Department of Sociology

Department of

Sociology

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Michelle Gorea

Email:14mg21@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Hand

Research Interests

Digital Culture & Identity; Social Media Use Among Youth; Visual Culture; Sociological Theory; Culture and Socialization

Doctoral Research

My PhD program of research is funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016-2019) and draws together critical theories of emergent media and visual culture with empirical studies of how ‘networked teens’ produce, consume, understand and negotiate visual content via social media use. I examine how visuality has emerged as an aspect of youth’s everyday lives that creates new knowledges and practices. The primary questions directing my research are: How and in what ways does the curation and circulation of images shape how teens manage and negotiate their identities? To what extent do identifiable socio-economic differences frame teens’ encounters with, and understanding of, visual images in the course of their media use? What practices do visual media devices allow, encourage, or constrain and how may this be creating scripts for behavior? How and in what ways does the maintenance of a visually ‘mediated presence’ in social media shape teens’ views of the self? As people continue to integrate images into their daily modes of communication, the smartphone becomes a mediator of ordinary practice, causing images to be increasingly conceptualized as meaningful modes of personal expression and identity construction.

Education

  • PhD, Sociology, Queen’s University, expected 2019
  • MA, Sociology, University of Manitoba, 2014
  • BA (Hons.), Sociology, University of Manitoba, 2012

Awards and Grants

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2018-2019
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2017-2018
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2016-2017
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2015-2016
  • The COGECO Scholarship, 2017-2018
  • The COGECO Scholarship, 2016-2017
  • Sociology Department Conference Presentation Travel Grant, 2018
  • Sociology Department Conference Presentation Travel Grant, 2017
  • Sociology Department Conference Presentation Travel Grant, 2016
  • Queen’s Graduate Award, Queen’s University, 2014 – 2015

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Michelle Gorea. 2018. Snap, Scroll, Repeat: Routine Engagements with and Understandings of Visual Communication Among Youth. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Media & Society, Copenhagen, Denmark (SMSociety). DOI: 10.1145/3217804.321793

Martin Hand and Michelle Gorea. 2018. Digital Traces and Personal Analytics: iTime, Self-Tracking, and the Temporalities of Practice. International Journal of Communication, Vol. 12, 2018.

Presentations

Gorea, M. Snap, Scroll, Repeat: Routine Engagements with and Understandings of Visual Communication Among Youth. Paper presented at Social Media and Society Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. July 2018.

Gorea, M. Beyond the Selfie: a qualitative examination of visual cultures of networked teens. Paper presented at Canadian Sociology Association Annual Conference, Congress, Toronto, Canada. June 2017.

Gorea, M. Beyond the Selfie: a qualitative examination of visual cultures of networked teens. Paper presented at Interconnection Graduate Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston. April 2017.

Hand, M., and Gorea, M. Temporalities of Personal Analytics: emerging patterns of engagement with temporal data about the self. Paper presented at 4S/EASST Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain. September 2016. 

Hand, M., and Gorea, M. Temporalities of Personal Analytics: emerging patterns of engagement with temporal data about the self. Paper presented at Social Media and Society Conference, London, UK. July 2016.

Hand, M., and Gorea, M. Cultures of Personal Analytics: reshaping the temporalities of everyday life? Paper presented at Canadian Sociology Association Annual Conference, Congress, Calgary, Canada. June 2016.

Gorea, M. Non-Indigenous Canadians’ Interpretations of Challenges Faced by First Nations Communities: A Qualitative Inquiry into Public Engagement. Paper presented at CREATE H2O and Water Rights Summer Conference, Winnipeg, Canada. July 2014.

Gorea, M. The ‘Fluidity’ of Beings Portrayed through Human-Robot Interaction: An Analysis of Human-to-Roomba Robot Relations. Presented at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library Graduate Student Lectures, Winnipeg, Canada. January 2014.

Gorea, M. Social Implications of Participation in Virtual Realities. Paper Presented at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Symposium, Winnipeg, Canada. March 2012.

Teaching Experience

Queen’s University:

  • Instructor, SOCY273 Social Psychology, Winter 2019.
  • TA, SOCY227 Theorizing Contemporary Society, Winter 2016 – 2018.
  • TA, SOCY226 Central Concepts in Sociological Theory, Fall 2016-2018.
  • TA, SOCY122 Introduction to Sociology, Fall/Winter 2014-2015.

University of Manitoba:

  • TA, SOC 3580 Media, Culture and Society 2013-2014
  • TA, SOC 1200 Introduction to Sociology 2012-2013

Research Experience

I am a Research Assistant on my supervisor's (Dr. Martin Hand) current SSHRC Insight research program that examines the role of digital technologies in transforming people’s temporal experience. I have also held Research Assistantships at the University of Manitoba where I completed my Master’s degree.