CNM Grad Conference

gCON 2020

Recalibrated Introspection
Rethinking media, technology, and society in an age of disruption

3rd December 2020, Fully Virtual Sessions

Disruption has been a recurring theme in contemporary times. Globalization has disrupted the way goods and services are produced. Social media platforms have disrupted patterns of communication. Artificial intelligence has disrupted jobs and livelihoods. The latest disruption comes in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has accelerated some of these earlier disruptions and brought about its own disruptions on an unprecedented scale in some instances, such as mass lockdowns.

In light of these phenomena, gCON 2020 addresses the theme of disruption, exploring how disruptions influence and shape future understanding of media, technology, and society. We seek fresh ideas and perspectives on identifying key issues and challenges brought about by disruption, and how society should respond and address these issues.

Paper abstracts can explore the following themes, but not limited to these. If you are unsure if your paper fits the theme, please contact us.

  • Changing trends in globalization
  • Advances in health and science communications
  • Media and misinformation
  • Digital activism and social movements
  • Media affordances and new consumer technologies
  • Art and memory
  • Changes in everyday life
  • Human computer interaction

The keynote speakers for gCON 2020 are Dominic Yeo (Associate Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University) and Sharon Chang (Research Director, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore).

The oganising team would like to thank all participants for making gCON 2020 a virtual and literal success!

gCON2020 Participants

gCON2020 Participants

Prize Winners

Best Full Paper

Purnima Kamath
Communications and New Media

Top Presenters

Nurul Huda Rashid
Cultural Studies in Asia

Farah Bawany
Communications and New Media

Roe Curie
Communications and New Media


Keynote Speaker

Tien Ee Dominic Yeo

Tien Ee Dominic Yeo is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Communication Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. Born and raised in Singapore, Dr Yeo obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is an alumnus of NUS where he was among the first batch of undergraduate students to graduate from the CNM (then known as ICM) department as well as the university scholars programme.

Dr. Yeo’s research primarily examines communication practices and sociocultural phenomena around sexuality, health, and technology, particularly among sexual minorities and youth. He was awarded two competitive research grants from Hong Kong's Research Grants Council (RGC), under the General Research Fund (GRF) and Early Career Scheme (ECS) respectively, to investigate young people’s use of social media and the implications for their wellbeing. His work has been published in flagship and leading communication journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication, and Mobile Media & Communication.

Dr Yeo’s representative publications include “‘Mr Right Now’: Temporality of Relationship Formation on Gay Mobile Dating Apps” published in Mobile Media & Communication which illustrates how the sociological concept of time can shed light on users’ experience of relationship formation through gay mobile dating apps and “’Do You Know How Much I Suffer?’: How Young People Negotiate the Tellability of Their Mental Health Disruption in Anonymous Distress Narratives on Social Media” published in Health Communication which extends the concept of tellability to illustrate the communicative resistance of suffering through anonymous distress storytelling on social media.

The overarching concern of Dr Yeo’s scholarship is how social actors negotiate emergent and problematised ideas and practices. This curiosity has driven him to explain the emergent rise of user-generated videos in Hong Kong through the efforts of journalists at communicating the legitimacy of the practice (Yeo, 2016) as well as account for Hong Kong people’s differential attitudes towards social acceptance of gay/lesbian people, sexual orientation discrimination protection, and same-sex marriage through the influence of underlying sociocultural factors (Yeo & Chu, 2018). More recently, he and his co-author explicate how Hong Kong youth negotiate the drawbacks and disconnectivity of social media in their political engagement by theorising and illustrating their social media ambivalence and disconnective practices (Chu & Yeo, 2020).

Dr Yeo has supervised or co-supervised 11 research postgraduate students and received an award for outstanding performance in research supervision at the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Keynote Speaker

Sharon Chang

Dr. Sharon Chang is concurrently the Research Director of the Culture Academy, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, as well as the Chief Research Officer of the National Arts Council in Singapore. Her teams conduct studies on social capital, time use, social attitudes, population surveys on arts and cultural engagement as well as arts and cultural manpower in Singapore. Sharon is as an economist who has research experience in productivity measurement and growth, industry development, choice experiments and the non-market valuation of cultural resources. Besides these, her current research interests include the measurement of the impact of community arts, arts education, cultural tourism, wellbeing as well as social capital.

Sharon has degrees in Economics from the National University of Singapore, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Queensland in Australia. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Cultural Policy, Journal of Cultural Economics, International Journal of Hospitality Management as well as Tourism Analysis.


Interested to attend gCON 2020? 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 2020.


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.

The Organising Team 2020

Cho Soo Kyung Jamie


Jamie Cho is a final-year masters’ student in the Department of Communications and New Media ... , National University of Singapore. She previously worked in an Asia-Pacific advocacy network in nuclear non-proliferation after obtaining her Bachelor’s degrees in international studies and public administration from Korea University. Her thesis focuses on how legacy media, through social media channels, influence the development of public discourse on Korea-Japan relations.

Wong Hei Ting


Wong Hei Ting is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural Studies in Asia programme at National University of Singapore .... She is interested in understanding sound and its meanings to people. Her dissertation focuses on the relations between Cantonese popular music (Cantopop) and identity constructions in contemporary Hong Kong, by regarding Cantopop as the voice of Hong Kong. Her research interests also include: sound technology and media development; sound and cultural policies in Southeast Asia; and music-related educational issues.

Zhang Xing


Zhang Xing is a third-year PhD candidate at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University ... of Singapore. She got a master’s degree in Global China Study from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Sichuan University. Her research interest focuses on public relations, crisis and disaster communication, science communication, and social media studies.

Program Director
Zhu Zicheng Stephy

Program Director

Zicheng is a second year PhD student at the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore .... She graduated from Boston University, with a Master of Science in Marketing Communication Research, and before that she got a Bachelor Degree from Sun Yat-sen University. Her primary research interest lies in human computer interaction. Her PhD dissertation focuses on reflection and mindfulness in technology use.

Publicity Director
Wang Ziyi

Publicity Director

Wang Ziyi is a second-year Ph.D. student at the Department of Communication and New Media, National University of Singapore .... She obtained both her bachelor's degree and master’s degree from Wuhan University. Her primary research interest focuses on the digital economy, platform studies, and civic technology.

Personnel Director
Chen Changwen

Finance Director

Chen Changwen is a second-year PhD student at Department of Communication and New Media, National University of Singapore .... He is primarily interested in labor and its relationship with technology, temporality and modernity, with the emphasis on the context of the third-world area. His PhD dissertation mainly focuses on the transformation of work ethic from socialism to post-socialism in China.

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.