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Ego-media: The impact of new media on forms and practices of self-presentation (EGO-MEDIA)
Start date: May 1, 2014, End date: Apr 30, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Ego-media: The impact of new media on forms and practices of self-presentationThis project aims to study the impact of new media on autobiographical narratives: an impact increasing as habits and practices of self-presentation evolve rapidly in response to constantly fast-changing technology. It will analyse the range of ways in which autobiographical forms and discursive practices are being transformed at the frontier of technological change; then consider the implications of the new forms and practices for such notions as autobiography, selfhood, subjectivity, individuality, self-intelligibility, agency, creativity, privacy, and sociability. Based in the interdisciplinary Centre for Life-Writing Research in the School of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London, it will combine a humanistic, life-writing theory approach with an interdisciplinary methodology, in collaboration with researchers from Sociolinguistics, Culture Media and Creative Industries, Digital Humanities, Medical Humanities, Psychiatry, War Studies, and Education.Keywords:Life-writing, Self-Presentation, Autobiography, Subjectivity, Agency, New Media, Social Media, Immediacy, Discourse, Digital Narratives, Internet, Web 2.0

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