Working Session: Facebook in the Pacific
For a Working Session in 2018 in New Orleans: we ask interested participants (which most certainly can include new participants) to send us an abstract by 1 October, which we will read and comment upon (this will help us narrow down a set of common questions and topics). We will pre-circulate papers which will be due no later than 15 January 2018; at the Working Session, each person will discuss in depth 1-2 other submissions (which we will assign). To assist with conversation, we have set up a closed Facebook Group (email Eric if you wish to join) and also a public bibliography at Google Docs (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BA6RIxUIaTI42 Pm3-86OPazCeJZlt2vHdWALYiLlBBQ/edit?usp=shar- ing).
At the Informal Session in Kauai, our conversations ranged from Papua New Guinea and Rapanui to Tonga, Rotuma, and the Melanesian Archives. Some of the key issues we discussed were: ethics of using FB friends for ‘research’; use of FB to ‘give back’ to the lo- cal community; our own identities on FB; FB as a repository of information; so-called “context collapse”; how Pacific Islanders do “identity work” on FB; gender and voice; language use, (mis)communication, literacy; political activism; the political-economy of FB; whether or not US values are encoded in the architecture of FB; the types or categories of postings; audience and subjectivity; how the state is involved; surveillance, violence; and modernity and globalization.
David Lipset, University of Minnesota <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Eric Silverman, Wheelock College <email@example.com>