How do young women understand and experience intimacy in the age of social media? Are their experiences qualitatively different after the millennial turn and the rapid expansion of digital technologies? What impact do these digital experiences and understanding of intimacy have on how millennial subjects experience, understand and negotiate social relations in globalising Asia?
This mini-symposia series is a part of the multi-sited ongoing research project, Digital Intimacy: Young Women and Social Transformation in Asia, which looks at college-going women in Bangalore, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou to understand how their lives in these aspiring “smart” cities are being shaped by the phenomenal growth of digital technology use in Asia in the past ten years. It aims to throw new light on emerging practices of digital intimacy, with specific reference to how young, college-going women cultivate digital personae of their selves, and how such personae forge new ways of negotiating and navigating the realms of (a) courtship/marriage, (b) kinship/family and (c) tertiary education.
The research is supported by the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong.
Mini-Symposium series | Digital Intimacy: Young Women & Social Transformation in Asia
Date: February 9, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 20:30 HK/Singapore/China ; 18:00 India
Speakers: Lik Sam Chan and Dhiren Borisa
Register here: https://lingnan.asia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b9Nz6Zt4xoJmodM
Dr Lik Sam Chan is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research addresses the intricate relationship between digital media, gender and sexuality, and culture. https://liksamchan.com/
Dr Dhiren Borisa is a Dalit queer activist, poet, and urban sexual geographer and is currently employed at Jindal Global Law school as an Assistant Professor. He is also an honorary visiting fellow at the School of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Leicester, UK. Dhiren attained his PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on Queer Cartographies of Desires in Delhi. His research engages with sexual mappings and makings of cities from an intersectional and decolonial lens both among queer spaces in India and in diasporic queer worldings.
Centre for Cultural Research and Development, Lingnan University
Centre for Inter-Asian Research, Ahmedabad University