I founded the TikTok Cultures Research Network in October 2020. TCRN is a research portal focused on studying TikTok cultures from a variety of qualitative research methodologies. Our Network provides and facilitates the production of scholarly resources, research projects, and events that connect networks of qualitative scholars of various disciplines from around the world.
We are supported by a handpicked group of Asia Pacific-based Founding Members (est. October 2020) and a group of global Key Regional Leaders (est. September 2021). Together, we act as a consulting panel for the development and future directions of the Network. TCRN also hosts and promotes the work of its Global Members.
Our ethos is rooted in:
(1) providing opportunities to junior, under-represented, and under-privileged scholars;
(2) committing to a decolonial perspective that prioritises research from and by the margins/marginalized in the Asia Pacific and Global South;
(3) fostering meaningful and impactful collaboration and networking opportunities that will result in innovative research perspectives.
TCRN’s major initiatives include:
(1) Virtual events rotating across the format of an academic conference, an industry symposium, and a public roundtable;
- TikTok & Children, 8 May 2023
- TikTok & Asian Diaspora, 17 October 2022
- TikTok Research Books Roundtable, 16 May 2022
- TikTok and Social Movements, 20 September 2021
- TikTok Methodologies, 19 July 2021
- TikTok & Youth Cultures in the Age of COVID-19, 29 March 2021
- Cultures of TikTok in the Asia Pacific, 7 December 2020
(2) Open Access special reports and teaching syllabi; and
- COVID-19 Messaging on TikTok, Q2 2023
- Social Justice Through Social Media Pop Cultures, April 2022
- TikTok Syllabus: Teaching socio-cultural issues on TikTok, December 2021
(3) Scholarly Special Issues
- TikTok and Children, in progress
- TikTok Methodologies in Television & New Media, forthcoming
- TikTok and Social Movements in Social Media + Society, 2023
- Cultures of TikTok in the Asia Pacific in Media International Australia, 2023
- Research Perspectives on TikTok and Its Legacy Apps in International Journal of Communication, 2021
TCRN’s various projects and events have been supported by generous sponsors, including the MCASI Creative-Critical Imaginations Seed Fund at Curtin University; Strategic Investment Funding from Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University; the Australian Research Council (DP170102176 and DE190100789), and the Social Science Research Council (Rapid-Response Grants on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences). We are presently funded by and hosted at Curtin University.
We welcome prospective Global Members, prospective visiting scholars, prospective student interns, and industry collaborations.
To find out more, visit:
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This page was last updated on 17 May 2023.