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Internet inquiry: a remix approach

Date: 12 May 2014 Time: 13:00-15:00

Venue: Bowland North SR14

For almost anyone studying socio-technical contexts in the 21stCentury, the research project is complicated by the internet and its associated digital technologies, media, platforms, and devices. How do researchers grapple with a seemingly constant state of flux and transformation, whether it involves dealing with unmanageable (huge) data sets, limiting (or locating) the field site, identifying discrete research objects within networks of flow, or considering multiple audiences both in and outside the bounds of the Academy? Do we reinvent methods or stick to the traditions?

In this seminar, Professor Annette Markham begins with the idea that studies of complex digital contexts might be stronger and more ethically grounded if researchers focus on the baseline premises for inquiry rather than the standard practices of research methods. As a specific example of radically disrupting sedimented frameworks for inquiry, she discusses the concept of remix as a tool for reconsidering both the practice and function of inquiry. Remix offers a powerful means of shifting analytical gaze from individuals and objects to relations, processes, and flows between various elements of situations, where meaning and assemblages and imaginaries are negotiated in relation and situated (inter)action.

Remix practices can allow the researcher to embrace and grapple with complexity (rather than trying to simplify) by focusing less on methods (as templates to either apply to experiences and organize these experiences into particular categories and structures) and more on meaning as derived from a creative process of inquiry.

.Anyone is welcome to attend. This seminar may be particularly useful for those in early or middle stages of a research project, where decisions about research design are still flexible, where ethical concerns are beginning to emerge, or where data has become overwhelming and seemingly impossible to either manage or analyze.

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Speaker Bio:

Annette Markham is Associate Professor of Information Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark, Guest Professor of Informatics at Umeň University in Sweden, and Affiliate Professor of Digital Media at Loyola University in Chicago.

Dr. Markham has extensive background and training in interpretive, qualitative, and ethnographic methods. She is currently working on a book entitledRemix Culture, Remix Methodsfor MIT Press.

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