OxDEG: The Oxford Digital Ethnography Group

OxDEG, the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group, comprises students and faculty members from Oxford University who discuss and share ideas about the evolution of ethnography in a heavily mediated world.

Contact:

Dr Eric Meyer

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287218

Email: eric.meyer@oii.ox.ac.uk

Overview

OxDEG, the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group, comprises students and faculty members from Oxford University who discuss and share ideas about the evolution of ethnography in a heavily mediated world.

The aim of this group is to provide a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration among students and staff with interests in digital ethnography and qualitative research practice in an online environment from across the university.

In October 2011, an unofficial interdisciplinary seminar group was started by Dr William Kelly of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) and Dr Eric T. Meyer of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) to provide a space for students and faculty to meet to discuss ethnographic practice in the digital realm. The positive response from students and faculty across the university led to students taking a leading role in 2013 with a small grant from the Economic and Social Research Council through Oxford's Doctoral Training in Social Science program. This year, we will have a combination of invited speakers and seminars to engage with the latest questions and research methods in digital ethnography.

The overarching theme is digital ethnography, broadly conceived. The group aims to extend inter-disciplinary academic research and collaboration among scholars at Oxford University interested in understanding rich, qualitative approaches to researching behaviour online. It will encompass a variety of research interests within this field, including digital visual anthropology as well as a variety of qualitative, ethnographic methodologies appropriate to the study of the digital environment.

The Programme

During Michaelmas Term 2013, OxDEG will meet every second week with invited speakers in weeks 1 and 7 and seminars in weeks 3 and 5 in which we will discuss common methodological challenges and those who have relevant experience will share insights from the field.

Contact

Be sure to sign up to the mailing list to find out more about upcoming events and seminars: ox-internet-ethnography-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OxDEG

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OXDEG

People

Researchers

  • Heather Ford, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    Heather Ford (OII) is a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute where she studies how history is written as it happens on Wikipedia. She is a co-founder of Ethnography Matters, a community-driven blog about ethnographic practice in business and academia, and is interested in innovative methods for understanding power and voice in global, mediated environments.

  • Dr William Kelly, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

    Dr William Kelly (ISCA) is an anthropologist of Japan with research interests in popular culture and media, especially its production, consumption and role in mediating social interaction, as well as its transnational/global movement and local adaptation in contexts outside Japan.

  • John McManus, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

    John McManus (ISCA) is a DPhil student in social anthropology based at the Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS). His doctoral thesis revolves around mapping transnational footballing networks - both online and off - across Turkish diaspora communities in Europe. He is interested in particular in how to study recent technological practices and mobilities from an ethnographic perspective.

  • Dr Eric T. Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    Dr Eric T. Meyer (OII) is an information scientist with a background in anthropology who studies how computational approaches to knowledge production allow new forms of collaboration and work patterns, and allow researchers to pursue new questions. He has studied photography use by marine biologists, digital humanities scholars, and big data in the social sciences, among his research projects.

  • Shireen Walton, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

    Shireen Walton (ISCA) is a DPhil student in social anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. She is researching popular photography in Iran and its contemporary manifestations in online environments, with specific focus on photo blogs. She is interested in innovative digital - visual anthropological theory and methods and is curating an online exhibition as part of her applied methodological component.

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