Selfies, Affordances, and Situational Properties​

Presented by A/Prof Katrin Tiidenberg, Tallinn University (Estonia)

Date: Friday 11 October, 2019
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 

Abstract:

This talk is about self-presentational visuals on social media. More specifically it is about how people experience and make sense of what they are doing, when they are posting, liking or hating on selfies, or when they use reaction gifs instead of telling someone to ‘F*** off.’ There is an incredible richness and nuance in the social functions, affect, localized norms, and experienced control in these visual practices. Whether sharing selfies, or looking at other people’s selfies makes one feel good or bad, in control or trapped, depends on social media’s affordances for looking and showing on the one hand, and the situational proprieties that govern people’s involvements in each specific situation, on another. Looking can’t uniformly be equated with power just as being seen or showing can’t be equated with powerlessness. Based on material gathered on and about Tumblr, Instagram and Snapchat over the past 7 years, this talk proposes some patterns about how people behave, how they make sense of what they are doing, and how that is immanent to discourses, norms and power hierarchies in the case of visual self-presentation on social media.

Presenter:

Dr. Katrin Tiidenberg is an Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Social Media at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication Institute of Tallinn University in Estonia. She has published extensively on selfie culture and her main research interests focus on the intersections of (visual) self-presentation on social media and dominant normative ideologies. Member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences’ Young Academy of Sciences, and on the executive board of the Association of Internet Researchers and the Estonian Sociology Association. She is the author of two recent monographs - "Selfies, why we love (and hate) them" (2018) and "Body and soul on the internet - making sense of social media" (in Estonian 2017).

 


 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


Writing and communicating about pandemics: 2020 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.

Semester 1, 2020 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 13 March
12-1pm

Literature as Media: Chinese Online Literature—Storytellers, platforms and transmedia literary world

(Part of the Platform Media: Algorithms, Accountability and Media Design EVENTS)

Dr Tony Xiang Ren, Western Sydney University, with A/Prof Kim Wilkins, Dr Helen Marshall & Emily Baulch

Friday, 27 March
12-1pm

(Cancelled)

TBC

Dr Cedric Courtois

Friday, 10 April
12-1pm

(Cancelled)

TBC Dr Beck Wise

Friday, 24 April
12-1pm

(Cancelled)

TBC

Dr Skye Doherty

Friday, 8 May
12-1pm

(Cancelled)

TBC Dr Andrea Bubenik

Friday, 22 May
12-1pm

(Cancelled)

TBC Dr Chris Hay

Friday, 5 June
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Imagining the End of the World: Writing the Apocalypse before Covid-19 Dr Helen Marshall

Friday, 3 July
12-1pm

Online via Zoom:

Research Seminar - Developing Disciplinary Literacies in Hybrid Classes

Dr Beck Wise

 

Venue

Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)