Darbseminārs "Digitālās diasporas: dzimte, identitāte, piederība"

Digitālās diasporas: dzimte,identitāte,piederība

Digital diasporas: gender, identity, belonging

Center for Gender Studies


University of Latvia, Faculty of Humanities

Visvalža 4a, Rīga, Latvia

Room 402



June 20th

14.00-14.30 - Introduction

14.30 – 15.30

Kaarina Nikunen

Digital paths, migration and spaces of belonging

Cofee break - 15.30-16.00


Lisa Nakamura

Digital identity, feminist theory, postcoloniality


Indrek Ibrus

The cultural effects of heritage digitisation and emergent cross-media archives

June 21st


Ulla Kaarina Nikunen

Affective patterns of online sociability and racialization

10.30-11.00. Coffee break


Lisa Nakamura.

The hidden circuits of indigenous computer labor: A Photographic History of The Navajo Fairchild Ladies of Shiprock, New Mexico.


Gareth E. Hamilton

The academic diaspora: traditional and digital methods of connection between globally-dispersed neoliberal persons

13.00 – Final Discussion & Round Up



Course lecturers:      

Lisa Nakamura (USA)

Lisa Nakamura is the Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and coordinator of its Digital Studies Program. She is the author of four books on racism, sexism, and the Internet.
Her book Workers Without Bodies: Racism, Sexism, and Digital Labor in
Social Media and Gaming is under contract with University of Minnesota

Kaarina Nikunen (Finland)

My research explores the ways in which media constructs understanding of the world: social justice and solidarity are important concepts in my work. I study the relations between media structures, popular engagements and affective dimensions of media. The vital question for me is how conditions of media shape the ways we engage with social and political issues, and how this guides our understanding of our role and responsibility as political subjects.

Indrek Ibrus (Estonia)

I work as a senior researcher and a head of Tallinn University Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture. I am also an associate professor at TLUs Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School. As a researcher my field is media studies with a special focus on the phenomena and processes of media innovation, crossmedia production, the evolution of cross-platform and ubiquitous web and the broader evolution of modern ‘creative industries’. More recently the focus has changed to studying the various implications of cultural heritage digitisation and heritage based innovation. In theoretical terms I am interested in a variety of evolutionary approaches to media/cultural change – especially Yuri Lotman’s semiotics (as extended and complemented by, among others, Sebeok and Danesi, Kress and Van Leeuwen, Umberto Eco, et al.), but also evolutionary economics, systems theoretical sociology, complexity theory, media archaeology, ‘cultural science’, etc. My approach is, nevertheless, critical – that is, I see all the above having some relevance for the modern approaches to the political economy of media. I have undertaken conceptual work for investigating the possibilities for dialogues among these approaches with the purpose to work towards a transdisciplinary approach to ‘media innovation’.

Gareth E.Hamilton (Latvia-Ireland)

Has recently completed his PhD in Social Anthropology after having completed his MA (with distinction) in Research Methods in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University. Gareth also obtained his BA (Hons) in Modern European Languages (French and German) at Durham, as well as an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, after having taught in three secondary schools in the Austrian Land of Styria for two years as a British Council language assistant. As part of this wider project, Gareth’s PhD focussed on eastern German conceptions of personhood, through the optic of microbusiness entrepreneurship. Through ethnographic fieldwork in Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt, in his PhD he investigated to what extent these two are compatible, with special reference to which cultural and economic schemes of rhetoric are used by entrepreneurs in justifying their economic choices. His research interests are Austria, Entrepreneurship, Germany, Postsocialis, Social change, Sociality and rhetoric culture

List of participants:

1.      Tatjana Bicjutko (English Philology, University of Latvia)

2.      Maksims Bogdanovs (Translation studies, University of Latvia)

3.      Daniels Dijevs (English Philology, University of Latvia)

4.      Indrek Ibrus (Tallinn University Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture)

5.      Gareth E. Hamilton (Anthropology Studies, University of Latvia)

6.      Randa Grumsle (English Philology, University of Latvia)

7.      Ģirts Jankovskis (University of Latvia)

8.      Svetlana Koroļova (Department of Contranstive Linguistics and Translation, University of Latvia,)

9.      Ilze Ladusa (University of Latvia)

10.  Elīna Meiere (Anthropology Studies, University of Latvia)

11.  Lisa Nakamura (Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and coordinator of its Digital Studies Program)

12.  Alina Nidagundi (English Philology, University of Latvia)

13.  Kaarina Nikunen (Media Studies, University of Tampere)

14.  Irina Novikova (Gender Studies, English Philology, University of Latvia)

15.  Julia Popova (English Philology, University of Latvia; Law Studies, Baltic International Academy)

16.  Kintija Puzāne (English Philology, University of Latvia)

17.  Anna Reinolde (Anthropology, University of Latvia, Riga Stradins’ University)

18.  Anastasija Ropa (English Philology, University of Latvia)

19.  Marija Semjonova (Finno-Ugric Studies, University of Latvia)

20.  Diāna Zaķe (English Philology, University of Latvia)

21.  Kārlis Vērpe (Liepāja University)

22.  Dārta Vinovska (English Philology, University of Latvia)

23.  Dita Vinovska (Anthropology Studies, University of Latvia)

24.  Darja Voitjuka (English Philology, University of Latvia)