Enhancing Cultural Studies through the Web Mode Publication

Prof. Else R. P. Vieira
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The web´s contribution to Cultural Studies and, more specifically, its advantages over the the page-bound format of books to deal with emerging cultures have been substantially explored in a recently completed website whose 500 resources project, across several media, the cultural artifacts of the landless people in Brazil.This dispossessed segment of over twenty million people formalized a social movement in 1984, the MST (Movement of the Landless Rural Workers) which has defined their culture by an absence and by increasingly shifting away from the mainstream one. This paper demonstrates what was achieved by bridging the gap between the humanities and technology in terms of textuality, the interactivity of culture, and transdisciplinarity, etc. It then focuses more specifically on the potential of technology for the development of categories to deal with emerging cultures. It finally presents for further discussion a prototype for web site archives on cultural expressions.

Keywords: Web, Cultural Studies, Emerging cultures, Interdisciplinarity, Cultural Interactivity, Cultural Categories
Stream: Human Technologies and Useability
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Enhancing Cultural Studies through a Web-Enabled Database

Prof. Else R. P. Vieira

Reader in Brazilian and Comparative Latin American Studies, Department of Hispanic Studioes, University of London

Else R P Vieira is a Reader in Brazilian and Comparative Latin American Studies, at Queen Mary, University of London; former Visiting Professor at the Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford (1999) and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham (2001-02); previous career in Comparative Literature at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Among her major projects, she is the Director of Research and Editor of the website The Sights and Images of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (landless-voices.org). Her present AHRB-funded project involves a comparative study of 21st century social documentaries in Brazil and
Argentina. Most recent book is
City of God in Several Voices: Brazilian Social Cinema in Action (London, 2005)

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