Researcher Training Programme 2019-20
The Digital Researcher: Perspectives on the ‘digital’ in Digital Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 3-4.30pm
Sandra Burslem G-07 (Manchester Law School), All Saints Campus, M15 6BH
FREE – book via Eventbrite
Dr Daniel Joseph
Dr Ting Luo
Chair: Nick Sykas
As an introduction to the emerging and evolving ﬁeld of Digital Arts and Humanities, four current/recent MMU staff members within the Faculty but across disciplines – Politics, Sociology, Product Design & Craft and computational approaches to analysing Social Media – share their perspectives on ways the ‘digital’ has impacted on contemporary Art & Humanities practice and research.
The session includes short presentations, followed by a Q&A and group discussion. It’s aimed at postgraduate researchers within the A&H Faculty. All welcome.
Dr. Ting Luo is a Lecturer in Political Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her current research focuses on the impact of digital development on governance and political participation in authoritarian regimes. Her research interests include comparative politics, digital politics and media, elections and democratisation, cyber security, and Chinese politics. She holds a PhD in government and a Master of Science in public policy and administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. Before joining MMU, she has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Leiden University and the Hertie School in Berlin.
Dr. Daniel Joseph is a Senior Lecturer of Digital Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he researches the political economy of games, apps, platforms, and digital labour. He has published articles in Social Media + Society, Games and Culture, The Canadian Journal of Communication and Triple C. He’s an organizer with Game Workers Unite and a freelance writer for magazines such as Vice Games, Jacobin, Real Life Mag and Briarpatch.
Geoffrey Mann is a Senior Lecturer in Product Design & Craft. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005, Mann has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2012 was named a “Designer of the Future” by Newsweek magazine. Mann’s work embraces the symbiotic relationship between digital media and physical form. His fascination with transposing the ephemeral nature of time has created a studio practice that challenges the existing divides between art, craft and design. In 2008, Mann was awarded the World Craft Council Prize for Glass and in 2009 won the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Museum of Art and Design, New York, The Corning Museum of Glass and the Craft Council, UK.
Dave Mee is a second-year part-time student based at PAHC and the School of Media – most recently teaching at MMU’s Digital Labs, at CMDT. His research areas involve analysing the media and network sharing models around social media platforms, with a focus on communities who radicalise members. With a background as a software developer, computational approaches to quantitative data are an essential part of a software-developing practice-led approach to research. As well as developing in Python, Dave has an interest in flow-based programming, using platforms like MaxMSP and Node-red to prototype and test ideas. Never entirely satisfied with writing and planning software, Dave uses a range of tools to manage his research; Git for backing up and versioning text, Markdown for writing, as well as a suite of lesser-known Mac and iPhone tools as part of a general workflow.