Emerging forms of citizen engagements

Ethnography and digital methods approaches to political sociology

9–10 May 2016, University of Tampere, Finland


What kind of citizens will the youth of the 2010s become? How will they shape political culture and institutions of democracy? Citizens in the Making research group’s first public seminar explores the double-strategy of in-depth ethnography combined with big data methodology to find out how young people encounter different aspects of citizenship, and how they negotiate and form understanding of their place, possibilities, and aspirations as societal actors. This seminar brings together top experts in political ethnography and digital methods to lay groundwork for future research utilizing the rich potential of combining these topical approaches.

Preliminary programme

Monday, 9 May

Venue: Linna, LS K113

10:00–10:30 Eeva Luhtakallio (University of Tampere): Citizens in the Making: Presentation of the project
10:30–11:30 Catherine Neveu (EHESS, Paris): What is to be gained from anthropological approaches to citizenship processes?
11:30–12:30 Lunch
12:30–13:30 Dhiraj Murthy (Goldsmiths, University of London): Grounded theory meets Big Data: one way to marry ethnography and digital methods
13:30–14:30 Marion Carrel (Université de Lille II): Understanding the empirical and normative complexity of deliberation: why ethnography is useful
14:30–15:00 Coffee
15:00–16:00 Mathieu Berger (Université Catholique de Louvain): Solitary involvements. Describing withoutness in the public sphere
16:00–16:30 Semi Purhonen (University of Tampere): Comments
16:30–17:00 Discussion

Tuesday, 10 May

Venue: Linna, LS K109

10:00–10:45 Minna Ruckenstein (University of Helsinki): Citizen Mindscapes – social shaping of users and data
10:45–11:15 Arho Toikka (University of Helsinki): Mapping Policy Change with Digital Methodologies: an Analysis of Finnish Energy Policy
11:15–12:00 Veikko Eranti & Tuukka Ylä-Anttila (University of Helsinki, University of Tampere): Using Topic Modeling to Study Everyday “Civic Talk” and Proto-political Engagements on Social Media
12:00–13:00 Lunch
13:00–13:30 Lotta Junnilainen (University of Helsinki): In Search for Citizenship. An Ethnographic Study of Finnish Youth Living in Urban Margins
13:30–14:00 Maija Jokela (University of Tampere): Rethinking Political Action. Squatting in Helsinki
14:00–14:30 Coffee
15:00–15:30 Georg Boldt (University of Tampere): Condescension or codecision: scrutinising institutional youth participation
15:30–16:00 Catherine Neveu (EHESS, Paris): Comments
16:00–16:30 Conclusion