New Proposed Sessions
Informal Session: Facebook in the Pacific
We are interested in the mutual relationship between modernity, social media and society. We thus do not assume that modernity and technology are necessarily or singularly transformative, giving rise to a particular or ‘Westernized’ subjectivity, or used in a uniform way. In other words, we think that what is engendered by the space-time compression enabled by social media is an open question rather than a new networked individualism. We therefore propose to start the process for a
session on Facebook use among Pacific Islanders. We want to begin to approach this topic by soliciting an expression of participants’ interest in one of the following issues (or some other one not listed). First of all, we would like to focus on practices. How do Pacific peoples use Facebook? What is Facebook discourse, language use, and photography like? Secondly, we are interested in concepts of community that are taken-forgranted in Facebook groups of various kinds, public and private. Thirdly, we want to focus on how Facebook use varies by gender, age, class, and region (by which we mean tribal/ethnic background, village ties, country of origin and/or residence, and ‘roots’). Fourthly, we are also interested in how Facebook use has been shifting since it began to be used in the region.
For the first meeting next year, which we would propose as an informal session, we ask that all participants have a look at Daniel Miller’s book, Tales From Facebook.
Parties should send a note stating intention to participate and a topic either to David Lipset
<firstname.lastname@example.org> or Eric Silverman <email@example.com> by 1 November 2016.
David Lipset, University of Minnesota <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Eric Silverman, Wheelock College <email@example.com>