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Digital methods and geographies


27 et 28 mai 2021

Responsable de l'activité



Dr. Carlo Inverardi-Ferri (MA), Dr. Jevgeniy Bluwstein (MA), Romain Valadaud (PhD Candidate) tous Unit of Geography, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg



Dr. Elisenda Ardèvol (Professor in Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Universitat Oberta

de Catalunya, Spain)

Dr. James Ash (Reader in Technology, Space and Society, Newcastle University, UK)

Dr. Mathew Zook (Professor in Geography, Kentucky University, USA)


This workshop reponds to the COVID pandemic by offering geographers an opportunity to reflect upon the impact of the current situation on their work. The workshop will provide space to familiarise with digital geographies and apply digital methods in social research. Established scholars in the field will share their knowledge and experience in keynotes, and provide their feedback in activities with workshop participants. Individual and group activities will help reflect upon the keynotes and related discussions. The workshop objective is to provide participants with space for exchange and the opportunity to explore new approaches in geography to continue research during the ongoing pandemic conditions. 

This workshop is conducted in English.


The workshop is organized fully online over two days and involves student presentations, keynotes, discussions and practical activities.


Day 1



9:00-9:30 Introduction to the workshop and presentation of the participants and speakers (Dr. Carlo Inverardi-Ferri, Dr. Jevgeniy Bluwstein, Romain Valadaud)

9:30-10:15 Short student presentations: how did the pandemic impact my Phd research project?

10:30-11:15 1.Keynote and Q&A: Interface Methods for Digital Geographies (James Ash)

11:15-12:00 1. Activity-part I: how do we design research topics that study palces in/of the digital? Specify how these spaces can be conceptualized and accessed (student-led group work, with participation by keynot speakers and organizers).



13:00-13:45 2. Keynote and Q&A: Blending digital gography and material spaces (Matthew Zook)

13:45-14:45 1. Activity - part II: finalize 1.Activity and prepare short presentations (student-led group work)

15:00-16:00 Group presentations


Day 2



9:00-9:15 Introduction to the second day (Dr. Carlo Inverardi-Ferri, Dr. Jevgeniy Bluwstein, Romain Valadaud)

9:15-10:15 2.Activity: explore a digital space online and think about what methods to use (individual work)

10:15-11:15 Share your findings from 2.activity with others

11:30-12:15 3.Keynote and Q&A: Digital ethnography (Elisenda Ardèvol)



13:00-13:45 3.Activity: Rethink or adapt your research through a digital methodology (individual work)

13:45-15:00 Present your plan and receive feedback

15:00-15:15 Conclusive remarks by the organizers (Dr. Carlo Inverardi-Ferri, Dr. Jevgeniy Bluwstein, Romain Valadaud)


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Dear participants, 

 In preparation for this workshop, we would lik you to write a reflection note (1-2 pages) on how your research was impacted by the pandemic (in good and bad ways). Please prepare a 5-minute talk based on your reflections taht you will be invited to present during the workshop plenary in the morning of the first day. 

 As to reading preparations, please read ahead of the workshop the suggested articles below. Please prepare 2-3 questions to each of the articles. You will be asked to dhare your questions in the joint discussions following the keynotes. 

  • Ardévol, E. and Gómez-Cruz, E. (2013). Digital Ethnography and Media Practies. In the International Encyclopedia of Media Studies, A.N. Valdivia (Ed.). doi: 10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems193
  • Ash, J., Anderso, B., Gordon, R., and Lnagley, P. (2018) "Digital Interface Design and Power: Friction, Threshold, Transition", Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36 (6): 1136-1153, doi:10.1177/0263775818767426
  • Poorthuis, A., Shelton, T. and Zook, M. (2021). Mapping gentrification "in real time (and space)": using social media data to understand changing urban realtionalities. Urban Geography.,1080/02723638.2021.1888016

We look foward to seeing you online!

The organisers




Délai d'inscription 16.05.2021


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