Friday, 24 February 2017

Dr Paul Reilly co-authored submission to UK Government inquiry on young peoples' mental health

A written submission to the UK Government inquiry on children and young people's mental health, co-authored by Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly, has been accepted and published. Based on the findings from a Wellcome Trust project, the report addresses the role of social media in raising awareness of mental health issues amongst these groups.

The submission can be viewed here.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Dr Paul Reilly presenting at International Studies Association Convention in Baltimore

Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society Dr Paul Reilly is presenting two papers at the International Studies Association annual convention in Baltimore this week. Paul will be presenting at the panel entitled 'Social Media and Activism: Power and Resistance in the 21st Century' on Thursday 23rd of February.

The first paper, authored by Paul, is entitled 'Twitter, affective publics and public demonstrations in divided societies: The 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade disputes in Northern Ireland.'

Abstract:
Can social media help facilitate peacebuilding in divided societies such as Northern Ireland? Are they safe spaces in which antagonistic groups are able to reconcile their differences and agree to work together for mutual benefit? This paper adds to this debate by examining how citizens used Twitter in response to the contentious Orange Order parade in the Ardoyne district of North Belfast. Twitter provided a platform for ‘affective publics’ who expressed a myriad of sentiments towards the Orange Order, in addition to the residents who opposed the loyalist parade passing the predominantly nationalist area. This study focused on the extent to which these tweeters appeared to use the site to prevent a recurrence of the sectarian violence that followed the parade in previous years. A critical thematic analysis of 7388 #Ardoyne tweets, collected in July 2014 and July 2015, was conducted in order to investigate these issues. Results indicate that Twitter’s greatest contribution to peacebuilding may lie in its empowerment of citizens to correct rumours and disinformation that have the potential to generate sectarian violence. However, the site does not appear to function as a shared space in which cross-community consensus on contentious issues such as Ardoyne parade can be fostered.

Paul also co-authored a paper entitled 'Telling it like it is: A comparative perspective on the use of personal stories in online grassroots advocacy', along with Filippo Trevisan and Mariana Leyton Escobar of American University.

Abstract:
Storytelling transcends cultures. It can speak to global audiences, change public attitudes, serve as policy evidence, and challenge dominant media narratives on sensitive social issues. Thus, advocacy organizations and activist networks increasingly use social media to crowd-source, co-create, and distribute personal stories, which originate in the private sphere and become public narratives online. Yet, story-based advocacy is also controversial as sharing the intimate accounts of groups that have been discriminated against may foster further stigmatization. Communication scholars have yet to discuss the implications of this global advocacy trend for digital citizenship. Whose voices do we really hear in online stories? How are they collected, edited, and re-mediated? Ultimately, who is empowered by this approach? To address these questions, this paper compares the use of personal stories in online disability rights campaigns in the UK and the United States. By combining the analysis of blog posts and YouTube videos featuring stories of disability with interviews with leading advocates in both countries, different digital storytelling practices are revealed. In particular, a trade-off between maintaining spontaneity and editing personal accounts to achieve policy effectiveness is identified and discussed in the context of different political cultures, media systems, ethical principles, and policy-making traditions.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed speaks at PubhD

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed recently presented about his PhD in a pub at a PubhD event. The concept is to use a whiteboard and a marker pen to explain your research in 10 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions.


Wasim noted that the event is a great way to test out your public speaking and engagement skills and as a delegate it is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new. You can read more about PubhD on their website

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Faculty awards funding to Information School Doctoral Student

PhD student Wasim Ahmed, in collaboration with Chrysa Dagoula from the Journalism Department have been awarded funding to hold an event related to social media in the summer of 2017. The workshop will be of interest to researchers from different research areas that are interested in social media research and effective usage. The workshop will cut across academic disciplines, and will provide an opportunity for formal and informal networking. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

PhD student Wasim Ahmed presented at a Bite Size Guide to Research in the 21st Century

Our PhD student Wasim Ahmed recently delivered a talk on his PhD research related to social media research ethics at the School of Health and Related Research. The talk was delivered as part of the Bite Size Guide to Research in the 21st Century on the 24th of January, 2017.



The talk was recorded, and you can watch Wasim’s talk here.

Monday, 13 February 2017

iSchools Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

The Information School is an international community of students and academics, and we are very proud of our cultural diversity. As well as being a part of the internationally renowned University of Sheffield, the Information School is a member of the global iSchools network and a part of the iCaucus, and we stand with these organisations in their response to recent political events regarding immigration.

The iSchools network have released a statement regarding the President of the United States’ Executive Order on Immigration which can be read here.


#WeAreInternational

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dr Elisa Serafinelli journal article published in Photographies

Research Associate Dr Elisa Serafinelli has been published in volume 10 of the journal Photographies.

Her article, entitled 'Analysis of Photo Sharing and Visual Social Relationships: Instagram as a case study' discusses how popular image-sharing social media platform Instagram can influence the way people see their own interpersonal social relationships.

The article is availabile here.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Information School PhD student interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield

University of Sheffield Information School PhD student Wasim Ahmed was interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday 20th of January on Rony Robinson’s 'Baring All' feature. Wasim’s talk centred on overcoming social anxiety, and the excellent support services at the University of Sheffield, and about his PhD. 

Wasim noted that if students were struggling with mental health that there is support available, and that the university is here to support its students. 

The interview is available here, and begins at the 1 hour 35 minute mark.

Dr Paul Reilly & Dr Elisa Serafinelli organised IMPROVER workshop, Paris, 10 January 2017

Dr Paul Reilly and Dr Elisa Serafinelli organised a workshop with colleagues from Euro-Med Seismological Centre (EMSC) in Paris on 10th January, as part of the Horizon 2020 funded project IMPROVER. Delegates from organisations such as SNCF and VISOV were invited to give their views on the role of social media in disaster response. Thanks to Grigore Havarneanu and the International Union of Railways (UIC) for hosting, and for Laura Petersen and Laure Fallou for their facilitation of the focus group. 


Friday, 20 January 2017

Dr Giuliana Tiripelli appointed Research Associate for CascEff project

Dr Giuliana Tiripelli has joined the Information School as a Research Associate . She  will work with Work Package leader Dr Paul Reilly  on the EU FP7 project 'CascEff.' Giuliana will help develop educational resources for the project and will also be responsible for co-authoring peer-reviewed outputs. We would like to welcome her to the Information School and look forward to working with her over the next seven months.


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

PhD student delivers workshop on Social Network Analysis (methodology) at Leeds Beckett University

Doctoral student, Wasim Ahmed, recently delivered a 3 hour workshop at Leeds Becket University. The event was a part of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Digital Sociology group.

Wasim is a member of the Social Media Research Foundation, and a specialist in Social Network Analysis. The event turned out to be extremely popular which attendees from academia and industry, and the feedback was very positive.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Dr Paul Reilly co-editor of Book of Blogs - published today

We are pleased to announce the publication of Politics, Protest, Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. A Book of Blogs, which Dr Paul Reilly co-edited with Anastasia Veneti (Bournemouth University) and Dimitrinka Atanasova (Queen Mary, University of London).

The origins of this book of blogs can be traced back to “Politics, Emotion and Protest,” an interdisciplinary workshop co-hosted by Bournemouth University’s Centre for Politics and Media Research and Civic Media Hub, the Department of Media & Communication at University of Leicester, the Politics and Media Group of the Political Studies Association, and the Protest Camps Research Network. This event, held on 9-10 July 2015, brought together researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to discuss the intersections between power, politics and emotions.

The publication features contributions from 37 academics from across the globe. It presents a range of disciplinary perspectives on politics and emotions, including the fields of computer science, (digital) media studies, journalism studies and political science. Drawing on a range of case studies such as the 2016 CNP march in London, the movement against TTIP-TAFTA and health activism such as “I Want PrEP Now”, the contributors provide new insight into the affective turn in protest and social movements.

Dr Paul Reilly said: “The purpose of this volume is not to offer conclusions or recommendations for those readers interested in the affective turn in protest and social movements. Rather, it is hoped that these blogposts provoke debate and reflection in relation to how everyday and extraordinary political actions have become infused with emotion. We would like to thank all of our authors for contributing to this conversation on Politics, Protest and Emotions.”

The book of blogs is divided into five main thematic categories: Politics, emotion and identity performance; Emotion and the news media; Women, politics, activism; Digital media and the politics of protest; Health, emotion, activism.

This open access publication can be accessed online here or downloaded as a pdf.

If you wish to obtain an EPUB version (suitable for Nooks, Kindles and other e-readers) then please email p.j.reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

For more information on Politics, Protest, Emotion, please contact one of the editors:

Paul Reilly p.j.reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

Anastasia Veneti anastasia_veneti@yahoo.com

Dimitrinka Atanasova db.atanasova@gmail.com

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Dr Paul Reilly published in France Forum

Our Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society Dr Paul Reilly has written an article entitled “Is the medium more important than the message? Communicating with disaster affected populations in the Information Age”for the publication France Forum, which was published last month (December 2016). The article (published in French) can be viewed below:


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Alumni Ciara Eastell awarded OBE

Information School MA Librarianship graduate (1994) Ciara Eastell has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list, for services to public libraries in Exeter and Devon.



Ciara is the Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, a new social enterprise running libraries across Devon, and is the former President of the Society of Chief Librarians. She was the first librarian to achieve a place on the Clore Leadership Programme.

Read more at the Exeter Express & Echo here.

Monday, 19 December 2016

The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere - book co-edited by Dr Elisa Serafinelli published by Palgrave

Bringing together contributions from the fields of sociology, media and cultural studies, arts, politics, science and technology studies, political communication theory and popular culture studies, this volume engages both with theoretical debates and detailed empirical studies, showcasing how the public sphere is transformed by digital media, and in turn how this digital public sphere shapes and is shaped by debates surrounding crisis, conflict, migration and culture. Case studies from Bulgaria, Nigeria, China, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, UK, Mexico and India are discussed in detail.

Our research associate Dr Elisa Serafinelli co-edited this book, which can be found here:

https://www.springer.com/de/book/9781137504555

https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781137504555

Reviews: all direct requests for review copies and will ensure that interested publications receive a copy (either electronic access or a print review copy, depending on their preference). If a review venue contacts you directly for a review copy, please forward the request to reviews@palgrave.com.