Digital Forays in Middle Eastern Studies // A year-long series 2020-2021:
This year-long series starts from a simple premise: What does it look like to think, engage, and do research in this digital age? This is not a call for researchers to simply produce digital outputs - but we live in an ever-increasingly digital world. In order to better activate our scholarship, and to grasp the terrain in which our research questions unfold, we must reimagine our methods, modes of collaboration, and how to participate in a quickly changing digital landscape. See full series overview
DIGITAL DATA GATHERING & CHANGING WAYS OF KNOWING II:
SOCIAL MEDIA AFTERLIVES
March 18, 2021 / 12:30-2PM (NYC/EST Time) / Zoom signup
At the time of writing, the US Capitol was just stormed by Trump supporters. Americans are glued to TikToKs, Tweets, Live Streams, & social media posts that nearly synchronously take millions into the events as they unfold. Yet these posts are also being saved, aggregated, cross referenced, processed by computer vision - and will linger on as evidence.
This panel assembles social media researchers & scholars to speak about data collection and the afterlives of what happens across social media once hitting post/upload. Researchers may mine Twitter, others might do sentiment analysis, or utilize location data - yet how are these applications, which become siphon and sleeves of our digital social lives, also changing how/what we know in various MIddle Eastern countries? What insights can we glean from the afterlives of social media that constructs a digital background of our lives? This is not just to address usage and penetration, but the social implications and deeper entwinements of these media into layers of society. This panel is about longevity, ephemerality, and the digital afterlives of moments, photos, and phrases which “prove,” “show” and “create” realities.
Join the Kevorkian Center with Yakein Abdelmagid, Marc Owen Jones, Marlene Schäfers, and discussant Adel Iskandar on March 18, 2021 at 12:30 pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss together issues of platforms and publics. To register please follow the link here or copy and paste the link to your browser: bit.ly/NYUKevoDF318