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The Living and the Dead Entwined in Virtual Space: #Bioarchaeology and Being a Bioarchaeologist on Instagram
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4027-1772
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Advances in archaeological practice, ISSN 2326-3768, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 267-273Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Teaching and public engagement with the results and implications of bioarchaeological research have increasingly attracted more varied and social media-savvy audiences. Since 2010, the social media platform Instagram has also flourished, with millions of users forming untold numbers of communities of practice. Here, I seek to address the intersection of bioarchaeology and the virtual stage that social media represents. How is the discipline of bioarchaeology and the act of being a bioarchaeologist represented on Instagram? How do practicing bioarchaeologists (and enthusiastic supporters of the field) communicate about their own and others' research, fieldwork, laboratory work, et cetera? With ever-greater amounts of scientific communication and public outreach conducted over social media (e.g., Gura 2013; Kling and McKim 2000; Wheat et al. 2013), it is worth investigating how the living who study the dead interact with each other, form community, and engage online audiences that increasingly contain descendants of the dead being studied. The review below is short; hence, the nature and depth of inquiry is restricted. Nevertheless, enough data are available to allow broader speculation and to suggest that there is space for more concerted future research.

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2018. Vol. 6, no 3, p. 267-273
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162949DOI: 10.1017/aap.2018.24ISI: 000450843200009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162949DiVA, id: diva2:1270461
Available from: 2018-12-13 Created: 2018-12-13 Last updated: 2020-01-23Bibliographically approved

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