Theory as Retrospective Sensemaking

I’ve been trying to avoid writing theory my entire career. Then I started to wonder: Am I a theorist?

Youth + Digital Literacy + Algorithmic Relations: A ten year pedagogical model

Details of my pedagogical design for building critical digital literacy through autoethnographic deep dives into digital lived experience. Tested over ten years with >1500 participants.

Situational Mapping

Situational Mapping fosters a greater sensitivity to elements influencing fieldwork, including the researcher’s position, movement, and connections.

Situational Mapping

Situational Mapping

Situational Mapping fosters a greater sensitivity to elements influencing fieldwork, including the researcher’s position, movement, and connections.

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Losing your sense of self: Ontological Insecurity

Losing your sense of self: Ontological Insecurity

Whether long-lived or momentary, ontological insecurity is associated with intense existential disorientation. To explore how this is connected to echolocation, it’s useful to go back to a core question such as: How do we recognize ourselves?

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Annette Markham

Bio

 Annette Markham is Professor of Media and Communication and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University, Australia, and Professor MSO (on leave) of Information Studies and Digital Design at Aarhus University, Denmark. She holds a PhD in organizational theory (Purdue University, 1997), with special emphasis on interpretive qualitative methods. She has been researching the impact of digitalization on identity and organizing practices since 1995 and now holds specializations in the lived experience of human/machine interactions, impact of datafication and algorithmic logics on social practices, and critical approaches to digital and algorithmic identity. She also studies research methodologies to devise ethical models for speculative, mixed-method, ethnographic, and multi-entity research design. Methods specializations include guided digital autoethnography, critical pedagogy, arts-based interventions, citizen social science, digital and data literacy through critical pedagogy, and digital ethnography.

Annette co- founded and directed the international Masters degree program in Digital Living at Aarhus University from 2013-2020 and was co-director of Aarhus University's Digital Living Research Centre.  She created and directed the Future Making Research Consortium, a collaboratory to bring together scholars, artists, and activists, particularly early career researchers, to study the intersection of digital technology, ways of being in the world, and future possible meanings, practices, and social structures. She regularly hosts post-graduate workshops, an annual Skagen Institute Conference on Transgressive Methods, PhD summer schools, and special interest seminars and symposia in the area of digital culture, ethical decision making in automated and algorithmic society, citizen social science research methods, and participatory models for scholarly activism. Her writing can be found in a range of international journals, books, and edited collections. Access various publications, note recent or upcoming talks, or see Annette Markham's full CV.

To contact Annette directly, please send email to amarkham {at] gmail [dot} com