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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Human Geography Workshop: Digital Methods | Live Geography: Researching the Digital Space

24th October 2018, 13:00 to 25th October 2018, 15:30

Workshop Organisers: Andrés Luque-Ayala & Yu-Shan Tseng.

Funded by the British Academy, through the grant 'Hacking the urban environment: smart cities and the role of civic hackers in remaking the city'.

(Durham University and Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil).

This workshop seeks to explore the methodological dimensions of doing critical social research within emerging digital spaces - from platforms, hackerspaces and smart cities to code and algorithms. Pushing digital methods beyond ideas of digital ethnography, the workshop seeks to discuss / re-imagine how we conduct social research in the digital turn. Some of the questions that guide us are: Up to which point do we need to invent new methods or repurpose alternative methods? How do we capture social processes characterised by real time transformation and digital augmentation? How traditional ideas around ethnography (such as immersion, presence or attention) shift with the digital? And finally, how do we enquire the impenetrable spaces of computational processes? But please bring your own questions, as they are more than welcome!

As part of our inquiry, we would like to have a conversation around the value of engaging (or disengaging) with the very digital tools and practices used by the practitioner communities involved in the making of the digital turn. We plan to do this through a 'hands on' training session on 'civic hacking'.

October 24th Seeing Like a Hacker
(1:00 - 5:15pm. Room CM001)

  • Unpacking the Hackathon: hands-on training on ‘hacking methods’ (from APIs and Open Data to running a mini-hack!)
    • Chris Dymond (Sheffield Digital) / Andy Mayer (Yoomee)

October 25th - Re-Thinking Digital Methods
(9:00am - 3:30pm. Senate Room, University College [Castle])

  • Plenary discussion - How can a better understanding of digital practices inform our research methods?
  • Digital Infrastructures / Platforms
    • Rachel O'Dwyer (Trinity College Dublin) (TBC)
    • Ludovico Rella (Durham University)
    • James Ash (Newcastle University)
    • Desiree Fields (Sheffield University)
  • Inside / outside the Machine - Code and Algorithms
    • Pip Thornton (Royal Holloway University of London)
    • Oliver Belcher (Durham University)
    • Yu-Shan Tseng (Durham University)
    • Louise Amoore (Durham University)
  • The Digital City
    • Gynna Millan Franco (Queen Mary University of London)
    • Mike Crang (Durham University) (TBC)
    • Julian Tait (OpenData Manchester)
    • Rodrigo Firmino (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil)

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