Checking date: 08/05/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Research Methods from the Perspective of Cultural Change
Master in Applied Research in Media (Plan: 193 - Estudio: 248)


Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
As a recommendation, students should have previous knowledge of media history and theory and cultural studies.
-Assumption of a cultural perspective on media research. -Handling the epistemological and technical tools for research. -Management of the rules of production and diffusion of knowledge within the context of Spanish universities and international academia. -Knowledge of classic and nowadays theoretical and methodological approaches to cultural changes (media and technology).
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. From methods to methodologies: The role of research in the social sciences. 2. Theories and methodologies for the study of cultural change: keywords and the circuit of culture. 3. Historiography and cultural change: cultural history and media history 4. The analysis of cultural change: media archaeology and new media histories 5. Cultural change as epistemic crisis: decolonial studies and border thinking 6. The subjects of cultural change: authors, producers and production cultures 7. The spaces of cultural change: transnational perspectives, critical cartographies and (counter-)mapping 8. The matter of cultural change: the infrastructural turn and ecocritical studies
Learning activities and methodology
The course will enhance the participation of the students in their apprenticeship, so: 1) Course texts will be provided in each part of the syllabus to be discussed in class. 2) Students are encouraged to elaborate a research project from their interests, with an special emphasis in the state of the art of the subject matter and in an appropriate methodological design. 3) The classes will devote some time to the discussion on basic methodologies (digital and pre-digital) regarding media research from a cultural and historiographical perspective.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Biltereyst, D.; Maltby, R. y Meers, P. (eds.). The Routledge Companion to New Cinema History. Routledge. 2019
  • Cubitt, Sean. Anecdotal Evidence: Ecocritique from Hollywood to the Mass Image . Oxford University Press. 2020
  • Elsaesser, T.. Film History as Media Archaeology: Tracking Digital Cinema. Amsterdam University Press. 2016
  • Palacio, Manuel. La televisión durante la Transición española. Cátedra. 2012
  • Parikka, J.. What is Media Archaeology?. Polity Press. 2012
  • Ross, Michael; Grauer, Manfred Grauer y Freisleben, Bernd (eds.) . Digital Tools in Media Studies: Analysis and Research. An Overview. Columbia University Press. 2009
  • Starosielski, Nicole y Walker, Janet (eds.). Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment. Routledge. 2016
  • Wolf, Mark J. P. (ed.). The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence. Routledge. 2018
  • du Gay, P. (ed.). Production of Culture / Cultures of Production. SAGE. 1997
  • du Gay, P., Hall, S., Janes, L., Mackay, H. and Negus, K. . Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman. SAGE. 1996
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Allen, R. C. y Gomery, D.. Teoría y Práctica de la Historia del Cine. Paidós. 1995
  • Anselmo, Diana W.. A Queer Way of Feeling Girl Fans and Personal Archives of Early Hollywood. University of California Press. 2023
  • Biltereyst, Daniel, Van de Vijver, Lies (Eds.). Mapping Movie Magazines: Digitization, Periodicals and Cinema History. Palgrave Macmillan. 2020
  • Burke, P.. ¿Qué es la historia cultural?. Paidós. 2006
  • Caldwell, John Thornton. Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television. Duke University Press. 2008
  • Gitelman, L. y Pingree, G. (eds.). New Media, 1740-1915. MIT Press. 2003
  • Hoyt, Eric. Hollywood Vault Film Libraries before Home Video. University of California Press. 2014
  • Mattern, Sharon Christine. Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media. Duke University Press. 2017
  • Mignolo, W. y Walsh, C.. On Decoloniality: Concepts, Analytics, Praxis. Duke University Press. 2018
  • Morley, David. Communications and Mobility: The Migrant, the Mobile Phone, and the Container Box. Wiley-Blackwell. 2017
  • Parikka, Jussi. What is Media Archaeology?. Polity. 2012
  • Parks, L. y Starosielski, N.. Signal Traffic. Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures. University of Illinois Press. 2015
  • Sayers, Jentery (ed.). The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Routledge. 2018
  • Schuppli, Susan. Material Evidence. Media, Forensics, Evidence . MIT Press. 2020
  • VV.AA.. Cuadernos Tecmerin. Tecmerin. 2012-2019
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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