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#digcult14 – a Symposium on Gender, Sexuality and Social Media

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On the 28th October, we will be hosting a symposium here at QUT dedicated to questions of gender, sexuality and social media. The symposium will be followed the next day by a PhD masterclass for students interested in sociocultural qualitative approaches to digital media research.

#digcult14: Making Digital Cultures of Gender and Sexuality with Social Media
28-29 October, QUT, Brisbane

Bringing together leading and emerging scholars in the study of the digital, gender and sexuality, the symposium seeks to further interrogate questions of the contemporary making of digital cultures of gender and sexuality. Whilst difference-based approaches to understanding the gendered make up of social media users and audiences have been tackled, this symposium focuses more upon the ways in which gender and sexuality are constructed and circulated with and by this media. Additionally, it will seek to explore how sociotechnical elements of social media are being transferred to other digital cultures of gender and sexuality.

Speakers include: Kath Albury (University of New South Wales), Jenine Beekhuyzen (Griffith University), Jean Burgess (QUT), Paul Byron (University of New South Wales), Elija Cassidy (QUT) Stefanie Duguay (QUT), Clif Evers (University of Nottingham Ningbo), Ben Light (QUT), Sharif Mowlabocus (University of Sussex), Susanna Paasonen (University of Turku), Kane Race (The University of Sydney) and Emily Van Der Nagel (Swinburne University).

The PhD masterclass will be to enable a small group of 15-20 PhD students to engage with a group of internationally recognized researchers, and with each other, to discuss their work and their plans for its development. Please note that applications for the PhD masterclass need to be submitted as per the instructions on the symposium website by close of business in your time zone on 19 September 2014. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than the 25 September 2014.

Both events are free to attend, but places are limited so early registration is advised.
More details can be found at http://www.digcult.org

About the Author

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Jean Burgess (@jeanburgess) is a Professor of Digital Media at Queensland University of Technology, where she is also the Director of the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) – see http://qut.edu.au/research/dmrc. Her research focuses on the cultures, politics, and methods for studying social and mobile media platforms. Her books include YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture (Polity Press, 2009), Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone (Routledge, 2012), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and Twitter and Society (Peter Lang, 2014).

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