June Joint E-seminar

“Facebook as research field and research platform”

Joint e-seminar of the
American Anthropological Association’s Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology & Computing (CASTAC, http://castac.org/) and Digital Anthropology Group (DANG, https://01anthropology.wordpress.com/) and European Association of Social Anthropologists’ Media Anthropology Network (http://www.media-anthropology.net/)

21 June – 5 July 2016 (to be extended if necessary)

CASTAC, DANG and the Media Anthropology Network are organizing for the first time a joint online seminar or e-seminar. E-seminars have been held by the Media Anthropology Network since 2004 and run over the Network’s mailing list (http://www.media-anthropology.net/index.php/e-seminars). These moderated sessions are free and open to anyone. To participate please subscribe to the mailing list via http://lists.easaonline.org/listinfo.cgi/medianthro-easaonline.org. At the end of the e-seminar the conversion is transcribed and put online for download at http://www.media-anthropology.net/index.php/e-seminars.

The topic of this joint e-seminar is Facebook as research field and research platform. As the world’s biggest online social network and the most dominant social medium, Facebook has become increasingly relevant to anthropologists, particularly in the fields of digital, technology and media anthropology (e.g. WhyWePost project, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/why-we-post). Within this e-seminar aspects of anthropological and ethnographic research about/on/with Facebook and related phenomena are discussed. What is the potential and what are the limitations of doing research on/with Facebook? What are the technical constraints and the ethical consequences when using Facebook as platform to present and discuss research (projects) or to connect to research partners?

The e-seminar is kicked off with short statements by
Philipp Budka (EASA Media Anthropology Network, University of Vienna, http://www.philbu.net/)
Jordan Kraemer (CASTAC, Wesleyan University, http://www.jordankraemer.com/)
Martin Slama (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Islamic (Inter)Faces of the Internet, https://www.facebook.com/IslamicInterFaces)
Sydney Yeager (DANG, Southern Methodist University, https://sydneyyeager.org/)

Once you have subscribed to the Media Anthropology Network’s mailing list (http://lists.easaonline.org/listinfo.cgi/medianthro-easaonline.org) you are then also able to edit your subscription details, e.g. digest mode, etc.

We are looking forward to a lively discussion in this first joint e-seminar!

Sydney Yeager (DANG)
Nick Seaver (CASTAC)
Philipp Budka (EASA Media Anthropology Network)


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