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The Digital Turn: User’s Practices and Cultural Transformations

Edited By Pille Runnel, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Piret Viires and Marin Laak

By combining the analysis of the new forms and environments of the digital world with critical scholarship of the role of the users, this book argues that cultural field is facing a challenge of the digital turn. The digital turn hereby implies that changes in the use and application of digital technology bring on changes in practice and in the relationships between cultural institutions and audiences. We approach the changes in society from the structural (institutional) as well as from the agential (audiences, users, individuals) perspective. The authors represented in this book share the view that there is no need to fear the new media pushing aside traditional cultural forms, acknowledging at the same time that the scope of this cultural change is far from understood.


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Heritage, User and the Digital Environment: Rewriting the Narrative of the Lite rary Past. Marin Laak


84 Lien Mostmans, Eva Van Passel Van Oost, O. “Verkenning 2: Museum Participation in a Network Society: A Re� ection.” Cul- tuur en ICT. Verkennende analyses en gevalstudies 2002-2003. Eds. Nico Carpentier, Bart Cammaerts, and Olga Van Oost,. Gent: Steunpunt Re-Creatief Vlaanderen (2003): 36-54. Web. 17 June 2012. Van Passel, Eva, and Joke Beyl. Werkpakket 1: Gebruikersnoden. Deeltaak 1: Open en dyna- misch archief. Flanders: BOM-VL Consortium, 2008. Web. 17 June 2012. Lien Mostmans worked at IBBT-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) from Sep- tember 2008 until April 2012. She has been involved in several research projects concern- ing culture in a networked society, including projects on digital preservation and distri- bution of audiovisual content, on e-learning for cultural heritage and on young people’s cultural experiences. Eva Van Passel joined IBBT-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) in November 2007. Her research focuses on arts and culture in a networked society, with recent research projects mainly centring on organisational, � nancial and policy challenges related to digi- tisation, digital preservation and access to audiovisual content and cultural heritage. 85 Heritage, User and the Digital Environment: Rewriting the Narrative of the Lite rary Past Marin Laak Senior Researcher Estonian Literary Museum Estonian Cultural Historical Archives Vanemuise 42 51003 Tartu Estonia 1. Introduction Cultural transformation processes and the new digital media have in� uenced the creation and consumption of culture, but have also opened up new directions for memory institutions – museums, archives and libraries preserving traces of the past. Memory institutions are facing the...

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