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Social Sciences Week Seminar | Code-Switching Selves


A Social Sciences Week Seminar with Dr Son Vivienne, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Creative Agency and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT

Start Date

12 Sep 2018 1:00 pm

End Date

12 Sep 2018 2:00 pm


Hobart - Physics 218 Immersive Room, Sandy Bay, plus other venues as below

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Code-Switching Selves | Curating networked presence

How do we represent ourselves on and offline for different audiences? Is there any such thing as a selfie without gender? How can we share different contradictory aspects of self with confidence?

Every day we add material to our digital trace, often without too much thought about what or where we’re sharing. For many people, including those with diverse expression of gender or sexuality, some aspects of self are stigmatized by others. How can we be visible and proud at the same time as private and safe? Sometimes the way we identify ourselves is judged to be incompatible with binary systems and ‘computer says no’. How can we represent ourselves in ways that create space for complexity and shifts between or around categories of male, female, gay, straight, black, white?

Son Vivienne is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Creative Agency and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT. Their principal expertise is digital self-representation, online activism, queer identity, and rhetorical strategies/feminist practices for speaking and listening across difference. Son is also involved in community development and arts as an activist, workshop facilitator and media-maker. Son is author of Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-author/co-editor of Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest, Culture (Rowman & Littlefield).

Son curates several collective storytelling websites for queer ( and gender-diverse ( communities and has over twenty years of multi-media production and distribution experience. As an award-winning writer/director/producer of drama and documentaries, they tackled subjects as diverse as youth suicide; drug cultures in Vietnamese communities; and lesbian personal columns. Their film work includes multi-lingual (Vietnamese-English and Adnyamathanha-English) and multi-modal (animation, micro-docs, digital storytelling and interactive web-platforms) projects that reflect their comparative, cross-cultural and critical approaches to communication and storytelling.

This one hour seminar will be held in Physics Room 218, Sandy Bay campus (a 21 seat Immersive Studio) and simultaneously at these campus venues:

Burnie - Cradle Coast Rm D214 (9 seat Immersive Studio)
Launceston - NH.A001 (21 seat Immersive Studio)
Rozelle - Rozelle 022 (6 seat Immersive Studio)

This event is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social Change.


Institute for Social Change
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 44


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