Digital Culture and Modern Languages Research (Recordings and Suggested Reading)

Date: 17 November 2021, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Session leader: Naomi Wells

This session provides an introduction to research opportunities and approaches in relation to digital culture, with a primary focus on contemporary born-digital cultural forms and practices. As well as providing examples of existing Modern Languages research in this field, the session introduces a selection of key methodological approaches and tools for digital culture research, as well as exploring the challenges and ethical issues involved.

Digital Culture and Modern Languages: Introduction and Overview

Digital Culture and Modern Languages: Methods, Tools and Ethics

Key reading

Jones, Rodney H., et al., editors. Discourse and Digital Practices: Doing Discourse Analysis in the Digital Age. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. (Introduction available at: 

Pitman, Thea, & Taylor, Claire. “Where’s the ML in DH? And Where’s the DH in ML? The Relationship between Modern Languages and Digital Humanities, and an Argument for a Critical DHML”. Digital Humanities Quarterly 11, no. 1(2017).

Ortega, Élika. ‘Media and Cultural Hybridity in the Digital Humanities’. PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. 135, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 159–64. doi:10.1632/pmla.2020.135.1.159.

Extended reading list

Androutsopoulos, Jannis. ‘Potentials and Limitations of Discourse-Centred Online Ethnography’. Language@Internet, vol. 5, 2008,

Armstrong, Guyda, and Emanuela Patti (2020) Italian Studies and the Digital, Italian Studies, 75:2, 194-208, DOI: 10.1080/00751634.2020.1744867

Arriaga, Eduard, and Andrés Villar. Afro-Latinx Digital Connections. University Press of Florida, 2021.

Brügger, Niels, and Ralph Schroeder. The web as history: using web archives to understand the past and the present. UCL Press, 2017.

Cru, Josep. ‘Language Revitalisation from the Ground up: Promoting Yucatec Maya on Facebook’. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, vol. 36, no. 3, Apr. 2015, pp. 284–96. doi:10.1080/01434632.2014.921184.

Dombrowski, Quinn. ‘Preparing Non-English Texts for Computational Analysis’. Modern Languages Open, vol. 1, Aug. 2020, p. 45. doi:10.3828/mlo.v0i0.294.

Fielding, Nigel, et al., editors. The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. London : SAGE, 2017.

Georgakopoulou, Alexandra. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication. Routledge, 2015.

Herrero, Carmen. ‘From New Literacies to Transmedia Literacies: The New Approaches to Transmedia and Languages Pedagogy Project’. Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: A Look at New Trends, by Nelson Becerra et al.,, 2019, pp. 19–26. doi:10.14705/rpnet.2019.32.898.

Holmes, Tori. ’Ethical Dilemmas in Studying Blogging by Favela Residents in Brazil’. In D. Castillo, & S. Puri (Eds.), Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities: Methods, Reflections, and Approaches to the Global South (pp. 131-149). Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Huc-Hepher, Saskia. ‘The Material Dynamics of a London-French Blog: A Multimodal Reading of Migrant Habitus’. Modern Languages Open, vol. 0, no. 0, Sept. 2016. doi:10.3828/mlo.v0i0.91.

Lee, Carmen K. M., and David Barton. ‘Constructing Glocal Identities Through Multilingual Writing Practices on Flickr.Com®’. International Multilingual Research Journal, vol. 5, no. 1, Feb. 2011, pp. 39–59. doi:10.1080/19313152.2011.541331.

Ogden, Rebecca. ‘Instagram Photography of Havana: Nostalgia, Digital Imperialism and the Tourist Gaze’. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, vol. 98, no. 1, Jan. 2021, pp. 87–107. doi:10.3828/bhs.2021.6.

Patti, Emanuela. ‘The Readers’ Experience in Experimental Narratives’. Journal of Romance Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, Mar. 2016, pp. 1–6. (Crossref), doi:10.3828/jrs.2016.160101. (introduction to a Special Issue on this subject)

Pérez-González, Luis. ‘Co-Creational Subtitling in the Digital Media: Transformative and Authorial Practices’. International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 3–21. doi:10.1177/1367877912459145.

Pitman, Thea. ‘Warriors and Weavers: The Poetics and Politics of Indigenous Appropriations of New Media Technologies in Latin America’. Modern Languages Open, vol. 2018, no. 1, July 2018. doi:10.3828/mlo.v0i0.207.

Pitman, Thea, & Taylor, Claire. “Where’s the ML in DH? And Where’s the DH in ML? The Relationship between Modern Languages and Digital Humanities, and an Argument for a Critical DHML”. Digital Humanities Quarterly 11, no. 1 (2017).

Sadler, Neil. ‘Narrative and Interpretation on Twitter: Reading Tweets by Telling Stories’. New Media & Society, vol. 20, no. 9, Sept. 2018, pp. 3266–82. doi:10.1177/1461444817745018.

Spence, Paul & Brandão, Renata. 2Attitudes towards digital culture and technology in the Modern Languages. Digital Mediations, King's College London, 2019.

Taylor, Claire, and Thea Pitman, editors. Latin American Cyberculture and Cyberliterature. Univ. Press, 2007.

Varis, P. and Wang, X. Superdiversity on the Internet: A Case from China. Diversities. 2011, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. , UNESCO. ISSN 2079-6595

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