In the web of social media: new ways to communicate and publish for the humanities and social sciences (27–28 June 2011)
The Deutsche Historische Institut in Paris (IHA) and Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo) are jointly organising a conference on social networks and the humanities and social sciences to be held on 27–28 June at the Deutsche Historische Institut in Paris. French and German researchers and specialists will compare their experiences and viewpoints at four roundtables. The director of the Institute of Network Cultures, Geert Lovink, will give an introductory lecture and chair the final discussion. Participation at the conferecne is free of charge but requires registration with Dunja Houelleu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this conference is one of a series of events by means of which the IHA is part of the Digital Humanities movement. In concomitance with this occasion, the blog Digital Humanities at the Deutsche Historische Institut has just been opened on Hypotheses.org.
Presentation of the symposium
The aim of the conference is to examine the new social media from an international perspective and to assess their importance to the humanities and social sciences. The effects of social media on our scientific culture will form the focus of the debate.
Buttons with such labels as “Like” or “Share” are becoming increasingly common on scientific websites. They invite users to pass judgement on and circulate site contents on Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, Mister Wong and other social media. Being a member of an online scientific community has become as common as writing one’s own blog and commenting on the articles, photographs and films of other researchers online. The social networks that result are transformed into spaces for communication and publication that are welcomed by some but frowned on by others.