Friday, March 9, 2012

FYI: Vacancies: 2 PhD Researchers ERC Project 'Charting the Digital' (2,0 fte)

For those interested: my colleague Sybille Lammes is looking for two candidates for PhD positions within her Charting the Digital research project. Below is an excerpt from the vacancy text, go HERE for the rest of it. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2012!
The key objective of this research programme is to investigate to what extent and how digital maps can be considered as new techno-cultural phenomena that have altered our way of being in and moving through our spatial environments. Digital maps allow a greater degree of interaction between users and mapping interfaces than analogue maps do. Instead of just reading maps, users have far more influence on how maps look. Whether a navigation device that adjusts its route-display according to where the driver chooses to go, or a map in a computer-game that is partly created by players, maps have become more interactive and are now co-produced by their users.
This project works from the notion that digital mapping always takes place via interfaces. As the term already indicates, interfaces facilitate interaction between map and user. However, this study will not view interfaces as empty vessels that let this interaction ‘come to pass’ but as material signs that are inscribed with socio-spatial ‘programs of action’ (Latour 1999,1993).