Dr Zoetanya Sujon


Position: Senior Lecturer in Media Theory
Email: sujonz@regents.ac.uk
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Faculty: Creative and Liberal Arts
Programme/s: BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Media & Communications) with Integrated Foundation BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Public Relations) with Integrated Foundation

Professional Biography

Dr Zoetanya Sujon is a Senior Lecturer in Media Theory and specializes in critical and social theories relating to media and communications, and is especially interested in digital technologies and social media, particularly their cultural, political, economic and social impact. In addition, Zoetanya also specializes qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Trained as a sociologist at Carleton University, Zoetanya completed her PhD in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was also an LSE Fellow for many years (2004-2009). Zoetanya’s doctoral thesis used a mixed methods approach to understand cultural shifts around technologically informed ideas of citizenship and their impact on public forms of participation:  http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/3017/.

Zoetanya’s current work focuses on the cultural impact of social media and platforms in complex media environments. Zoetanya is currently writing her first book, ‘The Social Media Age: Power and Participation in a Connected World’ (Sage 2019) and blogs at https://sujonz.wordpress.com/.



  • PhD, Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. 2010
  • Dissertation title: New Technologies and the Idea of Citizenship: Patterns of Public Participation in Two Cases. Supervisor: Professor Sonia Livingstone (formerly Professor Nick Couldry and Professor Roger Silverstone).  Examined by Professor Stephen Coleman and Professor Kate Nash.
  • MA, Sociology, Carleton University (Grade point: 11.3/12), 2002
  • MA Dissertation: Software Agents, Boundary Work and Metaphors: Challenging New Media and Technological Cultures. Supervisors: Professor Rob Shields and Professor Michèle Martin.
  • BA, Hons., Highest Honours, Sociology, Carleton University (Grade Point 11.2/12), 2000

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2010-2011, Post-Doctoral Research Officer, LSE Media Policy Project, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2009-2010, Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2004-2009, LSE Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2008-2009, Visiting Lecturer, Advanced Studies in England (ASE) / Oxford University
  • 2008-2009, Visiting Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • 2007-2009, Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2005-2005, Special Instructor for Product Design, Historical and Critical Studies, Glasgow School of Art
  • 2000-2002, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Carleton University

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • SRHE (Social Research in Higher Education)
  • SRA (Social Research Association)
  • PSA (Political Studies­­ Association)
  • IAMCR (International Association of Media and Communications Research)
  • ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) and YECREA (Young European Communication Research and Education Association Network)
  • MeCCSA (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association) and the MeCCSA post-graduate network
  • AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers)

Teaching & Course Development

Zoetanya is a passionate teacher and brings a learner oriented pedagogical style to the classroom.  Characterized by a focus on conceptual processes and how to think in addition to course related specifics, this approach aims to equip students with core social science tools.  Complex theories are taught through in-depth case studies, applied exercises and conceptual experiments. Zoetanya has developed, taught and examined the following modules (unless otherwise specified).

Programme Development and Validation

  • 2018 MA, Media and Digital Communications, Regent’s University London, with Leslie Viney (validation date October 2017, start date September 2018)
  • 2015 BA, Liberal Studies, Major in Media and Communications, Regent’s University

Individual modules designed and delivered at Regent’s University London (for a full list, please go here: https://sujonz.wordpress.com/lecturing_and_teaching/):

  • Foundation Media Studies (Foundation level)
  • Understanding Social Media (1st year undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Mass Communications (1st year undergraduate)
  • Cultural Diversity and the Media (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Ethics and Media (2nd year undergraduate)
  • 21st Century Screens (2nd year undergraduate)
  • Reality Television and Participatory Media (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Digital and Social Media (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Interactive Reality Media (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Sex, gender and media (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Interactive and digital media (4th year undergraduate)
  • Capstone dissertation (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Senior Overview (4th year undergraduate, final dissertation)
  • Social Media and Network Society (MA)

Research Supervision

Zoetanya has supervised over a hundred MSc dissertations in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE (2004-2009) as well as teaching departmental wide MA and MSc introductions to dissertation and post-graduate research at LSE (2006-2009) and at Goldsmiths (2008-2009). In addition, Zoe has mentored doctoral students at LSE (2006-2008) and at Goldsmiths (2006-present).


Zoetanya served on the exam board for all taught MSc’s in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, and has also set and invigilated exams at undergraduate and taught MA or MSc levels at 5 universities.

Research Interests

Driven by a deep curiosity about the contours of digital culture, her research interests broadly address the relationship between “new” technologies, media practices and political culture. Questions about the epic connections between the technological and the cultural drive Zoetanya's research vision, particularly as related to social change, political and social life and social theory. Currently, these interests coalesce around three themes: social media and platform politics; the intersections between privacy and sharing culture; and the impact of digital media on changing skill sets and digital literacies.

Key words: social media, digital culture, social theory, platforms, politics, digital literacies, privacy, education, gender, feminism, virtual reality, research methods, and citizenship.


Book (under contract).

  • The Social Media Age: Power and Participation in a Connected World. Sage. (Expected publication: 2019)

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Sujon Z; Johnston L. (2017). ‘Public friends and private sharing: Understanding shifting privacies in sharing culture’, ACM Conference Proceedings for Social Media and Society. Ryerson University, July 28-30, URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3097305&CFID=961956552&CFTOKEN=46616392, doi>10.1145/3097286.3097305
  • Sujon, Z. (2017). ‘Response to Lost Umbrellas: The Right to be Forgotten’, Michael Zimmer and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (Eds.). Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Cases and Challenges. Peter Lang, http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/b11077  
  • Sujon, Z. (2017). ‘Response to Internet Research Ethics in a Non-Western Context’, Michael Zimmer and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (Eds.). Internet Research Ethics for the Social Age: New Cases and Challenges. Peter Lang, http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/b11077  
  • Sujon. Z. (2008). ‘New Media Citizens?  Dual Systems of Membership in a Citizenship Initiative Case Study.’  Alejandro Cervantes-Carson and Kevin W. Grey (eds.).  Inclusion and Citizenship: Readings in Contemporary Pluralism. Interdisciplinary.net Press: Manchester.
  • Angus, A; Papadogkonas, D; Papamarkos, G; Roussos, G; Lane, G; Martin, K; West, N; Thelwall, S; Sujon, Zoetanya; Silverstone, R. (2008). ‘Urban Social Tapestries’, IEEE Pervasive Computing. Vol 7, No 4, pp: 44-51, URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/4653471/  
  • Sujon, Z. (2007) ‘New Citizenships? New Technologies, Rights and Discourses’  Nico Carpentier, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerefeldt, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Maren Hartmann, Peeter Vihalemm, Bart Cammaerts and Hannu Niemenin (eds.) Media Technologies and Journalism in an Enlarged Europe.  Tartu University Press, pp. 201-218.
  • Boddin, F; Graham, T; Schmitt, L; Sujon, Z; and Nordenstreng, K.  (2007).  ‘Snapshot from the European Educational Landscape.’ Nico Carpentier, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerefeldt, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Maren Hartmann, Peter Vihalemm, Bart Cammaerts and Hannu Niemenin (eds.) Media Technologies and Journalism in an Enlarged Europe.  Tartu University Press, pp. 347-356.
  • Collins, R; Sujon, Z. (2007).  ‘UK Broadcasting Policy: The “Long Wave” Shift in Conceptions of Accountability’ in Paolo Baldi and Uwe Hasebrink (eds.) Broadcasters and Citizens in Europe: Trends in Media Accountability and Viewer Participation.  University of Chicago Press/Intellect Press: Bristol, Chicago, pp. 33-52.
  • Silverstone, R; Sujon, Z. (2005).  ‘Urban Tapestries: Experimental Ethnography, Urban Space and Communication Technologies.’  Nick Couldry, Rosalind Gill, Andy Pratt (Eds.).  Media@LSE Electronic Working Paper.  Media@LSE.  URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/media@lse/mediaWorkingPapers/ewpNumber7.htm
  • Collins, R; Sujon, Z.  (2005). ‘The United Kingdom.’  Paolo Baldi (ed.) Broadcasting and Citizens: Viewers’ Participation and Media Accountability in Europe.  Edizioni Eurispes: Rome, pp. 307-327
  • Collins, R; and Sujon, Z. (2004). ‘Assessing the Relationship between Broadcasters and Viewers: UK Report.for the ‘European’s Viewers Association’ (EVA).  Paolo Baldi, Director, 28 pp.
  • Sujon, Z. (2000). ‘Globalization and Cultural Narratives: Telephone Sex as Meso-Discourse and Technology of the Self’ in Heidi Hoechenedel, Stephen Haller, Doug Mann (Eds.) The Medium as Message, Windsor: Kabkort Publishers, pp. 103 – 129

Book reviews, reports and invited blogs 

Conference Papers Given


  • ‘Social media, digital literacy and moving beyond the end-user experience’, UK Education Online Conference, October 24-26, https://ukedchat.com/2017onlineconference/
  • ‘Public friends and private sharing: Understanding shifting privacies in sharing culture,’ Social Media and Society, July 28-30, Ryerson University, http://socialmediaandsociety.org/schedule/
  •  with Leslie Viney and Elif Toker-Turnalar. ‘”I hate it with a passion”: Compulsive connection, Facebook and cultures of affiliation’, Poster presentation at Connected Life 2017: Digital Inequalities, June 19, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, http://connectedlife.oii.ox.ac.uk/i-hate-it-with-a-passion-compulsive-connection-facebook-and-cultures-of-affiliation/
  •   ‘Exploring virtual reality with Google Cardboard’, Learning and Teaching Conference, June 9, Regent’s University London
  •   ‘Virtual Reality and the Classroom: A University-wide Exploration of Google Expeditions’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, January 11-13, University of Leeds


  • with Lisette Johnston. ‘The Ethics of Privacy in Sharing Culture: New Concepts and Practices’, ECREA, 6th European Communication Conference, November 9-12, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic                     


  • with Elif Toker-Turnalar and Leslie Viney, ‘They’ve got the power: Facebook and Emerging adults’, Ten Years of Facebook, September 5-6, Partiumi Keresztény Egyetem, Romania
  •    ‘Understanding the “creativity gap”: Balancing creative affordances with skill deterioration’, Social Media Insights, March 5th, Regent’s University London, London, UK.
  •   ‘The creativity gap? Thinking through digital literacies and Facebook’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, January 8-10, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK. 


  • ‘Facebook and literacy: Exploring social media, learning and digital skills. Social Media: The Fourth International Transforming Audiences Conference, September 2nd-3rd, University of Westminster, London, UK.
  • ‘Participatory culture and the politics of voice: Questioning “reality” in television, social networks and gaming’. Reality Television: Media Convergences and Narrative Futures Conference, July 5-6, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK.
  •  ‘Erasing the Citizen: Facebook and the ‘Monetization’ of Social Relations’. Citizen Media: New Mediations of Civic Engagement, June 13th-14th, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
  •  With Elif Toker-Turnalar and Leslie Viney, ‘They’ve got the power: Facebook, digital literacy and Regent’s University students’. Media Trends: Challenging Crossroads, April 8th-10th, Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland.


  • ‘Engagement vs. accountability? Participatory strategies and social media in the BBC’ Transforming Audiences 3: International Conference, September 1st-2nd, University of Westminster, London, UK.


  • ‘Cultural Citizenship, Copyrights and the Problem of Participation’. DIY Citizenship: Social Media and Critical Making, November 11th-14th, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
  • ‘The Cultural Politics of Copyrights in Two Early Social Media Cases’. International Political Communications Association, Research Committee on Political Communication, November 4th-5th, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.


  • ‘Processes of Inclusion: Connecting the Connected in two cases’. Five-year anniversary conference of the Department of Media and Communications, September 22nd-23rd, London School of Economics, London, UK.
  •  ‘Constructing citizenship: Accountability and strategies of public participation in the BBC’. International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR) Conference on Digital Divides, July 20th-25th, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
  •   ‘Manufacturing participation: Examining trajectories of action in two new media citizenship initiatives’. Web 2.0: An International Conference, Hosted by the New Political Communication Unit, April 17th-18th, Royal Holloway University, London, UK.


  • ‘New Media Citizens?  Dual Systems of Membership and Patterns of Affiliation in Two Citizenship Initiatives’. Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship, November 16th-18th, Salzburg, Austria.
  •  ‘Mediating Nation and Neighbourhood or New Citizenship Territories?’. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Annual Conference, October 17th-20th, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


  • ‘Rethinking the Producer/Consumer Relationship: Broadcasters, ‘User-Generated Content’ and the Case of iCan’. Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), Annual Conference, September 20th-21st, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
  •   ‘Urban Tapestries, New Media and Technological Communities?  Preliminary Findings’. Communication and Democracy: Technology and Citizen Engagement, International Colloquium, August 4th-6th, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.
  • ‘Technological Citizenship? New Media, Spaces of Belonging, and Civil Subjects in Cultures of Information’. Citizenship and Public Space, Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA), May 5th-9th, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. 


  • ‘Locating ‘Technological’ Patterns of Belonging?  Questioning New Media and Emergent Dimensions of Citizenship’. The Westminster, LSE and Goldsmiths Doctoral Consortium, November 28th, University of Westminster, London, UK.
  •  ‘Technological Citizenship?  Towards a Conceptual Framework for Understanding Emergent Patterns of Belonging’. The Westminster, LSE and Goldsmiths Doctoral Consortium, May 30th, University of Westminster, London, UK.
  •   ‘Urban Tapestries and Situated Knowledge in Communities, Technologies and Places’. Creative Lab on Wireless Networking, Social Knowledge & Public Authoring, May 1st-2nd, London School of Economics, London, UK.


  • ‘Software Agents and Cyberalchemy: From Puppets to Programs’. Work in Progress Conference, March 8th, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 2000            
  • ‘The Cultural Brokerage of Sexual Fantasy’. The Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, May 24th-31st, 2000, University of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  •   ‘Globalization and Cultural Narratives’. The Medium as Message: Theory and Practice of Contemporary Media, Feb. 18th-19th, University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada. 


  • ‘Sex and Spirit: Recontextualizing the Madonna / Whore Dyad’. The Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, May 26th-June 6th, Ottawa University, Ottawa, Canada.
  • ‘Fun, Fantasy and Phone Sex: Social and Psychological Implications’. The Potsdam - Carleton Conference, April 3rd, Museum of Civilization, Hull, Canada.

Grants Awarded

Regent’s University London

  • 2012-2014: Facebook: Meaning, use, and context, Regent’s University London Research Award (£17,000)

London School of Economics and Political Science

  • 2002-2008: LSE Research Studentship
  • 2003-2008: (ORS) Overseas Research Scholarship
  • 2004-2006: (SSHRC) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2004-2005: (CCSF) Canadian Centennial Scholarship

Carleton University

  • 2000-2002:(OGS) Ontario Graduate Scholarship ,(CGS) Carleton Graduate Scholarship
  • 1998-2002: Dean’s Honour List
  • 1998-1999: Ottawa Ladies Scholarship

Ryerson Polytechnic University

  • 1997: J. L. Beaton Award and Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Last updated: 08 December 2017