Media, Knowledge & Education 2009

Exploring visualized and collaborative knowledge spaces

University of Innsbruck

5th and 6th of november 2009

For all the diversity of available analyses of present times and social self-descriptions, recent years have made the special relevance of media increasingly obvious. They function as drivers and catalysts in almost all areas of life. Questions of social change, knowledge organization, cultural encounters, political communication, or community building cannot be adequately discussed without considering processes of mediatization. Micro, meso and macro levels all include phenomena of interdependence and diffusion which have been studied only rudimentarily. In this context, the catch phrases “Web 2.0” and “social software” have lately been playing special roles in everyday as well as scientific discourses, yet the assessment of risks and opportunities in regard to knowledge dynamics and knowledge-political topics differs widely. On the one hand, we see the diagnosis of new forms of the social dissemination of knowledge and the description of potentials of satisfying information needs and education requirements. On the other hand, there are warnings about the trivialization of knowledge, the lack of visual competence, and the spread of illiteracy.

The conference focuses on dynamics and transformational processes at the interfaces of ITsupported medial, social, and organizational developments. It targets inter- and transdisciplinary fields of discourse between media and communication theory, between knowledge and education theory, and between (business) information technology, economics, and pedagogy. Accordingly, the main concern is not devices, equipment, or software products as such, but rather aspects of knowledge organization and media dynamics, the transformation of processes of learning, knowledge and education, and the examination of designs of socio-cultural spaces and of communication processes in media environments.

In the course of this international conference we will apply different perspectives to a variety of topics in connection with

• recent forms of visualizing and virtualizing knowledge
• concepts and practical examples of the collaborative use of digital knowledge tools
• the theory and practice of knowledge management and knowledge politics
• designing knowledge-intensive processes in businesses and organizations
• conceiving organizational and technical infrastructures for learning and knowledge services
• composing learning and knowledge services based on tagging, RSS, and mashup technologies
• knowledge governance – definition of a framework for decisions in regard to adopting tools of knowledge organization
• mobile developments and trends in the professional and personal organization of knowledge 2
• everyday aesthetics and the application of knowledge tools in everyday contexts
• media dynamics, continuities, and upheavals and their relation to socio-cultural dynamics and knowledge forms
• the performance of cultural practices in formal and informal learning contexts as well as the prospects of new forms of acquisition and communication in knowledge work
• opportunities resulting from the literacy of the eye and the relationship between visual competence and media competence
• concepts of media activism and new practices

The conference is orientated on discourse and will primarily consist of papers with plenary discussions and workshops. The conference languages are English and German. The international
conference is hosted by the Innsbruck Media Studies Research Group at
the University of Innsbruck, and the Knowledge Management Platform

Conference organizers: A. Univ. Prof. Dr. Theo Hug (Institute of Educational Sciences) and Univ. Prof. Dr. Ronald Maier (Institute of Information Systems)

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