January 27, 2022

Tian Heong Chan: “Design and (Visual) Optimal Distinctiveness”

Abstract How different should a new design be? In his talk, Tian Chan examined how a new design’s similarity with other designs contributes to its market […]
January 27, 2022

Simone Pfeifer: Affordances and Platform Dynamics in Digital Ethnographic Research: Examples from Muslim Everyday Life on Instagram

Abstract Affordances and platform dynamics have often been studied as part of digital anthropological work (e.g., Costa 2018; Bareither 2018; Madianou & Miller 2012). However, these […]
January 27, 2022

Tom Simmert: #TiktokAfrica as an Ethnographic field

Abstract Using the example of my research on Afrobeats, this talk aimed to explore the possibilities of TikTok as a digital field site for ethnographic research […]
January 27, 2022

Gabriele de Seta: Ethnographic approaches to digital folklore

Abstract With its focus on sustained participation and dialogic engagement across different media and their contexts of use, ethnography is particularly suited for the study of […]
January 27, 2022

Liz Przybylski: Hybrid ethnography of expressive cultures, collection and utilization of audiovisual data

Abstract This talk shared examples from hybrid online/offline music ethnography that help listeners ask theoretical, ethical, and practical questions about modes of sharing information. Thinking through […]
January 27, 2022

Ji-Yoon An [University of Tübingen]: Aliens, Mermaids, and Cartoons: Generic Hybridity in Twenty-First Century South Korean Dramas

Abstract In the past decade, K-dramas have engaged in varying levels of generic hybridity. This paper takes interest in a cycle of rom-com series that have […]
January 27, 2022

Yonghoon Lee [Hong Kong University of Science and Technology]: Identity, Networks, and the Road to a Successful Career in the Creative Labor Market

Abstract Labor market identity and professional networks have been two important pillars for understanding creative careers advancing outside of organizational boundaries. Despite the fact that identity […]
January 27, 2022

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo [Film & music critic, PR & media consultant, Lagos]: Culture, Technology, and Currency in Nollywood and Nigerian Pop Music

Abstract Inasmuch as the Nigerian film and music industries have achieved similar levels of recognition, if not acclaim, globally, the route to achieving that has been […]
January 27, 2022

Michael Hutter [WZB Berlin Social Science Center]: Novelty Spirals in African Megacities

Abstract In Neue Medienökonomik (2006), Michael Hutter suggested that the emergence of new information goods, particularly cultural and creative goods, follows a spiral movement: praise and […]