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Upcoming talks and works-in-progress listed below.


* denotes invited talks
# denotes presentation by co-author

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

[invited research seminar] *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>

[invited conference paper] @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.

[keynote] *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>

[keynote] *Abidin, Crystal. 2019. [title tba] Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) PGN Conference 2019, Bangor University, Wales. July 1-2, 2019.


[journal article] Influencers reclaim liminal celebrity: MunahHirziOfficial, Parody YouTube videos, and Intersectional minority politics

[journal article] Grief hypejacking: Influencers, #ThoughtsAndPrayers, and the Commodification of Grief on Instagram

[book chapter] Preschool stars on YouTube: Child microcelebrities, Commercially viable biographies, and Interactions with technology

[book chapter] “Hey YouTube, welcome to my exclusive private home tour”: Influencers, Domestic space vlogs, and Continuums of disclosures

[book chapter] L8r H8r: Fans, haters, and ephemeral solidarity in Influencer wars


[journal article] From YouTube to TV, and Back Again: Viral Video Child Stars and Media Flows in the Era of Social Media – with Tama Leaver (Curtin University) 

[journal article] History of the digital camera in Singapore 1994-2006 – with Connor Graham (Asia Research Institute)

[journal article] Somewhere Between Here and There: Negotiating Researcher Visibility in a Digital Ethnography of the Influencer Industry.

[special issue] Private messages from the field: Confessions on digital ethnography and its discomforts.

#nofilter, #inreallife: Influencers and Porous Authenticity on Instagram

Glamour and Grotesque: Influencers and the anatomy of plastic surgery advertorials

Privacy for Profit: Influencers, Personae and the Lifecycle of Commoditized Privacy

Oppressed, Oratorical, Outlandish: Chinese Privilege activism through entertainment in Singapore’s Influencer ecology

The Great Good Childhood Birthday: Commemoration, commercialism, and moral parenting in Influencer advertorials

Fast phone fashion: Fashion marketing in the age of smartphones

My Instagram Husband: Influencers, Gendered fame, and Networked tensions amidst commodified romance

Screens, Streams, Scenes, Screams: Labouring sociality among young women Influencers

From womb to cradle: Branded pregnancies, neonatal care, and the pre-personhood of micro-microcelebrities

This page was last updated on 24 March 2019.

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