January 15, 2018

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a workshop by Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza titled “An Ethnography of Digital Lives: Developing Research Questions for Networked Worlds.” The workshop is on Jan. 15, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at NGF Room,1/f de la Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. The workshop is open to the public.

About the workshop
Digital media are personal, portable, participatory, and pervasive. Thus, everyday lives will be even more mediated. Questions about media immersion, issues of privacy, de/regulation, and changes in the way people interact with one another are inevitable. With human lives increasingly intertwined among machine technologies, studies about networked worlds and their global interconnections online will require further attention. Based on visiting scholar Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza’s research trajectories and fieldwork experiences, this workshop asks participants to consider how online lives would generate different questions and new avenues of inquiry pertaining to their current research projects. How may scholars use digital lives as data? What are some methodological and ethical concerns when conducting research about online worlds? Participants should prepare to discuss their projects in addition to difficulties and apprehensions moving forward. This workshop is open to all students regardless of project theme.

About the lecturer
Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza is a doctoral candidate of anthropology with a graduate certificate in gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is also a research affiliate with the Seeing Systems INTERSECT group, an interdisciplinary collaboration among UIUC scholars interested in the role of vision in technological systems. Drawing on transdisciplinary perspectives, methods, and practices from feminist approaches and queer of color cultural critique, Atienza’s project considers the online and offline experiences of gay Filipinos looking for intimate connections in and between Manila and Los Angeles on mobile phone digital media platforms.

About Kritika Kultura
Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Thomson Reuters (ISI), Scopus, EBSCO, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit or email

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