CFP: “Up Close and Personal: Ethical Social Media Research in a Distant and Big Data World”

Dear readers,

Please consider applying to this panel, which is already on the program for ACH 2019. And please, also, share it with anyone you know who works in social media research but might not think their work “counts” as DH. We are looking for a wide variety of topics, approaches, and presenters.

Thanks in advance for sharing and for your proposals! Below is the CFP:

CFP: Up Close and Personal: Ethical Social Media Research in a Distant and Big Data World

ACH 2019, Pittsburgh, PA, July 23-26;

Social media as a field of research is both inter- and multidisciplinary, prompting methodological innovations in data collection, textual and network analysis, through approaches from rhetoric and communication, literary studies and life writing, sociology, new media studies, digital humanities, and critical theory, among others.

We invite paper proposals that instantiate this richness and variation of approach. We seek in particular work that describes and advocates for “small data” social media research that is up close and personal, situated and interested–as opposed to, perhaps, that which is objective, processed, filtered, quantified, and “big.” This panel constructs itself around critical subjectivity and ethical relations between social media researchers and the texts and authors they consider. This panel foregrounds situated knowledges and a generous reading practice that supports the rhetorical or aesthetic aims of the authors producing the texts we engage.

This panel has already been accepted onto the program at ACH 2019; acceptance of proposals for inclusion on the panel guarantees a spot on the program.

We wish to attract the participation of scholars who might not otherwise have applied to a DH conference, from their understanding or experience of the privileging of larger scale, computation heavy, distant or suspicious reading methodologies, or the high barriers to acceptance that usually mark the larger conferences. We also are particularly interested in communities not normally hailed by DH, but whose scholars are producing innovative and, we feel, highly relevant work about online practices in new media studies, critical race and ethnic studies, disability studies, and auto/biography studies, for example. We particularly invite junior scholars, precarious scholars, those new to the field, and minoritized or underrepresented scholars to submit proposals.

Send 250 word proposals to, by April 11, 2019, with response from the organizers on or before April 18, 2019.

(Organizers: Aimée Morrison and Philip Miletic, Dept. of English, University of Waterloo)