The Skagen Institute
The Skagen conference
The Skagen conference is an annual event held in Denmark in November, modeled after the idea of a working retreat where foremost experts join participants to collaboratively practice innovative, ethical, and robust methods for studying complex and digitally-saturated social contexts. During this week-long conference, participants spend intensive time interrogating and applying innovative and creative ways of knowing.
This is the first of a series of methodology experiments to explore how certain questions or provocative statements elicit critical analysis around the socio-technical characteristics or impact of so-called “Internet of Things.”read more
What is the impact of visual material on our analysis and theoretical frameworks? This blogpost reflects on the epistemological trajectories and methodological consequences of working with a video camera as an ethnographic tool.read more
Through an auto-ethnographic visual essay, I think through the power of graphic design as a tool–not only for provoking opinions, but also to change how we define people and shape expressions.read more
When I was in the early stages of my PhD, I arranged to write a joint article with Egyptian activist, Sherief Gaber. Sherief is part of the Mosireen collective, which was a focal point of my research.read more
Individual interdisciplinarity is indeed exciting, interesting and useful. But a single thinker can’t contain the knowledge from different disciplines and synthesise it with new approaches to social problems. We need collective interdisciplinarity.read more
Reflexivity. We toss this word around as a key part of qualitative methods. Annette Markham writes some techniques for building reflexivity muscles on her blog.read more
How might the #NSFW tag and concept function as a metaphor for method? This blog emerges from a question Annette asked me while we were driving a minivan through Stig-Larssonesque Scandinavian landscape: “what is the #NSFW tag? A striptease? A tease?”read more
In this blog post, I make an argument for the scholarly blog by thinking of blogging, not as a research output, but rather as method. And I should clarify that I mean method in a broad sense, not least including method of analysis.read more
INTRODUCING THE DARK SIDE OF RESEARCH
I‘m Janus. I‘m a PhD student. This is my attempt to show you just how messy, weird and illogical research as an activity can be. In this collage, I’ll try to carve open my research process by showing you various visual and textual expressions that are linked to or have had an impression on my research process in the past almost two years. Some of it is colourful and whimsical, some of it beautiful, an a lot of it is gritty, messy, and in some instances a little sad or depressing. But every step of this has led me to where I am now.read more
Skagen Conference 2016
The Skagen Conference in 2016 will focus on how we might develop ‘transgressive methodology’ as a way to consider complexity of social contexts in the digital age. This workshop/meeting/retreat is intended for any professional researcher seeking to learn more about how to innovate in qualitative methods, particularly as these can be used to shift from description to intervention, or from objects of analysis to flows and layers of meaning through analysis. This is particularly useful for PhD students to learn how alternative approaches can satisfy criteria for rigor and quality across many disciplines. The anticipated dates of this conference are November 21-25.
Skagen Conference 2015
In 2015, the Skagen Conference focused on innovative theories and methods for disseminating or sharing academic knowledge beyond the typical academic writing genre. Guest Professor Katrin Tiidenberg (Estonia) facilitated workshops wherein participants could explore short form writing for social media, or creative and fictional writing in short or long form. Participants considered conceptual and practical frameworks for justifying this type of work and discussed strategies for articulating the credibility of such knowledge production practices to various stakeholders.
Skagen Conference 2014
The inaugural Skagen Conference in 2014 focused on developing ‘transgressive methodology’ as a way to embrace and trouble what we see in the digital age as a significant mismatch between traditional norms and techniques for inquiry and the complexity of the social contexts these methods seek to comprehend.