[EMoTICON] Call for Postgraduate Researchers: Empathy, Trust and Digital Technologies Postgraduate workshop

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Are you a Master’s or Doctoral researcher based in the UK or EU, with an interest or passion for the relationship between empathy, trust and technology? If so, we would love you to apply for our workshop to be held in Leeds, UK, on the 9th of September 2015. We will even pay towards your travel and overnight accommodation to come and take part!

Key information:

Deadline for applications (via website): 31st July 2015

Notifications of acceptance: 3rd August 2015

Date of workshop: 9th September 2015 (10am start time)

Venue of workshop: Hinsley Hall, Leeds

Workshop website: https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/emoticon/

The ways in which empathy is manifest and trust developed in social situations, and interrelated issues such as credibility, rapport, and sense of identity, are established areas of enquiry in a variety of disciplines. However, less research has addressed the specific ways in which these appear within, and subsequently shape, online communities and environments. Social media spaces are increasingly being used by all sorts of local, national and global actors, including friendship groups, charities, small businesses, local communities, communities of interest and practice, university alumni associations, criminal networks and multinational corporations. Furthermore, a generation of young people is growing to adulthood in a world in which digital interactions and transactions are normal, ubiquitous and mundane. Digital forms of empathy may be key to translating across, and transcending, national, geographic, cultural, linguistic and other conventionally-assumed barriers to community building.

The EMoTICON Network invites postgraduate researchers to participate in a one-day workshop exploring issues such as those above as well as related challenges to do with empathy and trust and digital technologies. The workshop is being held as part of a two-day event for the EMoTICON (Empathy and Trust in Communications Online) and Digital Personhood Networks. The aim of the workshop is three-fold:

* To provide an opportunity for postgraduate researchers who are early in their career to meet with more senior members of the UK research community who have a shared interest in empathy, trust and technology.

* To promote interdisciplinary discussion, dialogue and collaborative exploration around future challenges related to empathy and trust for individuals and societies.

* To allow postgraduates to share their research with other researchers – be this the findings of their research, early insights coming from their work, or the questions, challenges and problems that motivate their work.

We are making our call for applicants open to researchers from any disciplinary background – the only requirement is that applicants are currently registered as a postgraduate student and actively conducting research that is broadly relevant to issues of empathy and/or trust and digital technology. We will pay a contribution of at least £300 towards your travel (standard class return rail fare or coach travel) and overnight accommodation in Leeds for the evening before and/or after the workshop. We will provide refreshments throughout the day and dinner on the evening of the workshop. We will provide refreshments throughout the day and dinner on the evening of the workshop.

For full details, please see the workshop website (https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/emoticon/). If you have any questions at all, please check our frequently asked questions page (https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/emoticon/faq/). If that doesn’t provide an answer don’t hesitate to contact John Vines (john.vines@ncl.ac.uk), who is leading the organisation of the workshop.

If you would like to apply to participate, then please head on over to our application page (https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/emoticon/apply/).

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