Based on results from and reflections around a recently published qualitative study on the use of social
media, gaming, and imagery communication among 10 and 13 year old students in four schools within
the Stockholm area, this talk examines how these technologies become part of the peer to peer gender
socialization inside and outside of school. Dr. Forsman will present results from focus group interviews
and workshops, and explore how ‘selfies’ and ‘ussies’ are inscribed with stereotypical representations
and essentialist conceptions of gender. At the same time, he considers how ‘selfies’ and ‘ussies’ are
social and communicative practices that also partly undermine the gender stereotypes inflecting the
Michael Forsman is an Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn
University, Stockholm. He has done research on youth and media, popular culture, and Swedish
broadcasting history, and has published numerous books and articles. He is also involved in the Teacher
Education program at Södertörn University and in its intercultural profile. Some of his more recent
research activities have been around media and information literacy (MIL), aesthetic learning processes,
and media in relation to performance art.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Chloë Brushwood Rose.