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Ethics of Online Research Methods – CFP

1 December 2014


The Ethics of Online Research Methods

​Cardiff University, 16-17 April, 2015

Today, more than ever, data are widely accessible, visible, and searchable for research in digital media contexts. At the same time, new data types and collection methods challenge existing approaches to research ethics and raise significant and difficult questions for researchers who design, undertake and disseminate research in and about digital environments.

The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who use online research methods and data in different subfields of applied linguistics, to discuss ethical considerations in online data collection and analysis, to identify challenges and share solutions to ethical issues arising from applied linguistics research.

Confirmed invited speakers

  • Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London)
  • Claire Hardaker (Lancaster University)
  • Annette Markham (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Stephen Pihlaja (Newman University, Birmingham)

 The workshop will include:

  • Pecha Kucha presentations (5-6 minutes)
  • Paper presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion)
  • Discussion sessions

Pecha Kucha presentations

We invite proposals for Pecha Kucha presentations where participants present their research project (context and aim) and provide a statement of dilemmas, problems or ethical considerations relevant to their project.

Paper presentations

We are also inviting paper presentations to address any of the following themes:

  • Anonymity and informed consent
  • Privacy, ethics, and publicness in digital media environments
  • Ethics and legal issues: data protection and copyright
  • Sensitive data and vulnerable groups in online research
  • The ethics of digital ethnography
  • Ethics, metadata and big data
  • Ethics and selfhood in virtual worlds
  • Ethics and multimodal research online
  • Ethics and online scraping methods

Format for Proposals

Proposals should be submitted as a Word document or pdf file, containing the following information:

  • Title of proposal in bold
  • Indication of whether submitted for Pecha Kucha or Paper presentation
  • Name of presenter
  • Name and address of institution, telephone and email
  • Text 150 words maximum for Pecha Kucha; 300 words max. for papers
  • 12 pt font, Left-aligned, single-spaced

15 January 2015          Receipt of Proposals
15 February 2015        Notification of Proposal acceptances
15 March 2015            Payment of fees

The fee includes: registration, teas/coffees, and lunch on both days.
Full fee – £55
BAAL members’ fee – £45
Concessionary fee – £30

Up to 5 concessionary places are available for student or unwaged members of BAAL. To request one of these places, please contact Tereza Spilioti ( Concessionary places will be given on a first come, first served basis; please apply at registration.
Please note that the fee does not include accommodation.
Registration and payment of fees will be available from 15 February.

For any questions about the workshop, please contact Dr Tereza Spilioti, Cardiff University,, +44 (0)29 208 76041.