Room G.04 (Digital Media Lab)


Room G.04 (Digital Media Lab)
Clothworkers Building North, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds


20 Nov 2019


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Digital Methods Workshops: Digital Ethnography

This workshop has been organised by the Data, Communication & New Technologies (DCT) Pathway and involves Advanced Qualitative Methods (AQUALM). It is open to students across all 7 interdisciplinary Pathways within the White Rose Universities.

The Digital Methods Workshops series: These are introductory and interactive workshops designed to explore and critically think about digital methods, digital literacy and digital expertise. Students will learn some basics about digital methods and have a go at doing them as part of the workshop. They are designed to be introductory sessions, so best suited to level one or two students, although the discussions on critical reflection and literacy is appropriate for all levels. Those who want to add methods to an existing toolkit are also welcome.

This workshop uses familiar and embedded digital technologies to ask a critical question about the everyday in relation to power politics.

Come with your laptop and smartphone, and be prepared to undertake auto-ethnographic, ethnographic and fast ethnographic projects on yourself and others. We start with a brief outline of the ethics and principles of ethnography, before undertaking some rapid ethnography of our own. This workshop is about play, participation, creation and exploration and in so doing we will unveil a range of power politics, ideologies and presumptions you have about yourself and about digital technologies.

Workshop organiser/leader

Dr Helen Thornham

Associate Professor, University of Leeds

Helen Thornham is an Associate Professor in Digital Cultures and has written widely about issues of gender, embodiment and technology. Helen joined the School of Media and Communication in 2011 from City University London where she was a lecturer in Media and Sociology. Her research centers on issues of gender and digital technology; STS; feminist new media theories; digital methods and critical data studies.
Helen has recently published a book on ‘Gender and Digital Culture: Between Irreconcilability and the Datalogical’ (Routledge).

PLEASE NOTE: Students are advised to bring their own laptop to this workshop, as you will have the opportunity to download free analytical software, and use your own data in the practical workshop. For students without access to a laptop, on site computers may be used.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions. The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.