This course introduces ethnographic approaches to digital media and culture to discuss how media-related spaces and practices take part in the shaping and reshaping of subjectivities, everyday lives, socialities, and political horizons. By drawing on ethnographies of digital media spaces, practices, and ecologies, this course addresses significant themes and debates around our contemporary media spheres and cultures, including practices and performances of self; place, locality, and mobility; networks and publics; and, participation, collectivity, and activism. A special emphasis will be put on the ways the individual, private, and emotional domains of the everyday and the collective, public, and political spheres intertwine and take shape through each other. The course further introduces ways of using digital media spaces and technologies as part of ethnographic research. This is a project-based course that aims to create collaborative ethnographic research project(s) about digital media and culture. Project(s) will be carried out during the entire semester through in-class exercises, discussions, and feedbacks. Processes and outcomes of the project(s) will be supported and disseminated by a course blog.
Bonilla, Y., & Rosa, J. (2015). # Ferguson: Digital protest, hashtag ethnography, and the racial politics of social media in the United States. American ethnologist, 42(1), 4-17.
Couldry, N. (2012). Media, society, world: Social theory and digital media practice. Polity.
Deuze, M. (2006). Participation, remediation, bricolage: Considering principal components of a digital culture. The information society, 22(2), 63-75.
Gubrium, A., & Harper, K. (2016). Participatory visual and digital methods. Routledge.
Horst, H. A., & Miller, D. (Eds.). (2013). Digital anthropology. A&C Black.
Juris, J. S. (2016). Reflections on# Occupy Everywhere: Social media, public space, and emerging logics of aggregation. In Youth, Space and Time (pp. 385-414). Brill.
Livingstone, S. (2009). On the mediation of everything: ICA presidential address 2008. Journal of communication, 59(1), 1-18.
Miller, D., Costa, E., Haynes, N., McDonald, T., Nicolescu, R., Sinanan, J., ... & Wang, X. (2016). How the world changed social media. UCL press.
Pink, S. (2015). Doing sensory ethnography. Sage.
Postill, J., & Pink, S. (2012). Social media ethnography: The digital researcher in a messy web. Media International Australia, 145(1), 123-134.
Sauter, T. (2014). ‘What’s on your mind?’ Writing on Facebook as a tool for self-formation. New media & society, 16(5), 823-839.
Vivienne, S. (2016). Digital identity and everyday activism: Sharing private stories with networked publics. Springer.