Terra Rosa CRM recently volunteered our South Fremantle office space to support the Aboriginal Identity and Community Online research project. From the 2nd – 4th of November the office provided a meeting space for a number of Aboriginal people to be interviewed for the project. As described on the project Facebook page the purpose of the research is to investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples’ online engagements using social media. It will explore:
- If and how social media serves as a platform to build, assert, maintain and perform an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity;
- If and how social media provides a means of gaining affirmation of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, and what implications this may have for the process and qualification known as Confirmation of Aboriginality; and
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ views on how social media sites can constitute a ‘community’, and the implications this may have.
The research project is funded by an Australian Research Council ‘Discovery Indigenous Grant’, awarded to Dr. Bronwyn Carlson in 2013.
The Facebook page has been developed to reach out to an audience interested in being involved in the University of Wollongong’s research project, ‘Aboriginal Identity and Community Online.’ https://www.facebook.com/AboriginalIdentityOnline/timeline
Terra Rosa CRM was pleased to provide a space for these interviews to take place and we look forward to following the project and its outcomes.
For more information on the grant you can visit: www.media.uow.edu.au/news/UOW136361.html
For more information on the project, listen to this ABC ‘Speaking Out’ interview with Dr Bronwyn Carlson: www.soundcloud.com/abcspeakingout/dr-bronwyn-carlson or visit: www.goo.gl/gCk9ia