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Discourse after the Digital

Discourse after the digital

When: July 17, 2018, 10am-4pm
Where: Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra

The Digital News+ Lab of the News and Media Research Centre will be hosting a workshop July 17 on qualitative research methods (discourse analysis, thematic coding, etc) in a ‘big data’ world.

In Richard Rogers’s chapter ‘Digital Methods for Cross-platform Analysis’ published in The SAGE Handbook of Social Media (2018) he outlines a step-by-step guide for how to carry out cross-platform research using digital methods. Rogers also presents a history of the field in terms of conceptions of digital research objects and the relevant methods used to research them. In a previous work, Rogers (2009) characterises what he calls ‘virtual methods’ as those that import ‘standard methods’ from the social sciences and the humanities; the title of this piece “The End of Virtual – Digital Methods” makes his position clear.

There has been a recent turn back towards qualitative communications and media research methods. The Discourse After the Digital workshop brings together key scholars who have tackled with the problem of how to do qualitative research with complex research objects involving discourse that circulates beyond digital platforms.

Register: Please RSVP by July 3 via the Eventbrite page. If you have any dietary requirements, please email


10:00 - 10:15 Welcome Overview of the day
First session
10:15 - 11:00 Outline for three year-long pilot project structures for students and staff

A/Prof Glen Fuller
Associate Professor, Communications & Media, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra
Leader, Digital News+ Lab, News & Media Research Centre

11:00 - 11:30 Discussion
Second session
11:30 - 12:15 BeyondBlue research project

Dr Anthony McCosker
Senior Lecturer, Media & Communications, Faculty of Health Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology
Program Leader, Digital Participation & Inclusion, Social Innovation Research Institute

12:15 - 12:45 Discussion
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch (please advise if you have any dietary requirements)
Third session
13:45 - 14:30 “Methods for studying personalised campaigns”
 Drawing on several recent studies combining computational and qualitative methods

Professor Eli Skogerbø
Department of Media and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo

14:30 - 15:00 Discussion
15:00 - 15:30 Bluelight Forums, discourse analysis of 77000 posts

Liam Engel
Final year PhD Candidate, News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Art and Design, University of Canberra

15:30 - 16:00 Discussion