The Emmy Noether Research Group member Andrei Zavadski has taken part in the second international conference "Internet beyond Numbers". The conference was held on May 23-24, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.
At the conference, Mr. Zavadski organised a panel called "The Internet and Mnemoniс Practices" dedicated to ways of digital engagement with the past, with Olick’s “mnemonic practices” as a key concept. In the course of the panel, presenters discussed the findings of three research projects dedicated to the mnemonic practices of, respectively, searching the internet (Andrei Zavadski and Dr. Florian Töpfl, Freie Universität Berlin, “Searching the Internet as a Mnemonic Practice: An Exploratory Study”), participating in online historical forums (Anastasia Pupynina, TU Darmstadt, “Thematic Structure of the Axis History Forum: An Application of Topic Modeling”), and making and watching YouTube videos (Gernot Howanitz and Erik Radisch, University of Passau, “Contextualizing Bandera: A Quantitative Approach towards a Traumatic Figure”). The three projects used different methodological approaches, namely a qualitative methodology (Zavadski and Töpfl), a mixed methods approach (Pupynina), and digital quantitative methods (Howanitz and Radisch) – in order to analyse various aspects of digital recollecting. The panel was moderated by Dr. Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk, of National Research University Higher School of Economics and School of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, RANEPA.
Andrei Zavadski presented at the panel an exploratory study, conducted by himself and Dr. Florian Toepfl, on how search engines can affect the representations of the past that they produce as query results and systematic patterns related to this process.
The complete programme of the conference (in Russian) can be found here.