Jankowsk,Iwcu Workshop Socia Lmedia, Revised, 29aug2009


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Jankowsk,Iwcu Workshop Socia Lmedia, Revised, 29aug2009

  1. 1. WCU Workshop: Social Media in Korea 22 September 2009 16:00-18:00 p.m. Location: 302, The 2nd Human Knowledge Hall, YeungNam University Participation: open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students; maximum 20 persons. Interested persons should register per email with WCU workshop coordinator JuHyang Kim at: wcuatyeungnam@gmail.com Workshop Facilitator Nicholas Jankowski WCU Visiting Scholar Virtual Knowledge Studio (VKS) for the Humanities and Social Sciences Amsterdam, the Netherlands WCU at YeungNam Information on the WCU project at YeungNam University may be found at the web site of the WCU Webometrics Institute. A group blog for the project is maintained at WCU Project Yeungnam University. Workshop Description: Social Media in Korea This workshop, held in “master class style,” will stress discussion among advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in the study of social network sites and other social media. The two-hour seminar will begin with a relatively short presentation (ca. 20 minutes) by the WCU project visiting scholar (Jankowski). The presentation will be based on a draft chapter for a forthcoming textbook on digital media. Participants in the workshop will be expected to read the draft text prior to the meeting. Additional preliminary readings will be assigned related to social network sites and other social media. Most of the seminar will be devoted to discussion of these texts and to reflection on the meaning of social media for Korean youth and possibilities for empirical research. Preparatory Assignment 1. Identify 1-2 articles that you consider central to understanding what are commonly termed ‘social media’, ‘social networking sites’, (micro)blogging. Compose a short (1-2 paragraphs) statement as to why you consider these documents important for (scholarly) understanding of these innovations. Valuable sources of documentation on social network and microblogging scholarship are available on the sites maintained by danah boyd: http://www.danah.org/SNSResearch.html and http://www.danah.org/TwitterResearch.html. 2. Compose a formal research question that you feel suitable for guiding a scholarly / scientific study of social media. Be prepared to discuss the rationale for this question, its theoretical grounding and a possible study design / methodology for an empirical exploration of the RQ. 3. Conclude this assignment with a short biographical sketch (maximum 200 words) indicating academic and professional background, research interests, and possible publications. Workshop participants should submit this assignment per email no later than Thursday, 17 September, to Jankowski at: nickjan@xs4all.nl. The assignments will be placed on the WCU project web site in a section with access restricted to participants. Preparatory Readings Workshop participants are requested to read several of the articles published in a theme issue on social network sites by the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) in October 2007. Also read a response to the introductory article in that issue subsequently published in JCMC the following year; the bibliographic details for these readings may be found below; all readings are available online at the URLs noted. Please be prepared to discuss this material during the session. • boyd, d. m., & Ellison, N. B. (2007). Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship. Journal of Computer- Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 11. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/boyd.ellison.html • Hargittai, E. (2007). Whose space? Differences among users and non-users of social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 14. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/hargittai.html • Kim, K.-H., & Yun, H. (2007). Cying for me, Cying for us: Relational dialectics in a Korean social network site. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 15. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/kim.yun.html • Humphreys, L. (2007). Mobile social networks and social practice: A case study of Dodgeball. Journal of Computer- Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 17. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/humphreys.html • Lange, P. G. (2007). Publicly private and privately public: Social networking on YouTube. Journal of Computer- Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 18. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/lange.html • Beer, D. (2008). Social network(ing) sites. Revisiting the story so far: A response to danah boyd & Nicole Ellison. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(2): 516-529. Available at: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi- bin/fulltext/119414153/PDFSTART 1
  2. 2. Biographical Sketch Workshop Facilitator Nicholas W. Jankowski is Visiting Fellow, Virtual Knowledge Studio (VKS) for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has served as Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Radboud University Nijmegen, and is presently adjunct Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and at State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNY-IT). He has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Internet Institute and Visiting Professor at University of Leuven, Belgium. Jankowski has been engaged in the study of new media and research methodology since the mid-1970s; his publications include: The People’s Voice: Local Radio and Television in Europe (with O. Prehn and J. Stappers, Libbey, 1992); The Contours of Multimedia (with L. Hanssen, Luton, 1996); Community Media in the Information Age (Hampton, 2002); A Handbook of Qualitative Methodologies for Mass Communication Research (with K.B. Jensen, Routledge, 1991; translation into Korean in 2004), Internet and National Elections: A Comparative Study of National Elections (with R. Kluver, K. Foot, & S. Schneider, Routledge, 2007), and e-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice (Routledge, 2009). He is presently preparing a textbook on digital media (Polity Press, forthcoming 2010). Jankowski is initiator and co-editor of New Media & Society, founding board member of the European Institute of Communication and Culture (Euricom), and editorial board member of Javnost-The Public. Email: nickjan@xs4all.nl. 2