Medialab Prado


Academic Blogs: Different Times for Science and Presentation of

16.03.2012 12:30h

Place: Medialab-Prado. Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15 · Madrid

Within the Empiria Digital encounters coordinated by Adolfo Estalella, we wish to dedicate an approach to scientific and academic blogs. In this seminar, we have invited several blog authors to share their blogging experiences and to reflect on the opportunity that blogs offer in the re-examination of some of the modes of producing within academia. The seminar will hold the presentation of, a platform for academic blogs written in Spanish, open to the academic communities of all the different disciplines pertaining to the Humanities and Social Sciences, supported by the French CNR, the University of Marseille and the University of Avignon. The seminar shares the same framework as Medialab-Prado's current reflexions concerning Digital Humanities and eResearch. 



By Adolfo Estalella

"Time has characterized blogs in a paradigmatic way since their emergence. This is materially written in their design, which is explicitly open to a new text, yet to come, as they expand in the shape of a temporal archive for that that has already been narrated. And it is interwoven in the particular temporality that goes with both writing and reading blogs.

In the academic context, blogs signal a new temporality that, measured in days or hours, is distancing the extended cadencies that conventional scientific production require. Thus the particular temporality of blogs opens a space where writing acquires a different texture and the debate turns to unknown territories, beyond academia, and to uncertain interlocutors. Thus, we can say that academic and scientific blogs (whatever such an expression might mean) constitute a figure that signals the arrival of different times for science, epitome of some of the singular changes that digital technologies introduce in science and academia. Several academies, academics, and those who find themselves in their fringes, will share their blogging experiences in this seminar and will reflect on the opportunity that blogs offer to revisit some of the modes of producing within academia.

Elena Azofra (UNED), Fernando Broncano (Universidad Carlos III), Mónica Cornejo (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Jara Rocha (Master DIWO) and Frederique Muscinèsi ( / CLOE) will explore, according to their own experiences, how blogs enable the possibility of destabilizing the dichotomy between experts and laymen, dissolving the limits of academia and questioning disciplinary canons; or they will deepen in their reflection on blogs as a particular time and space from which to intervene in current debates, through new way of writing, mode of maintaining relations and a different place where one can find a margin for what is ephemeral, humoristic and heterodox.".

The participants of the panel at Medialab-Prado are:

  • Mónica Cornejo, anthropologist and professor at UCM [blog];
  • Fernando Broncano, Chair of Logic and Philosophy of Science at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. [blog]
  • Elena Azofra, professor of Spanish History and Morphology at the School of Filology of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia UNED [blog];
  • Jara Rocha, Máster DIWO, independent and nomad project for self-taught and collaborative learning that is based on cultural practices and within the context of cultural mediation. [blog]
  • Frederique Muscinèsi, Community Manager of


Presentation of by Frederique Muscinèsi:

The portal counts with its own scientific council formed by researchers involved in the discipline of Digital Humanities, as well as all the community animation and support tools that already exist for French-speaking bloggers.

Several researcher-bloggers will be participating in this encounter by sharing their experiences. The Presentation of will take place within the recounting of practices and experiences, as well as the description of the project: the existence of a specific platform for scientific blogging that contributes to the visibilization of the practices of scientific writing, dissemination, dialogue, and, above all, to its acknowledgement as a legitimate element of a researcher’s activity.


Parallel activities:

For the occasion of the public launch of this platform two scientific blogging courses with will take place, with the intention of making known to the Spanish and Franco-Spanish scientific community in Madrid.

  • 14.03.2012 / 9:00h a 15:00h. course in French at the Casa Velázquez (inscriptions at hypotheses(at)
  • 15.03.2012 / 9:00h a 15:00h. course in Spanish at UNED, Facultad de Educación (School of Education) (online registration)
These courses consist of an introduction to scientific blogging, a presentation of's specialities and practical exercises that will allow the participants to manage the principal functions of a research blog. Those who wish to discover this particular environment for publication are not required to open a research blog or count with a previous blog project to participate in the courses.
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