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Under the radar: Women's use of mobile communication

Research profile seminar

"In this presentation I will look at women's use of mobile communication in several locations around the world. They include women in vegetable markets in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, female fish mongers in Myanmar, female North Korean Refugees in Seoul, South Korea, housewives in rural Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya, Syrian refugees in the Netherlands, and female smugglers as well as "live-out" maids in Indonesia. I will look at the way that mobile communication plays into the lives of women in these diverse situations."

For the past two decades, Rich Ling has studied the social consequences of mobile communication. He has examined how mobile communication facilitates microcoordination, how it is used in emergencies, how it has been adopted and used by teens in Norway and the US, and how it is used by small-scale entrepreneurs in places such as Cote dIvoire and Myanmar. He has also examined how mobile-phone based interaction illuminates more fundamental social forces such as strong-tie bonds and triadic interaction. He finds that mobile communication is increasingly being structured into the social fabric. This process is changing the social structure.

Ling has written extensively in this area. He has written or edited 11 volumes and over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He has written The mobile connection (Morgan Kaufmann, 2004), New Tech, New Ties (MIT, 2008) and most recently Taken for grantedness (MIT, 2012) a book that received a complimentary review in the journal Science. In addition, he has done peer reviews for more than 70 different academic journals. He is the editor in chief of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, the highest ranked journal in the area of communication studies. Along with Veronika Karnowski, Thilo von Pape and Steve Jones, he is a founding co-editor of Mobile Media and Communication (Sage). In addition, along with Gerard Goggin and Leopoldina Fortunati he is a founding co-editor of the Oxford University Press Series Studies in Mobile Communication. He is a fellow of the International Communication Association and he sits on the board of that organization.

Lecturer: Rich Ling (Ph.D., University of Colorado, sociology) is the Shaw Foundation Professor of Media Technology, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has an adjunct position at the University of Michigan and has worked Telenor, the Norwegian Telecommunication Operator.

Date: 10/23/2019

Time: 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Information Technology

Location: Torg Tre, våning 3, hus Patricia, Forskningsgången 6, Lindholmen

Contact person: Alexandra Weilenmann

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