The Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) fosters cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and multi-sited research, especially in relation to the Asia-Pacific region. Through research and critical engagement, we collectively seek to push the boundaries and possibilities of ethnographic practice in, through and around digital media. DERC is a research centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, affiliated with the Design Research Institute. Read more about digital ethnography. Sign up for our mailing list.

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2012 Publications by DERC members

Special issue of Media International Australia

DERC fosters discussions and debates around digital ethnography through workshops, invited scholars program and publications. The first of these was a special issue of Media International Australia [Link:] published in November 2012. Contributions to the special issue included the following:

• "Rethinking ethnography: An introduction" by Heather Horst, Larissa Hjorth and Jo Tacchi

• "Media ethnography and the disappearance of communication theory" by Virginia Nightingale

• "Normativity and materiality: A view from digital anthropology" by Heather Horst and Daniel Miller

• "The ethnographer as community manager: Language translation
and user negotiation" by Jonathan Hutchinson

• "Social media ethnography: The digital researcher in a messy web" by John Postill and Sarah Pink

• "Amateur photography as self-ethnography: China’s rural migrant workers and the question of digital-political literacy" by Wanning Sun

• "Emplaced cartographies: Reconceptualising camera phone practices in an age of locative media" by Sarah Pink and Larissa Hjorth