Thursday 19 January 2012

Methods and Challenges of Researching Social Networking Sites

Manchester Digital Media Network

Workshop 2: Methods and Challenges of Researching Social Networking Sites
Tuesday March 20th, 9:30-5pm
Venue: G306a, Jean MacFarlane Building

A postgraduate workshop organised by the Manchester Digital Media Network (MDMN) and the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC) and sponsored by methods@manchester.

Social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, are now widely used in everyday activities for both work and leisure. As a result, they are also increasingly used in social science research, whether as a site or object of research, or as a tool to recruit research participants or disseminate one’s work. Yet, there is no single methodology for studying SNS, nor an established methodological ‘toolkit’. The aim of the workshop will be precisely to try and create such a toolkit, firstly by mapping several possible approaches to SNS (qualitative and quantitative) and familiarising the participants with available software to apply some of these approaches. Secondly, the workshop will showcase several research projects that are at the forefront of developing new methods to studying Facebook and Twitter, by inviting leading international scholars in the field. Lastly, the workshop will offer an opportunity for participants to discuss their own work, receive feedback and develop their own methodological tools.

This full day workshop will have three leading national and international experts as well as a session with short presentations by some of the MDMN members.

**If you are interested in presenting your own work, please email by 1 February 2012**

Debra Ferreday, University of Lancaster
Daniel Miller, University College London
Terri Senft, New York University

Participation is free but registration is required as the number of places is limited.

**If you are interested in participating, please contact Caitriona Devery at by 23 February 2012**

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