Virtual Cultures Research as situated learning?

Sat, 17 Sept 2011, 8:30am SLT | 3:30pm GMT


"In this workshop the contributers (graduate students of the M.A. Program in Visual and Media Anthropology form Freie Universität Berlin) will present and discuss their social- and visual anthropolocical research experiences in Second Life based on the course "Social Anthropology in virtual Worlds" held by Prof. Undine Frömming from 2009-2011 on Edunation Island. One situated-learning aim of the course was to simulate ethnographic research methods in virtual environments and cultures. Some of the contributers will show their machinima productions.

Undine Frömming: 
Visual Anthropology in Virtual Environments and Cultures as Situated-Learning?

Tobias Becker: "Virtual Representations of the Middle East Conflict" Machinima and Presentation
Thomas John: "Religiosity in a Virtual World: Reasons and Motivations"

Emma Corbett-Ashby:"Queer and Trans Experiences in Second Life: An Experimental Dialogue"

Fidel Devkoto: "Climate Change in Virtual Worlds" (Machinima)

Manizhe Ali: "Muslims and The Virtual"

Elena Quintarelli: "The Amazon of Aquarius: an ethnographic journey through gender issues in Second Life" (Machinima and Presentation)

Lidia Rossner: "Art Production and its Conceptual Systems in Second Life"

Prof. Dr. Urte Undine Frömming is the deputy head of the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, the head of the Master's Program in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany with a focus on E-learning in 3D environments. She received her MA in Social Anthropology in 1999 and her Ph.D (Dr. phil.) in 2005 from the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Besides her interest in Visual and Media Anthropology, she specializes in Virtual Cutlures Research and E-learning. She has completed several visual anthropological fieldwork studies in Eastern Indonesia, in East-Africa (Tanzania) and in Iceland. She is a member of the work group "Visual Anthropology" at the German Anthropological Association (DGV), Chairperson of KatNet (Network of Disaster research) and member of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment.

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