Liezel C. Longboan
Location: Room 1.24, Bute Building
Mediating Indigeneity in Virtual Communities
Indigenous peoples in the Philippines have rarely been covered by the mainstream media despite comprising roughly 20 percent of the country’s total population. Lacking access to the media due to various constraints, they have had a limited opportunity to create content themselves.
But the emergence of the Internet has provided members of indigenous communities in North Philippines, collectively known as Igorots, a virtual space for self-expression, identity-building and civic participation. My research aims to analyse how Igorots are engaging with the Internet and its impact in their social, cultural and political life.
Supervisor: Professor Terry Threadgold
Indigenous/ethnic media, pluralism in the media, digital citizenship, ICT and development, women and religion.
Prior to pursuing her research course, Liezel was a freelance writer for Women’s Feature Service – Philippines and Union of Catholic Asian News. She also wrote for local newspapers and magazines while teaching at the College of Arts and Communication, University of the Philippines in Baguio City. In 2006, she went to Indonesia for the Southeast Asian Press Alliance Journalism Fellowship Program, writing about Indonesian women’s rights in relation to the practice of Islam.