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Teaching Centre: TC | Workshop: Short Forms for Distracted Minds? Social Media, the Attention Economy, and Science Communication - Details
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Course name Teaching Centre: TC | Workshop: Short Forms for Distracted Minds? Social Media, the Attention Economy, and Science Communication
Semester SoSe 2023
Current number of participants 6
maximum number of participants 15
Home institute Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaften (GGK)
participating institutes International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
Courses type Teaching Centre in category Teaching
First date Thu., 01.06.2023 15:30 - 17:00, Room: Otto-Behaghel-Straße 12, 109


Being online means being bombarded by a constant stream of information vying for our attention. In the face of this sheer volume, it can seem impossible to successfully communicate our research to stakeholders in academia and beyond. How then can we make scientific output find its designated audience and meet our communicative goal, both as individual researchers and as representatives of institutions?
Some of the key questions for this purpose concern the choice of short form, the fostering of lasting interactivity, and the productive combination of multimodality and brevity. In this workshop, we will outline the genre ecology of social media for science communication, before participants think through specific affordances and shortcomings. To gain hands-on experience, we will then develop a heuristic for choosing the right short form for one’s needs and explore some tools for creating and managing impactful content.

This workshop is part of the series "Short Forms, Big Impact: Brevity as a Tool in Research, Teaching, and Communication". This summer semester, five short hands-on workshops will be dedicated to the topic of short forms in the study of culture. Several aspects of academic training and practice, - especially with regard to academic communication, writing, and teaching, - will be examined to explore the ubiquity and affordances of short forms. Participants of the workshops will engage in conversation about concepts, didactic tools, and concrete ideas for using short forms in interdisciplinary academic contexts. The workshops can be attended independently of each other. Everyone interested is welcome!

The series is part of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership "Short Forms Beyond Borders" (2020-2023), co-funded by the European Commission.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Anmeldung mit Passwort: Short Forms for Distracted Minds: Online Forms of Science Communication in Economies of Attention".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats will be assigned in order of enrolment.
  • The enrolment is possible from 28.03.2023, 00:00 to 31.05.2023, 23:59.