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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 covers 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 meet to discuss a reading with its invited author, including a focus on methodology.  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, is open to staff and graduate students.  

If you wish to become a member of the reading group, please click here to be added to the mailing list.  Places are limited for each meeting of the reading group, so please register here for the meetings you would like to attend.  Please read the key reading (available by clicking on the relevant talk here) before the meeting.  Authors have also provided a short overview of their talks as well as supplementary readings for those who would like more background or who would like to explore the topic further.

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.