[acc-cca-l] Opening: Postdoc Social Media and Public Debate (3 years / 1 fte)
george.eric at uqam.ca
Wed Oct 27 16:21:03 MDT 2021
Opening: Postdoc Social Media and Public Debate (3 years / 1 fte)
Are you interested in doing cutting-edge research on public debates as well as related issues of misinformation, polarization, and radicalization on Twitter? Do you want to contribute to developing an infrastructure that enables SSH researchers to systematically examine current and emerging public debates on crucial societal issues in The Netherlands?
We are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher, based at the Centre for Media and Journalism studies at the University of Groningen, for TwiXL.
Deadline for applications: Nov. 8
For more info: https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/305380/postdoc-social-media-and-public-debate-10-fte/<https://www.academictransfer.com/nl/305380/postdoc-social-media-and-public-debate-10-fte/>
TwiXL is an interdisciplinary project (https://twixl.humanities.uva.nl/ <https://twixl.humanities.uva.nl/>) that develops an infrastructure that enables students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) to systematically examine current and emerging public debates on crucial societal issues in the Netherlands. The project is funded by the Platform Digital Infrastructure of the Dutch SSH-council and developed in a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Groningen (RUG), SURFsara, National Library of the Netherlands (KB), and Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV).
Public debate and information exchange, as well as related problems of misinformation, polarization, and radicalization, are increasingly articulated online through social media platforms. This affects the media landscape as a whole: social media activity largely takes shape in response to mass media reporting, which, in turn, is progressively affected by online discourse. Hence, for a healthy democratic system, it is vital that researchers and public institutions are able to monitor the evolving dynamics of mediated public debate. Currently, however, researchers do not have access to comprehensive sets of social media data and readily searchable collections of mass media reporting, nor do they have effective tools for cross-media research at their disposal. TwiXL will facilitate such research, aligning with the first VSNU Digital Society Programme Line ‘Citizenship & Democracy’.
As a postdoc in this project, you will contribute to building the TwiXL infrastructure in close collaboration with a PhD student at UvA and developers from SURFSara, KB and NISV. This infrastructure will enable cross-media research through customized Jupyter notebooks. You will develop a proof-of-concept research project on public debates and related issues of misinformation, polarization, and radicalization on Twitter. Using the TwiNL collection, you will systematically explore the Dutch Twitter sphere on a topic of your choice. Through this research, you will also produce infrastructural requirements and demonstration scenarios and tutorials for other SSH researchers as well as academic publications of the results.
Your research appointment will be 80% while 20% of your time will be devoted to teaching in the MA programme Social Media and Society and/or the BA programme in Media Studies.
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