TikTok & Youth Cultures in the Age of COVID-19 Event

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

Watch recordings of the event sessions here.

TikTok Academic Sources

A list of academic sources and web articles on TikTok compiled by members of the TikTok Culture Research Network.

View the full bibliography here. Last updated 30 April 2021.

Cultures of TikTok in the Asia Pacific Symposium

Dr Crystal AbidinProf Michael Keane, and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University hosted a virtual symposium on Cultures of TikTok in the Asia Pacific in December 2020. This event was a critical forum for cutting edge research on TikTok, the globally influential short video platform that has captivated international attention and made headlines over the past two years. In particular, this event focused on the cultures of TikTok (including but not limited to the platform, players, and politics) throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

Watch recordings of the symposium talks here.

Short-Form Parallel Universes at ICA 2020

Short video platforms have fueled an unprecedented boom around the world since 2016. This panel presents a balanced look at TikTok and Douyin, the international and domestic versions of short-form video platforms from Chinese technology company, ByteDance. Panelists explore the parallel platformization TikTok and Douyin, the ecology and culture of TikTok, and the mediatization and patriotism of Douyin.

Presenters: Crystal Abidin, Xu Chen, D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye, Mike S. Schäfer, Wei Wang, Jing Zeng (alphabetical)

Watch the panel and find additional recommended readings here.