where now I am conducting my six-month research under the supervision of Prof. Lily Diaz-Kommonen. My project, titled “Laboratory Beyond Science: Towards an Analysis of New Physical Place and a New Paradigm”, is devoted to the meaning, the operation and the idea of laboratory in media, culture and the humanities.

In the face of proclaimed crisis, the humanities has undergone many significant infrastructural changes. One of their implementations is building a new physical location that is ‘laboratory’ which radically modifies the nature of humanities. Since every workplace determines a type of research, instruments, and networking between actors, we need to focus on an investigation of the new physical place to realize how it transforms the way of conducting research, methodology, and knowledge production in the humanities where consequently, for me, a ‘cultural artifact’ is seen as a ‘sample’.

Therefore, my research is devoted to the analysis of laboratory beyond science: in media, culture and the humanities through the lens of the sociology of space and sociology of scientific knowledge. The goal of the project is to show that the ‘laboratory is considered as an 1) institutional change within the university, 2) a space of technological imagination and designing new society and culture, and 3) a new paradigm implying new practices, including new ways of knowing, new forms of sociality, and new forms of agency.

A primary research method is as a case study to investigate the laboratories in practice, seen as a physical space (Media Lab Helsinki at Aalto University), and a paradigm (Aalto LAB Mexico). In the coming months, I will also conduct interviews with heads of laboratories.

Doktorat obroniony!/A PhD thesis defended!

Z przyjemnością dzielę się informacją, że obroniłam pracę doktorską pt. “Literatura i nowe media. Teoria i praktyka” w Instytucie Filologii Polskiej Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie. Praca przygotowana została na podstawie dorobku naukowego i obejmuje czternaście tekstów opublikowanych w pismach naukowych, monografiach oraz tomach pokonferencyjnych. Mam nadzieję, że publikacja doktoratu w formie monografii naukowej ukaże się już niebawem. Póki co, z niecierpliwością czekam na oficjalne nadanie tytułu “Dr”! 🙂

I am pleased to say that I defended my PhD thesis under the title of “Literature and New Media. Theory and Practice” in the Institute of Polish Philology at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn on 8 July. The paper consists of fourteen articles published in peer-reviewed journals, monographs and conference proceedings. I hope my PhD thesis will be published very soon. Meanwhile, I will be waiting for officially granting the title of “Dr”! 🙂

ACLA 2016!

In this year the American Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Meeting took place at Harvard University in Cambridge on March 17-20. Big conference gathered nearly 3000 people from over the world. Nearly 270 seminars were divided into four streams. The various topics of seminars were related to different studies at the crossroads of the humanities and other fields, such as affect studies, queer studies, global studies, trauma studies, immaterial studies, sleep studies, popular culture, digital humanities, big data, data surveillance, animal studies, zoopoetics, dance, capitalism and slavery, performance, photography, postcolonialism, cartography etc.

My own presentation was the part of the seminar “Public Humanities in the Digital Age”. I was talking about bringing categories from science into humanities practice and its implication for the public humanities. It was nice to see that my topic attracted listeners’ attention and encouraged them to comments and discussion. This is the first part of my research devoted to the shifts in the humanities, ‘scientification’ of the humanities and  laboratory-based model for the humanities work. Nowadays, I have prepared an article for publication, based on my presentation. I hope it will be released successfully very soon. Next, I plan to investigate new methods of humanities research, conducting not in ‘office’ anymore, but in the ‘humanities labs’ implying new ways of work. So stay tuned!

Researchers in the humanities have been looking for new tools and strategies to overcome what has been called, in recent years, a crisis. According to these efforts, it is possible to change prevailing views that the humanities represent arcane or irrelevant fields by changing frames in ways that show the humanities to be useful, accessible, and actionable. Specifically, researchers have been claiming for the humanities frames and concepts from the sciences – for example, the idea of humanities ‘labs’ – that signal quantifiability, verifiability, and functionality. Increasingly, this ‘scientification of humanities’ is a crucial strategy to obtain grant funding and public support for research. (For example, NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants require a ‘data management plan’, a fairly novel requirement for humanities research.). Following the lead of Lev Manovich’s question “The Science of Culture?”, this paper examines the effect upon the humanities of the importation of terms from science such as laboratory, project, data, collaboration, data visualization, and analytics. The digital humanities, more than any other domain of the humanities, illustrates the processes by which the humanities in the 21st century seeks to become ‘public’: accessible (the publication of work-in-progress on the Internet), functional (providing digital tools for research), comprehensible, and attractive (aesthetic data visualizations).

SBU

From August to January 2016 I have been in English Department at Stony Brook University, NY, to continue my PhD research about electronic literature. At this time I have been investigating the relationships between human (artist, receiver) and nonhuman beings (machine, computer, new technology). The analysis of electronic literature as a “human and nonhuman literature” aims to direct attention toward invisible and non-representational digital objects, which like human, play the same role in generating and receiving electronic text. What kind of shifts have occured in the humanities, which contributed to increase the interest of nonhuman beings? How can we understand the term ‘agency’ in the context of electronic literature? How can we track the relationships between mediation and intermediation in the research of e-lit? In my project, I refer to the following theories such as STS (science, technology and society), the philosophy of technology, posthumanism, “thing studies”, postphenomenology, new phenomenology,  critical new media theory, media archaeology, and electronic literature. This research is covered in my article under the title of “Electronic Literature and the Nonhuman Turn” which, I hope, will be published very soon!

SBU

Od sierpnia do początku stycznia 2016 przebywam na Stony Brook University, NY, w English Department, by kontynuować badania na temat literatury elektronicznej. Tym razem przyglądam się relacjom między człowiekiem (artystą, odbiorcą), a obiektami nieludzkimi (maszyną, komputerem,  urządzeniami technologicznymi). Badanie literatury elektronicznej jako “literatury ludzkiej i nieludzkiej” ma na celu zwrócenie uwagi na “nie-reprezentatywne” cyfrowe obiekty i urządzenia, które jak człowiek odgrywają kluczową rolę w jej tworzeniu i odbiorze. Jakie zaszły zmiany w humanistyce (a szczególnie w filozofii technologii), które doprowadziły do zainteresowania bytami nie-ludzkimi? Jak rozumieć sprawczość (agency) w odniesieniu do literatury elektronicznej? Jak możemy śledzić relacje między mediacyjnością, a intermediacyjnością w badaniach e-lit? W swojej pracy odwołuję się do teorii STS (science, technology and society), filozofii technologii, posthumanizmu, badań nad rzeczami (thing studies), postfenomenologii i nowej fenomenologii, krytycznych teorii nowych mediów, archeologii mediów i literatury elektronicznej. Artykuł pt. “Electronic Literature and the Nonhuman Turn” już niedługo (mam nadzieję) zostanie opublikowany!