PhD Defense: Christian Olesen
Christian Olesen, AHM PhD candidate, will defend his dissertation entitled 'Film History in the Making: Film Historiography, Digitised Archives and Digital Research. Dispositifs', supervised by Prof. Julia Noordegraaf.
The dissertation investigates the implications which digitisation bears upon scholarly film historiography. It adresses a deficit in our critical understanding of knowledge production with digital methods and their representational practices in film historical research, attending in particular data visualisations and their uses in GIS mapping, scholarly DVD editions and audiovisual essays. The research project argues that if we do not shed light on the underlying assumptions, procedures and representations of digital scholarship we risk losing our ability to critically navigate in contemporary film historiography and evaluate its results. From this point of departure, the project develops a meta-historical framework which accounts for such practices to further the critical analysis and conceptualisation of digital archive-based scholarship. To this end the dissertation contends that it is necessary to elucidate how film archives, scholarly research traditions and scientific visual analytics condition emerging digital methods and stresses that film historians need to develop strategies for reflecting the humanities’ critical, hermeneutical legacy in digital scholarship.
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