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

 


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

Unless otherwise advertised, the seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in the Digital Learning Space (Room 224) in the Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37).

Semester 2, 2019 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 26 July
3-4pm

School Forum

 

Friday, 2 August
3-4pm

Who Owns Your Face? Personal Identity Rights in the Era of Augmented Reality and Facial Recognition Technology

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

Gordon Finlayson

Friday, 16 August
3-5 pm
 

3:00pm-4:00pm (Panel)

4:00pm- onwards (CAPS launch event)

CommArts Postgraduate Society Panel: “How to Write a Journal Article and Target the Right Journals”

CommArts Postgraduate Society Launch/ new HDR student welcome

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

Angela Hannan (SCA Librarian)

Dr Elena Danilova (Scholarly Publishing, Library)

Dr Ted Nannicelli (Editor, Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind)

Associate Professor Kelly Fielding (Communication scholar)

Dr Jennifer Clement (Literary Studies scholar)

Associate Professor Pradip Thomas (Communications, Media and Cultural Studies scholar)
Friday, 23 August
3-5 pm

All in One Quire: Emotional Communities in John Donne's Easter Sermons

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

Dr Jennifer Clement

Friday, 6 September
3-4pm

Examining intergenerational cultural transmission in refugee families: A study of Congolese, Burmese, and Ethiopian refugee families resettled in Australia

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

Dr Aparna Hebbani and Mairead MacKinnon

Friday, 13 September
3-4pm

CANCELLED

AustLit and BlackWords—Platforms for Storying Research

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

Kerry Kilner and The AustLit Team

Friday, 27 September
3-4pm

Centre for Critical and Creative Writing Hosted Roundtable: The State of Australian Arts Criticism

The Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio

 

Dr Stephen Carleton with panellists Miriam Cosic, Alison Croggon, Carissa Lee and Kathryn Kelly
Friday, 4 October
3-4pm

Enacting a Sense of Home Among Older Chinese Migrants in Australia

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

A/Prof Shuang Liu
Friday, 11 October
3-4pm

Selfies, Affordances, and Situational Properties

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

Katrin Tiidenberg, Tallinn University

Friday, 18 October
3-4pm

To Not Die of History

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

Cherry Smyth

Friday, 25 October
3-4pm

POSTPONED UNTIL 2020 - TBA

Why Paintings Matter: Filming Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow (1565)

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

Dr Andrea Bubenik

 

Venue

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