19. Oktober 2022

Conference programme "#History on Social Media - Sources, Methods, Ethics". Register now!

The joint project SocialMediaHistory of the Universities of Bochum and Hamburg is organising the international online conference "#History on Social Media - Sources, Methods, Ethics" on 11 and 12 November 2022.


The conference is for free and will take place online via Zoom. For documentation on social media we use #SMH22.

Registration is open until 09 November 2022. Please register via Google form. If you can't access Google Forms please send us an email: socialmediahistory@rub.de.


The time information refers to the Central European Time (CET).  
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The order of presentations within the panels is preliminary. Please note that there may be changes due to Covid 19.

Friday, 11. November 2022

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome and Introduction

09:30 – 11:00 Panel 1: Collecting, Archiving, Access
  • Beatrice Cannelli (United Kingdom): Social Media Archives: identifying opportunities and limitations to historical research using social media corpora
  • Elias Stouraitis (Greece): Archiving and preserving the present of the past: the example of the Greece’s bicentennial observatory
  • Jens Crueger (Germany): What we can learn about “social media” from Web 1.0

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45 Panel 2: Community, Identity, History
  • Tom Divon, Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann (Israel):  #HistoryTok: Engaging With Marginalised Histories on TikTok
  • Erika de Vivo (United Kingdom): „Márkomeannu festivála is on Snapchat!" Sami Social media as virtual sites of linguistic activism and transnational community-making in Sápmi
  • Nadir A. Nasidi (Nigeria): Facebook and the Reconstruction of Northern Nigerian History

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3: Producers, Users, Reception
  • Christian Mathis (Switzerland), Elias Stouraitis (Greece): Digital (hi)story telling with social media. A project about participatory history culture
  • Charlotte Husemann (Germany): Is the essential invisible to the eyes? – Proposal for a triangulation study to investigate historical competencies in social media
  • Hannah Müssemann (Germany): Big Data and interdisciplinarity – somewhere between dream and nightmare. Using Youtube and Twitter as resources to analyze the impact of telenovelas and TV-series

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00 Joint Discussion and Recap

Saturday, 12. November 2022

09:30 – 12:00 Panel 4: (Big) Data, Multimodality, Methods

Including Coffee Break

  • Robbert-Jan Adriaansen (Netherlands): History in latent Space. Machine learning and the multimodal analysis of historical representation on social media
  • Mykola Makhortykh, Aleksandra Urman, Maryna Sydorova (Switzerland): Remembering to forget: Longitudinal analysis of Holocaust-related content on Twitter
  • Alisa Maksimova (Germany), Olga Logunova (Russia): Mentions of 20th century historical figures in Russian social media posts
  • Vanessa Prattes (Germany): "Their bluster is organised laughter"– Humorous anti-Semitism. A comparison of digital memes and caricatures from the Stürmer

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 15:30 Panel 5: Algorithms, Bias, Distorsion
  • Bulkhia U. Panalondong (Philippines): Distorting history and memory through social media: the case of the Philippines and Marcos’ historical legacy
  • Merle Strunk (Germany): About making a happy history: Discussing a positive bias on the past in image-first social networks and its consequences
  • Anja Neubert (Germany): Let's talk about algorithms! About a previously almost ignored variable in the discourse on historical narratives and historical agency on social media
  • Jayashabari Shankar (USA): History for non historians: Analyzing the effectiveness of various Natural Language Processing Models used in social media

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00 Joint Discussion and Recap


Mia Berg, Andrea Lorenz


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