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Transforming methods for digital research 
Guillaume Latzko-Toth (Laval University)
David Myles (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)
Florence Millerand (Universite du Quebec a Montreal - UQAM)
Mélanie Millette (Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM))
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Guillaume Latzko-Toth (Laval University)
Florence Millerand (Universite du Quebec a Montreal - UQAM)
David Myles (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)
Combined Format Open Panel
Wednesday 17 July, -, -, -, Thursday 18 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Amsterdam
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Short Abstract:

Responding to the computational turn in social sciences, qualitative researchers have adapted, extended, and transformed their methods. The panel aims to map and consolidate these methodological innovations, contributing to an extended repertoire of qualitative and mixed methods for the digital age.

Long Abstract:

In their efforts to grasp the fast-paced transformations of social, cultural, and scientific practices in the context of an ever more digitally mediated life, social and humanities researchers are encouraged to constantly adapt, extend, and transform their methods. After a sweeping “computational turn” (Berry, 2011) revived empiricist and positivist epistemologies in social sciences, a growing number of qualitative, feminist, and decolonial researchers have taken on (re)inventing their own set of methods to investigate sociotechnical practices, configurations, and contexts in which digital technologies play a transformative part. This includes thick data methodology (Latzko-Toth et al., 2017), which refers to a range of methods that are not predominantly computational nor based on the collection of massive sets of digital traces but rely instead on the density or “thickness” of collected/constructed data. As an attempt to federate qualitative, constructivist, and critical approaches stemming from related epistemologies, this panel seeks to gather presentations that will contribute to building an extended repertoire of qualitative and mixed methods for the digital age. If they take up the idea of “following the medium” by leveraging digital affordances (Rogers, 2013), these “hands-on” methods are not primarily focused on automated analysis nor the visualisation of large corpora of traces generated in an automated way. Instead, this panel highlights the methodological assemblages, hybridisations, and tinkerings burgeoning on the fringes and in the gaps of the old canons of social sciences and the new canons of data science, thus filling a void in the quadrants of methods redistribution (Marres, 2012). As a combined format open panel, we welcome academic paper presentations and shorter contributions to a dialogue session around the specificity, newness, and diversity of this emerging constellation of methods and how they situate themselves within the landscape of digital research.

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Session 1 Wednesday 17 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Wednesday 17 July, 2024, -
Session 3 Wednesday 17 July, 2024, -
Session 4 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -