Brexit in Transnational Social Media

Welcome to the Brexit in Transnational Social Media research group’s official blog. The blog will be active during the Digital Humanities Hackathon 2019 from 15 May to 24 May.

On this site we will share the process of working in an interdisciplinary hackathon environment and the results of our research on on the discourse and visual imagery surrounding the controversial postponement of the Brexit in March 2019.

Our data includes 4 million tweets with the hashtag #Brexit collected between 26 February and 15 April 2019.

The blog posts will be centered around the key aspects of digital humanities – how to methodically create data sets and analyse the results.

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Who are we?

Barbara Klaus is a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna (Social Sciences). She is mainly working in the field of communication and media history and focussing on different media used during the First World War and current representations of the conflict (1914-1918). Since 2018 she is part of the H2020-project “NewsEye. A Digital Investigator for Historical Newspapers” at the University of Innsbruck.

Faiz Ahamad is a PhD candidate at the School of Management and Labor Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. He is doing Phd in organizational behaviour. His research interests includes recruitment process and have examined the advantages as well as challenges in the online recruitment process such as applicant’s job search behaviour, recruitment effectiveness, discrimination in recruitment process, etc.

Hege Roivainen is a master’s student at the University of Helsinki, studying Computational Linguistics and Latin language. Research assistant in the computational history group COMHIS.

Heng Gong is a master’s student of English Studies at the University of Helsinki. He is interested in corpus linguistics, academic English, discourse analysis, ecolinguistics, digital humanities, etc.

Jakob Lindström is an MA student of the Cultural Heritage program at the University of Helsinki.  He is interested in how intangible Cultural Heritage is used in cultural discourse about meanings and values, particularly in digital media. Main focus on post-illumination discourse on what is human and what the perceived threats are, regarding AI, robotics and cybernetics.

Milla Peltoniemi is a MA student of Data Science at the University of Helsinki.

Minna Turunen is a MA student of the Cultural Heritage program at the University of Helsinki. Minna works as a freelance exhibition curator and as an exhibition assistant. She is interested in art, museology and digital humanities.

Sonja Sipponen is a MA student of General History at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests relate to the relationships between art and politics/society and creating narratives by using history.

Yin Yin Lu is a final-stage DPhil (PhD) Candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and Balliol College (University of Oxford). She researches persuasion in the context of new media, focusing specifically on the rhetoric and resonance of Brexit tweets: what makes a political message resonate with its audience on social media? Her multi-strategy design encompasses qualitative text analysis, multivariate regressions, semi-structured trace interviews, supervised machine learning algorithms, and natural language processing. During her time at the OII, she has been involved with research projects for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alan Turing Institute, and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the Oxford Law Faculty. She convenes the #SocialHumanities network at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), reviews politics and technology books for Phébé par Le Point, blogs from, tweets from @Yinneth, participates in hackathons, and is a media commentator on online propaganda.