Zapraszamy do oglądania nagrania z seminarium „Documenting the Revolution: Twitter Images during Ukraine’s Euromaidan” z udziałem dr. Andrew Ashera z 6.05.2015.
On November 21, 2013, demonstrators gathered in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev, Ukraine to protest the Ukrainian government’s suspension of negotiations finalizing the European Union-Ukraine Association Agreement, participants in the protest used the Twitter hashtag “Euromaidan” (Ukrainian: #Євромайдан; Russian: #Eвромайдан; English: #Euromaidan) as a means to communicate information, coordinate actions, and provide a space for commentary and discussion. “Euromaidan” soon became a shorthand for the opposition movement, and as the protests grew, these hashtags continued to be utilized to share real-time information about unfolding events both for audiences directly involved with the protests, as well as throughout Ukraine and worldwide.
Using a mixed-methods approach that combines quantitative analytics and qualitative analysis, this paper analyzes the visual materials embedded within the Twitter data stream associated with the three Euromaidan hashtags. Given Twitter’s strict 140 character limit for individual posts, users often turn to images to expand their posts or to make a particular point or argument, as well as to provide documentary evidence of events, making these images an especially rich source for understanding the real-time processes of protest movements. However, because the analysis of images is difficult to automate, they are often omitted from discussions of Twitter’s role in these social movements. For this reason, this paper focuses its attention specifically on the production and consumption of visual images as a way more fully understanding how social media is employed during periods of social and political conflict.
Dr. Andrew Asher is the Assessment Librarian and a member of the Anthropology Faculty at Indiana University where he conducts research on the social and cultural dimensions of information. In addition to his work on social media, Asher’s most recent projects have examined how search tools and algorithms influence students’ research processes and practices. Prior to joining Indiana University, Asher was the Lead Research Anthropologist for the Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries (ERIAL) project, a two-year study of student research processes at five Illinois universities and the largest ethnographic study of libraries undertaken to date. Asher presented the results of this study in the co-edited volume, College Libraries and Student Cultures (American Library Association, 2012). Along with his work on the anthropology of information, Asher has also conducts ethnographic fieldwork on the meanings and practices of citizenship in Poland, Germany and the European Union.
Spotkanie odbyło się 6.05.2015 w ramach projektu „Antropologia dziś – otwarte seminaria naukowe” finansowanego ze środków Ministerstwa Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego. Projekt jest realizowany przez Stowarzyszenie „Pracownia Etnograficzna” im. Witolda Dynowskiego we współpracy z Instytutem Etnologii i Antropologii Kulturowej UW.