David McGillivray

Professor, interested in events, culture, digital participation & sport.

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Critical Event Studies: Some Reflections

On Friday I had the pleasure of inhabiting Manchester’s Northern Quarter for the inaugural Making Events Critical symposium at the MadLab. The event was the culmination of a year or two’s worth of conversations amongst those of us that want to introduce more ‘criticality’ into the study of events and associated processes. Adopting an ‘open space’ approach…

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Always on (them): Digital and Social Media Use in Education

Extending my recent research and practice around the affordances of digital culture, I’m hosting an event on the 16th June at University of the West of Scotland focused on the school setting and the transformations being brought about in traditional approaches to learning enabled (and constrained) by digital tools and practices. Powered by Eventbrite  

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Media in Scotland’s communities: some reflections

On Friday 22nd April I had the pleasure of co-hosting a great event titled Media in Scotland’s Communities alongside the Media Trust (through their Scottish outreach worker, Peter Murray). This event was ostensibly organised to celebrate the end of the Media Trust’s Do Something Brilliant project but it also provided me and my UWS colleague Jennifer Jones…

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The affordances of digital technologies in children’s lives

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a really interesting seminar titled, Children and Digital Technology, one of three events being hosted by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) Digital Families across the Lifecourse. How technology mediates relationships within families and impacts on experiences of childhood (and what that now means) was…

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New (academic) year, new research output

For most people September is nearer the end as opposed to the start of the year but in academia this is the period when new students arrive and continuing students return. So, for us academics, it’s a good time to have completed research articles penned during the summer and to attend that one last conference before…

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(Digital) practice, research and citizenship

As regular readers of this blog will know I’ve been leading a large practice/research project for the last two years. Titled Digital Commonwealth, it’s really taken me out of my academic comfort zone, exposing my abstract, theoretically-informed understandings of citizen journalism, digital citizenship, digital media, participatory cultures and community development to real people experiencing real…

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Archiving Digital Storytelling and Digital Learning

As lead on the Digital Commonwealth project I’m fortunate to be able to facilitate the coming together of some really creative and committed people in the field of community media, the third sector and those interested in the impact of the digital on the way we tell stories. To that end, over the course of the…

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