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Social Media and Human Rights


Researching (with) Social Media: A Reading Group


The aim of this reading group is to bring together staff and students across disciplines to explore findings and methods of research involving social media.  The reading group will cover a wide range of themes, including activism, advocacy, surveillance, identity, politics, everyday life, big data, ethics, journalism, accountability, and pluralism - and any others deemed of interest by the membership.


Each month, we will meet to discuss a reading with its author, who will begin the meeting with a short presentation on the research’s methodology or other relevant aspects.  The reading group, which is funded by the ESRC and co-convened by Ella McPherson from Sociology/CGHR and Anne Alexander from the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, will be open in the first instance to staff and PhD students, with remaining places allocated to MPhil students.

Registration and attendance

If you wish to become a member of the reading group, please click here to be added to the mailing list.  Once the 2015-16 programme of meetings is published, you will be able to access talk abstracts as well as key and supplementary readings.  You will also be able to register for the meetings you would like to attend (places are limited).  Please read the key reading before attending the meeting.

About this website

This is the website for Ella McPherson's work related to her 2014-17 ESRC-funded research project, Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability.