CFMS PhD Chikezie Uzuegbunam attends conference at Umeå University in Sweden

8 Mar 2019 - 13:15

Chikezie Uzuegbunam (3rd year Media Studies PhD Researcher) is one of the twenty doctoral students selected from around the world who received full funding to participate in a conference held in Sweden at Umeå University " Critical Digital and Social Media Research ".

Chikezie Uzuegbunam at Umeå University, Umea in Sweden

The conference took place from 6 to 8 March 2019 and was organised by the Centre for Digital Social Research (DIGSUM), at Umeå University, Sweden in collaboration with Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster, UK.

The event seeks to bring together an exclusive number of scholars and researchers (PhD students, postdoc researchers and prominent scholars) working in the areas of digital and social media research for a three-day engagement and contribute to the advancement of critical approaches, methodologies, theories, epistemologies, practices, and ethics in this field of scholarship.

Some of the notable keynote lectures that form part of the conference:

  1. “Marxist Theory in the Digital Age” by Prof Christian Fuchs, Director of CAMRI, University of Westminster, UK
  2. “The Bias of Automation” by Prof Mark Andrejevic, Professor, School of Media, Film, and Journalism, Monash University
  3. “Interpretive Sociology and Critical Digital Methods” by Prof Simon Lindgren, Director, Centre for Digital Social Research, Umeå University
  4. “The ethical importance of critical epistemologies” by Annette Markham, Professor of Information Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark

Chikezie Uzuegbunam presenting his research at the conference.

Chikezie's conference presentation derives from his doctoral research being supervised by A/Prof Tanja Bosch which explores the digital lifeworlds of young Nigerians. He presented on the 7th of March, and his paper contributes an important dimension to children’s digital practices, especially as research and scholarship on pre-teens and teens’ practices with technology in everyday life is still largely scant and insufficient in the African continent. Among other things, the study recommends government’s, schools’ and families’ intervention in extending children’s opportunities and rights in the digital age by rethinking the precarious subjective-subordinate and marginalised position of children in Africa.

Chikezie speaks about the conference experience: “This has been one of the best, intimate, critical, engaging and rewarding conferences I have attended so far. Not only do I have the opportunity of meeting a helpful group of like-minded PhD researchers from around the world, I am able to also engage with some of the most current and topical issues around the broader theme of digital media and social media. What is more, the ‘critical dimensions’ around theme makes it all the more interesting and powerful. I am grateful to the Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) for supporting towards the sundry aspects of my trip, and to my supervisor for her incredible support.”

Chikezie Uzuegbunam with the lead keynote speaker, Prof Christian Fuchs.