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Merlyna Lim

Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society

websites: . .  lim-merlyna at carleton
contact: merlyna dot lim at carleton dot ca

A Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society with the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, and ALiGN Media Lab Director/Founder, Professor Merlyna Lim’s research interests revolve around societal implications of technology, particularly digital media and information technology. Conceptually, she is particularly interested in teasing out the complex relationship between space, time, and power.  “Throughout her research career, Lim has looked at digital media in a wide range of contexts, including its influence on democracy, identity and religion, and civic spaces.” An award winning scholar, including an awardee of the Best Publication Award 2012 in Information Systems, Professor Lim was also named “One of 100 Most Inspiring Indonesian Women” by the Kartini Foundation in 2011. Previously she was a Visiting Research Professor with Princeton University’s Center of Information Technology Policy and a Distinguished Scholar of Technology and Public Engagement at Arizona State University. In 2016, she is named a member of the Royal Society of Canada‘s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Before being re-incarnated as a scholar, Merlyna Lim was a musician, a (band lead) singer, a choir conductor, and a struggling visual artist. In her previous life, she was also an award-winning designer and architect. Lim was awarded an Honorable Mention of Design Your World Contest by the AutoDesk International. Her office at Carleton features a full key piano and a 3/4 guitar (but she keeps her drum set, trumpet, other guitars, violins, sitar, banjo, ukulele, flute and harmonica at home). Recently, Lim revived her artistic activities; in 2017 she became the First place Winner of People’s Choice Award of the Jackson’s Art International Urban Sketching Competition.

Current: Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Global Network Society with the School of Journalism and Communication Carleton University in Ottawa, ON Canada (2014-present).

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Previous appointments:

– Visiting Research Professor with Princeton University’s Center of Information Technology Policy

– A Distinguished Scholar of Technology and Public Engagement and a professor at Arizona State University.

– Also a visiting scholar at the KITLV Leiden – the Netherlands, a postdoctoral research associate at the Annenberg Center for Communication of the University of Southern California, and a Henry Luce Southeast Asia fellow with the East-West Center in Washington DC.

Scholarly awards (selected):

  • The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, member elect (2016)
  • Canada Research Chair (2014-present)
  • Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) Research Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Best 2012 International Publication Award in Information Systems (2013)
  • KITLV Royal Institution of Southeast Asia and Caribbean Studies (Leiden, the Netherlands) Visiting Fellowship (2012)
  • One of 100 Most Inspiring Indonesian Women— Kartini Awards, The Kartini Foundation (2011)
  • Our Common Future Fellowship in Future Technologies, The Volkswagen Foundation (2010)
  • Faculty Stars of Global Minds, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni (2009)
  • Annenberg Networked Public Fellowship, Annenberg Center for Communication, University of Southern California (2005-2006)