Dr Elisenda Ardévol (Associate Professor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) talks on her experiences as a digital ethnographer, taking in methodological, ethical and epistemological issues raised by media ethnography today.
Dr Elisenda Ardévol will present some thoughts about digital ethnography by reflecting on fifteen years of experience doing research in different contexts and situations related with cultural production in digital media. Through a reflective journey from her first incursions in online forums, to dating sites and youtubers, free culture movement, and currently about selfie narratives and digital creativity, this talk will focus on the scope of ethnography when studying “the digital”, the uncertainty of the field, the blurring object of study, the excess of the data, and the entanglements of ethical decisions. At the end, I hope to provide some tips for the contemporary ethnographer alongside an open discussion about the nature and nurture of ethnographic knowledge.
Elisenda Ardévol is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the Department of Arts and Humanities, at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Director of Mediaccions Digital Culture Research Group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute in Barcelona. She participates in different Master and Phd. Programs in media, digital and visual anthropology and has been Visiting Scholar at the Visual Anthropology Centre of the University of Southern California and EU Centre Visiting Fellow at the Digital Ethnography Centre at the RMIT, Melbourne. Her main research lines are related with digital culture, visuality and media in everyday life. Currently, she is exploring design, creativity and collaborative practices in digital technologies. Her publications include Digital Materialities; Design and Anthropology with Pink and Lanzeni (forthcoming), "Digital ethnography and media practices" in Darling Wolf, Research Methods in Media Studies (2014); "Virtual/Visual Ethnography: Methodological Crossroads at the Intersection of Visual and Internet Research" in Pink, Advances in Visual Methodology (2012); Playful practices; Theorising new media cultural production in Brauchler and Postill, Theorising Media and Practice (2010); editor of Researching Media through Practices (2009) and the books (in Spanish) Key debates in Anthropology (2014); A Gaze's Quest (2006) and Representation and Audiovisual Culture in Contemporary Societies (2004).
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|29 Oct 2015||5:00pm - 7:00pm|
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