Dr Nancy Thumim Guest Edits The International Journal of Media and Culture
April 20th, 2017
Dr Nancy Thumim has guest edited Self-(Re)Presentation Now, a special issue of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture. The issue features new work by Alison Hearn, Lilie Chouliaraki, Jenny Ungbha Korn, Alicia Blum Ross & Sonia Livingstone, Son Vivienne, and Katrin Tiidenberg & Andrew Whelan. The published articles demonstrate the wide range of scholarship focusing on presentation and representation of the self in this moment.
The authors in this issue subject the concepts of representation, presentation, and the self (taken together and taken apart) to thoughtful critique. The articles explore a range of objects and processes, namely, gender-diverse and gender-fluid selfies, “migrant-related selfies,” parent bloggers, “nonselfie selfies,” Chatroulette, and Twitter. The authors employ a range of perspectives and methodological approaches. Despite their diversity, we can read the articles presented here as prioritizing a couple of key foci that set the debate for research in this area from now on, namely, the self itself and power relations.