It’s that time of the year again, when I set off for the usual end-of-year round of conferences – and this year has turned out to be an especially busy one. As I write this, I’m already in Toronto for the inaugural workshop of a Canadian-funded, multi-partner research project on Social Media and Campaigning which is led by Greg Elmer of Ryerson University; this comes at an interesting time, of course, with electioneering south of the border in full swing. We’re already tracking the Twitter performance of both campaigns’ key accounts – more on that as it develops.
My next stop is Helsinki, where I’ve been invited to present two guest lectures to the international Masters students. The first of these will be an update of the keynote “Gatekeeping, Gatewatching, Real-Time Feedback: New Challenges for Journalism”, which I presented at the Brazilian Society of Journalism Researchers last year, and addresses the challenges faced by journalism in an always-on, social media-driven environment; the second presents the work which my Mapping Online Publics colleagues and I have done on “Social Media and Crisis Communication”.
From Helsinki, I’m off to Copenhagen, where Klaus Bruhn Jensen has organised the symposium “Digital Data – Lost, Found, and Made” at the Centre for Communication and Computing. Alongside a whole raft of luminaries from the Association of Internet Researchers community, I’ll present a contribution on “Twitter, Big Data, and the Search for Meaning: Methodology in Progress”. It’s a free event, so come along if you’re in the neighbourhood!
The symposium’s AoIR connections are no accident, because the next stop on this trip is the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, which takes place in Salford in the greater Manchester area this year. Here, I’m involved in four papers, in collaboration with various QUT colleagues:
Finally, then, I travel on to Istanbul, where I’ll first participate in a workshop of a Norwegian-funded research project on The Impact of Social Media on Agenda-Setting in Election Campaigns, which is led by Gunn Enli from the University of Oslo. I couldn’t make it in person to the project’s first workshop in June, so I’m very much looking forward to meeting up with everyone in Istanbul.
We’re not meeting there just because it’s Istanbul, though – rather, after the workshop, we’re attending the European Communication Conference ECREA 2012. Here, I’m involved in another four papers with various co-authors:
Phew. In total, I think that’s 14 papers, or one paper on every other day of the trip, on average. Apologies in advance if I end up presenting the wrong paper to the wrong audience! Further updates, conference blogging, and posts of presentations and audio recordings will follow over the course of the month…