Call for Papers: ‘Social Listening’ in the past, present and future
British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace,
St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH
22 November 2017
IBM recently announced that 90% of the world’s data was created in the last two years. But how prepared are researchers in the humanities to confront an era of near-omniscience? Moving beyond the quantitative approaches associated with ‘Big Data’, this British Academy funded conference seeks to bring together academics, policy-makers and digital experts engaged in qualitative social media analysis.
This event seeks to explore how the contours of historical memory are being shaped in the digital era. Often providing the ‘first draft’ of history, social media provides an exciting and ever expanding database those engaged in the writing of recent history, or tracking ongoing political debates or indeed predicting future trends. Inviting papers from a range of disciplines and engaging a wide scope of participants will ensure vital knowledge exchange and cross fertilisation between different sectors conducting cutting edge research in the field of ‘social listening’.
Thus a central concern of the conference is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue that will help to develop new qualitative methodologies for interpreting the vast database created by social media. From Twitter to YouTube, this digital space is increasingly the medium of choice for civil society to debate contested politics, offering both scholars and practitioners a direct and unprecedented insight into popular mediations of global events.
Deadline for submission of paper abstracts: 14 August
Abstract submissions of 250 words should include contact details and be sent to Dr Dina Rezk (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Ruth Salter (email@example.com).
We aim to inform proposers on the status of their submissions by 21 August 2017.