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[invited dialogue] Abidin, Crystal. 2023. “Researching inter-cultural Influencers in the Asia Pacific region.” ANZCA Salon. 3 April 2023.

[invited seminar] Abidin, Crystal. 2023. “Agents and Agency in the Child Influencer Industry.” Connecting Ideas WIP Sessions, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child. 19 April 2023. 

[invited seminar] Abidin, Crystal. 2023. “TikTok as ‘English Douyin’: Cross-platform curation, Cross-cultural brokers, and Cross-knowledge conduits.” Institute for Global Communications and Integrated Media, School of Journalism, Fudan University. 26 April 2023.

[event] Abidin, Crystal, Jin Lee, and Tama Lever. 2023. “TikTok and Children.” TikTok Cultures Research Network and ARC Centre for the Digital Child. 8 May 2023. <Call for papers>

[panel] Chen, Kaiping, Yingdan Lu, Sheng Zou, Yoav Goldstein, Nicolas Legewie, Doron Shiffer-Sebba, Pascal Jürgens, Marcus Bösch, Tom Divon, Crystal Abidin. 2023. “Video-as-data in computational communication: Toward a mixed-method pathway.” International Communication Association Conference 2023, Toronto. 25–29 May 2023. // CA’s paper: “The ethos and pathos of livestream videos: A longitudinal study of BeLive Asia as ethnographic data.”

[panel] Malholtra, Pranav, Crystal Abidin, Nicole Ellison, Brooke Erin Duffy, Katy Pearce, Jerey Shtern, Briana Trifiro. 2023. “Keeping it Real: Contested meanings of authenticity on social media.” International Communication Association Conference 2023, Toronto. 25–29 May 2023. // CA’s paper: The cynical authenticity of meme factories in SEAsia

[keynote] Abidin, Crystal 2023. “Inter-cultural Influencers: Industry logics, Platform optics, and Arbiters from the Asia Pacific region.” Association for Visual Pedagogies Conference 2023, Christchurch. 8–10 June 2023. <Link>

[plenary] Abidin, Crystal, Joshua Kalemba, Brendan Churchill, Jacqueline Menager. 2023. “Title tba.” Youth + Work Symposium. Monash University, Melbourne. 22 June 2023. <Link>

[invited seminar] Abidin, Crystal. 2023. “Title TBA.” Institute for Media Studies, University Bochum. 3 July 2023.

[invited seminar] Abidin, Crystal. 2023. “Title TBA.” ACAT, Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University. 21 August 2023.

[keynote] Abidin, Crystal. 2023. “Title TBA.” Diplomacy, Politics, Activism, Ambassadorship: The politicisation of celebrity in Asia. Deakin University, Melbourne. 22–24 November 2023. 


[journal article] K-pop TikTok: TikTok’s expansion into South Korea, TikTok Stage, and Platformed glocalization – with Jin Lee

[journal article] Black Summer on TikTok and ABC News – with Emily van der Nagel, Jonathon Hutchinson, D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye

[journal article] Recentering Academic Scholarship on Sister Apps – with Poh Yu Ting

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

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

[book chapter] Shaping Identity Through the Mobile Media of TikTok – with Harry Dyer


[book] Social Media Pop Cultures in South Korea – with Jin Lee

[report] Benchmarking Influencer Regulations in the Asia Pacific Region 

[report] TikTok and Youth Engagements During COVID-19 

[report] WhatsApp Cultures and Family Group Chats in Singapore – with Natalie Pang

[book chapter] The Promotional Cultures of Businesses on TikTok: Brand accounts, Small businesses, and Internet celebrities – with Jenna Drenten, Lauren Gurrieri

[journal article] Liziqi and Chinese Rural Influencers on YouTube: A bilingual review and algorithmic snowball sampling method for scoping a genre – with Chen Guo

[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

[journal article] Being bound in a fieldsite: Cross-cultural methodological notes on doing digital ethnography on TikTok – with Jin Lee

[journal article] Kid-dols in South Korea and Beyond: The child idol industry in the era of K-pop and child influencers – with Jin Lee and Tama Leaver

[journal article] Exploring the Genre of laowai wanghong on YouTube and TikTok – with Poh Yu Ting

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

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

[journal article] Chinese Cultural Mediators on TikTok: Genres, Knowledge flows, and Internet Celebrity between Platform Markets – with Jing Zeng

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