This blog is a personal site (contact info at the about me page) linked to Dphil research project ‘New media, new feminisms? Networking for Contemporary Queer and Feminist Activism in UK (and beyond)’, which commenced in October 2008. It will publish comments, news and resources as the Research evolves. It also aims to be a meeting place with the groups and individuals that participate in the study. Finally, it functions as a journal of the research process. My primary goal at the moment is to set up a name index containing Feminists divided in the following broad sections: Academics, Activists, Artists, Collectives, Journalists. This will be placed at separate page(s) in the blog.
at this point-
The project refers to the use of new technologies for the production and circulation of activist media by contemporary queer/ feminist activists in
Britain. The focus is on new networking conditions
created by new media and their incorporation by feminist/ queer activists. I am interested in how the experience of producing ephemeral media
with new technologies is different from earlier forms,
for example zines, and, in particular, how the capability of digital archiving and sharing shapes production attitudes, form and content.
Moreover, I aim to understand how activists interact with
commercial media strategies like advertising. What kind of cultural capital and media literacy is needed by activists and to what
cultural/political collective memories do they speak? My corpus
is the work of groups and individuals, their attitudes and practices. By exploring networking conditions of media production,
eventually I ask: do they signify the emergence of ‘new feminisms’?