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Symposium on the Politics of Twitter at the University of Amsterdam

Yesterday I dropped by an inspiring symposium on Public Lives/Private Platform: The Politics of Twitter organized by Matt Cornell and co. at the University of Amsterdam. Was a great, self-organized space for activists, academics, journalists, and critical tech enthusiasts of many sorts. The keynote lecture by Jillian York on the history of the hashtag was very cool and it was a pleasure to meet her. 

Chairing a Masterclass session on migration and social media at KNAW

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The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam 

Yesterday I was happy to chair a fascinating Masterclass session led by Farida Vis, who is Director of the Visual Media Lab in Sheffield. The session was given by Farida at the KNAW as part of an event organized by Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi on migration, media, and digital technology.  Farida gave an interactive talk about the work she’s doing with her team at the Visual Media Lab about the circulation of images, such as that of Alan Kurdi, and their role in shaping discussions of the refugee debate in the UK.

Digital Methods Summer School

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A draft network visualization of the Facebook Page Like Network of a page relevant to our study of transnational Romanian motherhood in Italy. We gathered the data with Netvizz and made the graph in Gephi. This was one of the early versions of the visualization of this network. We made many others that were fancier, but I find it important to show at least a part of the process of getting there so as not to present data as truth/objective/final but always open and interpreted  

Last week I completed the Summer School of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam as part of the digital methods training of the Digital Crossings project I’m working on. It was an immersive experience in the world of “big data” researchers, tools, methods, and ontologies. We learned through a mix of keynote lectures, tutorial workshops, and working in groups on our own research projects. I had the opportunity of pitching three small sub-projects that I proceeded to work on for the first week together with my team from the Digital Crossings research project and an international group of participants of the summer school.