"Samarita Ibanez: An Identity Journey from First Life to Second"

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Davis Hall, Room 107 10 Lippitt Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

"Samarita Ibanez: An Identity Journey from First Life to Second"Harrington School of Communication and Media lecturer, Dr. Samara Anarbaeva, presents her paper exploring the construction of a Second Life avatar's identity in terms of race, gender, and fashion. Second Life is a growing 3D cyber location inhabited by avatars, who participate in interactions on a daily basis. In Second Life, users can embody a virtual body similar to or different from their non-virtual body. Avatars are created by people who sit behind the computer and possess their own set of lived experiences, identities, characteristics, and beliefs. This work describes one fashionable avatar’s journey in Second Life, focusing on the intersections of offline and online materialization of raced and gendered identities. Anarbaeva deploys an ethnographic study as well as interview three different avatars to examine the steps an individual takes when an avatar becomes a resident in Second Life, including the role of fashion.

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Adam David Roth

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Adam Roth left a positive review 2/29/2012

Great presentation!

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