Tag Archives: communication

The Productive Scholar: Trust & Identity Practices in Illicit Deep Web Transactions

Topic: Trust & Identity Practices in Illicit Deep Web Transactions
Speaker: Rachael Ferguson, Department of Sociology

Date: Thursday, November 6, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library

Co-presented with the Center for Digital Humanities

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session:
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited)

‘Virtual ethnography’ is an increasingly popular method in Sociology and Anthropology. Researchers have examined interaction on various social media websites, taken participant observer roles in Second Life, and non-participant observer roles with organizations such as the hacktivist group known as Anonymous. This talk looks at how virtual ethnography can be used to examine online identity practices, focusing on trust and identity in illicit transactions on Deep Web marketplaces.

Rachael Ferguson is a doctoral candidate in Sociology. Her dissertation is a multi-year multi-site ethnography that examines order and interaction for participants in a variety of criminal enterprises, including sexworkers, bookies, drug gangs and dealers in the US, and the Mafia in Sicily. The book manuscript for this project is currently under review at the University of California Press.

The Productive Scholar: Harnessing the Power of PowerPoint: Creating Effective Presentations for Students, Professionals, and the General Public

Topic: Harnessing the Power of PowerPoint: Creating Effective Presentations for Students, Professionals, and the General Public
Speaker: Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

Time: Thursday, November 12, 3:30PM – 5:00PM
Location: 330 Frist, McGraw Center Classroom, Third Floor Frist Campus Center


There is a certain art to creating an effective PowerPoint presentation, whether it is for students, professionals, or the general public. Too many bells and whistles can be distracting, too few can make the talk boring. How much information should you put on a given slide? How can you keep your audience engaged even through the necessary technicalities? Should you just read your slides, or use them as mnemonics to jog your memory? Over the past twenty years, Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd has given hundreds of talks around the world and has plenty of tricks to share on the judicious and artful use of PowerPoint, and on the art of public speaking in general!

Speaker bio:
From Robbie Davis Floyd‘s website: “As a cultural anthropologist, I have spent over 20 years researching issues in the anthropology of reproduction, focusing most closely on childbirth, obstetrics, and midwifery, which I continue to study and write about. I have also found opportunities to branch out into other areas that fascinate me: ritual and gender studies, corporate futures planning, biomedicine, integrative medicine, science and technology studies. This for me is part of the magic of anthropology: it gives you a set of tools for studying any arena of life that captures your interest.”