June – December 2014
CGES, St. Petersburg State University
In 2014, the CGES was most intensely involved in research within the project ‘Co-evolution of Knowledge and Communication Networks: Structural Dynamics of Creative Collectives in European Cultural Capitals’.
This project explores the internal mechanisms of social dynamics of creative collectives operating in the European cultural capitals: St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Madrid, Hamburg and London. A series of workshops and trainings were organised in the CGES office (St. Petersburg) for the project participants, which compose an international team of researchers in Russia (St. Petersburg State University, Institute of Sociology and Institute of History – RAS, National Research University ITMO, European University at Petersburg, NRU Higher School of Economics), Germany (Bielefeld University), Spain (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Charles III University of Madrid), and UK (King’s College London).
Each meeting, designed as a platform for common discussion, learning, briefing and presenting results, correspondingly reflects the stages of research process within the project. The first workshop, which put together the international team on June 26 2014, was to introduce to participants the theoretical basis for research (network and autopoiesis theory) and previously developed method, consisting in mixed qualitative and quantitative network analysis, allowing to model and map heterogeneous spatially embedded configurations of knowledge and communication structures. Research Workshop on Theory and Methods to Study Joint Dynamics of Knowledge and Communication, held for St. Petersburg team on July 12, also included instructions on using the software (Automap) for semi-automatized word collocation analysis, and was to some extent the continuation of the previously conducted training on textual data processing on July 10. During the two following workshops on September 8 and 16, colleagues from St. Petersburg and Europe discussed the plan of the 1st wave of field research in European cities and jointly elaborated a set of instruments for longitudinal data collection and mapping the networks of actors, concepts and objects. Results of the field research, particularly the data collected in the art-groups in Madrid, Barcelona, Hamburg, and St. Petersburg, as well as challenges, participants faced in the course of the research, and possible solutions formed the agenda of the international workshop on December 19. The following meeting on December 29 was to provide a detailed training on processing the collected data, mapping of social, semantic, and objects multi-level networks of creative communities in order to improve network analysis techniques to study creative communities.
In total, 7 KNOCOMM project events were run by the CGES in 2014:
o International Workshop on Theory and Methods to Study European Creative Communities, CGES, St. Petersburg State University, 25.06.2014;
o Training on Textual Data Processing and Basic Semantic Networks Analysis Techniques, CGES, St. Petersburg State University, 10.07.2014;
o Research Workshop on Theory and Methods to Study Joint Dynamics of Knowledge and Communication Networks in Common Material Environment in European Creative Communities, CGES, St. Petersburg State University, 12.07.2014;
o International Workshop on Data Collection Tools Development to Study Joint Dynamics of Knowledge and Communication in a Common Material Environment, CGES, St. Petersburg State University, 08.09.2014;
o Training on Qualitative and Quantitative Data Collection Techniques, CGES, St. Petersburg State University, 16.09.2014;
o International Workshop on Creative Communities 1st wave Data Collection Results , CGES, St. Petersburg State University, 19.12.2014;
o Training on Data Processing, Mapping of Social, Semantic, and Objects Multi-Level Networks of Creative Communities, and Network Analysis Techniques to Study Creative Communities, CGES, St. Petersburg State University, 29.12.2014.
As far as the project duration is four years, similar meetings will be organised by the CGES in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the participants in St. Petersburg and Europe.