On 13-27 July 2008, I am attending the SDP 2008 at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford, UK.
The Oxford Internet Institute’s annual Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) brings together students from around the world for up to three weeks of study with leading academics in the field of Internet Studies, and provides an academic framework in which to share and discuss students’ current research.
The programme is structured around lectures and seminars. Students have the opportunity to present their research to their peers in these seminars, with break-out sessions allowing groups to focus more narrowly on research questions of mutual interest. Time is made available for individual research and informal contact with tutors and fellow students. The first two Programmes, held in Oxford in 2003 and 2004, covered an extensive range of theoretical, methodological and empirical material. The 2005 Programme (held in Beijing, China) extended this model, with a greater emphasis on empirical and cross-national work that highlights the changing global diffusion and dynamics of the Internet and related technologies.
The 2008 Summer Doctoral Programme will be held in Oxford at the Oxford Internet Institute (July 13th-26th, 2008), with an over-arching academic theme of ‘Web Science’.
Held in conjunction with the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) and involving partners at the University of Southampton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it will seek to explore the multi-disciplinary nature of the emerging field of Web Science, and in particular, will aim to facilitate collaboration between technologists and social scientists. As in previous years, the SDP will also be held in collaboration with partners at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society (Harvard Law School), the USC Annenberg School for Communication (University of Southern California) and the Center for Global Communication Studies in the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania).