How is family life changing as digital and mobile media create opportunities both for more connection and more interruption?
Visiting US scholar Professor Lynn Schofield Clark will share her insights from 10 years of research on the way new media technologies are changing families in a free public lecture at RMIT University on Tuesday, 11 March.
The author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age is in Melbourne this month as an International Visiting Fellow of RMIT.
In her public lecture – designed for parents, educators, policymakers and scholars – Professor Clark will draw on her recent research into the sociology of the family.
She will discuss how families are experiencing the risks and opportunities associated with new technologies in ways that echo the increasing stratification in the western world along the lines of race, class and gender.
Professor Clark will also consider how emergent patterns of parenting that emphasise flexibility, inter-connectedness, and non-hierarchical relationships seem to echo new media technologies themselves – and may suggest a way forward for our families and societies.
An expert on the relationship between digital media, families and young people, Professor Clark is Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver.
Her research has featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Boston Globe, The Independent as well as on CNN, NPR, BBC Radio and PBS.
Professor Clark’s visit is sponsored by the RMIT Foundation and is at the invitation of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC), part of the School of Media and Communication.
The Parent App – Understanding Families in a Digital Age is on from 4pm to 6pm, Tuesday, 11 March at the RMIT Design Hub (Lecture Theatre, Level 3), corner Swanston and Victoria streets, Melbourne.
The lecture is free but RSVP is essential via email.
Professor Clark will also present a masterclass on Writing up research for multiple audiences with DERC Director, Professor Heather Horst at RMIT on Tuesday, 18 March.
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