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Image of CoP23Researchers make climate change social at major United Nations event

In late 2017, Drs Warren Pearce and Suay Ozkula from the Department of Sociological Studies were invited to speak at the United Nations Climate Change conference, attended by international political leaders and activists, about how climate change is discussed on social media.

The world’s nations met in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd annual ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP23), a major ten-day conference with the ultimate aim of halting global warming, from November 6 to 17, 2017.

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Image of Dr Kate DommettBlog: Digital technology is changing party politics, the interesting question is how

In a new blog post for Democratic Audit UK, Dr Kate Dommett, Director of the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield, writes it is evident from the 2017 general election that digital technology has been fully embraced by political parties and incorporated into campaigning strategies. It is also creating opportunities for satellite campaigns to mobilise citizens. Longer term, digital innovations have the potential to reshape the nature of engagement between citizens and parties, though these more fundamental changes are not yet being implemented.

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Image of 'Hack' sign at Facebook HQHelen Kennedy joins world leading digital experts at Facebook HQ for social research 'un-conference'

Professor Helen Kennedy was recently one of a small number of digital experts from around the world to be hand-picked to attend an exclusive social research event at Facebook’s headquarters in California, USA.

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Image of Social media illustrationBlog: The future of eating disorder content moderation

Ysabel Gerrard, Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, has written a blog post, published on UCLA's Department of Information Studies conference blog, about eating disorder content moderation on social networks.

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One Day Workshop: Connecting Capabilities for the Internet of Things (IoT), Challenges for Social Sciences & Management for the Pitch-In Project

17 September 2018,  Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER

Pitch-In is led by the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle and industrial and health sector partners. Funded by Research England, the project will allow the Universities to investigate barriers to successful IoT take-up, trial solutions then capture and disseminate outputs and guidance regionally, nationally and globally.

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Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online

Thursday 25th October 2018, 4pm, Hicks LT05, Crystal Abidin, Deakin University

The face of internet celebrity is rapidly diversifying and evolving. Online and mainstream celebrity culture are now weaving together, such that breakout stars from one-hit viral videos are able to turn their transient fame into a full-time career. This talk, based on select concepts from a new book on internet celebrity cultures, presents a framework for thinking about the different forms of internet celebrity that have emerged over the last decade, taking examples from the Global North and South, to consolidate key ideas about cultures of online fame. It discusses the overall landscape, developments and trends in the internet celebrity economy, and cross-cultural lessons.

Bio: Dr Crystal Abidin is a digital anthropologist and ethnographer of vernacular internet cultures. She researches young people’s relationships with internet celebrity, self-curation, and vulnerability. Her books include Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online (2018), and Microcelebrity Around the Globe: Approaches to Cultures to Cultures of Internet Fame (2018). She is listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia (2018) and Pacific Standard 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 (2016). Crystal is lecturer in Digital Media with the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping University, Researcher with Handelsrådet (Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council), and Adjunct Research Fellow with the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) at Curtin University. Reach her at wishcrys.com.