Bruneian Youths’ Social Media Engagements: Key Trends and Reflections
REGIONAL SOCIAL AND CULTURAL STUDIES PROGRAMME
About the Webinar
In Brunei Darussalam, the rise of digitally connected young people through engagement on various social media platforms is a major catalyst for their sociocultural transformation. Technological tools such as mobile phones, the Internet, and new social media mediate youth interactions and socialisation. Thus, stakeholders must continue observing the development of youth culture online and the ways new media and digital technologies are altering youths’ traditional ways of socialising. Social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok have become spaces for different types of engagement, including on issues relating to race, politics, and religion. They now freely share their everyday life experiences. In addition, their sociocultural and religious practices are also publicly showcased online, triggering new online discourses that effectively and affectively shape the nation’s socio-cultural, religious, and political landscapes. This webinar focuses on three emerging social media trends led by the Bruneian youth: their discussions on digital civic engagement and social justice, self-expression and influencing culture, and new religious expressions. It will also discuss the broader emerging social processes arising from these trends in the country.
About the Speaker
Dr Siti Mazidah Mohamad is Visiting Fellow at the Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. She is an Assistant Professor and Director for Centre for Advanced Research (CARe) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, researching on Muslim youth culture, mobilities, and engagements with popular culture and new media in Southeast Asia.
This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.
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