TU Wien:Critical Theory of Media and Informatics VO (Purgathofer, Spiel)

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Lecturers Peter Purgathofer, Katta Spiel
Department Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology
When summer semester
Language English
Links tiss:193082, Homepage
Master Media and Human-Centered Computing Wahlmodul Critical Theory of Media and Informatics


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  • sessions take place about weekly - initially, some breaks due to conferences were planned; as conferences did not happen because of CoVid-19, more sessions took place.
  • for each session, there was a topic; for each topic, 3-5 papers. everyone got to chose which paper(s) they want to read in detail, or just skim. if you read a paper, you would present it in the corresponding session, and the group would discuss the whole thing then.
  • Dr Spiel managed to invite an author of one of the papers we discussed in the following session, and the ensuing interview/discussion was very interesting.
  • Dr Spiel took great care to make sure students experience a good learning environment. To that end, this semester they adapted their choice of technology, and the course schedule, including extra voluntary sessions to give us more structure & time to socialize (which resulted in an article published in ACM Interactions). They are very open regarding our struggles, and without any hesitation admit whenever they learn something from (or with) us.

Benötigte/Empfehlenswerte Vorkenntnisse[edit]

even if it sounds a bit strange: knowing how to read academic texts form different fields of study definitely helps. some of the texts we read in 2020 summer term were really intense, dense, and might even feel/sound strange when compared to informatics papers. for reference, try Donna Haraways's Cyborg manifesto


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Prüfung, Benotung[edit]

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Dauer der Zeugnisausstellung[edit]

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  • papers were made accessible via TUWEL


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Verbesserungsvorschläge / Kritik[edit]

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