News — Snurb, 27 August 2015
Call for Applications: CCI Digital Methods Summer School, 15-19 Feb. 2016 (#cciss16)

We are now inviting applications for the 2016 CCI Digital Methods Summer School. The deadline for application is Monday 21 Sep. 2016.

Hosted by the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), the 2016 event will focus on digital methods for sociocultural research. It is designed for university researchers at all stages of their careers, from doctoral students, postdoctoral and mid-career academics to established scholars.

The week-long intensive program will focus on new quantitative, qualitative and data-driven digital methods and their research applications in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular focus on media, communication and cultural studies and their applications in the creative industries.

Participants will work with leading researchers, engage in hands-on workshop activities and will have the opportunity to present and get feedback on their own work.

The Summer School will offer a range of introductory hands-on workshops in topics such as:

  • Digital ethnography
  • Issue mapping
  • Social media data analytics
  • Software and mobile app studies
  • Analysing visual social media
  • Geo-spatial mapping
  • Data visualisation
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Web scraping

The program will be conceptually grounded in the problems of public communication and privacy, digital media production and consumption, and the ethical issues associated with big data and digital methods in the context of digital media environments. There will be talks on these topics in addition to the workshops.

The first announcement of speakers and facilitators includes Associate Professor Kath Albury (University of New South Wales), Professor Axel Bruns (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Professor Jean Burgess (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Professor Terry Flew (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Associate Professor Folker Hanusch (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Professor Eszter Hargittai (Northwestern University), Dr Tim Highfield (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Professor Larissa Hjorth (RMIT University), Dr Tama Leaver (Curtin University), Professor Ben Light (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Professor Brian McNair (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Dr Peta Mitchell (QUT Digital Media Research Centre), Professor Julian Thomas (Swinburne Institute for Social Research) and Associate Professor Patrik Wikström (QUT Digital Media Research Centre).

Please visit the #cciss16 Website for further information and application details.

About the Author

Dr Axel Bruns leads the QUT Social Media Research Group. He is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Bruns is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of Twitter and Society, A Companion to New Media Dynamics and Uses of Blogs (2006). He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. His research Website is at snurb.info, and he tweets as @snurb_dot_info.

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