10 March 2014
This conference is organised by DERC PhD Student Mark Eby and DERC Research Affiliate, Dr Verena Thomas, Director of the Centre for Social and Creative Media at the University of Goroka in PNG. It will be held in Papua New Guinea this July.
11 March 2014
This public lecture by Lynn Schofield Clark from the University of Denver will examine how family life is changing as digital and mobile media create opportunities for both more connection and for more interruption. Download a PDF flyer for this event.
13 March 2014
In this talk, Associate Professor Kane Race from the University of Sydney will argue that online hook-up devices generally act in
gay culture as ‘framing devices’, framing sex as a ‘no-strings’ encounter via their default application.But these frames are variously rejected, reconfigured, re-embedded or confounded by participants. Download a PDF flyer for this event.
18 March 2014
This master class is led by Professor Lynn Schofield Clark and Senior Research Fellow Heather Horst, both of whom have extensive experience in publishing and speaking for a wide range of audiences. The class is designed to explore dilemmas related to the processes of writing up research in relation to the shifting environments in which those of us in higher education find ourselves today. Download a PDF flyer for the event.
30 March 2014
This three-year scholarship is for a PhD candidate who will conduct ethnographic field research for a study of the moral and cultural economy of the mobile phone in Fiji.
Featured Project: The Uses of Webcam
Tania Lewis, Daniel Miller and Jolynna Sinanan.
The Uses of Webcam is a joint project between the Anthropology department of University College London and the School of Media and Communication at RMIT. Ethnographic-based fieldwork is currently being carried out in Trinidad by Jolynna Sinanan, under the supervision of Professor Daniel Miller (who has previously written several books on digital media and material culture in Trinidad) and Associate Professor Tania Lewis. The aim of the study is to provide the first in-depth, systematic research on webcam to understand the extent of its use in transnational and other relationships. We are investigating the varying experiences of using webcam, advantages and disadvantages of webcam for its users, the different kinds of relationships where webcam is used (parent-child, grandparents-grandchildren, siblings, cousins and extended family, long distance relationships, business and commercial) and the likely consequences for transnational and other relationships in the future.
Featured Publication: Webcam
Written by DERC members Daniel Miller and Jolynna Sinanan, this book examines the use of webcam, which has recently become established, especially through Skype, as one more standard media technologies. Webcam is one of the first attempts to assess its fundamental nature and consequences, and its profound implications for many facets of human life, from self-consciousness and intimacy to the sustaining of long-distance relationships and the place of the visual within social communications.
Based on research in London and Trinidad, this book shows how 'always-on' webcam is becoming an entirely different phenomenon from the initial use of webcam as a videophone. Webcam is examined within the framework of 'polymedia' - that is, the new environments created by the simultaneous presence of a multiplicity of communication technologies - and used to exemplify a theory of attainment that accepts media technologies as aspects of, rather than detracting from, our basic humanity.