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Digital research in Southeast Asia

Funded by a grant from the Asian Studies Association of Australia

Dive in to digital media research in Southeast Asia with this one day workshop designed to get you up to date with the ethical, practical and technical skills required to conduct research with digital media data.

When: 8.30am–5pm, 18 August 2017

Where: Cullen Room, Holme Building, Camperdown/Darlington Campus

Digital media is of increasing importance in Southeast Asia, and researchers of the region are increasingly being asked to engage with digital media data. With accelerating mobile phone adoption across the region and almost 40 percent of the population in Southeast Asia online, the social, political and economic landscape of Southeast Asia has undoubtedly changed. This research workshop will provide scholars and postgraduates with an interest in Southeast Asia, an overview of the ethical, practical and technical skills required to conduct research based on digital media data.

The first session will focus on the ethics and practice of digital media research, highlighting some of the many methodological approaches and tools available to scholars researching in this field. The second session will feature presentations by those actively engaged in digital media research in Southeast Asia. In the final session participants will work in small groups to develop and present a short pitch for an interdisciplinary research project related to Southeast Asia using digital research tools.







Welcome and overview

Dr Thushara Dibley


The ethics and practice of digital media research

What methods are available for digital research? What are the ethical implications of collecting data using digital media? What are some useful technical tools and skills I can use to access digital data?

Dr Jonathan Hutchinson

Professor Heather Horst

Dr Ying Zhou

Dr Chao Sun


Morning Tea


Digital media in Southeast Asia

How are people in Southeast Asia using digital media? How is digital media use different here than in other parts of the world? What are the opportunities and limitations associated with digital media research in this region?

Dr Aim Sinpeng

Ms Dang Nguyen





Developing a digital media research project

In small groups, develop a short pitch for an interdisciplinary research project about Southeast Asia, drawing on data from or about digital media.


3.30pm Afternoon tea  
4pm Present your pitches to a panel and receive feedback from experts.  


Program close

Dr Thushara Dibley


SSEAC is offering 10 travel grants to postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers residing outside of Sydney to attend this workshop. This grant is intended to contribute towards transportation and accommodation costs to attend the workshop. Please indicate in the application form if you would like to be considered for a travel grant.

State of residence


NSW (outside Sydney), ACT







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