A Beginner’s Guide to Building Your Website on the Commons

As the semester winds down for students and faculty alike, there’s no time like the present to take a moment to think about your online scholarly profile. Do you have an online portfolio that gathers your various academic achievements in one place? If you haven’t done so already, consider creating a profile on the CUNY Academic Commons!


Social Media in Theory and Praxis: Alife Tiefentale

In anticipation of our upcoming panel discussion Social Media in Theory and Praxis: What is at Stake Now?, we wanted to highlight panel member Alise Tifentale, who will be giving her paper, “The Networked Camera: Mapping the Universe of Instagram Photography.”

An art and photography historian, Alise is a PhD candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center and a research fellow at the Cultural Analytics Lab, which uses data science to analyze patterns in big cultural data. The Lab’s key research projects co-authored by Tifentale include Selfiecity (2014) and The Exceptional and the Everyday: 144 Hours in Kyiv (2014). Her academic interests include Instagram and identity, networked cameras, visual culture, and data science+big cultural data.

For our upcoming panel, Alise will explore the visual culture of Instagram and the function of the “networked camera”: a “hybrid tool that seamlessly merges image-making, editing, sharing, and viewing functions.” The networked camera, Tifentale argues, isn’t “just a new kind of camera,” but a “hybrid tool that seamlessly merges image-making, editing, sharing, and viewing functions.” It has created “new conditions for photography,” obliging historians to developing new critical and research methods. 

In addition to exploring photography in today’s social media, Tifentale has written extensively on global issues in postwar photography, the history of art and photography in Latvia, as well as selected topics in Soviet and Eastern European art history. She was the co-curator of the Pavilion of Latvia at the 55th Venice Art Biennale (2013), the author of The Photograph as Art in Latvia, 1960–1969 (2011), and founder and editor-in-chief of photography magazine Foto Kvartals (2005–2010). Her articles have appeared in journals such as CAA.Reviews, PhotoResearcher, Networking Knowledge, ARTMargins, Russian Art & Culture, and others. Her doctoral dissertation, The “Olympiad of Photography”: The International Federation of Photographic Art, 1950–1965, deals with the “international style” of photography of the 1950s and the shifting social status of photographers.

Beyond her scholarly research, Alise has written three fiction books published in Latvian and German.

We look forward to hearing her insights during our panel discussion and hope you will join us! To learn more about Alise, check out the following resources:


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