Upcoming talks and works-in-progress listed below. For published papers, projects, past talks, key ideas & concepts, and multimedia resources, please navigate via the menu.


# denotes presentation by co-author

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

[invited speaker] 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. <Register>

[invited lecture] 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>

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

[invited panelist] 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. <Register>

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

[plenary] R. Beta, Annisa, Crystal Abidin, et al. 2021. “Youth Movements in Asia under Crises.” 2021 Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference, Singapore. 28–20 July 2021. <Link>

[keynote] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “Visibility labour, Platforms, and New digital cultures.” 5th New Media Studies National Congress, Turkey. 4–5 November 2021. <details TBA>

[keynote] Abidin, Crystal. 2021. “TikTok sociality and cultures.” Digital Transformations, HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. 16–17 November 2021. <details TBA>


[journal article] Rural Chinese YouTube Videos: Scoping a genre – with Chen Guo

[book chapter] Understanding Identity and Platform Cultures – with Harry T Dyer

[journal article] Representations of disability on TikTok – with Katie Ellis, Mary-Anne Romano

[journal article] Livestreaming During a Pandemic: Platforms, Cultures, and Pivots – with Jonathon Hutchinson

[book chapter] Audio memes, Earworms, and Templatability: The ‘aural turn’ of memes on TikTok – with D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye

[journal article] ‘Don’t let this flop’: TikTok Creators’ Strategic Improprieties – with D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye

[journal article] TikTok Stage, Celebrities, and Kpop in South Korea – with Jin Lee

[journal article] Influencers and ‘Backdoor Advertising’ in South Korea – with Jin Lee

[book chapter] Ella Gross and child social media stars: Rising to fame through K-pop idol trainee systems, mixed raceness, and tabloid cycle controversies – with Jin Lee

[journal article] Asian Australian Diaspora and Identity on TikTok – with Denise Woods, Cass Sligh, Kelly Bailey 

[journal article] Music challenges on TikTok: Classifying cross-cultural storytelling videos – with Arantxa Vizcaíno Verdú

[journal article] Minimalism and Gestures on Social Media – with Michele Zappavigna

[journal article] The Aesthetics of Chinese Diaspora on TikTok – with Zhao Xinyu

[journal article] Anti-Asian racism and the ‘colonization’ of Douyin via TikTok – with Zhao Xinyu

[journal article] ‘#OkBoomer, time to meet the Zoomers’: Studying the Memefication of Intergenerational Politics on TikTok – with Jing Zeng

[journal article] Trajectories of online transgression: Public shaming cultures on the Singaporean internet

This page was last updated on 01 April 2021.

2 Thoughts

  1. Hi Crystal!

    I became aware of your ethnographic work on Instagram via Academia. I’m planning to use Instagram for my dissertation project. I have couple of questions regarding visual data collection and ethics. Would you mind connecting via email for further discussion?


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