Seminar #1 – Digital Citizenship

Media Making & Critical Digital Citizenship: Practice-Research in Action

When: 10-11:30 am January 30th, 2017

In this seminar, Professor David McGillivray explored the role of everyday digital media tools and technologies in enabling a diverse range of publics to tell their own stories in and around major sporting events, focusing on a practice-research project, Digital Commonwealth. He used practice-research project to illustrate the opportunities presented to academics when using everyday digital tools and techniques to co-produce media content with a wider public. He also discussed the potential pitfalls that academic researchers can encounter when involved in participatory media projects, including those related to power differentials, ethics, and representation. [Read a forthcoming chapter by McGillivray on the Digital Commonwealth here McGillivray – Digital culture (Author version)]

Watch David’s talk in the videos below.

Part 1 – Situating the Digital 

Part 2 – Creating Media in Community

Part 3 – Participatory Practice as Research

Part 4 – Discussion

Speaker Bio

profile picture of David McGillivrayProfessor David McGillivray holds a Chair in Event and Digital Cultures at University of the West of Scotland.  His research interests currently focus on two main areas. First, he provides a critical reading of the contemporary significance of events and festivals (sporting and cultural) as markers of identity and mechanisms for the achievement of wider economic, social and cultural externalities.  Second, he is interested in the affordances of digital culture, especially related to understandings of digital citizenship, participation and the role of everyday digital media platforms and practices in enabling (or restricting) voices within an increasingly saturated media landscape. 

His current research focuses on the value of digital media in enabling alternative readings of major sport events to find currency within the saturated media landscape. He is also a co-investigator on a major UK/Canadian collaborative project exploring the role of sport events for persons with a disability in influencing community accessibility and community perceptions of disability.  He is co-author of Event Policy: From Theory to Strategy (2012), co-editor of Research Themes for Events (2013) and co-editor of the recently published edited collection Digital Leisure Cultures: Critical Perspectives (2017).