Dr Jolynna Sinanan

BCA (Melbourne), BA(Hons)(ANU), PhD (Melbourne)
Research Fellow in Digital Media and Ethnography

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 8627 0136

Biographical details

Jolynna Sinanan is Research Fellow in Digital Media and Ethnography in the Department of Communications at the University of Sydney. Previously, she was Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University and Research Fellow in Anthropology at University College London. Jolynna joined the department in February, 2018.

Research interests

Jolynna Sinanan is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in anthropology, development studies and creative arts. Her research focusses upon uses of digital media in different cultural contexts in relation to family relationships, gender and political engagement. Her books include Social Media in Trinidad (UCL Press, 2017), Visualising Facebook (Miller and Sinanan, UCL Press, 2017), Webcam (Miller and Sinanan, Polity, 2014) and How the World Changed Social Media (Miller et. al. 2016, UCL Press). Jolynna's current research explores the role of digital media for non-resident workers and their families in the Australian resource extraction industry.

Current projects

  • Non-resident work: A Study of Mobile and Digital Families
    This project investigates the role of digital media (smartphones, laptops and other mobile devices) in the lives of non-resident (FIFO: fly-in, fly-out, DIDO: drive-in, drive-out and BIBO: bus-in, bus-out) workers in the Australian resource extraction industry. It will focus on workers and their families in Queensland, the state with the country’s second highest number of non-resident workers. By bringing together digital ethnography and labour migration research, this pilot study investigates the everyday strategies, opportunities and challenges associated with using digital media to sustain family life, care and intimacy at a distance.

In the media

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Sinanan, J. (2018). Ethnography. In Jean Burgess, Alice Marwick and Thomas Poell (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Media, (pp. 179-195). London: Sage.
  • Sinanan, J. (2015). Xin yimin: "New" Chinese migration and new media in a Trinidadian town. In Wanning Sun and John Sinclair (Eds.), Media and Communication in the Chinese Diaspora: Rethinking Transnationalism, (pp. 203-219). London: Routledge. [More Information]

Journals

  • Sinanan, J., Hosein, G. (2017). Non-activism: Political Engagement and Facebook through Ethnography in Trinidad (forthcoming). Social Media + Society, 3(3), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Pink, S., Sinanan, J., Hjorth, L., Horst, H. (2016). Tactile digital ethnography: Researching mobile media through the hand. Mobile Media & Communication, 4(2), 237-251. [More Information]
  • Sinanan, J., Connor, G., Jie, K. (2014). Crafted assemblage: Young women's 'lifestyle' blogs, consumerism and citizenship in Singapore. Visual Studies, 29(2), 201-213. [More Information]
  • Sinanan, J. (2011). Nation, modernisation and civilisation: Development and the emergence of a transformed cambodian state. Global Discourse, 2(2), 34-56. [More Information]

2018

  • Sinanan, J. (2018). Ethnography. In Jean Burgess, Alice Marwick and Thomas Poell (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Media, (pp. 179-195). London: Sage.

2017

  • Sinanan, J., Hosein, G. (2017). Non-activism: Political Engagement and Facebook through Ethnography in Trinidad (forthcoming). Social Media + Society, 3(3), 1-10. [More Information]

2016

  • Pink, S., Sinanan, J., Hjorth, L., Horst, H. (2016). Tactile digital ethnography: Researching mobile media through the hand. Mobile Media & Communication, 4(2), 237-251. [More Information]

2015

  • Sinanan, J. (2015). Xin yimin: "New" Chinese migration and new media in a Trinidadian town. In Wanning Sun and John Sinclair (Eds.), Media and Communication in the Chinese Diaspora: Rethinking Transnationalism, (pp. 203-219). London: Routledge. [More Information]

2014

  • Sinanan, J., Connor, G., Jie, K. (2014). Crafted assemblage: Young women's 'lifestyle' blogs, consumerism and citizenship in Singapore. Visual Studies, 29(2), 201-213. [More Information]

2011

  • Sinanan, J. (2011). Nation, modernisation and civilisation: Development and the emergence of a transformed cambodian state. Global Discourse, 2(2), 34-56. [More Information]

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