CFP: Youtube Conference

Printable version Monday 25 April 2016 Last updated at 16:03

Your last chance to submit a paper. The CFP is reopened now we have some new speakers to announce in addition to Jean Burgess who is giving an overview of YouTube and the broader online  video environment have changed in the past decade, and what its  competing futures look like, how we might learn to recognise such  patterns of change empirically, and the key methodological approaches to  studying the co-evolution of proprietary digital media platforms and  their cultures of use over time.
Stuart Cunningham will be  talking about changes in screen entertainment enabled by YouTube  (amongst other social media platforms). His research with David Craig  takes an ‘ecological’ approach by investigating the interdependencies  amongst its elements: mapping the platform’s affordances, content  innovation, creative labor, monetization and management, new forms of  media globalization, and the critical cultural concerns raised by this  nascent media industry.
Sonia Livingstone whose ethnographic  fieldwork with a class of thirteen year olds at an ordinary London  school explores young people's experiences of growing up and learning in  a digital world - in school, at home, and with their friends. YouTube  comes in and out of focus, varying in meaning and significance yet  consistently insinuating itself into their everyday experiences of  connected and disconnected learning and opportunity.
Farida Vis  and Mike Thelwall will reflect on - via a number of different case  studies - their collaboration over eight years of researching YouTube,  including the development of tools for collecting YouTube data, and  their continuing interest in YouTube research in the context of teaching  social media analytics skills to students when a lot of current social  media research focuses on Twitter.
CALL FOR PAPERS YouTube Conference: 23/24 September 2016, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London.
Please  send an abstract of 350 words plus a short bio of 100 words for single  papers or 500 words and individual bios for group panels by email  attachment to Deadline for receipt of abstracts is  May 3 2016.
YouTube has just passed its tenth birthday and it  is timely to review not only how it has changed in that time, but also  its wider influence.  By focusing on YouTube as a platform we want to  draw together research that is distributed across disciplines to help  cross-fertilise knowledge about YouTube and its users, and to identity  the research questions and methods that best capture its ever-expanding  reach, impact and significance.  We plan to include a panel of industry  insiders to offer insights into possible futures in the light of current  developments alongside the academic papers which we now invite you to  propose.
Possible questions to address (but not limited to these):
How has the institutionalisation of YouTube changed its nature?
Has YouTube accelerated processes of media convergence and transformation?
What is the changing relationship of television to YouTube?
How have production techniques and practices developed as the platform matured?
What communities of practice have been influential in the development of YouTube norms?
How has the development of new aesthetic forms been enabled by YouTube?
What innovations in performance and modes of address can be detected on YouTube?
To what degree do YouTube’s affordances operate as a social medium?
What new forms of celebrity and fandom have emerged on YouTube and why?
What wider social, cultural and political changes can be attributed to YouTube’s influence?
Why do we need to regulate the corporate power of YouTube’s owners Google? 
Is YouTube a positive space for self realisation and expression of marginalised identities?
How do concerns over data harvesting and privacy apply to YouTube?
How have conflicts over rights affected the monetization of YouTube activities?
What potential does YouTube have as a repository of curated archives? 
What  are the genres that have thrived on YouTube and what wider significance  does this have?  (e.g. education, journalism, advertising and  marketing,  campaigning and propaganda,  entertainment, documentary,   drama, comedy and parody, how to ...)
Is the development of specific apps for Music, Kids and Gaming a significant new trend?
What research methods are used to study YouTube? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
Conference team: Professor Jane Arthurs, Dr Sophia Drakopoulou, Dr Alessandro Gandini, Dr Paul Kerr.
Supported by the Middlesex University’s School of Performing Arts and Media and the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office.



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