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Dr Veronica Barassi

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PositionLecturer
Email v.barassi (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7 296 ext. 4288
Dr Veronica Barassi

I convene BA Anthropology Media, I am an anthropologist; my research interests cover the anthropology of media; digital ethnography; social media and political activism; web technologies and cultural adaptation; digital and material cultures, media rituals, media as practice, and the anthropology of representation.

My research investigates the tension between web structures and everyday practices of human negotiation and resistance, with a particular focus on political activism. I thus engage with questions on the pervasiveness and agency of digital media; new forms of sociality and cultural adaptation; on digital and material cultures; on digital labour and political autonomy; and on the impact of 'internet time' on new forms of politics.

I am one of the founders of the Goldsmiths Media Ethnography Group and principal investigator on the ‘Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments’ ESRC Seminar series, organised by the Centre for Global Media and Democracy. I acted as vice-chair of the Digital Culture and Communication Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and I am currently the chair of the E-Seminars of the Media Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropology.

My work has appeared on top ranked international journals like New Media and Society, Communication Review, Journal of Global Media and Communication, and Social Movement Studies Journal. My first book Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles against Digital Capitalism (Routledge, 2015) examines the everyday tensions that political activists face as they come to terms with the increasingly commercialised nature of web technologies and sheds light on an important, yet under-investigated, dimension of the relationship between contemporary forms of social protest and internet technologies.

Awards:
ESRC Seminar Series Grant (2014 – Ongoing) – Funding for ‘Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments’ Seminar Series.

British Academy Small Research Grants ( 2010 – 2011) – Funding for a year research project on political activism and social media in Europe, as I was working as Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Institute of Contemporary European Studies (iCES), Regent’s University London

AHRC (+3) Doctoral Training Award (October 2007 -2010) – Funding three year PhD programme in Anthropology and Media at Goldsmiths, University of London

Teaching

As director of the BA Anthropology and Media Degree  I teach the Anthropology of Media Workshops for 1st Year students; I am the convener of the 3rd Year BA/MA option course Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Culturesand contributor to 2nd Year BA Media, Modernity and Social Thought and MA Representing Reality.

Areas of supervision

I welcome applications from PhD students interested in developing the following projects: 

• Social movements, political activism and media technologies
• Social media, political participation and identity
• Ethnographic research projects in digital culture
• Anthropology of media projects
• Ethnographies of data cultures and surveillance

 

Publications

Book

Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism
Barassi, Veronica. 2015. Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415717915

Book Section

Social Media, Immediacy and the Time for Democracy: Critical Reflections on Social Media as ‘Temporalising Practices
Barassi, Veronica. 2015. Social Media, Immediacy and the Time for Democracy: Critical Reflections on Social Media as ‘Temporalising Practices. In: Lina Dencik and O Leistert, eds. Critical Approaches to Social Media Protest: Contentions and Debates. Rowan and Littlefield.

Article

Net-Authoritarianism? How Web Ideologies reinforce Political Hierarchies in the Italian ‘5 Star Movement
Barassi, Veronica and Treré, Emiliano. 2015. Net-Authoritarianism? How Web Ideologies reinforce Political Hierarchies in the Italian ‘5 Star Movement. Italian Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 3(3), pp. 287-304. ISSN 2047-7368

When Materiality Counts: The social and political importance of activist magazines in Europe
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. When Materiality Counts: The social and political importance of activist magazines in Europe. Global Media and Communication, 9(2), pp. 135-151. ISSN 1742-7665

Ethnographic Cartographies: Alternative Media, Social Movements and the Spaces of Networks
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. Ethnographic Cartographies: Alternative Media, Social Movements and the Spaces of Networks. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 12(1), pp. 48-62.

Review- Networks of Outrage and Hope by Manuel Castells
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. Review- Networks of Outrage and Hope by Manuel Castells. E-International Relations,

Twitter Hashtags, Emotion and the Resonance of Social Protest
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. Twitter Hashtags, Emotion and the Resonance of Social Protest. blog of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing,

Does Web 3.0 come after Web 2.0? Deconstructing theoretical assumptions through practice
Barassi, Veronica. 2012. Does Web 3.0 come after Web 2.0? Deconstructing theoretical assumptions through practice. new media and society, 14(8), pp. 1269-1285. ISSN 1461-4448

Free Labor and Academic Publishing: can we ‘Just say no’?
Barassi, Veronica. 2012. Free Labor and Academic Publishing: can we ‘Just say no’? Three-D MeCCSA Newsletter, 19,

Democracy and its Definitions: A talk by Donatella Della Porta
Barassi, Veronica. 2012. Democracy and its Definitions: A talk by Donatella Della Porta. Open Democracy,

Alternative Media and Social Networking Sites: the Politics of Individuation and Political Participation
Barassi, Veronica and Fenton, Natalie. 2011. Alternative Media and Social Networking Sites: the Politics of Individuation and Political Participation. Communication Review, 14(3), pp. 179-196. ISSN 1071-4421

‘Possibilities and Ambivalences: the Discursive Power of Online Technologies and their Impact on Political Action in Britain’
Barassi, Veronica. 2010. ‘Possibilities and Ambivalences: the Discursive Power of Online Technologies and their Impact on Political Action in Britain’. Anthropology Reviews: Dissent and Cultural Politics,

Mediating Political Action: Internet related Beliefs and Frustrations amongst International Solidarity Campaigns in Britain
Barassi, Veronica. 2009. Mediating Political Action: Internet related Beliefs and Frustrations amongst International Solidarity Campaigns in Britain. Digithum: Humanities in the Digital Era, 11, pp. 20-25. ISSN 1575-2275

Digital vs. Material: The Everyday Construction of Mediated Political Action
Barassi, Veronica. 2009. Digital vs. Material: The Everyday Construction of Mediated Political Action. Networking Knowledge, 2(1), ISSN 1755-9944

Conference or Workshop Item

‘Net-Authoritarianism? How Web Ideologies reinforce Political Hierarchies in the Italian 5 Star Movement’
Barassi, Veronica. 2014. '‘Net-Authoritarianism? How Web Ideologies reinforce Political Hierarchies in the Italian 5 Star Movement’'. In: Digital Culture and Communication Section at the European Communication Research and Education Association, (ECREA). Lisbon, Portugal 13 November 2014.

Conflicting Temporalities: Internet Time and the Time for Democracy
Barassi, Veronica. 2014. 'Conflicting Temporalities: Internet Time and the Time for Democracy'. In: Democracy Forum Seminar The Impact of Social Media on Democracy, House of Commons. London, United Kingdom.

Internet Freedom? Activists Struggle Against Digital Capitalism
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. 'Internet Freedom? Activists Struggle Against Digital Capitalism'. In: 4th ECREA Digital Culture and Communication Section Workshop, University of Bonn. University of Bonn, Germany.

Fast Capitalism, Social Media Activism and the Issue of Internet Time
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. 'Fast Capitalism, Social Media Activism and the Issue of Internet Time'. In: the Communication and Democracy Section, at the International Association of Media and Communication Research Annual (IAMCR) Conference. Dublin, Ireland.

Social Movements, Critical Web Practices and the Struggle Against Digital Capitalism
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. 'Social Movements, Critical Web Practices and the Struggle Against Digital Capitalism'. In: the Political Economy Section at the International Association of Media and Communication Research Annual (IAMCR) Conference. Dublin, Ireland.

Conflicting Temporalities: Digital Culture, Social Media activism and the problem of Internet Time
Barassi, Veronica. 2012. 'Conflicting Temporalities: Digital Culture, Social Media activism and the problem of Internet Time'. In: ECREA Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.

Media Imaginaries: Social Media, Imagination and Political action in Italy and Spain
Barassi, Veronica. 2012. 'Media Imaginaries: Social Media, Imagination and Political action in Italy and Spain'. In: European Association of Social Anthropology Annual Conference Nanterre. Paris, France.

The Immateriality of Digital Media: Material Culture, Political Belonging and the Senses amongst Activists in Britain and Spain
Barassi, Veronica. 2011. 'The Immateriality of Digital Media: Material Culture, Political Belonging and the Senses amongst Activists in Britain and Spain'. In: Paper presented at the 3rd ECREA Digital Culture and Communication Workshop. Barcelona UoC, Spain.

Resisting Web 2.0? Social Media, Connectivity, and Autonomy in Milan
Barassi, Veronica. 2011. 'Resisting Web 2.0? Social Media, Connectivity, and Autonomy in Milan'. In: Community and Communication Section at the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. Milan, Italy.

‘Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 in Practice: Critical Reflections on the Political Economy of the Internet’
Barassi, Veronica. 2011. '‘Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 in Practice: Critical Reflections on the Political Economy of the Internet’'. In: the Political Economy Section, International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.

Does Web 3.0 follow Web 2.0? Deconstructing Theoretical Assumptions through Practice
Barassi, Veronica and Tere, Emiliano. 2011. 'Does Web 3.0 follow Web 2.0? Deconstructing Theoretical Assumptions through Practice'. In: Universidad Rey Juan Carlos III. Spain.

‘Precarious Lives, Social Media and Activism: Ethnographic Reflections on Digital Labour’
Barassi, Veronica. 2011. '‘Precarious Lives, Social Media and Activism: Ethnographic Reflections on Digital Labour’'. In: Media and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Conference. University of Salford, United Kingdom.

Does Web 3.0 follow Web 2.0? Deconstructing Theoretical Assumption through Practice
Barassi, Veronica. 2010. 'Does Web 3.0 follow Web 2.0? Deconstructing Theoretical Assumption through Practice'. In: Mediacciones Research Seminar. UoC (Universitat Obierta de Catalunya), Spain.

Political Interactions in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Social Media and Activism in Europe
Barassi, Veronica. 2010. 'Political Interactions in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Social Media and Activism in Europe'. In: Communication and Democracy Section at the European Communication Research and Education Association, (ECREA).. UNDEFINED.

Alternative Media and Social Networking Sites: The Politics of Individuation and Political Participation
Barassi, Veronica and Fenton, Natalie. 2010. 'Alternative Media and Social Networking Sites: The Politics of Individuation and Political Participation'. In: Community and Communication Section at the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Braga, Portugal.

‘Networks, Technologies and Political Action: An Ethnographic Critique of the Network Approach’
Barassi, Veronica. 2010. '‘Networks, Technologies and Political Action: An Ethnographic Critique of the Network Approach’'. In: Thinking Network Politics Conference. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.