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Scholars are called upon to share research findings with multiple audiences. Most of us strive to present our work in academic conferences and to publish in scholarly journals.
What we write and speak about can shape agendas for policymakers and can provide a catalyst for journalists and opinion leaders who want to reframe popular discourse. Sometimes, these audiences do not understand the tensions involved in data analysis and we are asked to share our findings before we feel fully confident in doing so. The environment of digital and mobile media further adds to the stress of the timely demand for research. In an era of digital sharing, we are able to provide our colleagues with versions of our work through blogs and other means before we feel that our analyses are “fully baked”.
When and with whom are we to share our research? And how might scholarly arguments change over time in relation to the shifting environments in which we as scholars find ourselves? This master class is led by Professor Lynn Schofield Clark and Senior Research Fellow Heather Horst, both of whom have extensive experience in publishing and speaking for a wide range of audiences. The class is designed to explore dilemmas related to the processes of writing up research in relation to the shifting environments in which those of us in higher education find ourselves today. Because we are both qualitative researchers, we are particularly attentive to the challenges of writing up and sharing qualitative research, although many challenges of writing are shared across research paradigms. We invite participants to bring research projects at various stages of development for the discussion of how, when, and with whom research might be shared, and for what ends.
Lynn Schofield Clark is Professor in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. In 2014, she is serving as a Visiting Fellow with the Digital Ethnography Research Center at RMIT, and as Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Her publications include The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Ageand From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural.
Dr Heather Horst is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. An anthropologist by training, Heather’s research focuses upon understanding how digital media, technology and other forms of material culture mediate relationships, communication, learning, mobility and our sense of being human. Her books examining these themes include The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Horst and Miller, Berg, 2006), Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (Ito, et al. 2010, MIT Press) and, most recently,Digital Anthropology (Horst and Miller, Eds., 2012, Berg). Her current research explores the emergence of new mobile media practices such as mobile money and locative media across the Asia-Pacific region.