Wooha, it’s Monday!
… and I skipped at least part of the group work to finish this article. So, what happend so far? Friday I arrived at Kerstin’s around midnight, after the “Get Together” at the University Club in the Jacobs University ended. Had a good talk or two, the amount of beverages was well calculated and from what I have seen our participants enjoyed it, too. Besides, the media seems more interested in our little summer school, then expected: taz: Ja-Wort über das Internet, Radio Bremen: Religionen und Rituale in virtuellen Welten – Gespräch mit Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Sende-Zeit: Sommerakademie zu Religion in virtuellen Welten and I think another interview is scheduled for the upcoming Tuesday.
Saturday was highlighted by the Public Lecture „Material Religion. Objects, Art, and Belief“ by David Morgan, which will be reviewed by Simone later today. On Sunday i was so tired from being awake, that i couldn’t get much out of the lectures Peter Bräunlein and again David Morgan put together. Shame on me.
Today is network-analysis-day and Martin Engelbrecht is the only referent. He takes a very practical approach, not only in emphasizing the need to customize the methods he has to teach depending on the specific research questions, but also in letting the participants of the summer school research in small groups for more than half of the time. These groups meet every half an hour, discussing their progress, while he moves from person to person and group to group, helping and guiding them, where problems occur. I DO like that kind of „interactive“ teaching.
On the theoretical side he threw a nice framework at us, where he combined aspects of network analysis and discourse analysis to grasp what is happening, when people address religion/religiousness on the Internet. An detailed report on this session – and most of the others – will be published by one of the participants 1-2 weeks after the summer school right here.
And now to the drama section: as we are using a computer pool on the Jacobs University, we asked them beforehand to install the software we need on windows. Sadly the information how to boot Windows wasn’t given or got lost in the more then real realms of e-mail communication, till we figured out that we had to do hard resets to get to the GRUB-Bootloader – despite the warning signs to NOT do that. We are such brave scientists.