30 May 2012, 10:35am
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by jordan

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Anthropology of Social Networking at UCL

Thanks to Daniel Miller at University College London for organizing a new resource for the anthropology of social networking and social media: Anthropology of Social Networking. The website includes information on recent ethnographic projects around the world that seek to understand social networking sites and practices in their everyday context “and their impact on our knowledge and understanding of society, humankind, and social science theory,” as well as a blog. They are still seeking additional contributors.

You can read about my dissertation research, Mobile Berlin: Social Media and the New Europe, as well as my co-conspirator Charles Pearson’s work on social media and the Tea Party movement in the U.S. Charles and I are organizing a panel on the anthropology of social media for the annual American Anthropological Association meetings this fall in San Francisco — more info TBA.

DML Conference in Long Beach this week

I’m looking forward to the Digital Media and Learning conference this week in Long Beach. I’m giving a short talk on Friday at 11am, as part of a panel titled “The Social Dimensions of Emerging Platforms.” My talk, “Scaling the Social: Scalemaking, Friendship, and Social Media in Berlin,” will consider how Facebook and Skype facilitate communication and social networks at multiple geographic scales, bringing together local, regional, national, and translocal relationships in the same digital spaces. I’m also excited about the Ignite Talks, which look interesting!

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