ONLINE: Richard Rogers: Situating and Doing Digital Methods
Learn more about digital methods in this lecture workshop with Richard Rogers, director of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam, and author of Doing Digital Methods (2019).
This lunch and afternoon event includes a lecture followed by a workshop. Please bring a laptop for the workshop. A light lunch will be served, so signup is required.
The lecture historicises and theorises digital methods, situating them as a part of the computational turn in internet-related research, however distinct from big data, and contrasts them ontologically and epistemologically from virtual methods, or the importation of methods from the humanities and the social sciences onto the web. It subsequently introduces the study of the ‘natively digital’ (and the notion itself) and discusses the prospects of making findings or having research outcomes that may be grounded in the online, putting forward the notion of ‘online groundedness’. The workshop is practical, introducing how to do digital methods through discussions of the study of Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, 4chan as well as Telegram.
Richard Rogers’ most recent book is “Doing Digital Methods” (Sage 2019), which gives practical and methodological advice on how to use digital methods tocollect and analyse data from search engines, social media and websites for scholars in the humanities and social scientists. Richard Rogers also directs The Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) at the University of Amsterdam. Comprised of new media researchers and PhD candidates, DMI designs methods and tools for repurposing online devices and platforms (such as Twitter, Facebook and Google) for research into social and political issues. DMI organizes Winter and Summer Schools that are open to all researchers, and the half-day workshop in Bergen will give partipants a small taste of what these workshops are like.
Doing Digital Methods is available at the library at UiB, here.
To prepare for the event, please read at least one chapter from Doing Digital Methods (Sage, 2019). For the workshop, please bring your laptop.