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Media Lab

The Working Group Globalisation, Transformation, Gender’s Media Lab is a work space that supports both students and scientific staff who are affiliated to the Freie Universität’s Institute of Geographical Sciences in making use of (audio-)visual research methods. The Media Lab offers lending of hardware for data collection that fits any individual research objective. Furthermore, or rather complementary, the collected data can be analysed as well as edited inhouse with the aid of appropriate software.

 

Visual Geographies

Since the mid-1990s, the so-called visual turn led to an increasing utilization of (audio-)visual research material within qualitative social sciences. Today, (audio-)visual methods like videography or reflexive photography form an inherent part of the social sciences’ methodological catalogue. The (audio-)visual material produced by the researcher poses indeed more than a diverse data basis. Presenting findings by utilizing (audio-)visual material also demonstrates the data’s significance directly and further serves to highlight the argumentation written down.

Digital media’s increasing importance, especially that of social media, is simultaneously accompanied by an increasing production and use of (audio-)visual material in society. Pictures and videos found there are themselves expressions of social phenomena and processes and thus become relevant research objects for human geography.

 

Hardware

-       2 Canon LEGRIA HF G25 camcorders

-       2 Sony Alpha 5000 system cameras

-       2 SIGMA 18-250mm F3,5-6,3 DC Makro OS HSM photographic lenses

-       2 Walimex pro video tripod Cineast I 188cm

-       4 64GB SD-memory cards

 

Software

-       Adobe Creative Cloud

 

Please register with m.vossen@fu-berlin.de for making use of the Media Lab.