Ally McCrow-Young

Ally McCrow-Young


Ally McCrow-Young is a Postdoctoral Researcher specialising in emerging, and primarily visual, connective media, data ethics and digital methods. She holds a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Copenhagen.

Ally is Reviews Editor for the Journal of Digital War (Palgrave Macmillan), and the YECREA Representative for the Communication and Democracy Section.

Current research

Ally's current research focuses on methods for visual data analysis and the use of social media in crisis events. Ally's doctoral research project coined an original theoretical framework “connective mourning rituals” and an original research method "connective visual mapping". Connective visual mapping is a platform-driven, interdisciplinary approach utilising a series of digital tools for archiving and analysing visual connective data.

Ally's work is part of the collective research group Images of Conflict - Conflicting Images (ICCI) led by Professor Mette Mortensen, funded by the Velux Foundation. The ICCI includes a core group of seven scholars, and examines the “ways in which digital communication technologies fundamentally change the circulation of images from areas of conflict.” (ICCI project overview). The project addresses how the mediated visibility of contemporary conflicts is reconfigured by participants in conflicts producing and distributing images through connective media.

Fields of interest

  • Digital research methods and data ethics
  • Visual social media
  • Critical data studies
  • Digital activism and resistance politics
  • Mediatised conflicts


FM, BA Faktateori og –analyse

FM, Module 2, Media, Genre and Aesthetics: Online Media and Political Engagement

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Approaching Instagram data: Reflections on accessing, archiving and anonymising visual social media

    McCrow-Young, Ally, 23 Nov 2020, In: Communication Research and Practice. 7,1, p. 21-34

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Connective visual mapping: A methodological approach to analysing Instagram data

    McCrow-Young, Ally, 28 Jan 2021, In: Academia Letters. 6 p., 200.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Countering Spectacles of Fear: Anonymous’ Meme ‘War’ against ISIS

    McCrow-Young, Ally & Mortensen, Mette, 1 Aug 2021, In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 24, 4, p. 832–849

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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