Culture and Analysis: Engaging Method


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Title Culture and Analysis: Engaging Method
Period 01 / 2008 - 01 / 2013
Status Completed
Research number OND1331870
Data Supplier ASCA


This project is dedicated to the discussion of the possibilities and pitfalls for research in the aftermath of the theoretical, interdisciplinary, and cultural turns in the humanities. Participants, contributors, and guests are invited to engage in theoretical reflection as well as self-reflexive practice to put to the test the divergent methods we use to connect objects, culture and theory. We propose that our reflections on method may be enriched by acknowledging the non-coincidence of method and practice. What we do and what we think we do are rarely the same thing. Research may produce results despite, but also because of, the gap between the two. Indeed, the exorbitant, unpredictable connections between what we think we do (method), what we actually do (praxis), and the research results that emerge may be most valuable, both epistemologically and politically. Considering the gap between method and practice will help us to criticize ways in which the methodologies of the humanities function not only as neutral research protocols but also, in their capacity as normalizing determinations of the human subject, as disciplinary formations in a Foucauldian vein. Our engagement with methods of, as well as case studies in, cultural analysis inquires anew into the questions whether and to what extent the methodologies of the humanities may have disciplinary and/or critical effects.

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Researcher Dr. J.G.C. de Bloois
Researcher Dr. J.H. Hoogstad
Researcher Prof.dr. C.P. Lindner
Researcher Dr. E. Peeren
Researcher Prof.dr. M.D. Rosello
Project leader Dr. M. Aydemir

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