In 2011 I started my PhD-research which focuses on emerging, converging and transforming forms of literacy in social media environments. Based on several case-studies I explore the phenomenon of social reading from different perspectives within the literary and social media system.
Based on my exploration of social reading I will present a descriptive overview of literacies required to participate fully in cultural activity mediated through social media platforms. In addition, I will also present a method for exploring the implications of media developments on literacies and literacy development which I am refining throughout the different case-studies.
- "Rhetorical analysis of literary culture in Social Reading Platforms" (In-Review)
focus on developers
- "GoodReads for education? Teachers' perspectives on Social Reading" (work in progress - collaboration with UGent Teacher Training Program)
focus on mediators
- "Twitter, the most brilliant tough love editor you’ll ever have. Literary Literacies, Social Reading and the Twitter Fiction Festival" (work in progress - collaboration with dr. Kelly Page, Columbia College)
focus on producers
- *** (project in development - collaboration with Jaël Muls, UGent and Rune Buerman, Stichting Lezen)
focus on recipients
My research is part of an interdisciplinary project entitled: User Empowerment in a Social Media Culture (EMSOC). The goal of EMSOC is "to critically assess the belief of the user being empowered in a social media culture. The research is structured according to three main areas of interest in society where user (dis)empowerment is taking place related to social computing: inclusion, literacy and privacy" (note: citation taken from the project website).
Nearly all of my work is documented and portrayed on a public research blog. The blog is freely accessible via Tumblr.
Research interest: literacies, social media, literature and cultural participation.