Upcoming talks and works-in-progress listed here. Navigate research accolades, publications, projects, presentations, multimedia, service, and press under the RESEARCH tab above.

For pre-prints and copies email crystalabidin[at]gmail[dot]com.



[invited public panel] 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>

[invited keynote & workshop] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “How to Engage with the Influencer Industry.” Transform to AAA Lecture Series, Science Park (Sweden), Jönköping. February 19, 2019. <Register>

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

[invited industry lecture & workshop] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Using Internet Paralanguages.” Transform to AAA Lecture Series, [location TBA], Jönköping. February 26, 2019.

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

[invited industry lecture] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “What Swedish companies can learn from how entrepreneurs in East Asia use Instagram and Streaming Apps.” Transform to AAA Lecture Series, [location TBA], Jönköping. March 5, 2019.

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

[invited conf paper] 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>

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

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

[invited industry seminar] 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.

[invited conf paper] Abidin, Crystal. 2019. “Oppressed, Oratorical, Outlandish: Chinese Privilege activism through entertainment in Singapore’s Influencer ecology.” Chinese Privilege in Singapore, Asia Research Institute, Singapore. May 02-03, 2019. <Link>

[invited 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>



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

[journal article] Grief hype-jacking: Influencers, Attention Economies, and the Commodification of Grief

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

[journal article] #nofilter, #inreallife: Influencers and Porous Authenticity on Instagram



[edited book] Me-diated Inter-faces: representation, presentation, and embodiment online – with Katie Warfield (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) and Carolina Cambre (Concordia University)

[journal article] Glamour and Grotesque: Influencers and the anatomy of plastic surgery advertorials

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

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

[book chapter] The Great Good Childhood Birthday: Commemoration, commercialism, and moral parenting in Influencer advertorials

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

[book chapter] Fast phone fashion: Fashion marketing in the age of smartphones

[book chapter] My Instagram Husband: Influencers, Gendered fame, and Networked tensions amidst commodified romance

[book chapter] Screens, Streams, Scenes, Screams: Labouring sociality among young women Influencers

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


This page was last updated on 15 February 2019.

2 thoughts on “Research

  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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