To address these aims the project will draw on feminist media approaches, photo-theory and debates within post-structuralist theory and philosophy. It will advance an innovative methodological approach, using digital ethnographic methods in alignment with network analyses and computational Big Data methods and techniques. In order to encourage young people to become responsible citizens and actively engage in civic and political society, we need more insight into the recent explosive growth in digital image-sharing. With an interdisciplinary approach, triangulating small- and big-scale social media image data, theory and methods, this project has the potential to significantly contribute to our understanding of emergent visual digital media publics in Europe.
The project will be located within the Visual Social Media Lab and hosted by the Information School, at the University of Sheffield. The project will also involve close collaboration with The Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield.
This project has been funded by Horizon2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.