2023 George Watson Public Lecture

The Evolution of #MeToo: A Comparative Analysis of Vernacular Practices Over Time and Across Languages

Presented by Professor Anabel Quan-Haase

This talk addresses central questions to the #MeToo movement and examines the evolution of the movement over time and space. Drawing from a thematic analysis of 960 tweets for English, 960 tweets for German, and 753 tweets for Mandarin, this presentation explores how the #MeToo movement was taken up and used in different ways in the first 12 months. The presentation draws on the concept of platform vernacular to examine how X (formerly Twitter) users engage in the movement. The talk argues that these vernacular practices function more than simply as the dominant “grammars of communication” in #MeToo but connect individual experiences of sexual violence to broader political structures such as patriarchy, homophobia, xenophobia, and racism. The presentation contributes to scholarship in the field of new media, feminism, and communication by showing how hashtags are taken up by the public in different ways and how shared vernacular practices emerge across languages, even when the content, focus, or rhetoric may diverge.

Event Details

Event Date: Tuesday 10 October 2023

Event Time: 5.45pm for a 6pm start, drinks and canapés 7–8pm

Event Location: The Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14) UQ. 

RSVP: Monday 9 October



About the Presenter

Anabel Quan-Haase is a Professor of Information and Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. She is a sociologist who studies social networks and social change. Her interdisciplinary work and teaching focuses on understanding the effects of technology on society such as digital activism and digital social capital. Her current research projects examine how young people use instant messaging, Facebook, mobile phones, and other communication tools, and what the social consequences are for their social relations, community, and social capital. She received her Masters degree in Psychology from the Humboldt-University in Berlin in 1998 under the supervision of Dr. Herbert Hagendorf and her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Toronto in 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Lynne Howarth.

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2023 George Watson Public Lecture

Tue 10 Oct 2023 6:00pm8:00pm