Workshop: Developing methods for the microanalysis of online data, Radboud University Nijmegen

Workshop: Developing methods for the microanalysis of online data, Radboud University Nijmegen | HASTAC.

Date: 9-10 January 2013

Venue: Radboud University Nijmegen

Organisers: David Giles (Winchester University), Jessica Lester (Washington State University), Trena Paulus (University of Tennessee) and  Wyke Stommel (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Although computer-mediated communication (CMC) has been studied extensively for the last three decades, few researchers have explicitly addressed methodological issues in this field, particularly at the level of microanalysis – the intensive study of language use typically found in traditions such as conversation analysis, discursive psychology and discourse analysis.

In this workshop we will be discussing the relevance of mediated context to the qualitative microanalysis of online data. Participants are asked to bring their own online data (in English translation) so that these can be used as input for the small group work. Groups will collaboratively analyse data (data session) and/or discuss the theme in the context of participants’ own research projects and plans. Each workshop session will end with brief presentations of the methodological considerations or “findings” of each small group. In addition to the thematic sessions, a demonstration will be given on the use of Atlas.ti-software for analysing online data.

The short-term aim of this workshop is to have a special issue in a renowned journal on methodological issues around the microanalysis of online data. The long-term aim is to build a network of qualitative researchers who study online communication in order to move forward the development of new and/or adapted methodologies that can better inform data analysis in the social sciences and humanities.

There are 25 places available for this workshop. We prefer participants that attend both days, but it is also possible to come for one day of the workshop.

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Deadline for registration: November 16, 2012