Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Cyber Culture and Identity: Issues in Belonging, Bullying and Being for Adolescents

Anne Bamford.

Identity is becoming an increasingly complex process. In the world of cyber identities, young people frequently have many email, chat or SMS identities. Within this framework, issues of anonymity, alias, lurking and persistence of identity become key factors in adolescent identity. Surrounding this formation of identity there are emerging and potentially harmful power relationships. This presentation reports on the findings of research into cyber bullying, mobile phone abuse and sexual harassment amongst Australian adolescents. It highlights the complexities of issues of identity formation within a context of virtual existence. Through case studies, the extent and nature of this process of identity creation is revealed. The research also compares adolescent identities to those presented in online environments.


Anne Bamford  (Australia)
Program Director
The Faculty of Education
University of Technology Sydney

Dr Anne Bamford is Director of Visual Arts for the Centre for Research in Education and the Arts and senior lecturer in Interactive Media and the Still Image within the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is recognised internationally for her research in emerging literacies and visual communication. Anne was awarded the Outstanding Educational Research Award for 2002 and is a recipient of the UTS Excellence in Teaching award, and a nominee for the Australian Award for University teaching. She has written two books and published many journal articles and conference papers.

  • Cyber Identity
  • Bullying
  • Adolescents
  • Gender

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)