Tropes and Imagery: keys to using Social Media for Research
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Social media requires only simple technical skills; it is actually the ability to convey information in pithy ways with eye catching imagery that is the key to getting your research noticed in the public domain. So what is really needed is artistry in ‘troping’* and use of the imagination. Here we refer to tropes as a figurative or metaphorical expression as well as tropes as a recurrent theme or motif; while the imagination refers to both imagery and imagining. These are the strengths of the humanities, arts and social sciences – so it is alarming that we are not better at getting our research out there!
In this workshop, we will practice ‘troping’ and imagining. Our strategy is to use the Tropics of the Imagination conference Facebook and Twitter sites in a hands-on workshop. You will learn tricks to promote your research through the conference.
*Troping refers to the action of making tropes (it does not appear in dictionaries).
As Jackie says:
Networking, sharing and collaborating have always been part of the research process. Social media offers new and better ways to do this, enhancing visibility and accessibility to your research:
Communicating on social media is not limited to known or defined audiences – anyone can join in the conversation, enabling you to build communities around your research topics.
Social media can be used to keep your colleagues informed about your latest work, discover new collaborators and reach interested people beyond academia.
Posting on social media is instant, offering opportunities for efficient sharing of your research findings and fast feedback.
Using social media can also create evidence of your research engagement and the impact of your research.
Dr Jackie Wolstenholme
Research Liaison Librarian James Cook University Australia