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What is the meme studies research network?

The Meme Studies Research Network is an international and interdisciplinary research network for scholars who study memes. It aims to bring people together and foster discussion about memes from various academic fields, methodological practices and theoretical standpoints. The main goal of the network is to collaboratively establish a meme studies canon, and offer researchers an index of resources that center memes as their main object of interest.

What is the aim of this network?

This network is mainly concerned with (1) building a ‘meme studies’ canon, and (2) creating an open and safe community for scholars, artists and creatives to learn from and collaborate with each other. The most important question here is how we define what meme studies is, was and can be. So we ask the help and support of our members to delve into this question and to help us shape the answer to it. In response we offer our members an index of resources, a platform and various digital spaces that they can utilise to engage in this discussion.

What is the network working on?

The network is currently working on putting out monthly curated newsletters. These newsletters are curated by members and explore different themes through a topical “meme of the month” and various texts that reflect the theme. Our aim with these newsletters is to make the growing index of meme studies resources more accessible, and to put these resources into context.

How can I become a member?

To become a member (1) sign up for the mailing list and (2) request a link to the discord server.

If you haven’t used discord before, we recommend setting up an account and taking a look at the beginner’s guide to discord. Discord is our main platform for communication and collaboration at the moment.

Who runs the network?

The network was founded by Idil Galip, who is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Edinburgh.

The network is currently run by volunteer moderators: Idil Galip, Giulia Giorgi, Hannah Barton, Madeleine Hunter, Laura March, Hester Hockin-Boyers.

To learn more about us you can visit this methods page hosted by the Centre for Data, Culture and Society at the University of Edinburgh.

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