Dr Aleena Chia uses ethnographic and textual methods to study cultures of creativity such as vocational passion and computational creativity in digital game production, New Age innovation rituals in tech cultures, and wellness discourses in social media disconnection.
- PhD (Indiana University) 2017
Aleena received her PhD in Communication and Culture from Indiana University in 2017 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies in 2018. Before joining Goldsmiths, she was Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her work has been supported by funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and an internship at Microsoft Research New England's Social Media Collective.
Dr Chia is available to supervise PhD & MA students who use interpretive approaches to study digital labour, media theory, creative industries, critical game studies, and ethnography of media.
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