CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: CCI Digital Methods Summer School

Mon 9 Feb - Thurs 12 Feb 2015 @ Swinburne University, Hawthorn campus, Melbourne

http://www.ccidigitalmethods.org 

We are now inviting applications for CCI’s 2015 Summer School. 

Following the success of the two previous CCI Winter Schools in 2012 and 2013 (http://www.cciwinterschool.org), the 2015 Summer School will focus on digital methods for sociocultural research.

This CCI Summer School is designed for university researchers at all stages of their careers, from doctoral students, postdoctoral and mid-career academics to established scholars.  

It is an intensive, four-day programme focussed on new quantitative, qualitative and data-driven digital methods and their research applications in creative industries, media and cultural studies, internet studies, and related fields in the humanities and social sciences. 

Participants will work with leading researchers, engage in interactive workshop activities and receive direct feedback and individual mentoring on their own work. The Summer School will feature a Project Clinic where participants collaboratively workshop methodological aspects of their current project, receiving valuable advice from participants and mentors. Social activities will provide additional opportunities for participants to get to know each other and form collaborative relationships that will last for years to come. We particularly encourage applications from researchers working on projects or project ideas that incorporate, but are not limited to, some aspect of digital methods.

The School will offer a range of introductory technical workshops in topics including:

- Social media data analytics

- Software and app studies

- Analysing visual social media (Instagram)

- Geo-spatial mapping tools 

- Data visualisation

- Agent-based modelling

- Web scraping

- Ethnography and data

The program will be grounded in contemporary problems in the analysis of social media, privacy, digital media production and consumption, and related ethical issues.

Mentors, speakers and facilitators include (TBC): 

Prof Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology
A/Prof Jean Burgess, Queensland University of Technology
D/Prof John Hartley, Curtin University
A/Prof Ellie Rennie, Swinburne University of Technology
Prof Julian Thomas, Swinburne University of Technology
A/Prof Patrik Wikström, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Tama Leaver, Curtin University

plus other scholars to be announced soon.

Australian and international scholars interested in applying for one of 30 places should send applications -- comprising a CV, a cover letter outlining your experience and interests in digital methods, and a one-paragraph description of a current project or project idea relevant to the Summer School’s themes -- to isrevents@swin.edu.au by 10 December 2014. Please use the subject heading CCI Summer School Application and send all materials as a single PDF file.

There is no charge for participants, and the event will include some catering. Participants will need to organise their own transport and accommodation in Melbourne. A limited number of bursaries (up to $500) for travel and/or accommodation will be offered on a competitive basis to interstate/overseas applicants. Please indicate in your cover letter if you wish to be considered for a bursary.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries & Innovation (CCI) is a national research network, with partner universities located around Australia. It is a cross-disciplinary, internationally-focused centre embracing both theoretical and applied research in media, cultural and communication studies, law, education, economics and business and information technology. The Centre addresses key problems and opportunities arising for Australia, the Asian region, from innovation in and through the creative economy. Over the past five years, the CCI has established a tradition of offering high-quality professional development for its own doctoral students and early career researchers as well as those from around the world, and through the Summer School we continue this tradition.