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iSchools Doctoral Seminar Series Examines Wellness Blogging and Predatory Publishing

14 Jun 2022 22:42 | iSchools News (Administrator)

The European / African regional Doctoral Seminars Series is a forum for doctoral students to present their research. It grew out of a collaboration between the Berlin and Copenhagen iSchools more than a decade ago, and recently expanded to include any interested iSchool doctoral student worldwide. It is managed by Regional Chair Koraljka Golub of Linnaeus University and Linnaeus doctoral student Romain Herault. The presentations are conducted in English on Zoom.

The most recent installment of the Series took place 20 May, 2022. In the first of two presentations, Ph.D. candidate Alexandra Boutopoulou (pictured left) of the University of Sheffield explained how her study of 4,000 Instagram images reveals that “nothing is what it appears to be” in the world of wellness blogging. Boutopoulou used an analytical method that she calls Comparative Instachronics to trace the evolving career of Deliciously Ella, a well-known food blogger. According to Boutopoulou, Deliciously Ella’s blog was initiated as an effort to address personal health issues through so-called “clean-eating” and then progressed through multiple stages in which it “changes to a pure marketing story”. 

A 20-minute video of her presentation, Using visual social media data to better understand food cultures in the UK: The case of Deliciously Ella, is available on the iSchools website.

The second presentation was by Silvia Maccarini (pictured right), a beginning doctoral student at Università Carlos III de Madrid, titled Unveiling Predatory Practices in Academic Research. She examined predatory publishers, who exploit the need of academics to be published while offering little in return. A video of Maccarini’s presentation is also available on the website.

Although the Series started as a European initiative, any iSchool doctoral student worldwide is may now take part, ether as observer or presenter. If you are interested in presenting your research, contact iSchools Ph.D. Student Representative Romain Herault for information on submitting a proposal. Note that all presentations take place during European business hours.

Upcoming seminars will be posted to the Doctoral Seminar Series webpage and iSchools Events Calendar as they are developed. 



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