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gCON 2019

IM/Material Entanglements
The Meshing of Culture @ Communication and Technology

23 August 2019, Central Library Theatrette, National University of Singapore

Everyday life in contemporary society is dominated by the use of digital technology. Individuals are entangled in a mesh of digital technologies and communication networks that mediate their daily activities, shaping social and cultural structures on a scale that is more complicated than in the analog era. A new culture of self-disclosure and surveillance dominates, which is rewriting established ideals of privacy and accountability (Athique 2013, p. 225).

This conference is particularly interested in exploring the unique issues and challenges that arise when engaging with such an increasingly complex and sophisticated web of networks, especially when these networks inevitably overlap and intertwine with one another.

Call for Papers for gCON 2019 is officially closed (click to view conference schedule).

The keynote speaker for gCON 2019 is Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor, School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne.

ABOUT US

The CNM Graduate Student Conference, or gCON, is a one-day annual event organized by the NUS Department of Communications and New Media, and its Graduate Student Committee. Serving as a platform for exciting, emergent work, gCON gathers a pool of communications, new media, and cultural studies scholars to present their research to a broader audience, showcasing the vibrant student research culture of the department.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Keynote Speaker

Nikos Papastergiadis is Professor at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He studied at the University of Melbourne and University of Cambridge. Prior to returning to the University of Melbourne, he was a lecturer and the Simon Fellow at the University of Manchester. He has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity and has worked on collaborative projects with artists and theorists of international repute, such as John Berger, Jimmie Durham and Sonya Boyce. His current research investigates the historical transformation of contemporary art and cultural institutions by digital technology.

He is the director of the Research Unit in Public Culture at the University of Melbourne, Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Member of Clare College Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at the University of Tasmania School of Art, Advisory Board Member to the University of South Australia School of Art and Architecture, and co-chair of the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture.

ATTEND

Interested to attend gCON 2019? Register using the form below. Seats are limited and reserved on a first-com-first-served basis, so please sign up early! There are no registration charges to attend gCON 2019.

The Organising Team 2019


Chairperson
Zhang Lianshan

Chairperson

Lianshan Zhang is a PhD candidate in the ... Department of Communications and New Media at National University of Singapore. She earned her M.S. in mass communication at Iowa State University. Her research centers on health communication, m-health, social and psychological effects of new media technologies. Her research primarily looks at how communication and technology use can benefit people’s health outcomes. She recently explores how people use mobile social media affordances for health-related purposes and its effects on their well-being. She enjoys hiking and Zumba in her free time.


Vice-Chairperson
Samra Irfan

Vice-Chairperson

Samra Irfan is a PhD candidate in the ... Cultural Studies programme in the National University of Singapore.


Secretary
Gao Xueying

Secretary

Xueying Gao obtained her B.A from ...Zhejiang University in 2013. Then, she pursued her M.A of Translation Studies in Nankai University from 2013 to 2016. After graduation, she worked as a writer and translator in MIT Technology Review China before she joining the Cultural Studies in Asia programme as a Ph.D student since August 2018. Her research interest covers Cultural Studies, Social Memory, Anthropology, and Translation Studies, etc. She is constantly looking for interdisciplinary approaches to advance synthetic analysis of documented local history and culture with field observations and ethnographic interpretations of local’s memories in rural China.



Program Director
Ma Xiaofen

Program Director

Ma Xiaofen is a doctoral candidate in the ...Department of Communications and New Media from National University of Singapore. Xiaofen got her Bachelor degree from Sichuan Normal University, and received her Master’s degree from City University of Hong Kong for researching on the relationship between Internet users’ privacy and personal data protection in contemporary Chinese society. During the period of studying in CityU, she won the first place in a series of Independent Chinese Documentary-related lectures. Her research interests are in Computer-Mediated Communication and Organizational Communication, including protective behaviours of online privacy, IT experts’ policy compliance, and divides of organization-level regulations for users’ data.


Publicity and Publications Director
Chryssa Shana Bernardino Celestino

Publicity Director

Chryssa Celestino is a Master’s student in the ... Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include feminism, technology, mediated intimacies (specifically friendship), critical theory, affect studies, and popular culture. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in literature from De La Salle University, Philippines. Prior to her postgraduate studies, she was a writer, columnist, digital content editor, and founding features editor of the feminist website Preen.ph.


Personnel Director
Joseph Aloysius Raja Sekar

Personnel Director

Joseph Aloysius is currently pursuing his ... doctoral studies in the department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. His research concerns the area of privacy, and society. Aloysius was working as an assistant professor in the department of Mass Media, St. Xavier’s College, Autonmous (Mumbai), India till October 2017. He completed his masters in Science and Technology Communication in 2013. He is deeply interested in communicating the myriad uses of technology to the public. His previous research was on understanding how social media is used for environmental activism, and disaster communication.



Finance Director
Zhuo Chen

Finance Director

Zhuo Chen is a doctoral student in the ... Department of Communications and New Media at National University of Singapore. His research focuses on public opinion, consumer activism and crisis communication, with an emphasis on the role of media technology.


Logistics Director
Patrick Xi Yipeng

Logistics Director

Patrick Yipeng Xi is a doctoral student in ... the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on digital culture and digital activism in authoritarian regimes. Currently, his works on citizen engagement, public opinion and collective action have appeared in several Chinese-language and English journals.


Publicity Director
Wilson Koh

Adviser

Wilson Koh's PhD is from The University ... of Queensland, and his MA in literary studies is from the National University of Singapore. His research interests include martial arts entertainments, transmedia franchising (specifically superhero movie franchises and American professional wrestling), nationalism, and authenticity. He manages the Cultural Research Centre in the Department of Communications and New Media. His research appears in Continuum: Journal of Media and Culture, Celebrity Studies, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. He has taught new media, film, and cultural studies undergraduate modules in Singapore and Australia.



Technical Director
Aaron Ng

Technical Director

Aaron Ng is a PhD candidate at the ... Department of Communications and New Media in the National University of Singapore. His broad research interests include computational communication, fake news and online misinformation, health communication, public opinion, scientific communication, cognitive science and big data. Prior to his candidature, he taught in the same department for a decade, specialising in teaching highly technical content to students with no technical backgrounds.