The Body Online is a critical digital studies lab dedicated to student learning and engagement of ethnographic theory, method, and design online. One of our current projects is to consider platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube in the expression of ideas both normalizing and disruptive about the health, wellness, and identity of contemporary bodies. From food bloggers and anti-violence activists to the representation of Afro-Latino bodies in hashtags like #Blatino to personalized apps concerned with mental health, what do these spaces, and those who use them, produce or disrupt in terms of projects of self making, health making, human machine relations, intimacy, voice, violence, capitalism, colonialism, race, biopolitics, or social change? What new epistemological and political possibilities emerge in these spaces and relationships? Our lab considers the expression of a diverse range of bodily persuasions, representations, and attempted interventions in the intimate and fleshly. Please reach out if you wish to learn more about the lab or have questions for any of our members.

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