Dr. Veronica Barassi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department and convenes the BA Anthropology and Media Degree. She is one of the founders of the Goldsmiths Media Ethnography Group and the principal investigator on the Child | Data | Citizen (2017-2019) project, which is funded by the British Academy. She was the PI of the ‘Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments’ Seminar series’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, UK (2015-2017) and vice-chair of the Digital Culture and Communication Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). She is currently the chair of the E-Seminars of the Media Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropology. Her work on digital citizenship, activism, big data, and ethnography has appeared on top ranked international journals and she is the author of Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles against Digital Capitalism (Routledge, 2015).
As director of the BA Anthropology and Media Degree, Dr Barassi teaches the Anthropology of Media Workshops for 1st Year students. She is the convener of the 3rd Year BA/MA option course Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures and contributor to 2nd Year BA Media, Modernity and Social Thought and MA Representing Reality.
Areas of supervision
Dr Barassi welcomes 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
Dr Veronica Barassi's research investigates the tension between web structures and everyday practices of human negotiation and resistance, with a particular focus on political activism. Dr Barassi engages 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.
- 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
Barassi, Veronica. 2015. Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital Capitalism. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415717915
Barassi, Veronica. 2018. The Child as Datafied Citizen: Critical Questions on Data Justice in Family Life. In: Giovanna Mascheroni; Anna Jorge and Cristina Ponte, eds. Digital Parenting: The Challenges for Families in the Digital Age. Gothenburg: NORDICOM, pp. 169-177. ISBN 9789188855008
Barassi, Veronica. 2018. Social Media Activism, Self-Representation and the Construction of Political Biographies. In: Graham Meikle, ed. Routledge Companion to Media and Activism. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781351190022
Barassi, Veronica. 2017. Ethnography Beyond and Within Digital Structures and the Study of Social Media Activism. In: Larissa Hjorth; Heather Horst; Anne Galloway and Genevieve Bell, eds. Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. London and New York,: Routledge, pp. 406-418. ISBN 9781138940918
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. Maryland, USA: Rowan and Littlefield. ISBN 9781783483365
Barassi, Veronica. 2017. BabyVeillance? Expecting parents, online surveillance and the cultural specificity of pregnancy apps. Social Media and Society, 3(2), pp. 1-10.
Barassi, Veronica. 2016. Datafied Citizens: Civic Engagement on Social Media, Political Data Flows and the Question of Political Profiling. Communication and the Public, 1(4), pp. 494-499. ISSN 2057-0473
Barassi, Veronica. 2016. Contested Visions: Digital Discourses as Empty Signifiers from the ‘Network’ to ‘Big Data’. Communication and the Public, 1(4), pp. 423-435. ISSN 2057-0473
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
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
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.
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. Review- Networks of Outrage and Hope by Manuel Castells. E-International Relations,
Barassi, Veronica. 2013. Twitter Hashtags, Emotion and the Resonance of Social Protest. blog of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing,
Barassi, Veronica. 2012. Democracy and its Definitions: A talk by Donatella Della Porta. Open Democracy,
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
Barassi, Veronica. 2012. Free Labor and Academic Publishing: can we ‘Just say no’? Three-D MeCCSA Newsletter, 19,
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
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,
Barassi, Veronica. 2009. Digital vs. Material: The Everyday Construction of Mediated Political Action. Networking Knowledge, 2(1), ISSN 1755-9944
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
Conference or Workshop Item
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barassi, Veronica. 2012. 'Conflicting Temporalities: Digital Culture, Social Media activism and the problem of Internet Time'. In: ECREA Conference. Istanbul, Turkey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.