Institut zur Erforschung und Förderung österreichischer und internationaler Literaturprozesse
Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies
Reichenau, May, 24-27, 2001
 TRANS No. 10: 
"Knowledge Networking in Cultural Studies" 
(since June 2001)

 How online communication may affect academic knowledge production. Some preliminary hypotheses
Michael Nentwich (Vienna)

Recent developments in communication technologies are about to change working and collaborative patterns of academics. Online and offline internet conferences as well as discussion fora of all kinds, exchange of drafts of joint papers and resource sharing around the globe seem to convert academia into a global research village. Since communication lies at the very heart of the academic enterprise we need to ask whether these new tools and modes of communication will impact on what academics actually produce.

We may hypothesize that just as the size and type of the chisels used by the sculptor impact on the shape of his statue, the outcome of academic knowledge production will be different whichever mode of communication is used during elaboration. The proposed paper will elaborate this argument and put forward some preliminary hypotheses and how they will be tested in an ongoing empirical study.

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