The Digital Research Lab (DCRL) aims to further develop, systematize and internationalize the research area of digital media, already a distinctive feature of Leuphna University as well as to expand the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) into a disciplinary, systematic & internationally renowned centre of research. Consequently the work of The Research Lab is strongly associated with the Institute for Culture & Aesthetics of Digital Media (which is the wide-ranging media research & development within the Innovation Incubator, co-funded by EFRE & Federal State of Lower Saxony) & the German Research Concil, funded Institute of Advance Studies on “Media Cultures of Computer Simulation”.
The main and important objective of the course is to develop the acquisition of theoretical competences on the topic of digital culture. In these days our society is more than ever dip in a flow of technological improvements that shape our interactions & mediate our access to things & to the other individuals. In this topic we will discuss on the whole that why & how the future will be digital & fragmented. The objectives are is to know and understand the nature of the changes underpinning of social & technological changes, with a special emphasis on the consequences of those for the individual & society. Additional goals include the acquisition of theoretical & empirical information on the topic of digital culture & its implications for the study of media & computing. The Digital Cultures Research lab follows a disciplinary research approach, seeking to combine the research efforts & methods of different research traditions & approaches stemming from cultural & social theory, media studies & computer science as well as non-academic sources in order to tackle the pressing contemporary phenomena & consequences of living in digital cultures.
To know the job of digital culture in present society; to share digital culture with media culture; to know the basis of activity theory; to know the responsibility & environment of social capital theory. Additional outcomes include the acquisition of competences on the analysis & interpretation of key texts on the history & development of media theory & digital culture issues.
In Digital Cultures, digital media have thus become the driving force behind profoundly new forms of perceiving, expressing & organizing the social, the political & the economic. These media cultural upheavals challenge us to understand, encounter & shape them.