Research Training Workshop on Citizen Media

Research Training Workshop on Citizen Media in Eastern Europe, East Asia and the Arab World: Call for Papers

Workshop dates: 27th-28th January 2014

Location: University of Manchester

EXTENDED DEADLINE for Submission of Abstracts: 30 November 2013


The term ‘citizen media’, or ‘participatory media’, covers a wide range of activities undertaken by ordinary, non-professional citizens who lay a claim to an area of public life and politics and seek to transform it in some way. From videos circulated on YouTube to graffiti, street performance and other forms of street art, and from community radio to blogging, crowd sourcing, tweeting, flashmob protest and hacktivism, new forms of civic engagement continue to develop, expand and shape the relationship between the private and the public, the local and the global, mainstream and alternative media, corporations and clients, the state and civil society. The aim of the workshop is to bring together doctoral students and early career researchers who work on citizen media in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, China and East Asia, and the Arab world – areas where citizen media has been at the centre of political contestations, censorship and everyday struggles. The workshop will focus on methodological challenges of researching citizen media, whether these are conceptual, practical, ethical or political.

We welcome proposals for 15-minute presentations which discuss any topic relating to the methodologies of researching citizen media in any of these regions. Papers should reflect the current research of postgraduates or early career researchers. The workshop will also include a guided training session on methods, and several presentations by expert scholars (detailed below). To apply, please send a title and a 300-word abstract to gabrielle.hendry@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk by the 30th of November 2013.

The event is free of charge and open to doctoral students and early career researchers. Limited funds are available to cover travel and accommodation expenses. To apply for funding assistance, please indicate so on your submission, and outline the estimated cost of your travel. Successful candidates will be notified in December.

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The event is organised by Adi Kuntsman, Mona Baker and Elena Barabantseva, and sponsored by the Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies, the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, the White Rose East Asia Centre, the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and the British Inter-University China Centre.These five Centres are funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy as part of the Language-Based Area Studies initiative.

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