Ilana Gershon: "The Breakup 2.1: The Ten Year Update"

Departmental Seminar Series features Ilana Gershon, Associate Professor of anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. 

The seminar is followed by informal gathering, at which refreshments are served. All are welcome!

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Every new medium is an ethical conundrum. Each medium shifts the roles one can adopt in conversational interaction as well as how utterances can circulate, even if the shift is only a slight one. As a result, users are always trying to determine whether to extend the norms and expectations established for other media to this new one, or to develop media-specific norms. This becomes especially ethically fraught when using new media to accomplish complicated social tasks like ending a romantic relationship. In this talk, I examine how shifts inAmerican college students’ media ecologies over the past ten years have affected peoples ethical expectations of appropriate behavior in a breakup.

Research Profile

Ilana Gershon is associate professor of anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. 

She is interested in how new media affects highly charged social tasks, such as breaking up or hiring in the United States. She has written about how people use new media to end romantic relationships in her book “The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media”. Her current research addresses how new media affects hiring in the contemporary US workplace. 

She has a new edited volume, “A World of Work: Imagined Manuals for Real Jobs”, a collection of imagined job manuals for real jobs around the world, written for people who want to know how to be a professional wrestler in Mexico or a professional magician in Paris. She has also published “No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora”, and edited special issues on topics ranging from ignorance, reflexivity, media ideologies, to the “newness” of new media. Her intellectual interests range from linguistic anthropology, science studies, media studies, legal anthropology, anthropology of democracy, and anthropology of work. Further information.

Published Jan. 8, 2020 7:21 PM - Last modified Jan. 9, 2020 6:36 PM