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Teaching with selfies: new Creative Commons syllabus

Introducing the newest initiative from the Selfies Research Network: an six-week course for university students studying selfies, and/or university instructors who would like to touch on selfie culture in their own classes.The course (which carries a Creative Commons license) includes:

A full six week syllabus, including classroom exercises that can be used or adapted by teachers for their classes– athttp://www.selfieresearchers.com/the-selfie-course/selfie-syllabus/

A blog for discussions (everyone free to contribute) at

A Flickr group for sharing photos and discussion athttps://www.flickr.com/groups/selfieworkshop/

This week ( September 2014) we will begin to run the class online with a select group of international students, but everyone is invited to participate on our blog. The schedule of topics is as follows:

Week One: Selfies, Identity & Interpellation
Week Two: Selfies, Celebrity, Branding & Consumerism
Week Three: Selfies, Biometrics, Dataveillance
Week Four: Selfies, Sexuality, Dating
Week Five: Selfies, Subaltern, Criminality and “Others”
Week Six: Selfies, Space, Place and “Appropriateness” Debates

The course was developed by the following group of academics:

Theresa Senft (New York University, USA)
Jill Walker Rettberg (University of Bergen, Norway)
Elizabeth Losh (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Kath Albury (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Radhika Gajjala (Bowling Green State University, USA),
Gaby David (EHESS, France)
Alice Marwick (Fordham University, USA)
Crystal Abidin (University of Western Australia, Australia)
Magda Olszanowski (Concordia University, Canada)
Fatima Aziz (EHESS, France)
Katie Warfield (Kwantien University College, Canada)
Negar Mottahedeh (Duke University, USA)

During our scheduled pre-conference at the AoIR Conference Daegu, we’ll talk about the outcome of the class, what worked, what did not, and so forth. We’ll also be brainstorming ways to roll out more projects.

The Selfies Research Network will also be hosting a fishbowl on international selfies research and a roundtable on research methodologies and selfie study while in Korea. We look forward to seeing some of you there!

If you cannot join us in Korea, we are online and waiting to hear from you.If you’d like to know more about the Selfies Research Network we have a website at www.selfieresearchers.com

If you’d like to join our very active Facebook group, it is athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/664091916962292/

NB: The Selfies Research Network is an international group of academics studying the social and cultural implications of the selfie. Our membership includes teachers, students, visual artists, reporters, and others from around the globe. Our projects include publications, conference panels, gallery installations, and teaching resources regarding the politics and aesthetics of selfie culture.

Last but not least, some of you who speak languages beyond English might enjoy this, made by one of our network members:


Dance for Demand on Global Female Condom Day

This Global Female Condom Day  sexual health and reproductive justice advocates the world over are invited to unite and show their moves by dancing to demonstrate demand for female condoms. Be a part of this dance MOVEMENT for female condoms. Mark your calendar and get out your dancing shoes for September 16! Find out more here

Does the global HIV response understand sex?

From IRIN, the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs:

Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards “sex positive” approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. Read more here