Centre for Internet Studies Workshop on platform historiography, October 31, Aarhus

On 31 October, Centre for Internet Studies (CFI) at Aarhus University is hosting a workshop with Anne Helmond from New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam.

The Centre for Internet Studies is excited to welcome Dr. Anne Helmond. Anne is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Digital Methods Initiative and App Studies Initiative research collectives where she focuses her research on the history and infrastructure of social media platforms and apps. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, app studies, infrastructure studies and web history.

The workshop will be in Katrinebjerg, Nygaard (building 5335), room 295, Helsingforsgade 21, 8200 Aarhus N. Sign up for the workshop by sending an e-mail to Niels Brügger no later than 17 October.

See Anne’s abstract for the workshop below.

"Platform historiography: Using web archives to write platform and app histories"

Anne Helmond, Assistant Professor, New Media and Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam

This workshop engages with the research affordances of web archives for writing platform and app histories, despite the many challenges that these new ephemeral digital objects pose to their archiving and history writing.

We will discuss how we can write platform and app histories by enquiring into what kind of archived materials are available to us and what kind of histories these materials afford. The workshop will introduce a framework for conducting platform and app histories. We will assess the availability of archived materials for a self-chosen platform or app through a scoping availability exercise.

In addition, we will discuss triangulation techniques for collecting and validating various data sources: where can we find archived platform and app materials, what is the status and value of these materials, and how may they (not) be combined for research purposes?

Finally, we address what kind of histories these materials privilege and what they enable us to tell about the evolution of platforms and apps. An overarching question during this workshop will be to what extent platform historiography is similar to, or different from, web historiography.

Workshop details

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2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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