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Workshop: Social Media for ASBCI Student/University Network (on behalf of @SkillsetSSC)

Through my recent work as part of the UWS Skillset Media Academy, I was recommended by Skillset Scotland to Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) to lead workshops on Social Media to their student and College / University Network at the University of Huddersfield and De Montfort University. Today (8th Feb) I spoke at Huddersfield.

 The overall aim of the sessions are to give an introduction to social media in the context of fashion and textiles industry, by demonstrating forms and practices through the use of free (and easy to use) online platforms. Rather than focusing on tools and the how to use tools, I used a range of ideas, contexts and case studies to explore the use of social media platforms that would be currently used as a personal space and more them towards a network-based professional environment. Rather than telling students “not” to do something, instead I encourage them to think about being searchable, contactable and letting their legacy of their online behavior reflect what would like to achieve in their chosen career.

The slides from the session are below and can be used in various contexts (beyond fashion and textiles) as the focus is less on the industry and more on creating personalised professional environments online.

I will be delivering similar workshops for the Fashion and Textiles department at De Montfort University in Leicester on the 22nd February.

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Conclusions from the International Olympic Academy, Postgraduate Session

For the last four weeks I was in Ancient Olympia studying at the International Olympic Academy as part of their 18th Postgraduate Session. The sessions were split by weekly topics (week 1: Ancient Greece/Olympics; week 2: Revival of the modern games/social, economic and sports management; week 3: Philosophy and Ethics; week 4: Conclusions) and at the end were asked as groups of 6-8 to prepare conclusions that would be presented during the final ‘closing ceremony’ and would be published, and eventually shared with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Although my work is closer to topics presented in week 2/week 3 (Philosophy and Social Sciences), I was included in Group 1 on Ancient Greece – so far removed from new media and social technology. However, one of the main things that I took away from the IOA was home much I enjoyed the lectures on the classics and ancient Greece, a subject area that I have never been exposed to or would have had any access to as a student in my field. The link between *being there* – walking around the ruins & seeing the artefacts first hand, as well as being in conversation with international professors was really inspiring. So much so, that I found that the most valuable session for me was definitely the one that I had the least amount of experience with.
During the closing ceremony, I created and presented the presentation below on behalf of the group, which was organised around the topics that were shared as part of the participant’s subject area papers (gender studies, nutrition, art history, media studies, linguistics, history etc.) We drew out three common themes – the links between the ancient and modern games, ideology and representation of ideology in history  and the important of space and place – and framed our conclusions around these core findings. We concluded that there was much to learn from seeing and living closely to ancient sites of Olympia, Nemea and Delphi – but we shouldn’t lose sight of the spectacle and observing such ideas through a modern capitalist lens.
Below is the prezi used – and the preliminary document that contains more details and descriptions of the week’s work.



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Olympic Media: An Overview (Guest lecture for Ithaca College London)

As part of a series of workshops delivered around the Olympics to visiting students from Ithaca Collage in the states, I was invited to speak about Olympic media and give an overview of its history and its challenges.

The session was roughly two hours long and covered media contexts, history of Olympic media, media technology and the games and some of the research case studies that I’ve been working on around Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. The prezi from the workshop is below:

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