Researching Citizen Media Workshop

Source: Q. SakamakiAn interdisciplinary workshop held at the University of Manchester, UK, on the 15th-16th September 2016.


Click here to view event programme and presenter abstracts.

Heightened distrust in traditional forms of governance and mainstream media industries has given rise to alternative repertoires of action that now occupy a prominent place in public consciousness across the globe. In this context, unaffiliated individuals and collectives have come to play an important role in articulating various forms of political and aesthetic expression, whether in physical sites (as in the case of street art and parkour), on virtual platforms (blogging, mockumentaries, fansubbing), or across hybrid environments that combine embodied and digital practices, as in the case of documentary film-making. In producing and disseminating such citizen media content, engaged individuals and collectives seek to reclaim public and digital spaces in pursuit of noninstitutionalized agendas, effect aesthetic or socio-political change, and express personal desires and aspirations.

Conducting research in this fluid, fast changing and sometimes high risk environment poses numerous methodological and ethical challenges that are yet to be adequately explored. This event offered a platform for discussing these challenges and sharing research experiences that involve different forms and platforms of citizen media.



Keynote speakers:

The event featured presentations by established and doctoral/early career researchers from a range of disciplinary areas. Click here to access a full list of speakers and abstracts.



Conference Room (C1.18), Graduate School (Arts, Languages and Cultures) | Ellen Wilkinson Building, The University of Manchester | Oxford Road | Manchester M13 9PL.

  • The Ellen Wilkinson Building is number 77 on the Campus Map.
  • Travel directions can be found here.
Workshop Organizers

The workshop was organized by the editors of a new Routledge series, Critical Perspectives on Citizen Media.

Send your queries to: Mona Baker ( or Luis Pérez-González (