Exploring and integrating genres in the second phase of the JVMG project

In the second project phase Dr. Martin Hennig (PI) and Christopher Zysik from the University of Tübingen joined the project for the implementation and data-ethical reflection of genres and associated categories, that is to say, to be sensitive of the cultural origins of the categories and terms. The main goal is the integration of comprehensive genre categories, the development of appropriate theoretical models as well as corresponding research questions, that can be answered using the database.

Genre structures serve as an important orientation in contemporary mediascapes. In a media culture characterized more and more by transmediality, genres are increasingly mixing and thus forming new patterns as well as serving as central connectors across multiple media. In consolidating several databases, genres are utilized to bridge the gap between them to enrich the knowledge graph. Data sources such as TV Trope (available under CC BY-SA-NC 3.0 Unported License[1]), which provide a number of tropes in relation to genres, are essential for the consolidation of genre structures. 

One of the main challenges in the current project phase includes aligning heterogenous genre principles into a coherent system. Martin and Christopher thus explore ways to further align the existing genre categorizations of media works and to refine the process of implementing additional sources into the knowledge graph. The goal is to provide consistent genre information that can be shared across various media clusters. 

Martin’s and Christopher’s complementary expertise in narratology, aesthetics, film and media studies, and Japanese visual media culture provide valuable perspectives to find proper solutions. Currently, the team is working on a Tiny Use Case about the versatile Kaiju genre. The goal of the TUC is to find core tropes that define the Kaiju genre and to reflect on whether tropes are a viable method to define a genre in course of digital databases. 

New team members 

Dr. Martin Hennig (PI) 

Martin Hennig is a researcher in the field of media, culture & society. He received his PhD in 2016 with a thesis entitled “Cultural Semiotics of Videogames” (Marburg: Schüren 2017). He worked as a postdoc at the DFG Research Training Group 1681/2 “Privacy and Digitalization” and substituted the Chair of Media and Cultural Studies (focus: Digital Cultures) at the University of Passau. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tübingen’s International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) and leads several research projects. His research topics include semiotics, digital cultures, surveillance studies, AI imaginaries, narratology, culture, and mentalities. Several publications are available on the website: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/215578.

Christopher Zysik 

Christopher Zysik is a PhD candidate in music at Paderborn University, research associate at the University of Tübingen’s International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) and team member in the DFG-project “Japanese Visual Media Graph” as well as a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University. In his dissertation, he examines the music videos’ aesthetics and socio-cultural dimensions of the Japanese music genre Kawaii Metal. His research interests include East Asian popular music and media culture, aesthetics, cultural sociology, social and cultural psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory and globalization, and cultural phenomenology. Website: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/255152.

[1] We would like to thank the team behind tvtropes.org for providing the data under creative commons and acknowledge their efforts to expand and maintain the data provided.