The year is closer to its end than its start, but with October approaching there’s just time to fit in a round of conference papers; next month, I’m off to North America and Europe for conferences and workshops, presenting my work both solo and with colleagues from the CCI, QUT, and Curtin at events in the US and Canada.
First up is this year’s Association of Internet Researchers conference, Internet Research 14.0: Resistance and Appropriation (IR14), which is taking place in Denver, Colorado, between 23-26 October 2013. This is always one of my favourite conferences, with the previous event in Salford, UK, a personal highlight from 2012 (the presentations I was involved in last year are here). This year I’m involved in three papers being presented at IR14, representing several aspects of the timely social media research carried out at QUT by both the Social Media Research Group and the Mapping Online Publics team.
First up is a very topical paper, ‘#ausvotes Mark Two: Twitter in the 2013 Australian Federal Election’, covering our research into the Australian federal election that took place only a few weeks ago on 7 September. This paper, led by Axel Bruns and including contributions from myself, Theresa Sauter, et al., forms part of the panel ‘Social Media and Elections: The Use of Twitter in the 2013 Campaigns in Italy, Australia, Germany, and Norway’, which also features papers from many of our colleagues and collaborators in Europe. If you’re attending IR14, you can see this presentation on 24 October, in the 1:40pm-3:10pm session in the Horace Tabor room.
Immediately after that, I’m going solo to present my research into parody on Twitter (see this earlier post for more discussion), ‘News via Voldemort: The role of parody and satire in topical discussions on Twitter’. This paper is also on 24 October, taking place in the 3:30pm-5:00pm session in the Molly Brown room.
The next day, my final IR14 presentation is another solo effort, but also part of a panel containing several other QUT colleagues (as well as international collaborators). The panel is on ‘Celebrity Crises on Twitter’, covering case studies including the Pope and Oscar Pistorius (these cases are covered individually in separate papers, I should clarify); my paper is on Lance Armstrong, and is entitled ‘Appropriating breaking news? The evolving Twitter coverage of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal’. You can see this panel on 25 October, in the 12:50pm-2:20pm session in the Confluence C room.
That leaves the final day of the conference free for me with regards to presentation duties, and a wealth of exciting parallel sessions to choose from – a quick plug, though, for the ‘Twitter and Society and Beyond‘ roundtable taking place on Saturday 26 October, in the 1:30pm-3:00pm session in room Confluence B, which features many excellent participants. This roundtable comes out of the forthcoming Twitter and Society collection, edited by Katrin Weller, Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Merja Mahrt, and Cornelius Puschmann, and published by Peter Lang (disclaimer: I have a chapter in this collection, but I’m not involved in the roundtable). As usual, though, the whole conference promises to be a very interesting and stimulating four days (including pre-conferences) – check out the full agenda here.
Following IR14, I’m then off to Toronto, Canada, for the symposium on Compromised Data? New paradigms in social media theory and methods, which is taking place on 28 and 29 October. There, Sky Croeser and I are presenting a paper coming out of our Mapping Movements work, interrogating ‘Social movement research and big data: critiques and alternatives’. This paper draws on the studies we’ve been working on into social movements and social media in the US, Tunisia, and Greece, particularly our methodological perspectives, in examining the benefits and, in particular, the limits of Big Data-driven research into such movements.
The week after the Toronto symposium, I’m heading to Munich for a QUT workshop with our colleagues at LMU – and then, after a brief pitstop in the UK, I’m back in Australia for the rest of the year (although obviously that won’t be the end of the work!).