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Researching Social Media & Digital Humanities (Part 1/2)


Date: 3 March 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 3 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: L62

Type of Event: Training

Series: Research Skills Courses

In many countries a range of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc) are increasingly used by social actors as tools for public debate and political mobilisation. Even states have recognised their potential for digital diplomacy with the US and Iranian presidents and their ambassadors tweeting to global audiences. Analysis of these forms of communication is an increasing part of contemporary research. In addition, many of the tools and approaches are equally applicable to earlier periods in human history, a field collectively known as digital humanities.

This two-part workshop will focus on available research tools and methodologies for accessing social media content and scraping web content, conducting discourse analysis and producing simple networks and other infographics. The first session will provide an overview of the topic with some exercises in class. Students will be set small projects to be done in the intervening week, which will be discussed in the second session on 10 March. Students who sign up are asked to commit to both sessions.

This workshop is brought to you by the Centre for Media and Film Studies and will be run by an invited expert. Please find reading suggestions as well as the instructor’s bio in the attached document.

Please register using the booking form on the right-hand corner of this page.