We are seeking to propose a special issue for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/tf/13645579.html )- an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to exploring methodological developments in international contexts. The proposed special issue Digital qualitative methods in social research seeks to explore how qualitative research is being undertaken in, on and with the digital.

Whilst there has been a growing awareness and literature of the ethical parameters around doing research online (c.f. (Eysenbach & Till, 2001; Rodham & Gavin, 2006) and of the means for conducting particular types of online work, such as ‘netnography’ (Kozinets, 2002; Langer & Beckman, 2005) or online surveys (Sue & Ritter, 2011; Evans & Mathur, 2005) qualitative digital methods as a whole remains an area which is expanding, growing and evolving alongside the technologies and platforms with which it engages. Those engaging in digital work are often navigating new paths, utilising reflexive practice to understand the intersection of qualitative work and digital settings and it is these experiences and practices that this proposed special issue seeks to explore.

We are then seeking submissions for this proposed special issue, which if successful would be guest edited by Dr Chris Till and Dr Esmée Hanna (Leeds Beckett University). We are seeking abstracts of no more than 200 words outlining the premise of the paper and key arguments, including the main qualitative digital approach or perspective the paper will engage with. Papers will be selected based on originality, contribution to understanding of qualitative digital methods and international relevance. Papers from all career stages are welcome, and the process will be as supportive as possible to facilitate the involvement of PhD students and ECR. Abstracts will form part of the proposal to be sent to the journal editors and will be published if the special issue is selected.

Topics of papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical engagements with ontological and/epistemological bases of particular digital methods/methodologies
  • Critical and evaluative syntheses of existing qualitative digital methodological approaches
  • A demonstration of, and critical engagement of with, an innovative digital method
  • Reflections on ethical issues in the use of particular digital methods

Please send your abstract and contact details to both C.Till@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and E.S.Hanna@leedsbeckett.ac.uk by the 31st May 2017. If you have any questions please contact us at the email addresses above.

 

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