To engage me for a talk email crystalabidin[at]gmail[dot]com.

* denotes invited talks
@ denotes keynote
^ denotes panelist
# denotes presentation by co-author

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2017

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

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

@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. <Event>

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2016

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

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

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

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.

*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>

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.

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

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]

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]

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.

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

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

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

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]

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]

*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.

#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>

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>

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>

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

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>

#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>

*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>

*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>

*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.

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

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2015

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.

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.

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

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.

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>

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

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

#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.

*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>

#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.

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

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>

*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>

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

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>

@*Abidin, Crystal. 2015. “Vote for my selfie: Politician selfies as charismatic leadership (plenary speaker).” Selfie Citizenship, Digital Innovation, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester. Apr 16, 2015. <Abstract | Watch>

*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>

*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.

*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>

*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>

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

*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>

*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>

*

2014

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>

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>

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>

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

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>

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>

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>

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.

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>

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

*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>

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

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>

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>

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2013

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>

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>

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.

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.

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

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

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

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>

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2012

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.

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>

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>

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

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

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>

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2011

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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