Conference 2019

Ethics of Using Digital Media in Arts and Humanities Research

Registration is now open for the Ethics of Using Digital Media in Arts and Humanities Research Conference.

The event will take place on February 22, 2019 at the Ellen Wilkinson Building, University of Manchester.

Registration is free – please sign up using the following Eventbrite link:
This one-day conference will focus on examining the ethical implications and considerations of using digital media in researching cultural heritage. The event is a continuation of the 2017 Researching Digital Cultural Heritage conference (organised by the University of Manchester and Newcastle University), with an emphasis towards post-graduate researchers and early career researchers and academics.

Various disciplines are welcome to participate as the ethical implications of using digital media in cultural heritage project may involve individuals from museology, heritage studies, digital humanities, archaeology, media studies, social anthropology, art history, languages, and individuals from any other field that is interested in researching digital cultural heritage.

The ‘Ethics of Using Digital Media in Arts and Humanities Research’ conference is supported by the Digital Futures initiative of the University of Manchester.


9:00 AMRegistration
9:15 AMWelcome
9:30 AMCodes of Ethics, Due Diligence and Social Media: A critical reflection on the appropriateness of existing ethical frameworks for collecting social media content in museums.

Arran Rees, University of Leeds
9:50 AMWhen “Camilla” remembers on Facebook, do we need consent to study her comment? Ethical considerations for research about heritage on social media

Emily C. Oswald, University of Oslo
10:10 AMArchaeological Ethics in Digital and Immaterial Spaces of Play: Ethical Lessons from Digital Ethnography

L. Meghan Dennis, University of York
10:30 AMQuestions
10:50 AMBreak
11:05 AMBig fish, small fish: A network approach to ethical research in digital museology

Maria Paula Arias, University of Manchester
11:25 AMBeyond ethics of convenience

Harald Fredheim, University of York
11:45 AMQuestions
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PM‘Being ethical’ in digital heritage research

Jenny Kidd, Cardiff University
1:45 PMQuestions
2:00 PMBreak
2:15 PMDiscussion | Practical implications (collecting data, reporting results)
3:45 PMBreak
4:00 PMDiscussion | Online v. Offline (managing relationships with participants/academic partners, digital heritage objects)
5:30 PMEnd

Travel Bursaries

Small travel bursaries are available for non-NWCDTP doctoral students. If you would like to apply for a bursary or would like more information please contact Maria Arias at mariapaula.arias[at]