The colleagues from the London Knowledge Lab are organising a ‘Training Day’ on Multimodal methods for analysing social media. Here is the description of the workshop:
Are you interested in social networking sites, blogs and forums, but not sure how to analyse them? In this one-day seminar we introduce a multimodal approach to the study of representation and communication in digital environments. Looking at a range of platforms and genres and using qualitative methods we demonstrate how to analyse even the smallest design features of sites and pages and their social effects. We attend to a wide range of modes available and used in these environments, including image, layout, writing, colour, moving image, and speech; and to their meaning potential. The approach brings together visual, linguistic and rhetorical analysis. Looking at concrete examples, our leading questions are: Who are the social actors here? What are the multimodal resources that they have available for designing a social environment? What are the potentialities and constraints of these resources? How do the actors use these resources? What does the social environment that they construct look like?
Date and location10:00-15:30, 15th May 2013, at the London Knowledge Lab
We are happy to announce a forthcoming DigitMEd workshop in Freie Universität of Berlin, at 26th - 27th April 2013 wih the title: “Observing digital media practices / Media as methods of observation“.
The workshop aims to introduce the global research team and those who are interested in theories and methodologies involved in the study of practices of off- and online communities of young people. The workshop also seeks to show how to adopt the use of media as a research method and how to collaborate with the field through media. Further discussions and talks will be connected to the concepts of inter- and cross-cultural investigations and the participation within media.
The workshop is part of the 2nd Work Package of DigitMEd and will be open to the public. For the workshop program and description, click here. For registration or querries, contact Mr. Martin Bittner at: martin.bittner[at]fu-berlin.de
Welcome to the DIGIT-M-ED webpage. This research staff exchange project concerns the social, cultural, media-analytical and educational dimensions of digital media practices with a focus on the devices that are used for capturing, editing and circulating video data. DIGIT-M-ED aims at developing an innovative methodology for the interdisciplinary and comparative/cross-cultural study of emerging digital media and technologies practices and constellations with special attention to the voices and perspectives of the young people involved in research. Solid research synergies between German and Indian traditions of anthropological and sociological youth research, British scholarship in media analysis, Greek and Brazilian educational and youth research and Russian learning theories will be constructed more fully and creatively. Existing theoretical and methodological tools from 1) post-vygotskian psychology and learning theory 2) multimodal analysis and 3) anthropological research will be tested and further developed. A small-scale ethnographic research with young people in the age of 16-21 years who live in marginalized urban milieus in Athens, New Delhi and São Paulo is planed with the aim of designing large-scale research in the near future. Further activities such as workshops, collaborative teaching and joint publications and presentations will expand and intensify existing research partnerships. DIGIT-M-ED will thus facilitate the development of a productive and sustainable international research network that will investigate how digital media and technologies transform the everyday lives and affect the development of young people in North and South Europe, Brazil, Russia and India in the years to come. Financed by the Marie Curie People’s Program.
Michalis Kontopodis – michaliskonto(a)googlemail.com
Sofia Triliva - triliva(a)psy.soc.uoc.gr