2017-2019 Executive Committee – Open Seat

Crystal Abidin
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee – Open Seat

 

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello internet. I am Dr Crystal Abidin. I grew up in Singapore, immigrated to Australia, and am now working in Sweden. I was trained in anthropology & sociology, and media & communications. Professionally, I am a socio-cultural anthropologist who studies young people’s vernacular internet cultures. Personally, I love the internet so much I found a way to make a living out of it as an internet researcher. But what you really need to know about me is I love good music, penguins, and Pusheen. I also have a traveling pet penguin that you should come say hi to at the AoIR conferences: https://www.instagram.com/thetravelingpingu/

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
Open Seat Member

What motivated you to serve on the Executive Committee for AoIR?
The AoIR are a good people. I met many of my most loved and trusted colleagues-turned-friends at AoIR, and experienced mentorship and sponsorship from senior scholars I never thought I would be able to connect with if not for the organization’s accessible and inclusive atmosphere. I’d like to reciprocate the goodwill and mentorship I have experienced thus far, by sustaining these awesome feels and frames for cohorts of young scholars joining us (i.e. “The Internet Cult”).

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
Tartu 2017, Berlin 2016, Arizona 2015, Daegu 2014

What is/are your current research interests?
My cornerstone anthropological work has been on young people’s relationships with internet celebrity, self-curation, and vulnerability. My sociological work focuses on identity-making among mixed race persons in Singapore and Australia. Recently, I have been writing about the virality of young children on social media, young people’s expression of grief on the internet, and practices of young coupling in East Asia. My newest research looks at digital labour and the Influencer industry in Sweden and Scandinavia. I also secretly want to write a legit research paper on Pusheen soon.

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.
Have you ever seen a pet penguin who lives with humans and roams human streets with its penguin backpack to hold fish for itself because homgh now you have and you’re welcome:

 

2017-2019 Incoming Executive Committee – Grad Student Representative

At the annual meeting, AoIR transitioned its Executive Committee. Over the next few weeks, we will post interviews from our incoming Executive Committee, as we welcome them into the leadership of the Association.

Kate Miltner
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee – Graduate Student Representative

 

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a PhD Candidate at USC Annenberg. I got my MSc at the London School of Economics, worked as the Research Assistant for the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research for two years, and also worked in the Research department at Twitter for a summer. I’m also a recovering advertising executive and shameless karaoke enthusiast.

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
Graduate Student Representative

What motivated you to serve on the Executive Committee for AoIR?
AoIR is, shall we say, my people. The conference is my favorite academic event of the year, and I’m invested in making it even more awesome and inclusive for grad students (and everyone, really).

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
I’ve been to every AoIR since 2012 (except for 2014 in Daegu).

What is/are your current research interests?
My research generally examines the intersection of technology, power, and identity. My dissertation is an examination of the Learn to Code Movement in the U.S., particularly as it pertains to discourses of “diversity” and marginality in the form of gender and race. I also have an interest in how forms of internet cultural forms (memes, emoji, GIFs) contribute to the (re)production of social norms and inequalities.

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.

Favorite meme is this: http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/facebook/000/217/040/48ACD.png (I have it on my phone case)

Favorite YouTube video is actually a Vine (RIP Vine): https://vine.co/v/hIntHMhlaVd/embed/simple?abvariable=control

2017-2019 Incoming Executive Committee – President

At the annual meeting, AoIR transitions its Executive Committee. Over the next few weeks, we will post interviews from our incoming Executive Committee, as we welcome them into the leadership of the Association.

 

 

Axel Bruns
2017-2019 AoIR Executive Committee – President

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. I’ve been doing Internet research since the late 1990s or so, focusing at first on online communities and then increasingly on citizen journalism and other UGC-related projects. As part of this I’ve also been focussing strongly on the development of new research methods, especially for dealing with the large datasets now available from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

What is your AoIR Executive Committee position?
President.

What motivated you to serve on the Executive Committee for AoIR?
AoIR is my intellectual home, and a wonderful, supportive community of scholars. I think it’s important for all of us who have benefitted so much from our involvement with AoIR to give back to the community by helping to guide the Association in one form or another – and I’d particularly like to see the Exec come to reflect more clearly the international diversity of the Association. So when we come around to the next Exec election, I hope many more members of the AoIR community will be prepared to stand for office.

How long have you been involved with AoIR? How many conferences have you attended?
I’ve attended every AoIR conference since Toronto in 2003, and I served as conference chair for AoIR 2006 in Brisbane. I’ve also served in an open seat on a previous Exec.

What is/are your current research interests?
I’m just about to publish Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism, Social Media, and the Public Sphere, a sequel to my 2005 book on citizen journalism that examines the developments in the intersections between news and social media that have occurred over the past ten years or so. As an extension of this work, I’m also planning more research into the informational structures of the contemporary public sphere(s), and especially into the role that so-called ‘fake news’ actually plays here.

What is your favorite meme or YouTube video? Please provide a link to it if you can.
So many memes, so little time! Right now, though, I’m in love with the video for Marillion’s “Living in FEAR” single  – a glorious, uplifting rejection of the politics of fear and division that we’re struggling with in so many places around the world at the moment.

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