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Studying Human-Computer Interaction with Video - Online Short Course with Dr Stuart Reeves (Nottingham) for the UK's National Centre for Research Methods

Studying Human-Computer Interaction with Video - Online Short Course

Presenter: Dr Stuart Reeves, Nottingham

Date: 10/11/2021 - 11/11/2021

Contact: Dr Billie-Gina Thomason,


Human-computer interaction (HCI) is an ever-more pervasive phenomenon. In fact, avoiding any kind of interaction with digital technologies has become a purposeful and quite challenging act in many modern societies. In this way HCI has the potential for widespread relevance considerably beyond its initial disciplinary origins stemming largely from university computer science and psychology departments.

Simultaneously, approaches from the human sciences (and arts and humanities) have pushed well into HCI's mainstream. One approach that has had significant formative impact in HCI is, broadly, sociological interactionism; that is, understanding interaction with / around digital technologies, infrastructures and services as constitutively interactional in nature.

This course will explore one formative strand of interactionism: video-based studies of social interaction with / around digital technologies (e.g., in everyday life), informed by traditions of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis.

The course will contextualise video analysis both in terms of human-computer interaction as everyday, routine phenomena, and with respect to HCI as a field (and its connections with both technical and sociotechnical fields of research). By looking at video analysis through the lens of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, coupled with a perspective on the disciplinary challenges such work potentially faces, this course will provide a broad introduction to doing studies in this form: how they can be conceived of and what outcomes they might produce. As such it will be of interest to a whole range of STS researchers.

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