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The EASA Media Anthropology Network is well known for its e-seminars which run on our mailing list for a period of two weeks. These moderated sessions have been held since 2004 and they unfold around a working paper presented by a Network participant or guest. They are currently convened by Veronica Barassi. E-seminars are free and open to anyone with a genuine interest in the anthropology of media. To participate please subscribe to our mailing list via this page. If you wish to present a paper or suggest a presenter please contact Veronica Barassi.

Wordcloud of e-seminar and working paper titles (2004-2016)

For a complete list of past and forthcoming working papers and e-seminars (including PDF transcripts of both) see below:


E-seminar 61
24 October - 14 November 2017. E-Seminar on Media and mobility. In collaboration with EASA's Anthropology and Mobility Network.

Opening Statements: Rebecca Carlson (Tokyo Medical and Dental University), Jamie Coates (Sophia University), Jordan Kraemer (New York University) and Noel B. Salazar (Co-convenor EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network, University of Leuven) (PDF, 120 KB)
E-Seminar on Media and mobility (PDF, 160 KB)

E-seminar 60
10-31 May 2017. Elisabetta Costa (University of Groningen): Social media as practices: An ethnographic critique of ‘affordances’ and ‘context collapse’. (PDF, 170 KB)
Comments: Christian Pentzold (University of Bremen) (PDF, 70 KB)
E-Seminar on
Social media as practices (PDF, 150 KB)

E-seminar 59
7-21 February 2017. Nina Grønlykke Mollerup (Independent Researcher, Denmark): ‘Being there’, phone in hand: Thick presence and ethnographic fieldwork with media (PDF, 120 KB)
Comments: Veronica Barassi (Goldsmiths, University of London) (PDF, 70 KB)
E-Seminar on
‘Being there’, phone in hand (PDF, 180 KB)

E-seminar 58
25 October - 8 November 2016. Alex Khasnabish (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada): On media practices and the radical imagination (PDF, 160 KB)
Comments: John Postill (RMIT University, Melbourne) (PDF, 70 KB)

E-Seminar on On media practices and the radical imagination (PDF, 130 KB)

E-seminar 57
22 June - 13 July 2016. E-Seminar on Facebook as research field and research platform. In collaboration with AAA's Digital Anthropology Group (DANG) and the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology & Computing (CASTAC).

Opening Statements: Philipp Budka (University of Vienna), Jordan Kraemer (Wesleyan University), Martin Slama (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Sydney Yeager (Southern Methodist University) (PDF, 120 KB)
E-Seminar on Facebook as research field and research platform (PDF, 210 KB)

E-seminar 56
26 April - 10 May 2016. Daniel Miller, Elisabetta Costa, Laura Haapio-Kirk, Nell Haynes, Tom McDonald, Razvan Nicolescu, Jolynna Sinanan, Juliano Spyer, Shriram Venkatraman and Xinyuan Wang ("Why We Post" Team, University College London): Pudding - can anthropology teach us how to use media? (PDF, 500 KB)
Comments: Erin Taylor (Instituto de Ciencias Sociais, Universidad de Lisboa) (PDF, 80 KB)

E-Seminar on
Pudding - can anthropology teach us how to use media? (PDF, 110 KB)

E-seminar 55
1-15 March 2016. Line Hassall Thomsen (Aarhus University, Denmark): "It’s like a family!" - the unity and community of journalists. On connections between newsrooms and how journalists share a community of practice. (PDF, 250 KB)
Comments: Chris Paterson (Leeds University) (PDF, 70 KB)

E-Seminar on
"It’s like a family!" - the unity and community of journalists (PDF, 145 KB)

E-seminar 54
10-24 November 2015. John Postill (RMIT University, Melbourne): Notes on workshop "Theorising Media and Conflict". (PDF, 600 KB)
Comments: Birgit Bräuchler
(Monash University, Melbourne
) (PDF 110 KB)
E-Seminar on
Theorising media and conflict (PDF 150 KB)

E-seminar 53
29 September - 13 October 2015. Ingrid Kummels (Free University Berlin
): Negotiating land tenure in transborder media spaces: Ayuujk People’s videomaking between Mexico and the USA (PDF, 190 KB)
Comments: Gisela Canepa (PUCP Lima, Peru) (PDF, 70 KB)

E-Seminar on
Negotiating land tenure in transborder media spaces (PDF, 160 KB)

E-seminar 52
7 July - 21 July 2015. Sahana Udupa (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany
): Abusive exchange on social media: The politics of online Gaali cultures in India (PDF, 300 KB)
Comments: Nell Haynes (University College London/Universidad Católica de Chile) (PDF, 70 KB)

E-Seminar on
Abusive exchange on social media (PDF, 140 KB)

E-seminar 51
19 May - 1 June 2015. Julian Hopkins (Monash University, Malaysia
): Assembling blog affordances: Theorising affordances and agency in new media. (PDF, 150 KB)
Comments: Adolfo Estalella
(University of Manchester/Open University of Catalonia
) (PDF, 100 KB)
E-Seminar on
Assembling blog affordances (PDF, 180 KB)

E-seminar 50
25 February - 18 March 2015. Sarah Pink (RMIT University, Melbourne): Energy and digital living. (Website)
Comments: Mark Pedelty
(University of Minnesota
) (PDF, 80 KB)
E-Seminar on
Energy and digital living (PDF, 230 KB)

E-seminar 49
9-23 December 2014. Annette Markham (Aarhus University, Denmark): Produsing ethics [for the digital near-future]. (PDF, 280 KB)
Comments: Adam Fish
(Lancaster University, UK
) (PDF, 70 KB)
E-Seminar on
Produsing ethics (PDF, 130 KB)

E-seminar 48
14-28 October 2014. E-Seminar on 10th Anniversary of the EASA Media Anthropology Network. (PDF, 160 KB)

E-seminar 47
1-15 July 2014. Jie Gu (Communication University of China)
: Participating in YouTubing practice: Towards a practice perspective to understand user participation motivations. (PDF, 180 KB)
Comments: Ursula Rao
(University of Leipzig
) (PDF, 60 KB)
E-Seminar on
Participating in YouTubing practice (PDF, 330 KB)

E-seminar 46
25 February - 11 March 2014. Johanna Sumiala
(University of Helsinki), Titus Hjelm (University College London), Minttu Tikka (University of Helsinki), Leena Suurpää (Finnish Youth Research Society, Helsinki): Studying youth in the Media City: Multi-sited reflections. (PDF, 100 KB)
Comments: John Postill
(RMIT University,
Melbourne) (PDF, 70 KB)
E-Seminar on Studying youth in the Media City (PDF, 150 KB)

E-seminar 45
5-19 December 2013. E-Seminar on Theorising media and change with an opening by John Postill (RMIT University, Melbourne) (PDF, 290 KB)

E-seminar 44
9-23 July 2013. Tess Conner (Independent): "Accept no limitations": Expressions of diasporic identity in Nigerian Idol. (PDF, 435 KB)
Stephen M. Lyon (Durham University, UK) (PDF, 70 KB)
E-Seminar on "Accept no limitations" (PDF, 180 KB)

E-seminar 43
26 March - 9 April 2013. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong (Southern Illinois University): "Cry your own cry": On popular visual media of life experiences in Ghanaian mottonyms. (PDF, 1,3 MB)
Comments: Jerry Eades (Asia Pacific University, Japan) (PDF, 100 KB)
E-Seminar on "Cry your own cry" (PDF, 230 KB)

E-seminar 42
4-18 December 2012. John Postill (RMIT): Media and social changing since 1979: Towards a diachronic ethnography of media and actual social changes. (PDF, 230 KB)
Comments: Brian Larkin (Columbia University) (PDF, 80 KB)
E-Seminar on Media and social changing since 1979 (PDF, 220 KB)

E-seminar 41
9-23 October 2012. Daniel Miller and Jolynna Sinanan (UCL): Webcam and the theory of attainment. (PDF, 130 KB)
Comments: Daniel Taghioff (Independent) (PDF, 70 KB)

E-Seminar on Webcam and the theory of attainment (PDF, 170 KB)

E-seminar 40
19 June - 3 July 2012. Shaun Moores (University of Sunderland): Loose ends: Lines, media and social change. (PDF, 170 KB)
: Jens Kjaerulff (Independent) (PDF, 60 KB)

Loose ends (PDF, 230 KB)

E-seminar 39
28 February - 13 March 2012.
Jussi Parikka (University of Southampton): Friedrich Kittler - a media anthropology without the Man? (PDF, 60 KB)
: Gabriela Vargas-Cetina (Brown University / Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan) (PDF, 100 KB)
on Friedrich Kittler - a media anthropology without Man? (PDF, 130 KB)

E-seminar 38
22 November - 6 December 2011. Philipp Budka (University of Vienna): From cyber to digital anthropology to an anthropology of the contemporary? (PDF, 140 KB)
Comments: Alexander Knorr (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich) (PDF, 100 KB)
E-Seminar on From cyber to digital anthropology to an anthropology of the contemporary? (PDF, 210 KB)

E-seminar 37
17-31 May 2011. Kristin Vold Lexander (University of Oslo): Names U ma puce: Multilingual texting in Senegal. (PDF, 900 KB)
Comments: Ken Banks ( (PDF, 65 KB)
E-Seminar on Names U ma puce (PDF, 270 KB)

E-seminar 36
15-29 March 2011. Francine Barone (University of Kent): New leisure forum for old leisure practices: Online and offline interaction and presentations of self in Figueres, Spain. (PDF, 1,3 MB)
Comments: Valentina Gueorguieva (University of Sofia) (PDF, 70 KB)
E-Seminar on New leisure forum for old leisure practices (PDF, 180 KB)

E-seminar 35
18 January - 1 February 2011. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong (Southern Illinois University Carbondale): Sakawa: On occultic rituals and cyberfraud in Ghanaian popular cinema. (PDF, 2,9 MB)
Comments: Tilo Grätz (Halle University & Free University Berlin) (PDF, 70 KB)
E-seminar on Sakawa (PDF, 10 MB)

E-seminar 34
7-21 December 2010. Mark Allen Peterson (Miami University): Indexicality, iconicity and language ideology in the Urdu news revival. (PDF, 150 KB)
Comments: Ursula Rao (University of New South Wales) (PDF, 65 KB)

E-seminar on Indexicality, iconicity and language ideology in the Urdu news revival (PDF, 190 KB)

E-seminar 33
21 June - 6 July 2010. Jenny Cool (University of Southern California): The mutual co-construction of online and onground in Cyborganic: Making an ethnography of networked social media speak to challenges of the posthuman. (PDF, 700 KB)
Comments: Antoni Roig Telo (Open University of Catalonia) (PDF, 90 KB)

E-seminar on The mutual co-contruction of online and onground in Cyberorganic (PDF, 270 KB)

E-seminar 32
20 April - 4 May 2010. Sun Sun Lim and Minu Thomas (National University of Singapore): Migrant workers’ use of ICTs for interpersonal communication - The experience of female domestic workers in Singapore. (PDF, 230 KB)
Comments: Mirca Madianou (University of Cambridge) (PDF, 73 KB)
E-seminar on Migrant worker's use of ICTs for interpersonal communication (PDF, 220 KB)

E-seminar 31
23 February - 9 March 2010.
Mark Westmoreland (American University in Cairo): Akram's Reproduction Machine: Reimagining Lebanese resistance. (PDF, 175 KB)
: Kirsten Scheid (American University of Beirut) (PDF, 94 KB)
on Akram's Reproduction Machine (PDF, 216 KB)

E-seminar 30
17 November - 1 December 2009.
Sudha Rajagopalan (Utrecht University): Not just spooky: The collaborative aesthetics of supernatural fandom on Runet. (PDF, 210 KB)
Catherine Tosenberger (University of Winnipeg) (PDF, 70 KB)
on Not just spooky (PDF, 170 KB)

E-seminar 29
8-22 September 2009. Fausto Barlocco (Loughborough University):
Media and belonging to the nation in Sabah, East Malaysia. (PDF, 230 KB)
Arvind Rajagopal (New York University) (PDF, 70 KB)
on Media and belonging to the nation in Sabah, East Malaysia (PDF, 270 KB)

E-seminar 28
28 April - 12 May 2009.
Nabil Echchaibi (University of Colorado-Boulder): From audiotapes to videoblogs: The delocalization of authority in Islam. (PDF, 180 KB)
: Emilio Spadola (Colgate University) (PDF, 80 KB)
on From audiotapes to videoblogs (PDF, 210 KB)

E-seminar 27
17 February - 3 March 2009. Jay Gabriel (independent scholar, USA):
Getting involved: Independence and recursivity in the journalistic field. (PDF, 110 KB)
Comments: Per Ståhlberg (independent scholar, Sweden) (PDF, 90 KB)
E-seminar on Getting involved (PDF, 175 KB)

E-seminar 26
6-22 January 2009.
Ulrika Sjöberg and Ingegerd Rydin (Halmstad University, Sweden): Family talk about media portrayals of immigrants. (PDF, 180 KB)
Kira Kosnick (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main) (PDF, 70 KB)
E-seminar on Family talk about portrayals of immigrants (PDF, 90 KB)

E-seminar 25
22 October - 5 November 2008.
Eric Rothenbuhler (Texas A & M University): Media anthropology as a field of interdisciplinary contact.
Comments: Ariel Heryanto (University of Melbourne) (PDF, 80 KB)
E-seminar on Media anthropology as a field of interdisciplinary contact (PDF, 310 KB)

E-seminar 24
1-15 September 2008.
Jay Ruby (Center for Visual Communication, USA): Towards an anthropological cinema. (PDF, 1,7 MB)
Comments: Peter Ian Crawford (University of Tromsø) (PDF, 100 KB)
E-seminar on Towards an anthropological cinema (PDF, 256 KB)

E-seminar 23
19 May - 2 June 2008.
Erkan Saka (Rice University, USA): Blogging as a research tool for ethnographic fieldwork. (PDF, 280 KB)
Comments: Mary Stevens (University College London) (PDF, 20 KB)
E-seminar on Blogging as a research tool for ethnographic fieldwork (PDF, 160 KB)

E-seminar 22
15-29 January 2008.
Erica Baffelli (University of Otago, New Zealand): Media and religion in Japan: The Aum affair as a turning point. (PDF, 580 KB)
Comments: Blai Guarné (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) (PDF, 56 KB)
E-seminar on Media and religion in Japan (PDF, 554 KB)

E-seminar 21
20 November - 4 December 2007.
Ursula Rao (University of New South Wales): Re-writing politics: Consumerist messages and the emergence of a new style of political reporting in India. (PDF, 140 KB)
Comments: Anna Horolets (Warsaw School of Social Psychology) (PDF, 36 KB)
E-seminar on Re-writing politics (PDF, 172 KB)

E-seminar 20
18 September - 2 October 2007.
Mark Pedelty (University of Minnesota): Musical news: Popular music in political movements. (PDF, 260 KB)
Comments: Herman Wasserman (Newcastle University) (PDF, 24 KB)
E-seminar on Musical news (PDF, 220 KB)

E-seminar 19
12-26 June 2007.
Kerstin Andersson (Gothenburg University): The online Durga. (PDF, 132 KB)
Comments: Matthijs van den Bos (University of Amsterdam) (PDF, 24 KB)
E-seminar on The online Durga (PDF, 460 KB)

E-seminar 18
22-29 May 2007.
Carsten Wergin (University of Bremen): World music: A medium for unity and difference? (PDF, 190 KB)
Comments: Joanne Haynes (Bristol University) (PDF, 20 KB)
E-seminar on World music (PDF, 64 KB)

E-seminar 17
3-10 May 2007.
Faye Ginsburg (New York University): Rethinking the digital age. (PDF, 192 KB)
Comments: Maximilian C. Forte (Concordia University) (PDF, 28 KB)
E-seminar on Rethinking the digital age (PDF, 150 KB)

E-seminar 16
27 February - 6 March 2007.
Matthew Durington (Towson University): Moral panics in suburban Texas. (PDF, 148 KB)
Comments: Chas Critcher (Sheffield Hallam University) (PDF, 100 KB)
E-seminar on Moral panics in suburban Texas (PDF, 176 KB)

E-seminar 15
23-30 January 2007.
Urban Larssen (Stockholm University): Imagining a world of free expression in the making: Romania and global media development. (PDF, 100 KB)
Comments: Elizabeth Bird (University of South Florida) (PDF, 20 KB)
E-seminar on Imagining a world of free expression in the making (PDF, 260 KB)

E-seminar 14
28 November - 5 December 2006.
Bart Barendregt (Leiden University): Between m-governance and mobile anarchies: Pornoaksi and the fear of new media in present day Indonesia. (PDF, 120 KB)
Comments: Heather Horst (University of California, Berkeley) (PDF, 24 KB)
E-seminar on Between m-governance and mobile anarchies (PDF, 212 KB)

E-seminar 13
24-31 October 2006.
Gabriela Vargas-Cetina (Autonomous University of Yucatan): Very much a midnight child: Software and the translation of times at the university. (PDF, 100 KB)
Comments: David Hakken (Indiana University) (PDF, 24 KB)
E-seminar on Very much a midnight child (PDF, 190 KB)

E-seminar 12
20-27 June 2006. Sebastian Ureta (Catholic University of Chile):
Locating the TV: Television placement and the reconfiguration of space in low-income homes in Santiago, Chile. (PDF, 490 KB)
Comments: Jo Helle-Valle (National Institute for Consumer Research, Oslo) (PDF, 24 KB)
E-seminar on Locating the TV (PDF, 130 KB)

E-seminar 11
23-30 May 2006.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo): Nations in cyberspace: Nationalism and social communication. (PDF, 150 KB)
Comments: Mirca Madianou (University of Cambridge) (PDF, 92 KB)
E-seminar on Nations in cyberspace (PDF, 350 KB)

E-seminar 10
21-28 February 2006.
Katrien Pype (Catholic University Leuven): "I do not want to marry my ngatiul." Mass-mediated alliances between youngsters and Neo-Pentecostalism in Kinshasa. (PDF, 240 KB)
Comments: Kelly Askew (University of Michigan) (PDF, 82 KB)
E-seminar on "I do not want to marry my ngatiul" (PDF, 208 KB)

E-seminar 9
17-24 January 2006.
Brian Street (King's College London): Autonomous and ideological models of literacy: Approaches from new literacy studies. (PDF 207 KB)
Comments: Dorle Dracklé (University of Bremen) (PDF, 76 KB)
E-seminar on Autonomous and ideological models of literacy (PDF, 239 KB)

E-seminar 8
8-15 November 2005.
Francisco Osorio (University of Chile): Why is interest in mass media anthropology growing? (PDF 160 KB)
Comments: Mark Peterson (Miami University) (PDF, 122 KB)
E-seminar on Why is interest in mass media anthropology growing? (PDF, 410 KB)

E-seminar 7
27 September - 4 October 2005.
E-seminar on Researching the internet with an introductory statement by Birgit Bräuchler (University of Munich) (PDFs 320 KB, 150 KB)
Comments: Christine Hine (University of Surrey) (PDF, 89 KB)

E-seminar 6
28 June - 5 July 2005.
Elisenda Ardèvol (UOC Catalonia): Catálogo de sueños: Las relaciones personales en Internet como producto de consumo. (PDF, 1,4 MB)
English version:
Dream gallery: Online dating as a commodity. (PDF, 1,2 MB)
Comments: Kyra Landzelius (Gothenburg University) (PDF, 117 KB)
E-seminar on Dream gallery (PDF, 310 KB)

E-seminar 5
17-24 May 2005.
Mihai Coman (University of Bucharest): Media anthropology: An overview. (PDF, 260 KB)
Comments: Debra Spitulnik (Emory University) (PDF, 77 KB)
E-seminar on Media anthropology (PDF, 300 KB)

E-seminar 4
19-26 April 2005.
John Postill (University of Staffordshire): Media anthropology in a world of states. (PDF, 370 KB)
Comments: Faye Ginsburg (New York University) (PDF, 95 KB)
E-seminar on Media anthropology in a world of states (PDF, 310 KB)

E-seminar 3
22 February - 1 March 2005.
Sarah Pink (Loughborough University) and Ana Martinez Perez (University Rey Juan Carlos, Fuenlabrada): A fitting 'social model': Culturally locating (PDF, 260 KB)
Comments: Pille Runnel (Estonian National Museum / University of Tartu) (PDF, 80 KB)
E-seminar on A fitting 'social model' (PDF, 240 KB)

E-seminar 2
11-18 January 2005.
Jonathan Skinner (Queen's University Belfast): At the electronic evergreen: A computer-mediated ethnography of a newsgroup from Montserrat and afar. (PDF, 60 KB)
Comments: Birgit Bräuchler (University of Munich) (PDF, 85 KB)
E-seminar on At the electronic evergreen (PDF, 200 KB)

E-seminar 1
23-30 November 2004.
Katarina Graffman (University of Uppsala): The cruel masses: How producers at a Swedish commercial television production company construct their viewers. (PDF, 80 KB)
Comments: Mark Hobart (SOAS) (PDF, 20 KB)
E-seminar on The cruel masses (PDF, 150 KB)
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