The Research Persona Workshop
Dr. Ganaele Langlois
Friday, Sept. 17, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, EST
Dr. Ganaele Langlois teaches the research persona method to study social media platforms
The research persona method addresses a key challenge of social media platforms: how can we understand the dynamics of platform personalization as they intersect with informational dynamics (e.g. mis and disinformation) in terms of their impact on users? Two common barriers to such questions are the proprietary, black-box and secretive natures of platform algorithms and network dynamics, and the difficulty in conducting ethnographic work in what can quickly become charged and risky environments (esp. with regards to the alt-right).
The research persona borrows from autoethnography and theatre studies to collaboratively create complex personae that researchers can inhabit. The research persona method opens the door to understanding the relationships between socio-economic contexts, affective responses and information and network dynamics.
This workshop will guide participants into different exercises in setting up research personae.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
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