TikTok & Youth Cultures in the Age of COVID-19

The TikTok Cultures Research Network held its second virtual event TikTok & Youth Cultures in the Age of COVID-19 on 29 March 2021 hosted by founding members Associate Professor Crystal Abidin, Dr D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye, and Dr Xinyu (Andy) Zhao. 

TikTok has become one of the most widely used short video platforms around the world, with millions of new users joining during the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020. The platform is now a key social arena for global youth culture, creativity, professionalization, and activism. This event is an open forum for discussions on how digital cultures are evolving in the wave of a global pandemic and the massive uptake of TikTok by diverse groups of people during this time.

This two-hour virtual event featured one research presentation and two panel discussions with a diverse array of panellists including TikTok influencers, media industry professionals, and academics. 

View the full programme for the event here and view speaker bios here. 

Watch recordings of the event sessions here.

Click to download the event poster in colour.

This event was organized by the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University, and supported by the Social Science Research Council (Rapid-Response Grants on COVID-19 grant) and Australian Research Council (DE190100789).