Doodling and doing

These couple of weeks have been surprisingly productive in a thesis-wise way, although the possibilities of intense procrastination have been tempting. Last week the academic and professionals of culture studies gathered together to a discussion event about the current disappointing situation of getting oneself employed or funded. The government is cutting away funds from all the culture fields, since the appreciation of cultural values have declined since the 1980’s. The discussion event was named Tuumasta toimeen (From thought to Action, see more here, in Finnish) and it seems the pessimistic attitude is yielding away because of the grass-root “yes we can” attitude. I spoke for less bureaucratic and less hierarchical university, where it does not matter whether you are a freshman, graduate or a professor. It is the ideas that matter. Fresh point of view. Sometimes even inexperience is an advantage when thinking outside the box.

More thinking outside the box -attitude was seen in the Ethnos seminar in Jyväskylä on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately I had the opportunity to only listen my own workshops in which I either presented a paper or co-chaired with Laura Hirvi. To my own surprise I found out I have done auto-ethnographical research for the past four years, instead of reflexive. Need to look into that more, since I believe Johanna Uotinen has written about that method (or approach?). Either way, the seminar was a success and a bitter-sweet experience, since Jyväskylä is my academic home of which I seem to miss more and more when the years go by. *snif*

This week I have been occupied with the structure of the thesis and writing the ethnography of my field. The pieces are coming together and for the first time in months I am actually believing in myself and this research. Yay, for optimism!

Some doodles of the disposition:

2. Methods and theory
2.1. The New Trobriand – Ethnography of the Net
2.1.1. Present but not there – Virtual (participant) observation
The Humanity of Google and the problem of time and space
“Nice to meet you” – the presence of the researcher
Reflexivity or autoethnography
2.1.2. Virtual(ly) document(ed)
2.1.3. Questionnaires and interviews
2.2. Hermeneutic-phenomenological interpretation
2.3. Death and ritual
2.4. Conceptualizing virtuality and the after world

3. Research material
– online games
– social media
– how many questionnaires
– how many interviews
– blogs
– virtual candle websites

4. Online ritual practises

4.1. Ritualistic performances and representations of community
– ritual performance
– online performance and constructed community

4.2. Unintentional memorials
– how something becomes a memorial
– case of autoethnography

4.2.1.Crisis management and real-time collectivity
– case of R
– blogs

4.2.2. “She’s still here”
– spiritus
– keeping someone visible in Facebook
– don’t delete text messages etc.

4.3. Intentional memorials
– space to a place
– Maddrell: spaces KUVA
– (alustavasti jaoteltu 2 ja 3 ulot. onko järkeä?)

4.4 Changing bereavement, changing importances
– time and bereavement, 6 months
– reaching other generations

4.5. Private memories public venues
– privacy and publicity
– case of Lonely Rider
– interview with Carlo
– co-presence

4.6. Discourse of online mourning
– “voimia”
– monologues
– dialogues (also imagined)

5. Phenomenology of Death and Memorials
5.1. Built and received identities
5.2. What is real? Death, discomfort and suspicion in virtual memorials
5.3. Memorial as a part of cultural memory (visuality and form)

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