The New Research on Digital Societies (NeRDS) Research Group at Kozminski University invites applications from PhD students and early career scholars to a Digital Society Research Methods Workshop: “Interpreting Social Activites Online”, held at Kozminski University in Warsaw on 10-11.09.2017.
The 5 mini-courses conducted during the workshop oscillate around the broad theme of social scientific interpretation of social actors’ activities online. What methods and theories can be applied to reach beyond the surface of the Internet content and digital traces, and enhance our understanding of social behavior in the digitized society?
Prof. Dariusz Jemielniak, Kozminski University
Doing digital ethnography: tales from the e-field
A current Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees member, as well as digital ethnography veteran, and an author of “Common Knowledge?” (2014 Stanford University Press, winner of 2015 Dorothy Lee Award and 2016 Chair of the Polish Academy of Sciences academic excellence award) will run a practical workshop on the nuances of identity work, ethical concerns when doing online ethnography, as well as the issues of differences and similarities with traditional fieldwork.
Prof. Christian Pentzold, University of Bremen
Ethical Premises and Practical Judgment in Internet-Based Ethnography
In Internet-based social science inquiry, the moral evaluation of its preparation, execution, and presentation rests to be a main issue. The necessity to account for the ethical implications of studying the use of information and communication technology persists for research that strives to interpret and contextualize social life across online and offline realms. In this workshop, we will think through how a context-sensitive way to arrive at ethically justifiable strategies plays out in an Internet- based participant observation. To this end, we tie together codified ethical premises, proceedings of ethical reasoning, and field-specific ethical reflections.
Dr. Piotr Sapieżyński, Northeastern University
Online friends and their offline behaviors
In this workshop I’ll share the lessons we’ve learnt during the a large scale study of online and offline social interactions among a group of 1000 students, the Copenhagen Networks Study. I’ll describe the opportunities and pitfalls of using online data as a proxy for underlying, offline social networks and compare the insights gained from questionnaires to those derived from behavioral (online and offline) data. I’ll also showcase a few tools for network visualization and analysis.
Dr. Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Kozminski University
Information, gossip, memes, and post-truths: constructing narratives and creating knowledge in online news
As part of the workshop, we will analyze how news, particularly those focused on politics and scandals, are shaped, distributed, and reinterpreted online. We will focus on how traditional internet portals and social media reinforce each other in creating this type of knowledge and narratives; how their distribution if formed in time and online spaces; and how this information can be studied from the point of view of useful analytical tools and theoretical approaches.
Dr. Paweł Krzyworzeka, Kozminski University
How to combine your online and offline research
In this workshop, we are going to answer fundamental questions about mixing online and offline research in social sciences. When is online only research not enough? What is the value of meeting online community members in person? Strategies for combining both types of research?
How to apply
We invite PhD students and Early Career Scholars who conduct or consider conducting social Internet research.
To apply, please fill in the following form before June 30, 2017.
The notification of acceptance will be sent before July 15, 2017 July 24, 2017.
The basic workshop fee is 85€.
We plan to organize dinner and a short trip around Warsaw as a facultative option. We may also have some limited funding/waivers for special needs applicants.