The Games Institute presents the next of a series of "Brown Bag Seminars" on March 15th, 2017. The GI is located in EC-1, and these events are open to all members of the University of Waterloo.
Presenter: Dr. Nathan Rambukkana
Title: The Politics of Grey Data: #GamerGate, Intimate Proximity, and the Ethics of Researching "The Enemy"
Abstract: Does the content of blogs (posts and comments); social media content such as tweets or Instagram pictures; user profiles on personal sites; or chatrooms, count as "published" material? Or the product of human research subjects, for which it would fall under the purview of institutional ethical review boards and be subject to informed consent, subject debriefing, ect. In discussing this grey data in terms of access, storage, archiving, and datafication, this talk will also explore the question of researching a specifically vocal and unwilling subject: the #GamerGate movement. What are the limits of accountability to human subjects when issues of oppression are involved? Should there be ethics boards and upper administration when angry subjects get in contact with supervisors and deans to try to halt research projects and have researchers disciplined or fired?
Date: March 15th, 2017
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Where: The Games Institute, EC1, Room 1331
11:00 - 11:45am – Speaker's Presentation
11:45am - 12:00pm – Questions and Discussion
Biography of the Guest Speaker:
Dr. Rambukkana is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. His work centers the cultural study of discourse, politics, and identities. Addressing topics such as digital intimacies, the relationship of intimacy and privilege, hybridity and mixed-race identities, the social and cultural aspects of new media forms, and non/monogamy in the public sphere.
More information HERE.