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This page lists my talks and presentations, both within academia and to the public.
For upcoming talks, please see here. For past lectures and workshops, please see here.
I welcome invitations to speak; please contact me via email.



KEYNOTES & DISTINGUISHED LECTURES

[21] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Frontiers of Social Media Pop Cultures in the ASEAN region.” 2021 Curtin Singapore ASEAN Lecture, Curtin University, Singapore. 17 November 2021. <Link>

[20] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “TikTok, Internet celebrity, and Small business cultures.” Digital Transformations, HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. 16 November 2021. <Link | Link>

[19] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Internet celebrity, Refracted publics, and the Frontiers of social justice cultures.” Anthropological Society of Western Australia Wilson-Locke lecture. 10 November 2021. <Link>

[18] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “TikTok, Visibility labour, and Social movements.” 5th New Media Studies National Congress, Turkey. 4–5 November 2021. <Link>

[17] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Case Studies in Researching Internet Celebrity in the Asia Pacific Region.” NVivo Virtual Conference, 22-23 September 2021. <Link>

[16] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “TikTok, Youth Cultures, and the East Asian Influencer Industry.” Connected Learning Summit 2021, 30 July 2021. <Video | Link | Highlights | Programme>

[15] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Influencers and Cultures and Authenticity.” Cultures of Authenticity series, Centre for Communication and Culture, Loughborough University, 12 November 2020. <Link | Register>

[14] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “The Influencer industry in the Nordic and beyond: Cultures, Regulations, and International trends.” Handelsradets Dag 2020, Handelsrådets, Stockholm. 6 October 2020. <Video | AboutLink | Programme>

[13] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Where Is The Money on tumblr? Cultures of Celebrity and Labour within tumblr’s Architecture.” Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) PGN Conference 2019, Bangor University, Wales. July 1-2, 2019. <Link>

[12] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Public shaming, Vigilante trolling, and Genealogies of Transgression on the Singaporean Internet.” AoIR Flashpoint Symposia, Urbino. June, 24 2019. <Link | Link | Link | Video 23:49-1:35:24 | Blog>

[11] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “How to Engage with the Influencer Industry.” Transform to AAA Lecture Series, Science Park Jönköping, Jönköping. February 19, 2019. <Register | Link>

[10] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Fashioning, Friending, Flexing, Farming: The impact of Influencer cultures on Singapore’s digital ecology.” Young Singaporeans Conference, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. November 27-28, 2018.

[9] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Influencers and the materiality of youth digital cultures in Singapore.” Youth Futures: Belonging and Connections, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne. November 15-16, 2018. <Link | Tickets | Abstract>

[8] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Tap that, Hack that, Map that: Economies, Cultures, and Materialites of Instagram.” Instagram Conference 2018, London. June 1, 2018. <LinkAbstract>

[7] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Rethinking Community in the Age of the Digital.” 3rd Asiascape: Digital Asia (DIAS) Conference, Leiden. May 29, 2018. (keynote panel) <LinkLink>

[6] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “The Next Generation.” Theorizing the Web, New York. April 27-28, 2018. (keynote panel) <Watch | Link | Link>

[5] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “All hail the pale male: Pretty boy selfies in the hyper-feminized Influencer ecology.” Selfie Symposium, Swinburne University of Technology & RMIT, Melbourne. April 4-6, 2018. <Link Abstract>

[4] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Cultures of internet celebrity on YouTube.” Brand Experience through New Media. Aalto University & Vaasa University, Helsinki. March 15-16, 2018. <WatchRegister | Link | Link | About>

[3] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Attention whores and internet mores: The lifecycle and labour of Influencer affects and moralities.” Affective Politics of Social Media, University of Turku, Turku. October 12-13, 2017. <AbstractLink>

[2] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Authentic replicas: Influencers, Knock-off culture, and Circuits of aspirational knowledge among Chinese Singaporeans.” Cultures of Knowledge: Creative Economy and China Summer School and Conference. Curtin University, Perth. February 7-11, 2017. <Abstract Event>

[1] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Vote for my selfie: Politician selfies as charismatic leadership.” Selfie Citizenship, Digital Innovation, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. Apr 16, 2015. <Abstract | Watch>



PLENARIES & SPECIAL PANELS

[50] Abidin, Crystal, et al. 2021. “Celebrity Crushes: Blurring The Lines Between Fact and Fiction.” Singapore Writers’ Festival 2021, Singapore. 9 November 2021. <Link>

[49] YEOLO, Crystal Abidin, Merve Emre. 2021. “What Kind of You are You?” Singapore Writers’ Festival 2021, Singapore. 8 November 2021. <Link>

[48] Abidin, Crystal, Sarah Burton, Cassandra Phoenix. 2021. “Serious Women.” School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle, 20 October 2021

[47] Abidin, Crystal, et al. 2021. “The Search for Deeper Memeing” Vice x ICRC Memeathon, 16 October 2021. <Link>

[46] Tan, Ashley, Crystal Abidin, Haresh Tilani, Terence Chia, Joel Lim. 2021. “Dialogue on Cancel Culture.” Roses of Peace, Singapore, 7 August 2021.

[45] R. Beta, Annisa, Crystal Abidin, et al. 2021. “Internet celebrity, Refracted publics, and the Frontiers of social justice cultures.” 2021 Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference, Singapore. 28–30 July 2021. <Link>

[44] Knight, Julian, Em Sheldon, Crystal Abidin, Francesca Sobande, Sarah Brin, and Keith Weed. 2021. “Inquiry: Influencer culture.” Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, UK Parliament. 13 July 2021. <About | Info | Location | Watch>

[43] Harrison, Juliet, Louis Coiffait, Crystal Abidin, and Rillie Raaper. 2021. “Is research output fit for the future?” Emerald Publishing, UK. 30 June 2021. <Link | Watch>

[42] Golin, Josh, Crystal Abidin, Maíra Bosi, Maria Mello, Bruno Studer. 2021. “Cultural expression or commercial exploitation? The experience of digital kidfluencers is all of our business.” RightsCon 2021, 7-11 June 2021. <Link>

[41] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Social media trends in the Asia-Pacific during COVID-19.” International Committee of the Red Cross, Bangkok Regional Delegation, Thailand. 27 May 2021.

[40] Agboraw, Iyone, Winter Dunn, Crystal Abidin, Ryan Ken, Mutale Nkonde. “Whose platform? Contesting racial narratives on TikTok.” Racialisation and the Media from Television to Twitter. Oxford University, Oxford. 22 April 2021. <Link>

[39] Abidin, Crystal, Mingming Cheng, Cheryl Foong. 2021. “Promises and pitfalls of the influencer industry.” Research Rumble, Curtin University, Perth. 19 April 2021. <Link>

[38] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Innovative uses of social media visibilities.” Temasek LEAD Summit, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. 23 March 2021.

[37] Bench, Harmony, Alexandra Harlig, Crystal Abidin, Trevor Boffone, Kelly Bowker, Colette Eloi, Chuyun Oh, Pamela Krayenbuhl. 2021. “TikTok and short-form screendance before and after COVID.” Roundtable, International Journal of Screendance Online Symposium. 13 March 2021. <Link | Watch>

[36] Siibak, Andra, Crystal Abidin, Jessica Piotrowski, Pille Pruulmann Vengerfeldt, Katrin Tiidenberg. 2021. “Life-hacks for young women in academia.” Roundtable, ECREA Doctoral School, Tartu. 23 February 2021.

[35] Holmes, Kirsten, Oliver Looker, Crystal Abidin, Xavier Sala Busquets, Ricardo Carreira, Craig Wells. 2021. “Opportunities for the Digital Future.” The Digital Future of the Tourism Industry in Western Australia, Tourism Research Cluster Symposium 2021, Curtin University, Perth. 18 February 2021. <Link>

[34] Cassells, Rebecca, Crystal Abidin, Steven Tingay, Kathryn Shine. 2021. “How to promote your work through the news media – on your own terms.” Academics in the media, Athena Swan Steering Group and ROC, Curtin University, Perth. 11 February 2021. <Link>

[33] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Dialogue session on research and trends in the Influencer industry.” Gushcloud Leadership Retreat 2021, Gushcloud International Group, Singapore. 15 January 2021.

[32] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Influencers, Misinformation, and ‘Under the Radar’ Strategies.” RSIS Webinar Series, DRUMS: Distortions, Rumours, Untruths, Misinformation & Smears, Nanyang Technological University. 4 December 2020. <Link>

[31] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Internet Culture & Social Media.” TEDxYouth @ Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore. 13 November 2020. <TED | NP | YouTube | Instagram>

[30] Tan, Jollin, Crystal Abidin, Brenda Tan, Yeo Tze Hern. 2020. “Spill The Tea.” Singapore Writers’ Festival 2020, Singapore, 30 October–8 November 2020. <Link>

[29] Abidin, Crystal, Yeo Tze Hern, Joel Tan, nor, Deesha Menon. 2020. “#thoughtsandprayers.” Singapore Writers’ Festival 2020, Singapore, 30 October–8 November 2020. <Link>

[28] Larsen, Miranda, Crystal Abidin, Candace Epps-Robertson, Michelle Cho, Crystal Anderson. 2020. “Kpop: Fandom, Politics, Digital influence.” Fan Studies Network North America 2020 Conference, 13-17 October 2020. <About>

[27] Kenny, Mark, Ricky Chainz, James Mortensen, Crystal Abidin. 2020. “TikTok: The Platform, The Public, The Politics.” ANU Policy Forum & Learning Communities, 22 September 2020. <Event | Event | Podcast>

[26] Anindita, Atiya, Oddie Randa, Amel Carla, Lani Rahayu, Crystal Abidin, Jang Hansol. 2020. “Kabar industri influencer marketing di tengah pandemi COVID-19 (News about the influencer marketing industry amidst the COVID-19 pandemic)” Gushcloud Indonesia, 11 August 2020. <Full panel>

[25] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Singaporean influencers and COVID-19 on Instagram Stories.” Asian Celebrity and the Pandemic, Virtual webinar, The Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network, 18 June 2020. <Event | Video | Full panel>

[24] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “New Forms and Movements.” Singapore Perspectives 2020, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. 20 January 2020. <LinkWatch talk from 2:40 + Q&A from 1:04:06)

[23] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Influencer cultures.” 19th GITEX Technology Week, Dubai. 6-10 October 2019. <Link | Link>

[22] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Social Media Influencers and Astroturfing Alcohol Advertising.” In Their Sights: The Dark Arts of Digital Alcohol Marketing, Parliament House, Canberra. 11 September 2019. <Video | Summary | Link | Link | Link>

[21] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “What – and who – is being left behind?” ASEAN Forum: ASEAN and the Digital Revolution, University of Sydney, Sydney. August 16, 2019. <VideoLink>

[20] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Influencers’ visibility labour techniques.” Consultation, Civic Misinformation Team, Facebook. June 28, 2019.

[19] Abidin, Crystal, and Niki Cheong. 2019. “Decoding the weaponising of pop culture on WhatsApp in Singapore and Malaysia.” Integrity Research Academic Workshop, Facebook. June 26-27, 2019. <Link>

[18] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Humanities perspective, with a focus on DECRAs.” All Faculties ARC Rejoinder Session, Curtin Grant Success Panel, Curtin University. June 7, 2019.

[17] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Understanding the Influencer Industry.” Research Breakfast Seminar Series, Handelsrådet, Stockholm. March 28, 2019. <Link>

[16] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Cultures on the internet, Instagram, and Influencer marketing.” TEX! Annual Meeting, Textile Fashion Center, Borås. March 14, 2019. <Link>

[15] Abidin, Crystal, and Natasha Sayer. 2019. “Understanding the Influencer industry.” Media City Bergen, Bergen. March 11, 2019. <Link | Link | Register>

[14] Wikstrom, Patrik, Amanda D. Lotz, Craig McCosker, Crystal Abidin, Stuart Watters. 2019. “The Future of Media.” QUT Digital Media Research Centre, Brisbane. February 13, 2019. <Register>

[13] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Ethnographic reports from the field: Working with Social Media Influencers.” Social Media and the Future of Museum Audiences workshop, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Brisbane. November 25, 2018.

[12] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “For the ‘gram and off the cam: Young people’s cultures on Instagram.” Gifted Education Annual Conference 2018, Ministry of Education (Singapore), Raffles Institution, Singapore. November 23, 2018.

[11] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “HDR Mentoring Session.” Youth Futures: Belonging and Connections, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne. November 15-16, 2018.

[10] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Interdisciplinarity in Cultural Studies as a Young Scholar.” Cultural and Communication Studies Section Twentieth Anniversary Colloquium, Australian Academy of the Humanities, University of Sydney, Sydney. November 14, 2018. <Register>

[9] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” MozFest Weekend, Mozilla Foundation, London. October 28, 2018.

[8] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Facebook HQ, New York City. October 22, 2018.

[7] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Hyper-visible internet celebrity cultures.” Anticipating Social Research, Social Science Research Council, New York City. October 19, 2018.

[6] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Postgraduate mentoring session on work-life balance.” Digitizing Early Childhood International Conference 2018, Perth. July 9-13, 2018.

[5] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Årets första Textilbaren på Pumphuset.” Textilbaren and Pumphuset, Borås. February 22, 2018. <Link | Link>

[4] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Fame game, Name shame, Tame dame: Confessions from researching internet celebrities.” Ethical dilemmas of internet researchers, University of Tartu. October 17th, 2017. <Link>

[3] Abidin, Crystal, et al. 2017. “Postgraduate/Early Career Researcher Day.” Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference, Sydney. July 5-7, 2017.

[2] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “How to Handle Feedback.” Feedback Conference, WA Communication Culture and Media (WACCM). City of Perth Library, Perth. February 24, 2017.

[1] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “ALVA Supervision Workshop.” Invited Postgraduate Panelist, Graduate Research School, University of Western Australia, Perth. May 27, 2014



INVITED TALKS

[68] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Visibility and Impact of Research Beyond Academia.” Lunchtime Dialogue, Department of Communications & New Media, National University of Singapore. 19 November 2021. <Link>

[67] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Researching Social Media Pop Cultures & TikTok.” Postgraduate Students’ Masterclass, Department of Communications & New Media, National University of Singapore. 12 November 2021. <Link>

[66] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “TikTok, Youth Cultures, and the East Asian Influencer Industry.” Communication and Media Research Speaker Series, University of Zurich, Zurich, 4 October 2021.

[65] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “The Influencer industry from micro to macro: Everyday identities and political ecologies.” Digital Culture and Everyday Life (NETS1000), Curtin University, Perth, 20 September 2021.

[64] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Communicating research to the public.” Honours Research Seminar (HUMN4002), Curtin University, Perth, 24 August 2021.

[63] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Research Motivations and Strategy.” CLS Research Committee, Faculty of Law, Curtin University. 18 August 2021.

[62] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Live Q&A on Social Media Cultures.” MA & PhD Seminar on Digital Cultures, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo, Brazil. 10 June 2021.

[61] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Communicating on TikTok.” Global Communication in a Digital Age, MA Programme, RMIT, Melbourne. 12 May 2021.

[60] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Internet Celebrity and Social Media Pop Cultures: An Introduction to Digital Ethnographic Methods.” Spring Doctoral School, Inter-university PhD in Communication, Spain. 16 April 2021. <Link | Watch>

[59] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Key issues on the governance and regulation of the Influencer industry.” Curtin Corner, John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, Curtin University, Perth. 26 March 2021. <Link | Watch>

[58] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “A Review of Authenticity in the Influencer Industry.” Sociology Seminar Series, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 26 February 2021 .

[57] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Influencers in the age of call out and cancel cultures.” Platformed Creation, Stanford Ethnography Lab, Stanford University. 16 October 2020. <Link | Video 00:24:20–00:42:23>

[56] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Influencer cultures on TikTok.” ACAT, CCAT, Curtin University. 3 September 2020. <Video>

[55] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Influencers, Misinformation, and ‘Under the Radar’ Strategies.” Virtual Summer Speaker Series: Fake News & Disinformation and its Spread, Center for Computational and Data Science, iSchool, Syracuse University. 5 August 2020. <Link | Link | Video>

[54] Robards, Brady, Crystal Abidin, Shanthi Robertson, Ben Lyall, and Akane Kanai. 2020. “TASA Postgrad Session on Digital Methods.” The Australian Sociological Association, Virtual webinar. 9 July 2020. <Video>

[53] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Cultures in the Influencer industry via soft and hard data experiences.” Data Ethnography, Locating Media Lecture Series, Universität Siegen, Siegen. 28 January 2020. <Link | Link>

[52] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “Workshop: DIY Internet Celebrity and Ethnographic Walk.” Locating Media Lecture Series, Universität Siegen, Siegen. 28 January 2020. <Link>

[51] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Knowledges on Douyin vs. TikTok: Platforms, Populism, and Performance.” Open Literacy: Digital Games, Social Responsibility and Social Innovation, Curtin University, Perth. 30 September-01 October. <LinkLink | Link>

[50] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Influencers and Cultures of Authenticity-making.” Markers of Authenticity, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Sydney. 29 August 2019. <Link>

[49] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Early histories of Influencer cultures in Singapore and beyond.” Gender & Cultural Studies Seminar Series, University of Sydney, Sydney. April 5, 2019. <Link>

[48] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “In$taglam: Commercializing, Innovating, and Hacking Instagram in the Influencer industry.” Research Seminar, Department of Communication and Culture, Norwegian Business School. March 12, 2019.

[47] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Influencers and the commodification of everyday life: Brief histories from blogshops, Instagram, and tumblr.” MoneyLab #6: Infrastructures of Money, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen. March 7-8, 2019. <Link | Video>

[46] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Interactive classroom activities involving social media use.” MMTC Seminars for Faculty, Jönköping University, Jönköping. March 6, 2019.

[45] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Using Internet Paralanguages.” Transform to AAA Lecture Series, Science Park Jönköping, Jönköping. March 5, 2019. <Register>

[44] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Digital ethnographic methods.” MMTC Seminars for Centre Members, Jönköping University, Jönköping. February 27, 2019.

[43] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “What Swedish companies can learn from how entrepreneurs in East Asia use Instagram and Streaming Apps.” Transform to AAA Lecture Series, Jönköping University, Jönköping. February 26, 2019. <Register>

[42] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Socializing and promoting your research on social and popular media.” MMTC Seminars for Postgraduates, Jönköping University, Jönköping. February 20, 2019.

[41] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet celebrity: Understanding fame online.” Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore. November 23, 2018. <Event | Register>

[40] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Public Lecture, Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University, Birmingham. October 30, 2018. <Register>

[39] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Book tour, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics, London. October 29, 2018.

[38] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Book tour, School of Media, University of Brighton, Brighton. October 26, 2018.

[37] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Public Lecture, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield. October 25, 2018. <Event>

[36] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Public Lecture, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham, Nottingham. October 24, 2018. <Event>

[35] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Public Lecture, London College of Communication, University of Arts London, London. October 23, 2018. <Event | Register>

[34] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Streaming, scheming, and sinning: Influencer cultures of live video feeds.” Going Live. Concordia University, Montreal. October 10, 2018.

[33] Abidin, Crystal. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Book talk, Department of Sociology & Department of Communication, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal. October 9, 2018. <Event>

[32] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Cultures of internet celebrity and the influencer industry.” Research Seminar, Textile Management, Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Borås. September 26, 2018.

[31] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Public Lecture, Department of Communication, Roskilde University, Roskilde. September 25, 2018. <Event>

[30] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Higher Seminar Series, Department of Media and Communication Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm. September 18, 2018. <Event>

[29] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Seminar Series, Department of Media and Communication, Lund University, Lund. September 5, 2018. <Abstract>

[28] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.” Digital Methods Summer School, University of Tartu, Tartu. August 23, 2018. <Event>

[27] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Postgraduate mentoring session on work-life balance.” Digitizing Early Childhood International Conference 2018, Perth. July 9-13, 2018.

[26] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “The Influencer Industry: Histories, economics, and cultures.” Colloquium, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. May 1, 2018. <Register | Abstract>

[25] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Cultures of internet celebrity on YouTube.” Research Seminar, Splay Suomi. March 28, 2018.

[24] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Fellow’s Tea with Dr Crystal Abidin.” Tembusu College Fellow’s Tea. March 12, 2018. <Register>

[23] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Networked capillaries of vigilante activism on the Singaporean internet.” Writing the Internet: Internet Lore in Asia, Asia Research Institute, Singapore. March 8-9, 2018. <Link>

[22] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Clicks or it didn’t happen: Influencers, sex bait, and commodified activism.” Youth, Digital Participation and Citizenship in the Asia Pacific Workshop, Deakin University, Melbourne. November 8-9, 2017. <Abstract>

[21] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Internet Lore: Trolls, Vigilantes, and Microcelebrities.” Digital Folklore Reading Group 2. Asia Research Institute, Singapore. March 1, 2017. [via video-conferencing]

[20] Abidin, Crystal, and Theresa Senft. 2016. “Digital research networks, activism and pedagogy: The Selfies Research Network and Hey Girl Global.” The Selfie and Social Activism Symposium, Sydney. December 12, 2016. <Register>

[19] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Lessons from the Internet.” The School of Uncommon Knowledge, The Substation, Singapore. November 18th, 2016. <Event | Register | SUK homepage>

[18] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “#familygoals: Family Influencers, Micro-microcelebrities, and Growing Up on the Internet.” Centre for Culture And Technology (CCAT) Seminar Series, Curtin University, Perth. July 19, 2016.

[17] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Reflections and Discussion: Workshop on Homo Sapiens, Mortality and the Internet in Contemporary Asia.” Science, Technology and Society seminar series, Tembusu College, Singapore. March 16, 2016. <Event>

[16] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Human failure for $how: Influencers, empathetic reciprocity, and commodified grief.” Homo Sapiens, Mortality and the Internet in Contemporary Asia, Asia Research Institute (ARI), Singapore. March 14-15, 2016. <Event>

[15] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Qualitative social media research: One ethnographer’s behind-the-scenes.” Media and Communication Research Colloquium (MCRC), University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. March 8, 2016.

[14] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Micro-microcelebrity: Personal branded babies of the Internet” Work-in-progress Seminar, Tembusu College, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Sep 16, 2015. <Event>

[13] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “‘Just Asian’? Inscribing East Asian mixed race in Australia.” Mixed Race in Australia and the Region Symposium, University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. Jun 9, 2015. <Abstract>

[12] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “The virtual, the digital, the media: Contemporary ethnographic investigations.” Identity Research Network (IRN), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. May 29, 2015.

[11] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Make love, Make envy, Make money: Power-coupling on social media.” Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO), Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping University, Jönköping. Apr 13, 2015. <Abstract>

[10] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Capturing Class and Curating Commerce: Monetizing Instagram.” Media Management and Transformation Center (MMTC), Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Jönköping University, Jönköping. Apr 7, 2015.

[9] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Frenemies and cashtags: Social friending and hashtag lifecycle among social media microcelebrities.” The Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), University of Borås, Borås. Mar 30, 2015. <Abstract>

[8] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “(En)gendering cuteness and pastiching East Asia: Singaporean web cute as The Doll, The Darling and The Dear.” Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norges Teknisk-Naturvetenskapliga Universitet, Trondheim. Mar 16, 2015. <Abstract>

[7] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Public coupling: Imageries of domestic intimacy among social media microcelebrities.” Seminar Series, Mobile Life Center, Stockholm. Feb 25, 2015. <Abstract | Watch>

[6] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “(En)gendering cuteness and pastiching East Asia: Singaporean web cute as The Doll, The Darling and The Dear.” Department of Social Anthropology Research Seminar, in conjunction with the Media Cluster, Stockholm University, Stockholm. Feb 23, 2015. <Abstract>

[5] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Selfie culture in Singapore.” Media Technology and Interaction Design MID Morning Seminar, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm. Feb 23, 2015. <Abstract>

[4] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “#sexbait: Sex-selling and Selling Sex among Commercial Lifestyle Bloggers in Singapore.” Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jonkoping International Business School 2014, Jonkoping University, Jonkoping. Jun 29, 2014. <Abstract>

[3] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “ALVA Supervision Workshop.” Invited Postgraduate Panelist, Graduate Research School, University of Western Australia, Perth. May 27, 2014

[2] Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Cyber-femininities and Social Currency in the Singaporean Commercial Blog Industry.” Gender Collective, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Oct 11, 2013.

[1] Abidin, Crystal. 2012. “livingontheinternet.com – why do it? who cares?” UWA Postgraduate Welcome, University of Western Australia, Perth. Aug 2, 2012.



CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

# denotes presentation by co-author

[113] # Zhao, Xinyu, and Crystal Abidin. 2021. “TikTok’s ‘Fox Eye’ Trend and Everyday Activism: Gen Z Agency in an Audiovisual Narrative Case study.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2021, 13-16 October 2021. <Paper | Video>

[112] # Vizcaíno-Verdú, Arantxa and Crystal Abidin. 2021. “Cross-cultural storytelling approaches in TikTok’s music challenges.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2021, 13-16 October 2021. <Paper | Video>

[111] # Poh, Yu Ting, and Crystal Abidin. 2021. “Douyin and TikTok: A Cross-language Systematic Review of Academic Scholarship on Sister Apps.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2021, 13-16 October 2021. <Paper | Video>

[110] # Chen, Guo, and Crystal Abidin. 2021. “Liziqi and Chinese Rural YouTube Videos: Scoping a Genre.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2021, 13-16 October 2021. <Paper | Video>

[109] # Berryman, Rachel Anne, Crystal Abidin, and Tama Leaver. 2021. “A Topography of Virtual Influencers.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2021, 13-16 October 2021. <Paper | Video>

[108] # Tiidenberg, Katrin, Natalie Hendry, Crystal Abidin, D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye, Jing Zeng, Patrik Wikstrom, Taina Bucher, Tim Highfield, Tama Leaver, and Jack Qiu. 2021. “Platform Specificities: The Platform Books Panel.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference 2021, 13-16 October 2021. <Paper | Video>

[107] # Abidin, Crystal, Kelly Bailey, Cass Sligh, and Denise Woods. 2021. “Asian Australian Diaspora and Identity on TikTok.” Directions and Destinations 2021, Curtin University, Perth, 7 September 2021. 

[106] Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Joanne E. Gray, Louisa Bartolo, Jean Burgess, Nicolas Suzor, Mark Andrejevic, Verity Trott, Robbie Fordyce, Luzhou Li, Daniel Angus, Nicholas Carah, Jean Burgess, Anthony McCosker, Crystal Abidin. 2021. “Algorithmic recommendation and circumvention in social media.” Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2021, Melbourne. 6–9 July 2021. <Link>

[105] # Zhao, Xinyu (Andy), and Crystal Abidin, 2021. “Cross-platform flows between TikTok and Douyin.” 18th Chinese Internet Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia. 25–27 June 2021. <Video>

[104] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Socio-cultural strategies of laowai wanghong and haiwai wanghong.” 18th Chinese Internet Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia. 25–27 June 2021. <IG Stories | Slides | Link>

[103] Michael Keane, Crystal Abidin, Xinyu (Andy) Zhao, Xiaoting Yu, Gary Rawnsley, Daya Thussu. 2021. “Chinese Outbound Social Media Platforms in the Indian-Pacific: Just How Soft is Chinese Digital Power?” 18th Chinese Internet Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia. 25–27 June 2021. <PanelLink>

[102] Kaye, D. Bondy Valdovinos, and Crystal Abidin. 2020. “‘Audio templates’ as Identity and Intimacy on TikTok.” Digital Intimacies 2020: Connection in Crisis, University of Technology Sydney. 7-9 December 2020. <Link | Playlist>

[101] Abidin, Crystal, and Milovan Savic. 2020. “TikTok and Digital Intimacies in the Time of COVID-19: A Backstory.” Digital Intimacies 2020: Connection in Crisis, University of Technology Sydney. 7-9 December 2020. <Link | Playlist>

[100] #Kaye, Bondy Valdovinos and Crystal Abidin. 2020. “‘Don’t Let This Flop’: TikTok Creators’ Strategic Improprieties.” Copyright Law and the Creative Industries, Research Symposium, QUT Faculty of Law, 29 October 2020. <Link | Watch>

[99] Zeng, Jing and Crystal Abidin. 2020. “‘Subtle Asian Traits’: Platformed race on Facebook.” Association of Internet Researchers 2020, Virtual conference, 26-31 October 2020. <Read>

[98] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “‘Feels bar’ and masculine vulnerability: Commenting cultures on 9GAG.” Association of Internet Researchers 2020, Virtual conference, 26-31 October 2020. <Read>

[97] Abidin, Crystal, Emily van der Nagel, Amelia Johns, Francesco Bailo, Aleesha Rodriguez, Bondy Kaye, Patrik Wikstrom, Ysabel Gerrard, & Tama Leaver. 2020. “‘Please read the comments’: Commenting cultures across platforms.” Association of Internet Researchers 2020, Virtual conference, 26-31 October 2020. <Read | Watch>

[96] #Kaye, D. Bondy Valdovinos, and Crystal Abidin. 2020. “‘Don’t let this flop’: TikTok Creators’ Strategic Improprieties.” Australia and New Zealand IP Academics’ Minicon, 3 September 2020. <Link

[95] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “#WAsian (White-Asian) on TikTok and Activism through Entertainment.” in panel “Short-Form Parallel Universes: Affordances, Activity, and Culture of TikTok and Douyin” with Jing Zeng, Mike S. Schäfer, Wei Wang, Xu Chen, D. and Bondy Valdovinos Kaye. International Communication Conference 2020, Gold Coast. 21-25 May 2020. <Video>

[94] Abidin, Crystal. 2020. “The Instagram Husband.” in panel “Approaching Instagram: New Methods and Modes for Examining the Visual Social Media.” with Tama Leaver, Tim Highfield, Mari Lehto, Anthony McCosker, Adam Suess, Katie Warfield, and Alice Witt. International Communication Conference 2020, Gold Coast. 21-25 May 2020. <Video>

[93] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “K-pop on Instagram between South Korea and North America.” Korean Studies Association of Australasia (KSAA) 2019 Biennial Conference, Perth. 4-6 December 2019. <LinkLink>

[92] #Sihvonen, Tanja, and Crystal Abidin. 2019. “PewDiePie as a Gaming Icon and the Transmedial Lure of Weaponized Microcelebrity.” Celebrities of Gaming, Jyväskylä. 21-22 November 2019. <Link>

[91] Leaver, Tama, Crystal Abidin, and Tim Highfield. 2019. “Framing Instagram: New Approaches.” AoIR2019, Brisbane. 2-5 October 2019.

[90] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Disappearing data: Monetizing and astroturfing vernaculars on tumblr pre- and post-NSFW ban.” AoIR2019, Brisbane. October 2-5, 2019.

[89] #Pang, Natalie, and Crystal Abidin. 2019. “Decoding the weaponising of pop culture on WhatsApp in Singapore and Malaysia.” AoIR2019, Brisbane. 2-5 October 2019.

[88] Leaver, Tama, Crystal Abidin, Tim Highfield, Mari Lehto, Anthony McCosker. 2019. “Approaching Instagram.” AoIR2019, Brisbane. 2-5 October 2019.

[87] Hemsley, Jeff, Aleena Chia, William Balmford, Erika D Gault, Kelly Quinn, Roohola Ramezani, Shawn Walker. 2019. “AoIR Early Career Scholars Workshop.” AoIR2019, Brisbane. 2-5 October 2019.

[86] #Liew, Kai Khiun, and Crystal Abidin. 2019. “Because I am Chinese? The online Meme-ing of Singapore’s Chinese privilege.” Diversity and Singapore Ethnic Chinese Communities, National University of Singapore. April 13-14, 2019.

[85] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Squishy babies, Soft dads, and Exploding ovaries: Brand biographies and ‘fan mothering’ practices around celebrity babies.” Digital Intimacies 2018, Curtin University, Perth. December 5-7, 2018.

[84] Leaver, Tama, Crystal Abidin, Tim Highfield, Kath Albury, Theresa Senft. 2018. “Visual Social Media Pedagogies-in-Practice.” AoIR 2018, Association of Internet Researchers, Montreal. October 10-13, 2018.

[83] Abidin, Crystal, Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Tim Highfield, and Kate Milner. 2018. “Pictogramic cultures and economies on the internet.” AoIR 2018, Association of Internet Researchers, Montreal. October 10-13, 2018.

[82] Leaver, Tama, and Crystal Abidin. 2018. “From YouTube to TV, and Back Again: Viral video child stars and media flows in the era of social media.” AoIR 2018, Association of Internet Researchers, Montreal. October 10-13, 2018.

[81] #Tiidenberg, Katrin, and Crystal Abidin. 2018. “Unsalable popularity: Economies of NSFW visibility on Tumblr.” AoIR 2018, Association of Internet Researchers, Montreal. October 10-13, 2018.

[80] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Yes Homo: Gay Influencers, Celebrity, and Activism on YouTube.” AoIR 2018, Association of Internet Researchers, Montreal. October 10-13, 2018.

[79] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Digital Exotica: The politics and praxis of internet celebrity from East Asia to beyond.” 12th International ACS Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Shanghai. August 12-15, 2018. <Abstract>

[78] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Wild Child, Fame Game, Cash Dash: Genres of Celebrity Childhoods in Social Media Economies.” Digitizing Early Childhood International Conference 2018, Perth. July 9-13, 2018.

[77] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Where Is The Money on Tumblr? Cultures of Celebrity and Labour within Tumblr’s Architecture.” International Communication Association 2018, Prague. May 24-28, 2018. <Abstract>

[76] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Whose capital is it any way? Influencers in cross-media webs.” Media Industries: Current Debates and Future Directions, London. April 18-20, 2018. <Link | Abstract>

[75] Cambre, Maria-Carolina, Crystal Abidin, Katie Warfield. 2018. “What do methods let us see? Epistemologies of Photographic Methods.” Photomedia 2018, Helsinki. March 26-28, 2018. <Link>

[74] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “From internet celebrities to Influencers.” MMTC Research Seminars, Jönköping. March 21, 2018.

[73] Abidin, Crystal. 2018. “Internet celebrities and the mainstream press in the age of viral media.” CCAT Seminar Series, Perth. January 22, 2018. <Abstract>

[72] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Contemporary Chinese weddings on the internet.” AAS/ASA/ASAANZ 2017, Australian Anthropology Association, Adelaide. December 11-15, 2017.

[71] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Reclaiming liminal influencer celebrity: MunahHirziOfficial, Parody politics, and Micro-minority representation.” Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies 17, UWA, Perth. December 8-10, 2017.

[70] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “h8ers gon’ h8: Influencers, Self-parody videos, and Renarrativizing stereotypes.” Minority Stereotypes in Digital Culture, UWA, Perth. December 4-5, 2017. <Abstract>

[69] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Gay and famous on YouTube: Influencers, Queer microcelebrity publics, and Discursive activism.” The Australian Sociological Association, UWA, Perth. November 28-30, 2017. <Abstract>

[68] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Hook ups, Break ups, Make ups: Influencer couples as digital estates.” Digital Intimacies: Connections and disconnection, RMIT, Melbourne. November 13-15, 2017. <Abstract>

[67] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Towards a theory of cross-media networked microcelebrity: Of bedrooms, blogsites, broadcasts, and boardrooms.” AoIR 2017, Association of Internet Researchers, Tartu. October 18-21, 2017.

[66] Hendry, Natalie Ann, Paul Byron, Crystal Abidin, and Brady Robards. 2017. “A Tumblr and young people fishbowl.” AoIR 2017, Association of Internet Researchers, Tartu. October 18-21, 2017.

[65] Ask, Kristine, and Crystal Abidin. 2017. “My life is a mess: Self-deprecating relatability and the memefication of student publics.” AoIR 2017, Association of Internet Researchers, Tartu. October 18-21, 2017.

[64] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Here, There, and Nowhere: Mixed race East Asians and corporeal placeness in Australia.” Mixed Race in Asia and Australasia: Migrations, Mobilities and Belonging, Asia Research Institute Workshop, Singapore. October 12-13, 2017. [via video-conferencing]

[63] #Abidin, Crystal, and Tama Leaver. 2017. “From YouTube to TV, and Back Again: Viral Video Child Stars and Media Flows in the Era of Social Media.” Digitising Early Childhood International Conference, Novotel Perth, Perth. September 11-15, 2017. [via video-conferencing]

[62] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Young Chinese weddings and techno-enactments of traditional cultural histories.” 15th Biennial Conference, Chinese Studies Association of Australia, Macquarie University, Sydney. July 10-12, 2017.

[61] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Influencers between algorithmic systems and call-out cultures.” Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference, Sydney. July 5-7, 2017. <Abstract>

[60] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Gay and famous on YouTube: Australian Influencers, Discursive activism, and Queer networks of microcelebrity.” Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference, Sydney. July 5-7, 2017.

[59] Abidin, Crystal. 2017. “Happy #monthsary babe!: Vernacular readings and practices of monthsaries among young couplings on social media.” International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, San Diego. May 25-29, 2017. [via video-conferencing]

[58] Cunningham, Stuart, David Craig, Junyi Lv, Elaine Jing Zhao, Aswin Punathembekar, Patrick Vonderau, Sangeet Kumar, Jeremy Shtern, Crystal Abidin, Brooke Duffy. 2017. “Studying Communitainment: mapping a research agenda for the Social Media Entertainment industry.” International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, San Diego. May 25-29, 2017. [via video-conferencing]

[57] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Authentic replicas: Influencers, Knock-off culture, and Circuits of aspirational knowledge.” Crossroads 2016, Sydney. December 14-17, 2016.

[56] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Thinspo Tumblr: Weight Loss Motivation, Imagined Communities, and Circulations of Power.” Crossroads 2016, Sydney. December 14-17, 2016.

[55] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Death, Grief, and Aftercare in the Digital Age.”AAS 2016, Australian Anthropology Association, Sydney. December 12-15, 2016.

[54] Betz, Stephanie, and Crystal Abidin. 2016. “Identity and vulnerability on the internet.” Panel Co-organizer, AAS 2016, Australian Anthropology Association, Sydney. December 12-15, 2016.

[53] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “L8r h8r: Fans, haters, and ephemeral solidarity in Influencer wars.” #MINA2016 – 6th International Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation Symposium & Screening, Melbourne. November 30-December 1, 2016.

[52] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “totes #sponsored: Lifestyle Influencers and Instagram advertorial devices.” Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) Research Symposium, Sydney. November 13th, 2016. [via video-conferencing]

[51] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Preschoolers of YouTube: Viable biographies and child microcelebrities’ interactions with technology.” Controlling Data: Somebody think of the children 2016 Symposium, Perth. October 24-25, 2016. [via video-conferencing]

[50] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Gross is the new like: Allure, visceral camp, and carnivalesque commerce in grotesque microcelebrity.” AoIR 2016, Association of Internet Researchers, Berlin. October 6-8, 2016.

[49] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Sorry not sorry: Influencers, shamelebrity, and para-apologetic transgressions.” AoIR 2016, Association of Internet Researchers, Berlin. October 6-8, 2016.

[48] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Grief hype-jacking: Global events, publicity grieving, and visibility practices.” AoIR 2016, Association of Internet Researchers, Berlin. October 6-8, 2016.

[47] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Queer Influencers: Personal illustrations amidst repressive sexuality education.” AoIR 2016, Association of Internet Researchers, Berlin. October 6-8, 2016.

[46] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “h8ers gon’ h8: Influencers, Self-parody videos, and Commercial renarrativizing.” YouTube Conference, Middlesex University, London. September 23-24, 2016. [via video-conferencing]

[45] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Romance as digital estates: Influencers’ choreographed engagements, curated breakups, and couple branding.” Something old, something new: the wedding spectacle across contemporary media cultures, Media and Gender research group, University of Leicester, Leicester. September 16, 2016. [via video-conferencing]

[44] #Abidin, Crystal, and Mart Ots. 2016. “Microcelebrity influencers and advertorial disclosure: Practicing the advertising/editorial divide on Instagram.” 15th International Conference on Research in Advertising (ICORIA), European Advertising Academy, Ljubljana. June 30-July 2, 2016. <Programme>

[43] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Micro-microcelebrity: Branding babies on the Internet.” 3rd International Routledge Celebrity Studies Journal Conference: Authenticating Celebrity, Amsterdam. June 28-30, 2016. <Programme>

[42] Abidin, Crystal, and Connor Graham. 2016. “History of the digital camera in Singapore 1996-2004.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting, Singapore. June 22-26, 2016. <Event>

[41] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “Communicative <3 Intimacies: Influencers and Perceived Interconnectedness.” International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Fukuoka. June 10-13, 2016.

[40] Liew, Kai Khiun, and Crystal Abidin. 2016. “Si Gin Na (“Brat”): Social Media & Juvenile Insolence in Singapore.” New Media and Citizenship 2016 ICA Pre-conference, Fukuoka. June 10-13, 2016. <Event>

[39] #Ots, Mart, and Crystal Abidin. 2016. “Consumer-led innovation in social media advertising formats.” Annual Conference of the European Media Management Association (EMMA), Porto. June 2-5, 2016. <Programme>

[38] Abidin, Crystal. 2016. “#thetravelingpingu: Traveling objects, Transient installations, and Social lubricants.” Docuverse, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne. Feb 12, 2016. <Watch>

[37] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Aspirational tensions: Young couples and homemaking in a tightly regulated ecology.” Moral Horizons, Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) Conference 2015, University of Melbourne, Melbourne. Dec 3, 2015.

[36] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Not just a pretty boy: Male Influencers in a hyper-feminized economy.” Minor Culture, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) Conference 2015, University of Melbourne, Melbourne. Dec 2, 2015.

[35] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Gruesome intimacies: The anatomy of plastic surgery advertorials.” Digital Intimate Publics Symposium, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Nov 20, 2015.

[34] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Smartphone heartphone: Smartphone affects, anxieties, and attachments among Influencers in Singapore.” Workshop on Mobiles and Social Media in Southeast Asia and The Pacific, University of Sydney, Sydney. Nov 12, 2015.

[33] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “’It’s not like I got famous overnight: Vernacular perceptions of Internet fame among young microcelebrities (roundtable).” IR16, Association of Internet Researchers, Phoenix. Oct 24, 2015. <Event>

[32] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Fame and Microcelebrity on the Web (panel chair).” IR16, Association of Internet Researchers, Phoenix. Oct 22, 2015. <Abstract>

[31] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Internet (in)famous: Mystification and folklore of microcelebrification.” IR16, Association of Internet Researchers, Phoenix. Oct 22, 2015. <Abstract>

[30] #Ots, Mart, and Crystal Abidin. 2015. “Commercialism, audience intimacy and brand credibility in fashion blogging.” Communicative democracy: Protecting, promoting and developing free speech in the digital era, Gothenburg University, Gothenberg. Oct 6, 2015.

[29] #Abidin, Crystal, and Mart Ots. 2015. “The Influencer’s dilemma: The shaping of new brand professions between credibility and commerce.” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), San Francisco. Aug 6, 2015.

[28] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “This #nofilter post is #notsponsored: Authenticity and Commerce on Instagram.” Social Media & Society Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto. Jul 11, 2015.

[27] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Screens, Streams, Scenes, Screams: Labouring sociality among social media microcelebrity.” The Gendered Politics of Production: Girls and Women as Media Producers, FemGenSex Research Network, Middlesex University, London. Jun 16, 2015. <Abstract | Programme>

[26] Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Public coupling: Imageries of domestic intimacy among social media microcelebrities.” Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne. May 13, 2015. <Abstract | Poster>

[25] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Frenemies and cashtags: Social friending and hashtag lifecycle among social media microcelebrities.” Identity Research Network (IRN) Workshop, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Dec 3, 2014. <Abstract>

[24] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Shamelebrity: Scandal and self-shame as marketing strategies in the commercial blogosphere.” MediAsia 2014, The Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication, Osaka. Nov 16, 2014. <Abstract>

[23] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “OMGBRB blogwar: Orchestrating controversy and manufacturing disorder in commercial lifestyle blogging.” The Annual University of Sydney Anthropology Symposium, University of Sydney, Sydney. Nov 5, 2014. <Abstract>

[22] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Privacy for Profit: Commodifying Privacy in Lifestyle Blogging.” IR15, Association of Internet Researchers, Daegu. Oct 23, 2014. <Abstract>

[21] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “#sexbait: Sex-selling and Selling Sex among Commercial Lifestyle Bloggers in Singapore.” IR15, Association of Internet Researchers, Daegu. Oct 22, 2014. <Abstract>

[20] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Scandal and Self-shame in the Singaporean Blogosphere.” Work-in-progress Seminar, Tembusu College, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Oct 3, 2014. <Abstract>

[19] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “OMGBRB blogwar: Orchestrating controversy and manufacturing disorder in commercial lifestyle blogging.” CNM/CARE Research Talk, Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Oct 1, 2014. <Abstract>

[18] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Interstitial Intimacies: Paradoxes of Intimacy in Commercial Lifestyle Blogs.” Researching Intimacy and Personal Life IAS Masterclass Series, Institute of Advanced Studies, Perth. Sep 4, 2014.

[17] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Shamelebrity: Scandal and self-shame as marketing strategies in the commercial blogosphere.” UWA Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series, University of Western Australia, Perth. Aug 29, 2014. <Abstract>

[16] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Commercial Lifestyle Blogging: Methods, Some themes, #sexbait.” Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, University of Oxford, Oxford. Jul 18, 2014.

[15] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “Public femininities: Beauty work and sexuality projects in women’s lifestyle blogging.” UWA Gender, Media, and Cultural Studies Seminar Series, University of Western Australia, Perth. May 21, 2014. <Abstract>

[14] Abidin, Crystal. 2014. “#sexbait: Sex-selling and Selling Sex among Commercial Lifestyle Bloggers in Singapore.” Cultural Studies Association of Australia Intermezzo Symposium 2014, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Apr 4 – 5, 2014. <Abstract Programme>

[13] Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “#In$tagLam: Instagram as a repository of taste, a brimming marketplace, a war of eyeballs.” Mobile media creativity in an age of Smartphones Symposium, Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) & Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa (MINA), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne. Dec 9, 2013. <Abstract>

[12] Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Follow back, RT, Like!: The Politics of Social Friending in a Lifestyle Blogging Economy.” Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2013, Australian National University, Canberra. Nov 6 – 8, 2013. <Abstract>

[11] Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Session C: Material Culture.” Chairperson, Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA) Panel, Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2013, Canberra. Nov 6 – 8, 2013.

[10] Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “Consumption, Lifestyle and Asian Modernities Symposium.” Postgraduate Respondent, Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne. Nov 4 – 6, 2013.

[9] Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “buymylife.com – eyeballs, influencers, and social media.” UWA Postgrad and Honours Expo, University of Western Australia, Perth. Sep 25, 2013.

[8] Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “buymylife.com – eyeballs, influencers, and social media.” UWA Three Minute Thesis (3MT), University of Western Australia, Perth. Jul 25, 2013.

[7] Abidin, Crystal. 2013. “#lifeisgood: Understanding social currency in the female commercial blog industry in Singapore.” CCI Winter School 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Jun 24 – 28, 2013. <Abstract>

[6] Abidin, Crystal. 2012. “Narratives of Self-Creation, Boundaries of Privacy, and Vicarious Consumption: Exploring the Commercial Blog Industry in Singapore.” UWA Anthropology & Sociology Seminar Series, University of Western Australia, Perth. Oct 19, 2012.

[5] Abidin, Crystal. 2012. “Permeable performances: Negotiating the ‘online’ and the ‘offline’ in Singaporean blog entrepreneurship.” Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2012 – Social lives of and on computers, technology and the Internet, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Sep 26 – 28, 2012. <Abstract>

[4] Abidin, Crystal. 2012. “From diary writing to daily ranting: Women’s journaling on the Internet.” UWA Gender, Media, and Cultural Studies Seminar Series, University of Western Australia Perth. September 5, 2012. <Abstract>

[3] Abidin, Crystal. 2012. “livingontheinternet.com – why do it? who cares?” UWA Three Minute Thesis (3MT), University of Western Australia, Perth. Jul 25, 2012.

[2] Abidin, Crystal. 2012. “Cya IRL’: Researching digital communities online and offline.” The 7th Annual Limina Conference – Humanizing Collaboration, University of Western Australia, Perth. Jun 6 – 8, 2012. <Abstract>

[1] Abidin, Crystal. 2011. “Buymylife.com’ – Modeling, Role-modeling, Role-playing.” Gender Studies Symposium, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore. April 2011.


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