Picturing the Social 2016 Workshop Programme

This one-day workshop, organised by the Visual Social Media Lab, follows the Picturing the Social conference, which takes place the day before at The Whitworth Art Gallery. This one-day conference explores contemporary image sharing on social media and online visual cultures, with the aim of creating productive dialogue. The aim of this workshop is to go in to more depth about four specific aspects and challenges that frequently emerge when researching social media images: 1) how to deal with the challenges of interdisciplinarity; 2) how to make the most of using and combining different methods from across the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences; 3) how to work with different available tools or develop new ones if no suitable tools exist, and 4) how to visually represent and tell stories with data that is already visual.

Each workshop session is organised around two provocations that are designed to get the conversation going. This may be in the form of discussing key challenges and how they were or could be overcome, or through the discussion of a specific case study. The overall aim of each session is to leave enough time for discussion and reflection. Each session will have a rapporteur to capture the key points of the discussion. This workshop will be especially helpful for people doing work in this area.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Shed, Digital Innovation, Manchester (attendance at the workshop costs £10. Please register here).

10:00 – 17:00


9.30-10.00       Registration


10.00-10.30     Introduction

Farida Vis (Visual Social Media Lab/University of Sheffield)


10.30-12.00     Workshop 1: Interdisciplinarity

Maria Schreiber (University of Vienna)

Ray Drainville (Visual Social Media Lab/MMU)


12.00-12.15     Break


12.15-1.15       Workshop 2: Methods

Farida Vis (Visual Social Media Lab/University of Sheffield)

Alexandra Boutopoulou (Visual Social Media Lab/University of Sheffield)


1.15-2.15         Lunch


2.15-3.15         Workshop 3: Tools

Mike Thelwall (isual Social Media Lab/University of Wolverhampton)

Gabriele Colombo, Matteo Azzi (DensityDesign/Politecnico di Milano)


3.15-3.30         Break


3.30-5.00         Workshop 4: Data Visualisation and Visual Story-Telling

Azzurra Pini, Gabriele Colombo, Matteo Azzi, Michele Invernizzi ( DensityDesign, Politecnico di Milano)

Amanda Hobbs (ATH Creative)