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This presentation was given at the conference Digital Gender: Theory, Methodology and Practice at Umeå University in Sweden. Date: 14th of March 2014. It the presentation Camilla Hällgren introduces her concept Crowdsourced Identities. She also links art, activism and research and presents her art and research project called "- Do You Think I'm Pretty?" Crowdsourcing Girl Identities. The overall aim in the project is to conduct empirical, theoretical and artistic explorations of girls’ online identity-making to further our understanding of the relation between online culture, gender and young peoples’ identity-making.
The basic dynamics of identity-making are still much the same but when it comes to arenas for formations of identity, today’s young generation has opportunities to do it differently from pre-online generations. Following arguments of Palfrey and Glaser (2008) and Thumin (2012) one important difference is found in the potential access to larger audience and online contexts that may allow experimentations and reinventions. This presentation reports on an ongoing research and art project: “Do You think I’m Pretty?” The overall aim in the project is to conduct empirical, theoretical and artistic explorations of girls’ online identity-making to further our understanding of the relation between digital culture, gender and young peoples’ identity-making.
Bio: Camilla Hällgren works as a senior lecturer at Umeå University in Sweden. She also works as an artist (www.littleswedenart.com). She received her PhD in 2006 for her thesis Researching and Developing Swedkid: A Swedish Case Study at the Intersection of the Web, Racism and Education. Her research interests includes identity, gender, learning and online visual cultures. One of her most recent work was as editor (with Elza Dunkels and Gun-Marie Frånberg) and author in the anthology Invisible Girl.