Doctor of Arts studies at Media Lab

DOM-L0007 New Media Doctoral Seminar
Responsible  teacher: Prof. Lily Díaz-Kommonen
The Media Lab seminar meets once a month on Thursdays, from 16:30 – 19:30.
First meeting on September 27 in Väre, room O112.
Other meetings at the Harald Herlin Learning Centre, room 126 (Juho).
Note: exceptions in dates/times may occur, see the updated info in the schedule below.

Workload: 3-6 credits each academic year. We meet a minimum of once a month for 3 hours.  Participation in the seminar is required until thesis manuscript is ready for submission.

Learning outcomes: The objective of the seminar is to develop discussion and debate regarding the diverse aspects of the new media (and design) and it role in society at the local national level as well as within a global and international context. Student present their doctoral research, conference presentations, and essays. An opponent is assigned for each presentation that can focus on the current state of the candidate’s work and which can include data gathering techniques, theory, methods, and envisioned conclusions.

In addition to the regular monthly meetings, complementary workshops, lectures, seminars and doctoral schools are offered on relevant topics. In the past these have included Memory, The Perceptive Body, and Archiving the New Media. In the summer of 2016 the topic of the doctoral school was Interpretation, Narrative and Identity. For the year 2017, the summer doctoral school was under the topic Event-driven Culture: Case Study the Visit. See here.

Assessment Methods and Criteria: Attendance and active participation are required. Students are required to prepare their own presentations and actively participate in discussions and reviews.

Study Material: New Media Doctoral Seminar is a forum where the diversity of disciplines and interests that make up the postgraduate research community in the Media Lab are brought together for a discussion. The seminar meets 8 times per academic year. For each session a selected doctoral candidate (and/or an invited presenter) makes a 1-hour long presentation of his or her work. Each presentation is followed by a debate with an opponent, with the professor, and with the audience. A Critical Art and Design practices perspective is emphasized.

The themes vary in every session according to the background and the work of the presenters. Presentations about special topics by invited guests and speakers sometimes augment the sessions.

Evaluation: Pass/Fail
Registration: WebOodi, students are required to register their participation in the seminar in Oodi, The course is listed as, DOM-L0007, New Media Doctoral Seminar.
Language of Instruction: English.

Meeting dates for the academic year 2017–2018:

27.09.18, at 16.30-19.30, Väre, room O112
Neha Sayed
Guest speaker: Roberto Pugliese
See more here.

25.10.18, at 16.30-19.30, Learning Centre, JUHO
Guest speaker: Tone Andersen
Mamdooh Afdile
Daniel Landau
See more here.
NOTE: There will also be lecture by Hörst Hortner, Director, Future Lab Ars Electronica on the 24th October, Väre building, room F101 (by the main entrance)

22.11.18, at 16.30-19.30, Learning Centre, JUHO
Marjaana Veermans (guest speaker)
Eva Durall
See more here.
NOTE: Eva Durall’s Doctoral Defence, Friday 2nd November, Otakaari 1A x-entrance, lecture hall A1 (1st floor), from 12:00.

13.12.18, at 16.30-19.30, Learning Centre, JUHO
Massimo Menichinelli
Priscilla Ferronato (Illinois Informatics Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign), guest speaker
See More here.
(Christmas gathering)

(Rescheduled for May!)
24.01.19, at 16.30-19.30, Learning Centre, JUHO
Khalil Klouche

(Please note the change in date!)                                                                                                           28.02.19, at 16.30-19.30, Learning Centre, JUHO
Heidi Tikka
See more here

28.03.19, at 16.30-19.30, Learning Centre, JUHO
Andrea Mancianti
See more here

25.04.19, at 16.30-19.30, Learning Centre, JUHO
Juan Duarte

Meeting dates for Spring 2018:

Thursday January 11, 2018, 4pm–6pm

Guest lecture by: 
PhD François Pachet, Director of Spotify Creator Technology Research Lab
‘Artificial Intelligence for music generation: the making of the album “Hello World”‘
Location: Johanna / Learning Centre

Friday January 12, 2018, 12pm–2pm

Doctoral Defence
Public examination of M.Soc.Sci. Pirkka Åman’s doctoral dissertation Musical Serendipity. Designing for Contextual Music Recommendation and Discovery.
Location: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, lecture hall 822, Hämeentie 135 C, 00560, Helsinki, FI  See here.

Thursday January 18, 2018, 4pm–6pm

Guest lecture by: 
Dr.polit Dagny Stuedahl:

Friday January 19, 2018, 12pm–2pm

Doctoral Defence
Public examination of MA Sanna Marttila’s doctoral dissertation Infrastructuring for Cultural Commons.
Location: Aalto University School of Business, Nokia Hall, Runeberginkatu 14-16, 00560, Helsinki, FI  See here.

Friday February 2, 2018, 10:00–12:00, Otakaari 1 X, lecture room A1

Guest lecture by: 
Yannis Rochat, University of Lausanne.
See more here.
See also:

Thursday February 15, 2018, 4pm–7pm

NinFeng Zhang
Francisco Martinez
See abstracts.

Thursday March 22, 2018, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Heli Rantavuo, guest lecture: Designing for People in the Age of Machine Learning
Iida Hietala: Self-Creation Through Arts Consumption and Digital Content Production
See abstracts.

Thursday April 19, 2018, 5pm–8pm note the change in time

Presentations by:
Andy Best-Dunkley
Guest Sally Davidson

Thursday May 3, 2018, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Marikki Hakola
Guest speaker: Prof. Pentti Määttänen
See abstracts.

Past dates – Fall 2017:

Thursday September 21, 2017, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Yrjö Tuunanen
Pirkka Åman
See the abstracts.

Thursday October 26, 2017, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Jane Vita
Jihye Lee
See the abstracts.

Thursday November 23, 2017, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Khalil Klouche
Professor Jari Saramäki, Dept. of Computer Science
About networks
See the abstracts.

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE / TIME Wednesday December 13, 2017, 3pm–5pm

Pecha Kucha session: 3+3 presenters (short pitches)
Together with Department of Media and Department of Design

DOM Presentations by:
Khalil Klouche: Designing for Information Exploration
Yrjö Tuunanen: Narrative Transparency in Online Journalism

DOD Presentations by:
Elif Öztekin: Eco-settlements as Niche Innovations for Sustainability Transitions

Past dates – Spring 2017:

Kata Szita (PhD. candidate at University of Gotheburg and visiting researcher):
Opponent: Jelena Rosic
Click here for the abstract.

Tatu Blomqvist: Removing the frame: Documentary in virtual reality
Andrew Paterson: Autoarchaeologies of an artist-organiser
See the abstracts.

Lecture by Jussi Parikka, Professor at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and author of What is Media Archeology? (Polity Press, UK) and Geology of Media (University of Minnesota Press) among others.

23.03.2017 NOTE: classroom 426 (new room next to the lobby)
Jana Pejoska: Digital learning tools based on embodied experience
Sanna Marttila: Infrastructuring and Commoning for Cultural Commons
See the abstracts.

11.05.2017, classroom 426
Guest lecture by Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator (CAN): Art as a Catalyst.
Andrea Mancianti: Ecosystem and experience: composing and orchestrating for mixed reality immersive environments, opponent Archontis Politis.
View session:

Past dates – Fall 2016:

Media Lab Seminar. First meeting of the academic year. General introduction, presentation and debate. (Hung Han Chen)

Media Lab Seminar. Presentation and debate. (Mamdooh Afdile)

27 October, 2016
Show me the Money! The New Economy of Visual Artists in the Global Village – A one-day seminar at Korjaamo organized by Kuvasto, Grafia, and Aalto University including presentations, workshops and a debate with key players from local and international contexts.

1–2 November, 2016
Convergence of Artistic Media – A conference organized by University of Helsinki, Aalto University, University of Tampere and University of Arts Helsinki. To be held at the University of Helsinki.

Prospective plenary speakers of the conference are Irina Rajewsky (Berlin), Jason Gaiger (Ruskin School of Arts, Oxford), Luis Bruni (University of Aalborg), John Richardson (University of Turku). A peer-reviewed publication based on a selection of the articles presented is planned.


17.11.2016  DATE/TIME CHANGED: new time Wednesday 16 November, from 14:30-16:30, room 433 (Paja)

– Exploring the impact of narrative re-embodiment experiences in virtual reality
on the boundaries of body, identity and self.
by Daniel Landau


1–3 December, 2016
3D media and fabrication for heritage and storytelling – A three- day “hands on, minds on” event focused on management and realization of open source creative projects organized by the Renewable Futures network and Innovative Hybrid Laboratories group.

Presentation and debate
by Jelena Rosic

+ Guest lecture:
Timo Honkela, University of Helsinki:
Read more: 

See you there!

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