New Media M.A. Director: Prof. dr. Richard Rogers
New Media M.A. Thesis Coordinator: Dr. Carolin Gerlitz
Prof. dr. Richard Rogers is University Professor and Chair in New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam. He is a Web epistemologist, an area of study where the main claim is that the Web is a knowledge culture distinct from other media. Rogers concentrates on the research opportunities that would have been improbable or impossible without the Internet. His research involves studying and building info-tools. He studies, critiques and builds on top of adjudicative devices online, such as search engines. He is founder of Govcom.org, the group responsible for the Issue Crawler and other Web research instruments, and also founder of the Digital Methods Initiative, Amsterdam, reworking method for Internet-related research. Rogers is author of Technological Landscapes (London: Royal College of Art, 1999), editor of Preferred Placement: Knowledge Politics on the Web (Maastricht: Jan van Eyck, 2000), and author of Information Politics on the Web (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004), awarded the 2005 Best Information Science Book of the Year Award presented by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). He recently published The End of the Virtual (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009). His latest book, Digital Methods, is forthcoming at MIT Press.
Dr. Jan Simons is Associate Professor in New Media at the University of Amsterdam. He has published on cinema, photography, new media theory, and game theory. His research focuses on the processes of convergence and divergence brought about by new media. His latest book is Playing the Waves: Lars von Trier’s game cinema. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2007.
Simon’s homepage: http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/j.a.a.simons/
Dr. Yuri Engelhardt is Assistant Professor in New Media at the University of Amsterdam. He holds an M.A. in medicine and a PhD in computer science. Engelhardt’s research interests focus on pictorial languages. His PhD has been published in book form, The Language of Graphics (Amsterdam, 2002).
Engelhardt’s homepage: http://www.yuriweb.com
Dr. Thomas Poell (1973) is assistant professor of New Media. Previously, he has published on the historical struggles over the democratization and centralization of the Dutch state. Currently, his research focuses on the role of specific new media, such as blogs, Internet forums, and social network sites, in contemporary political conflicts.
See also: http://nl.linkedin.com/in/thomaspoell
Dr. Bernhard Rieder is Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam and a collaborator with the Digital Methods Initiative. His research focuses on the analysis, development, and application of digital research methods, as well as on the history, theory, and politics of software and in particular on the role algorithms play in social processes and in the production of knowledge and culture. He currently participates in the EMAPS project, an EU-funded study of the applications of electronic mapping, led by Prof. Bruno Latour. He also works on a long-term investigation into the historical and conceptual foundations of information processing techniques that process, sort, filter, and connect information on the web.
See also: http://thepoliticsofsystems.net
Carolin Gerlitz, MA (UdK Berlin) MA (Goldsmiths) is Assistant Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam and is member of the Digital Methods Initiative. Her research explores the various intersections between new media and economic sociology. Currently, her interests focus on digital sociology, web economies, issue mapping, digital research methods, social media, brands, evaluation, topology and futures. She also works as post-doctoral researcher at the Issue Mapping project and as visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Sebastian Scholz, MA (1977) is a lecturer in New Media and Television at the University of Amsterdam. His current research interests focus on relations of visibility, knowledge and media, the ‘newness’ of new media and the history and theory of (popular) television programmes. He is finishing his PhD on scientific productions of visibility by use of ‘epistemic images’, titled „Topologies of the Visible“. Scholz got his MA in Media Studies from the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany with a thesis on transforming visual cultures of surveillance and control. He recently co-edited a book on the German crime series “Tatort” and published on (micro)photography, film, scientific visualization and pornography.
See also: http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/s.scholz/
Erik Borra, M.Sc. (1981) is PhD candidate and docent Digital Methods for Internet Research at the University of Amsterdam, as well as Digital Methods Initiative’s lead developer. He holds an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence. His research focuses on rethinking the Web as a source of data for social and cultural science.