Keynote paneling at Theorizing the Web, New York

Friends! I am super duper excited to finally be attending my first Theorizing the Web conference <3

This is undoubtedly the fanciest and most attractive conference programme I have ever seen, and so full of on-point goodness about internet culture at that.

Registration is open till 26th April 2018 here, and operates on a pay-what-you-can policy.

With utmost gratitude for the kind invitation from David A Banks and Nathan Jurgenson, I will be speaking on the keynote panel on The Next Generation. I am also oozing with joy at the prospect of finally meeting with some of the crew from Cyborgology and Real Life in the flesh for the first time… you know, to verify that we are not secretly just holograms with brains.

This will also be my first time in New York and I have no plans apart from hanging out at Central Park all day while reminiscing the glory days of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. So if you have any pro-tips or recommendations, I would greatly appreciate some travel tips.

With smelly cats and unagi and moo and pivots and lobsters,
Baby Kangeroo Tribbiani

Keynoting at the Instagram Conference 2018, London

Hi folks!

I’m honoured to be keynoting at a conference dedicated to Instagram cultures on 01st June 2018 in London – Studying Instagram Beyond Selfies: Instagram Conference 2018. CfPs close 30th April 2018.

I’ll be sharing excerpts from my forthcoming book, Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online (2018, Emerald Publishing); drawing on my milestone work on Influencers on Instagram (Abidin 2014, 2015, 2016a, 2016b, 2017); and sharing some new findings from a forthcoming book, Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (Polity Press) being co-authored by Tama Leaver, Tim Highfield, and yours truly. Keynote abstract below.

Many thanks to Alessandro Caliandro for putting this together 🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading Keynoting at the Instagram Conference 2018, London

Events in March.

Hello from snowy Jönköping where the views are dreamy even if I am secretly freezing my butt off in the -13*C cold. These days when I walk home from campus, I hum Christmas tunes to myself because it feels cozy.

March is going to be a marathon of speaking events, between my ongoing fieldwork in various parts of Sweden. If you happen to be in town, it would be great to catch you: Continue reading Events in March.

Academia and the refusal of overwork culture.

A culmination of events from last year led me to feel extremely devalued in academia. In response, I decided I needed to set some ground rules for myself and my career. I refuse to have my self-worth determined by academic achievement. Academia is not my life. I am a person who happens to be an academic as a vocation. And as much as I happen to really really enjoy my work, pouring hours of passion and care into it, I refuse for being an academic to be my master status.

I am a person outside of being an academic. I have a life outside of academia, outside of fieldwork, outside of the office, outside of academic socializing, and I am learning to jealously protect and defend these spaces. And to do so, I set some ground rules for myself over the Christmas break.

It has been eight weeks since then and I write this as a reflection on my new work-life balance, so to speak. To be honest, these attempts have not been without backlash, have come at the expense of other things, and have not been thoroughly successful. But as I work my way through refusing a culture of overwork in academia, I hope these fieldnotes bring encouragement or commiseration to others who are trying to do the same. Continue reading Academia and the refusal of overwork culture.