Exploits and opinions of vVvA (andres lombana bermudez).

I am an interdisciplinary designer/researcher born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I work at the intersection of youth, digital technology,  learning, and innovation. I recently  finished a PhD in Media Studies at UT-Austin, and defended my dissertation on Latino/Hispanic immigrant youths digital media practices and assimilation into the U.S. Previously, I completed a MSc in Comparative Media Studies at MIT  and majored with Literature and Political Science BAs from the Universidad de los Andes.

I study how young people use technology for learning, creating, and participating in culture/society/economy. Having been a long life student of the relationships between youth, technology, and everyday life, I am familiar with qualitative and quantitative methods, and especially skilled in content analysis, ethnography, and action research. I am particularly interested in studying new media practices, digital inequalities, innovation, and designing for learning, fun and engagement.

Parallel to my academic work I have sustained a cross-media design practice and developed several creative projects. My artwork has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries such as the Italo-Latin American Institute in Rome, the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Art Gallery in Washington D.C.

Currently, I am a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Connected Learning Research Network and the Doing Innovation project. I am part of Clubes de Ciencia Colombia, a member of the Aprendiendo Juntos/Learning Together Council (AJC), and a regular contributor to the English and Spanish Wikipedias, the Wikicommons, and OpenStreetMap.

You can contact me via email at lombana[at]alum.mit.edu .


Sobre vVvA en Español

Andrés Lombana Bermudez (aka vVvA) es un investigador/diseñador interdisciplinario que trabaja en la intersección entre jóvenes, tecnología digital, aprendizaje y alfabetismos mediáticos. Andrés recientemente terminó un PhD en Estudios de Medios de Comunicación en la Universidad de Texas-Austin y  defendió su disertación sobre las prácticas mediáticas de jóvenes Latino/Hispanos imigrantes y su proceso de asimilación en los Estados Unidos. Anteriormente Andrés realizó una maestría en estudios comparados de medios en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts y también estudió pregados de Literatura y Ciencia política en la Universidad de los Andes.

Actualmente Andrés es fellow en el Centro Berkman Klein ara la Internet y la Sociedad de la Universidad de Harvard, e investigador asociado en la Red de Investigación de Aprendizaje Conectado y el proyecto  Doing Innovation. El es también miembro de Clubes de Ciencia ColombiaAprendiendo Juntos/Learning Together Council (AJC), y regularmente contribuye a las Wikipedias en Español y en Inglés, los Wikicommons, y a OpenStreetMap.


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