Thanks to smartphones, most people now carry a camera with them at all times and use it to document different aspects of their lives, sharing more than 750 million social media images daily. ‘Picturing the Social’ is the world’s first cross-platform academic research project into social media images, exploring the impact images of this kind have on society. A key aim of the project is to use the insight from both academia and industry to build a free research tool for the academic community.
This free one-day conference is aimed at policy makers, the business community, academics and third sector that focuses on researching social media images, paying specific attention to the developments of new methods and analytical approaches. The conference will also offer an opportunity to discuss the research tool the team is developing and offer early feedback.
The conference will include presentations from leading social science, policy and industry researchers as well as presentations from the interdisciplinary ‘Picturing the Social’ team, highlighting methods, theoretical underpinnings and early finding of the project, including early work on Twitter images shared around the death and funeral of Margaret Thatcher. The conference will consist of four panels specifically addressing the following areas:
(1) Key challenges and opportunities for research on social media images
(2) Developments in digital photography
(3) Politics and the nation-state
(4) Identity and the self
The conference will be particularly well suited to those with a strong interest in researching social media images. Confirmed speakers include: Gillian Rose, Peter Buse, Katrina Sluis, Adi Kuntsman, Ruth Deller and Shawn Walker. And from the Picturing the Social team: Simon Faulkner, Francesco D’Orazio, Mike Thelwall, Anne Burns and Farida Vis.
Please note that registration is open from 9:30, with the first panel starting at 10:00. Lunch will be provided.