Nancy Baym visits DECIDIS and CULT at ITU

DECIDIS and CULT are very happy to welcome Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Nancy Baym, at ITU 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 14:00-15:30
IT University, Auditorium 3

Nancy Baym will present her latest work in a talk on

New Media, New Work, and the New Call to Intimacy: The Case of Musicians

The  architectures and norms of new media push people toward sharing everyday intimacies they might historically have kept to close friends and family. As more people are pushed toward gig work, the original gig workers – musicians – provide an exemplary lens for exploring the implications of this widespread blurring of interpersonal communication into everyday practices of professional viability. This talk draws on her new book “Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection”, plus nearly a decade of work on the tensions that musicians – and many others – must manage as social media platforms become integral to professional life.

There will be time for discussion after the presentation for discussion. Participation is open and please share this invitation with students and colleagues.

Nancy Baym studies how people, audiences and workers such as musicians understand and use communication technologies in their everyday relationships. She is the author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age (Polity Press, 2010/2014), now in its second edition, Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Methods (co-edited with Annette Markham, Sage 2009), as well as dozens of articles and book chapters.

She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994, writing the first Ph.D. dissertation on online community (later published as Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community; Sage, 2000). She was a co-founder and is Past-President of the Association of Internet Researchers and serves on the editorial boards of several new media and Communication journals. Before coming to Microsoft, she was a Professor of Communication Studies. She is a Research Associate in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT.

More about Nancy Baym’s research and publications here: