CFA: Summer School “Digital Traces I: Meta-Morphologies of St. Petersburg”

Call for applications

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Center at European University at St. Petersburg, Russia is announcing a call for participation in Digital Traces I: Meta-Morphologies of St. Petersburg summer school that will combine lectures by participating faculty and a practical hands-on lab directed by Lev Manovich and Damiano Cerrone. Participants will learn the basics of digital mapping and analysis using open source and social media data.

This workshop explores the landscape of the invisible city, using digital traces to unveil, measure and study the meta-morphology of the city. Participants will a use large dataset of location-based social media from Instagram and open source GIS software. They will also physically observe selected locations and compare their findings with the patterns revealed by analysis of Instagram images.


– How to combine newer data science techniques and more established qualitative and quantitative social science methods
– Innovative methods to survey public space and study spatio-temporal urban patterns
– How to organise, map, analyze and visualize geolocated social media data using QGis (leading open source GIS software)
– New visualization techniques for exploring massive image collections
– How computer vision methods can be used to analyze content of social media images
– How to collaborate on research projects in interdisciplinary teams

No prior experience with computational methods or GIS is necessary.

Cost: 450 euro.
The participants will cover their own transportation, visa, and accommodation costs.

To apply, send your CV, a letter of intent, names and contact information of two academic or professional references as one PDF file to Application deadline: June 1, 2016.

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