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Dr Aristea Fotopoulou – Feminist Activism and Digital Networks: Between Empowerment and Vulnerability

Dr Aristea Fotopoulou will present the theory developed in new book: Feminist Activism and Digital Networks: Between Empowerment and Vulnerability (Palgrave Macmillan).

This book sheds new light on the way that, in the last decade, digital technologies have become inextricably linked to culture, economy and politics and how they have transformed feminist and queer activism. This exciting text critically analyses the contradictions, tensions and often-paradoxical aspects that characterize such politics, both in relation to identity and to activist practice. Aristea Fotopoulou examines how activists make claims about rights online, and how they negotiate access, connectivity, openness and visibility in digital networks.

Through a triple focus on embodied media practices, labour and imaginaries, and across the themes of bodily autonomy, pornography, reproduction, and queer social life, she advocates a move away from understandings of digital media technologies as intrinsically exploitative or empowering. By reinstating the media as constant material agents in the process of politicization, Fotopoulou creates a powerful text that appeals to students and scholars of digital media, gender and sexuality, and readers interested in the role of media technologies in activism.

Biographical Note

Dr Aristea Fotopoulou Dr Aristea Fotopoulou is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications in the School of Media, University of Brighton. She is interested in critical aspects of digital culture, emerging technologies and social change. She has published widely in the themes of information politics and big data, digital engagement, media literacy, intersectionality and queer theory, digital networks and feminism. Her research work is located at the intersections of media and cultural studies with science and technologies studies.
She serves as Chair of the Digital Culture and Communication Section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association). She has held a visiting position at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is Course Leader of the MA Creative Media.

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