textures of intimacy: together with Amparo Lasen and Larissa Hjorth we discuss how camera phones practices are collective and choreographic performances in the sense that they are highly relational and interactive, involving mutual attunement and resonance. Thus camera phone images and performances are modes of collective resonance and atmospheric attunement, colouring the mood of the everyday moments and places, online as well as offline. They contribute to how we affect and are affected. Their contribution to our contemporary affective culture is a main aspect of their role in making sense of our everyday and subjectivities. In our work, through the flexible social fabric of the selfie, we sought to demonstrate one of the many ways we might think through this phenomenon in terms of digital intimate publics and its relationship to cultural intimacy.<br />
In a collaboration with Henry Mainsah we work on a project drawing on the experiences of two researchers who over several years have studied various aspects of the relationship between digital technologies as part of their research. Using the digital both as a subject of study and as a method of research, they have used different technology devices and inhabited digital contexts to collect, store, analyze, and make sense of their research subjects and research contexts. In our work article, we explore what happens when digital technologies and practices are mobilized in ethnographic fieldwork. We reflect on the methodological consequences of incorporating digital artifacts and practices into ethnographic research and how this prompts a reconfiguration of the relationship between the professional and the personal, the inside and the outside of the field, and the start and the finish of the research project.
Together with artist and photographer Kristoffer Eliassen, Prøitz and Eliassen have made a scientific-meets-art e-book on young people and intimacy, gender and sexuality performances Selvbilde/Self-Image (2016), published by Universitetsforlaget, available on iBooks. The ebook is one of the first publications in Gender and Media Studies that has fully utilized the advantages of digital technology and affordances in order to illustrate, emphasize and elaborate scientific arguments. The novel form opens new horizons on how to disseminate and communicate research to the scientific world as well as to the general public
Throughout her years as a researcher she has secured a significant number of grants: European, Norwegian and Nordic research project grants; grants for organizing and hosting international scientific conferences and seminars; grants for producing e-books and manuscripts in the field of youth, gender and media; and for international cooperation through mobility, in total EUR 548 600, whereof her most successful achievement in her research career is the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF, EUR 100 000) which she was granted for her interdisciplinary research project ENGAGE: Encouraging Network Generation’s Accountability and Global Engagement .
In addition to her academic career, Prøitz has been a senior researcher at the IT Research Group in The Western Norway Research Institute (WNRI) where she has been investigating public services and digital information in relation to marginalized groups, Polish labour immigrants and Muslim women; as well as girls’ empowerment through coding. She has experience from the telecommunications industry as a researcher (Telenor R&I), developing knowledge on rural and urban youths’ mobile media practices in the UK, Ukraine and Norway; as a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Children’s Books, developing knowledge on how literary production in a digital culture. In collaboration with different artists, Prøitz has questioned public and private boundaries in artworks and digital installations. .
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