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Researching (with) Social Media: A Reading Group

The aim of this reading group is to bring together staff and students across disciplines to explore findings and methods of research involving social media.

The aim of this reading group is to bring together staff and students across disciplines to explore findings and methods of research involving social media.  The reading group will be organized into termly themes; the long-list of themes includes activism, advocacy, surveillance, big data, ethics, journalism, accountability, and pluralism.  Each month, we will meet to discuss a reading on the relevant theme. Whenever possible, the reading's author will be in attendance and will begin the meeting with a short presentation on the research’s methodology.  The reading group, which is funded by the ESRC and co-convened by Ella McPherson from Sociology/CGHR and Anne Alexander from the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, will be open in the first instance to staff and PhD students, with remaining places allocated to MPhil students.

Dates of meetings in 2014-5 and a form to register your interest can be found online here.

We are a network of researchers at the University of Cambridge who are interested in how the use of digital tools is transforming scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. This transformation spans both the content and practice of humanities research, as the diffusion of digital technologies opens up new fields of study and generates research questions which breach traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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