The selfie as a form of aesthetic self-referentiality on Instagram 

The research project focuses on how selfie producers on Instagram use the process of taking a selfie to make themselves the subject of discussion, and position themselves as subjects in terms of a praxeological understanding of the subject. Using a combination of analysis of interviews with selfie producers and sociology-of-knowledge image analyses of selfies on Instagram, the project investigates the form that action takes in the (image) aesthetic practice of selfie-taking (poiesis and/or performance), how this action becomes apparent in the visually documented result of the practice and is, at the same time, reflected in the interpretive patterns of the selfie producers. 



Tobias Wittchen completed a degree in education at the University of Hildesheim in 2016. From 2016 to 2019, he was a PhD scholarship-holder and researcher in the department of sociology at the Institute for Social Sciences of the University of Hildesheim. Since April 2019, he has been a researcher in the DFG research training group “Aesthetic Practice” at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Hildesheim. 


His research interests include:

Cultural sociology, microsociology and media sociology; practice theory; qualitative research and interpretive methods.




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