Tag: digital sociology

In my talk at the Digital Sociology conference in New York in February 2015 (available online here) I explained my enthusiasm for the new possibilities afforded by social media for doing research in real time with communities. These are the two examples I’m familiar with but I’d like to know about any others that exist. […]

What is Digital Sociology? I really like that Deborah suggested this title for her lecture tomorrow night because it’s a question which fascinates me. Obviously this is in part a matter of terminological novelty, with ‘digital sociology’ obviously supplementing parallel projects of ‘digital humanities’, ‘digital geography’ and ‘digital anthropology’  in ways that are nonetheless difficult […]

Along with Sam Martin, I’m organising two digital sociology events on January 13th as part of Deborah Lupton’s visit to the UK. What is Digital Sociology? An evening lecture by Deborah Lupton with me and Emma Uprichard responding. It will take place in S0.21 from 5pm to 7pm. This is in the Social Sciences Building on […]

What Nick Couldry says here is a pleasingly precise statement of what I’ve been trying to articulate when writing vague statements like the “distinctively sociological sensibility which is marginalised by computational social science”: The starting-points for a hermeneutics of the social world are, in key ways, being transformed by big data and by the embedding of algorithmic […]

In this series of interviews, I ask Digital Sociologists about their work and the background to it. You can find Garry on Twitter here. See here for the previous interviews in the series. How did digital technology first begin to enter into your research? It seems to have flowed naturally from the broader topic at […]

I don’t usually post flyers for paid courses (unless I’m giving them) but this looks great and I’m almost certainly going to book a place: Spectacle, an award winning independent television production company specialising in documentary, community-led investigative journalism and participatory media, offers affordable weekend training in *Digital Video Production for Anthropologists and Social Researchers* <http://www.spectacle.co.uk/projects_page.php?id=496&gt; […]

The event is aimed at early career researchers in the humanities (who may be also working across disciplinary divides such as in the arts and sciences) whose research connects to the theme of ‘being human in a digital age’. Ignite events challenge researchers to make their case in a short, succinct way by giving them […]

I just saw the LSE Impact blog posted this nice summary of the interview series I’m doing for them: Rob Kitchin: “Big data should complement small data, not replace them.” In this first interview, Rob Kitchin elaborates on the specific characteristics of big data, the hype and hubris surrounding its advent, and the distinction between […]

MINI-CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL SOCIOLOGY CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Eastern Sociological Society New York City February 26-March 1, 2015 Millennium Broadway Hotel In keeping with the Eastern Sociological Society’s theme of “Crossing Borders”, the Digital Sociology Mini-Conference seeks papers that address the many borders crossed – national, disciplinary, theoretical, methodological, epistemological – in digital ways of knowing. […]

I’m really looking forward to Deborah Lupton’s book on Digital Sociology which is due to be released next year. There’s a extract from the introduction on her blog which gives a helpful overview of the pre-history of digital sociology, focusing in particular on the way in which subdisciplinary boundaries had tended to fragment sociological inquiry […]

This post by Zeynep Tufekci on her Medium site is the best thing I’ve read yet about the recent facebook controversy. I’m struck by how this kind of power can be seen as no big deal. Large corporations exist to sell us things, and to impose their interests, and I don’t understand why we as the research/academic community […]

What a brilliant idea. Find out more here about how to contribute. We’ve been thinking a lot at #NSMNSS about what types of activities the network should support next. One idea we’ve been ruminating on for a while is creating a volume of crowdsourced blogs on the impact social media are having on social science research methods. (We […]

There’s a great post by Kandy Woodfield on the NSMNSS blog. Do read the full post – it’s a panoramic yet concise overview of the current terrain. I’ve listed the challenges below for my own notes rather than as a substitute for reading the original post. The methodological challenge: “we have yet to fully address the fact that a high […]

Two excellent looking events organised by people in my department: Workshop on Race, Racism and Digital Communications, 10.30-1pm, Gillian Rose Room (R3.25), Ramphal Building, University of Warwick [with the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, Warwick] Discussion featuring Alana Lentin, Sanjay Sharma, Kirsten Forkert and Nathaniel Tkacz on transformation of race through digital communication networks, ambient racism and […]

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: CALL FOR ARTICLES NEW DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2014 RSF: THE RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES CONFERENCE ON BIG DATA IN POLITICAL ECONOMY The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences invites submissions for its upcoming issue on “big data in political economy.” The aim of the issue and conference is […]

A couple of years ago I started a project which I subsequently forgot all about. I’ve now remembered about the Digital Sociologist audio profiles I was putting together and I’d quite like to finish them. Would you like to be profiled? The audio is really simple to record. Get in touch if you want to […]