Heather Horst was a keynote speaker at the international conference, Media, Culture and Change Across the Pacific: Perspectives from Asia, Oceania and the Americas at Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima on Tuesday 17 November 2015.
How is digital media changing our experiences and understanding of everyday life? How are digital environments, methods and methodologies transforming and redefining ethnographic practice? This talk introduced a framework - digital ethnography for theorising and researching the relationship between digital media and sociocultural change. Drawing upon recent research carried out within and across different countries in the Pacific (Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, USA), Horst introduced five principles for researching the changing world through digital ethnography: multiplicity, non-digitalcentric, openness, reflexive and unorthodox. She discussed how doing research with, through and in an environment partially constituted by digital media has led to the development of new and innovative methods and frameworks for studying the digital world. She concluded by inviting scholars to utilise the principles of digital ethnography to rethink our methods, concepts and theories of the world as it continues to change.