Inaugural Seminar led by Athina Karatzogianni

University of Leicester Associate Professor and AUP Visiting Fellow, Athina Karatzogianni, will lead the inaugural seminar for the Civic Media Lab’s new research seminar series, Civic Media in Times of Incivility: Habits, Ethics, and the Attention Economy, with her lecture, Discourse, Affect, Civility and Power at the Digital Square.

Associate Professor Karatzogianni will discuss how the public sphere is transformed by digital, everyday network media, both descriptively and normatively, and how that digital public sphere shapes and is shaped by discourses, affect, and mobilizations, particularly in the thematic areas of crisis, migration, conflict, and culture. To that end, she will explore the following questions: How is the public sphere transformed by everyday digital networked media? What kinds of ethics and civility are involved in the construction of digital squares? Is there a new nomadic digital ethics and aesthetics of affective/discursive rhetoric or are hierarchies of race, gender, nationality, and class reproduced in isolated, polarized, online bubbles? She will observe how digital, everyday media is changing notions of civility, language, ideology, mediality, and communitization, as well as how different groups might be represented in digital spaces, and how emotions polarize publics. She will also delve into the more abstract challenge of human conduct, as today’s civil association takes place in digital networks built for enterprise association, which requires further consideration of how, in response, notions of civility are shifting.  

 

Lecture Series: Civic Media in Times of Incivility: Habits, Ethics, and the Attention Economy

The Civic Media Lab hosted a lecture series in the Spring 2017 World experts and speakers lecture series. We addressed the following questions about networked media in different countries;

We invited Associate Professor Athina Karaziagianni who was a visiting fellow at the CML AUP and ran three seminars pen to on the issues of civic life and digitization in times of increasing incivility in public discourse. The inaugural seminar for the Civic Media Lab’s new research seminar series was her lecture, Discourse, Affect, Civility and Power at the Digital Square where she addressed the following questions

  • How are digital, everyday media is changing notions of civility, language, ideology, modality, and communitization, as well as how different groups might be represented in digital spaces, and how emotions polarize publics
  • What kinds of ethics and civility are involved in the construction of digital squares?
  • Are there a new nomadic digital ethics and aesthetics of affective/discursive rhetoric or are hierarchies of race, gender, nationality, and class reproduced in isolated, polarized, online bubbles?

We also invited five other leading experts to talk about civic media in Senegal, Russia, Turkey and the USA and France. And respond to our questions

  • Professor James Hay, Director of the Institute for Communications Research at the University of Illinois spoke on The Trump Show, Economies of Branding, & Currencies of Political Populism in the U.S. Description"
  • Dr. Nalaia Rulyova of the University of Birmingham spoke on Contemporary Russian Media and Civic Discourse
  • Professor Yasemin İnceoğlu, Dean of the School of Communications of Galatasaray University, Istanbul spoke on Media coverage of hates speech and discriminative discourses in Turkey
  • Fatima Aziz from the Paris School of Higher studies in Social sciences (EHESS) to speak on: Participatory politics and Digital Ethnography. Methodological challenges & opportunities for publics and ethnographers.
  • Amy Sarr Fall, Editor of Intelligences magazine in Senegal to speak on Women, Civic Media and Public Life in Senegal.

DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

The Design and Performance Workshop is an international teaching-led research workshop on design and performance. No prior knowledge of design is required, just a willingness to think on your feet, roll up your sleeves, and design objects, services and interfaces with other students and professors. The over-arching theme for the workshop–we like challenges!–is the design of living systems for migrating populations.

DIGITAL ETHNOGRAPHY & PARTICIPATORY POLITICS WORKSHOP

Digital Ethnography & Participatory Politics - Methodological Challenges & Opportunities for Public and Ethnographers.

With this workshop, you will explore a mix of methods to be used in a moving, digital field site when identifying, collecting, and analyzing ethnographic materials. You will also investigate ways in which researchers can critically engage with manifestations of culture, even as those manifestations become increasingly mediated across various media sources.

In the first portion of the workshop, Fatima Aziz (PhD candidate at École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales, Paris, whose research focuses on identity and sociality as co-constructed practices shaped by photographic production, sharing, and interpretation across social media) will introduce the challenges posed by conducting research across social media, which is used as a political platform by publics and as a moving digital field site for ethnographic inquiries. Her insights into the challenges of conducting a digital ethnographic inquiry across different social media will be inspired by the empirical examples she’s drawn from her research into the Twitter movements #tousvoilés and #hijabday.

In the second part of the workshop, you and your fellow participants will engage in a speculative research design discussion, be introduced to different available digital tools for conducting ethnographic inquiries, and explore your own research processes, while creating ethnographic inquiry scenarios.