My conference schedule for the year is starting to come together, and over the next six months I’ll be involved in presentations on different sides of the planet, covering a pretty interesting range of topics with some brilliant collaborators – from Bowie to birth, #democracysausage to death, GIFs and loops to Eurovision and elections, and a generous dash of methods. This year’s tour (for no reason given the moniker the ‘Make Me Dance, I Want To Surrender‘ World Tour 2015) has several legs, and more dates may follow – especially in September and October. Check the upcoming page for the latest details!
Part one: April – May 2015
First up, at the end of this week I’m presenting at ‘Digging the Data’, an ANZCA pre-conference at the University of Sydney, on ‘Visual social media: Instagrammatics and beyond’ (17 April 2015). This is an updated version of both the Instagrammatics Tama Leaver and I have been working on, and some preliminary work for my VCRF project.
Then, at the start of May, in Brisbane (for once!), I’m the support act for Lee Humphreys at that month’s Digital Media seminar series at QUT – the topic for my talk is still TBA, but will probably be around ‘Visual Cultures of Social Media’ (8 May 2015).
A few weeks later, I’m off to Puerto Rico for the International Communication Association (ICA) conference in San Juan:
– at the ICA Mobile Preconference, Tama and I have a paper on ‘Instagramming the ends of identity‘, an overview of the Instagram elements we’ve been working on for Tama’s Ends of Identity project. (20 May 2015).
– in the full conference, Axel Bruns and I have a paper on ‘Social media news audiences and the quantified journalist’ as part of a panel on ‘the audience turn in journalism (studies)’. (22 May 2015).
– and also at the full conference, I’m presenting on ‘Depicting social television on Instagram: Visual social media, participation, and audience experiences of #sbseurovision’ – my paper about Australian Eurovision fandom on Instagram, to be presented a matter of hours before Australia competes at Eurovision for the very first time. (23 May 2015).
Part two: July 2015
In July, I’m off to New Zealand (for the first time!) to present at the Australia New Zealand Communication Association conference in Queenstown:
– first, I’m finally getting #democracysausage out of my system (8-10 July 2015)
– Peta Mitchell, Elizabeth Ellison, and I have a paper on ‘Social media and the Australian spatial imaginary‘, bringing together Peta’s work on cultural geography and social media mapping, Liz’s research into representations of place, and my digital media research, especially Instagram (8-10 July 2015).
– and Tama and I have the expanded version of ‘Visual social media: Instagrammatics and beyond’ as part of a Digital Methods panel (8-10 July 2015).
The following week, I’m off to Melbourne to give a talk at a symposium attached to the David Bowie Is… exhibition which is finally coming to Australia. My presentation is about fandom and visual culture on social media: it’s ‘Oh! You Pretty GIFs: Visualising David Bowie fandom on Tumblr’, to be given at The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie symposium, (17-18 July 2015).
Part three: September – October 2015
The early parts of this leg are still to be determined, but the tour will end up in Phoenix, Arizona, for the Association of Internet Researchers annual conference (IR16), where the following will happen:
– Stefanie Duguay and I will present on looping visual media, focusing on GIFs and Vines, in ‘“Like a monkey with a miniature cymbal”: Cultural practices of repetition in visual social media’ (21-24 October 2015).
– Tama and I will delve deeper into the visual representations of birth and death on Instagram in ‘Imagining the ends of identity: Birth and death on Instagram’ (21-24 October 2015)
– and Axel and I sum up six years of research into social media and Australian politics as part of a panel on elections in ‘Social Media in Selected Australian Federal and State Election Campaigns, 2010-15‘ (21-24 October 2015)
There is more to be announced, too – including more methods workshops, so keep an eye out for that! So, a pretty quiet year planned…