This talk is derived from a participant observation of migrant workers’ mobile phone usage in the city of Shanghai, China in 2014. I learned from my fieldwork that the shift of the access to the Internet from a desktop end, and for many, from a non-smartphone to a smartphone end was a process requiring learning, and a wide array of institutions have enabled this learning. The talk describes the social and technological conditions that ease workers’ mobile experience by focusing on the Android app store. It views app store more than an app distribution network, but a cultural form, a techno-economic institution, and an information gateway defining migrant workers’ mobile phone usage.

 Bio: Nina Li (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) is a lecturer in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on digital culture, global media and cultural industries, media history and political economy, television studies, etc. Her work has appeared in Media, Culture & Society and International Journal of Cultural Studies.


Following the lecture, please join us for drinks at St Lucy's.

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 11 March

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Tuning In with the Stethoscope in the Nineteenth CenturyDr Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham)

Friday, 25 March


Early Adventures in Australian Actor Training

Dr Chris Hay

Friday, 8 April

Online via Zoom

Invention and reinvention in the landscape symbolism of Joachim PatinirMichael Levy

Friday, 29 April

Online via Zoom

Negotiating balance of cultures among Chinese Australians to facilitate ageing well

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Friday, 13 May


Redefining crisis in museums: insider’s perspectives on digital engagement

Dr Caroline Wilson-Barnao, Craig Middleton (National Museum of Australia), and Lisa Enright

Friday, 3 June

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

A journey through the Australian environmental movement ecosystem

Dr Robyn Gulliver

Friday, 10 June

Online via Zoom

TBADr Alex Bevan



Level 6, Michie Building (#9)