The coordinator of iNOVA Media Lab’s SMART,Janna Joceli Omena, was invited to contribute to the project “The Platformed Value of Engagement: Affect, Control & Participation on Tumblr” at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum, Germany. The project, led by Dr Elena Pilipets, aims to conceptually and methodologically explore the possibilities for critically approaching bot engagement on Tumblr. Beyond collaborating on these issues, and during the period as a visiting fellow (from July 21st to August 1st, 2019), Janna Joceli Omena will give a workshop for CAIS researchers on “Exploring Hashtagging Activity through Digital Methods”. The workshop addresses the complex issues of circulation, appropriation and transformation of user-generated content in social media platforms.
Omena also leads the #SMARTdatasprint I Digital Media Winter Institute at iNOVA Media Lab and she is currently editing an e-book about digital methods: theory and practice which is part of the e-book series of ICNOVA. Further information on her research is available here:https://thesocialplatforms.wordpress.com