Public coupling: Imageries of domestic intimacy among social media micro celebrities


In Singapore, young couples who wish to apply for the heavily subsidized public housing, which accommodates over 80% of the national population, have to meet tight stipulations as regulated by the government. At the same time, predominantly female commercial lifestyle bloggers have increasingly been cast as role models among young people, given the extent of their influence over cohorts of Internet users on various social media platforms since 2005. This presentation draws together these two phenomena to investigate the emerging hyper-publicity of domestic intimacy between young couples as negotiated on social media. It investigates some of the early discourse and imageries staged, circulated, and contested in the life course of a romantic relationship including homemaking in third spaces, the materiality of love tokens, and the spectacle of dating milestones.

Extended bio Crystal is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology & Sociology, and Communication & Media Studies at the University of Western Australia, Perth, and has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (First Class Honours) in Sociology and Gender Studies from the National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Her academic interests include Gender & Sexuality in terms of performance and identity, Social Media Research with regards to youth, entrepreneurship, and technobiographies, and Race, Ethnicity and Religion focusing on inter-cultural upbringings and multi-cultural family units.

Crystal has published and researched interdisciplinary intersections including education and entrepreneurship, gender performance and web entrepreneurship, privacy and commodity, commercial intimacy and technology, class performance social media, intimacy and web entrepreneurship, and physical-digital collaborative ethnographic research methodologies. She also has forthcoming work in book collections edited by Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan. See her list of published works here and her list of works under review here.

Outside of academic publishing, Crystal has also been actively socializing her research for general public consumption, having written for The Q, PopAnth, socphd, Murdoch University Postgraduate Student Association, Postscript, and Gushcloud. She has also written for The New Paper (Singapore) and ABC (Australia).

She currently teaches in the departments of Anthropology & Sociology, Communication & Media Studies at the University of Western Australia, Perth, and was the Project Officer for Trove, an online interactive creative arts journal housed in the Cultural Precinct.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 11:00
SICS Swedish ICT, room Knuth
Isafjordsgatan 22