Mark Carrigan is coming to speak at Keele next Wednesday (13th) 1.30-3pm, CBA1.076
His book Social Media for Academics has been gaining a lot of attention recently (especially – and perhaps inevitably – on Twitter!) and he’ll be sharing some reflections on a talk put on by the Sociology department next week.
Don’t be misled by the title though, the focus isn’t about how to use social media but on the politics of social media – how the increasing acceleration of the academic world is encouraging us to communicate with one another in an ever more fast-paced manner, and encouraging early career academics to behave in ever more entrepreneurial ways online. (Ahem, like trying to promote themselves through blogging… )
What’s also looks set to be an interesting discussion point though, is the way that social media also offers new opportunities for communication, engagement and community- building, which might exceed its instrumental use for self- (and university-) promotion.
Seeing as I’ve spent the past few days live-tweeting at the British Sociological Association annual conference, I’m hoping it will provide a space to reflect on some of the ambivalences of my own social media use!!