Kavitha, Onkar, and Oindrila organised the session #SelfiesFromTheField on 3rd March, at the Internet Researchers’ Conference 2017 (IRC17). The session focussed on doing of methods, and brought together early-career researchers who look at Internet Mediated Interactions (IMIs). Each of the speakers discussed challenges they faced in conducting research on IMIs. The underlying theme of the session was the conflation of the online and the offline in IMIs. The key provocations of the session addressed issues of data, politics, and the doing of IMI related research.
The speakers at the session were (in order of presentation)
- Sreelakshmi R, IIT-Madras: Mobile apps and urban commuting
- Sugandha Sehgal, Jesus & Mary College, Delhi University: Aesthetics of the non-normative female body in contemporary digital visual culture: Gender and Instagram
- Priyanka Ivatury, IIIT-B: Conducting ethnographic research on online healthcare platforms
- Abhilash Maradwar, Ishan Sharma, Shubham Mallade & Sachit Rao, IIIT-B: Evaluating Twitter as a feedback mechanism for addressing customer grievances
- Anuradha Rao, National University of Singapore: Methodological challenges and choices in the study of Internet Mediated Interactions (IMI): Ethnographic experiences from Bangalore
The presentations were followed by a panel discussion.
You can find the crowdsourced notes of this session through the Etherpad here.
You can find the photos from IRC17 here.