This event had to be cancelled, due to COVID-19.
2020 Workshop: Working with language and multimodal social media data: Methods and Methodology
University of Edinburgh
April 16-17, 2020
Working with social media poses a unique set of challenges for applied linguistic research. For instance, how can the relation between online and offline language practices be captured? how can the interplay between images and texts be analysed? what are the most effective methods for scraping (quantitatively) and collecting (qualitatively) data in different platforms/apps? What are the ethical and privacy implications of such research? The 2020 annual research seminar of BAAL Language and New Media SIG will focus on methods and methodology. We welcome papers that showcase various qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods for collecting, analysing and interpreting data across different social media platforms/applications. We particularly encourage “work-in-progress” papers that experiment with innovative research methods and designs.
Confirmed invited speakers
Jack Grieve, University of Birmingham
Agnieszka Lyons, Queen Mary, University of London
For more information please contact Sumin.Zhao@ed.ac.uk.
2019 Workshop: A force for good? Digital media, positive social change and transformative practice
University of Nottingham, UK
Thursday, 2nd May 2019
Recent technological developments have enabled individuals and groups who are socially disparate and geographically dispersed to connect and communicate with relative speed and ease. This unprecedented access to others’ experiences, personal details and political opinions has had a range of significant effects on social practices and relationships. This event will focus on those effects that can positively impact people’s lives, for example by helping to disrupt and transform damaging practices, or by opening up new and multiple perspectives and possibilities in relation to social issues, policies or politics. The day will include a range of presentations that critically examine the role digital communication can have in redressing forms of social injustice and inequality, promoting individual and group rights, and maximising communicative potential. This will include consideration of practices that raise consciousness about social problems, that allow people to express and explore diverse and marginalised identities and experiences, and that facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and information about complex and little-understood issues.
Amanda Potts (Cardiff University) and Louise Mullany (University of Nottingham).
Standard - £40
BAAL member - £35
Student - £30
Student BAAL member - £25
The event includes lunch and refreshments. Please sign up here: https://store.nottingham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences/schools-and-departments/english/baal-language-and-new-media-sig-2019-seminar
Registration is now closed. Event report available HERE.
For more information, please contact Jai Mackenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Workshop: Changing Language and Communication Practices in Contemporary Networked Societies
Open University, 19 July, 2018
Report available here
Recent social and technological developments, including a dramatic rise in the number of smartphone users and the increased convergence of social network platforms and apps, are bringing about changes in the ways we use social media. In this seminar we are interested in the real-world language and communication practices of individual users, groups of users, or institutions, which attest to the blurring of boundaries between the self and the public, media and social media, the online and the offline. The aim of this seminar is to bring together linguists researching digital language and communication to share their empirical and theoretical perspectives on changing digital practices. We invite papers that further our understanding of the complex and multiple roles that social media plays in contemporary networked societies, moving beyond public discourses – be they dystopian or utopian – about the implications of digital technologies for social life.
We invite abstract submissions in the following areas:
- real-world uses of social media and mobile technologies for forming, maintaining and negotiating interpersonal relations
- uses of social media for engaging or mobilising publics
- text and story trajectories and the making of digital selves (and groups)
- language and communication in protest campaigns online and citizen journalism
- practices of news sharing online, including fake news
- ways of navigating social media platforms and apps affordances and constraints for specific purposes
- case studies of uses of social media for particular types of public engagement or interventions (positive or negative).
- Mirca Madianou (Goldsmiths, University of London)
- Rachelle Vessay (Birkbeck, University of London)
2017 Workshop: Language, New Media and Alt.Realities
University of Reading, 21 April, 2017
Report available here
This year's annual conference of the BAAL Language and New Media SIG will take up the important issue of how the semiotic affordances, information architectures and communicative practices associated with digital media are affecting people's constructions and interpretations of 'reality' and 'truth' - including such phenomena as 'filter bubbles' and 'echo chambers', 'fake news' and conspiracy theories, the decline in influence of mainstream media, 'post-truth' politics and 'alt' movements, and the role of new media in the rise of authoritarian governments. The focus will be on what scholars of language and discourse can contribute to understanding
1) the new ways information circulates through digital media and the new norms of communication and interpretation that have developed around these flows of information;
2) the effect that new media communication is having on the status of such constructs as 'truth', 'facticity', 'objectivity', and 'expertise' and the new 'ways of knowing' it is giving rise to; and
3) the consequences of these new epistemologies on politics, public policy, governance and democratic institutions.
- Caroline Tagg and Philip Seargeant (Open University)
- Colleen Cotter (Queen Mary, University of London)
2016 Workshop: Multimodality in Social Media and Digital Environments
Queen Mary University of London, 15 April, 2016
Report available here
Gestures, positioning in space, and other forms of embodied communication are frequently recognised as bearing meaning-making potential in interpersonal interactions and print media alongside (or instead of) language. There is also a feeling of urgency to systematically account for multimodal aspects of digital environments, particularly as they increasingly focus on multimodal content and foster intertextuality and interactivity.
This relatively new scholarly interest brings with it a number of methodological considerations as well as questions related to the application and interpretation of semiotic resources beyond language in digital contexts.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the multimodal aspects of social and digital communication, to discuss methodological considerations in multimodal social media research, and explore the possible ways forward. The event will consist of invited plenaries, paper presentations and discussions.
- Prof. Rodney Jones (University of Reading)
- Dr Myrrh Domingo (IOE UCL)
2015 Workshop: The Ethics of Online Research Methods
Cardiff University, 16-17 April, 2015
Today, more than ever, data are widely accessible, visible, and searchable for research in digital media contexts. At the same time, new data types and collection methods challenge existing approaches to research ethics and raise significant and difficult questions for researchers who design, undertake and disseminate research in and about digital environments.
The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who use online research methods and data in different subfields of applied linguistics, to discuss ethical considerations in online data collection and analysis, to identify challenges and share solutions to ethical issues arising from applied linguistics research.
- Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King's College London)
- Claire Hardaker (Lancaster University)
- Annette Markham (Aarhus University, Denmark)
- Stephen Pihlaja (Newman University, Birmingham)