Online cultural narratives: tracking changes in territorial representations.
Lucrezia Lopez (University of Santiago de Compostela)
Inês Gusman (Universidade Do Porto/Universidade De Santiago De Compostela)
Aula 30
Monday 15 April, 9:00-10:45, 11:15-13:00 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

The session explores the way in which cultural territorial narratives are being shaped and produced in online contexts. This contemporary practice of cultural narratives poses new challenges to their understanding, once these constructions are more informal and shared than ever.

Long abstract:

Social actors are now constantly interconnected. Due to the advent of Web 2.0 and the evolution of social media, people are more eager to express and share their opinions on the web. Among its potentialities, online platforms are relevant spaces where informal and shared cultural narratives are being (re)produced and negotiated by users from different contexts. These changes engender renewed territorial relations. The panel aims to explore and track how social media users give course to specific cultural narrative productions. It also aims to understand to what extent can these virtual spaces impact on real vs. symbolic narrative practices.

The session welcomes proposals from different disciplines focused on the study of cultural narratives in online media spaces. Papers should address the following questions:

o How are cultural narratives being shaped by informal and shared narratives produced on the web and media spaces?

o What changes are being produced in the digital era and how can research track them?

o To what extent can online cultural narratives influence people's experience and perceptions of territory?

o How is it possible to adapt conventional research approaches in cultural studies to the web context?

The panel is particularly interested in drawing together innovative methods and tools used to analyze these changes, including methodological frameworks like (but not limited to): Netnography, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), Sentiment Analysis, Opinion Mining, User-Generated Content (UGC) or Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI).