Professor Marianne Franklin

Staff details

Position Professor of Global Media and Politics, convenor of the MA Global Media and Politics.
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Professor Marianne Franklin

My research explores how digital networked technologies both collide and collude with transformations in society, culture, and politics at the online-offline nexus working from a multidisciplinary background in History, Music, Social and Political Theory, Politics, and Cultural Studies

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Amsterdam School of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (NL)
  • MA in International Relations, Department of Politics, University of Amsterdam (NL)
  • BA in History and Music (Minors in French, Politics, Russian Literature, Philosophy of Science)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Photography Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, NZ
  • Associate of the Trinity College of Music (ATCL) in Piano (Performance, Distinction)
  • Royal Schools of Music, London Grade VIII (Violin, Distinction)

Teaching and Supervision

Publications and research outputs


Franklin, M. I.. 2021. Sampling Politics: Music and the Geocultural. New York/London: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190855475

Franklin, M. I.. 2013. Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance, and the Internet. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199982707

Franklin, M. I.. 2012. Understanding Research: Coping with the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide. London/New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-49080-1

Franklin, M. I.. 2005. Resounding International Relations: On Music. Culture, and Politics. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781403967558

Franklin, M. I.. 2004. Postcolonial Politics, the Internet, and Everyday Life: Pacific Traversals Online. Routledge. ISBN 9780415339407

Edited Book

Franklin, M. I., ed. 2013. The Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet Booklet. UN Internet Governance Forum: Internet Rights and Principles Coalition.

Book Section

Franklin, M. I.. 2021. Music: Women Rewriting Punk Performance Politics. In: Shirin M. Rai; Milija Gluhovic; Silvija Jestrovic and Michael Saward, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Politics and Performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 485-500. ISBN 9780190863456

Franklin, M. I.. 2019. Music Making Politics: Around the World in a Song. In: Roland Grätz and Christian Höppner, eds. Musik öffnet Welten: Zur Gestaltung internationaler Kulturbeziehungen. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl. ISBN 9783958295261

Franklin, M. I.. 2019. “Human Rights Futures for the Internet”. In: Matthias Kettemann; Ben Wagner and Kilian Vieth, eds. Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology: Global Politics, Law and International Relations. Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, Massachusetts, USA: Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781785367717

Franklin, M. I.. 2018. “How Does the Way We Use the Internet Make a Difference?”. In: Maya Zehfuss and Jenny Edkins, eds. Global Politics: A New Introduction (3rd Edition). London/New York: Routledge, pp. 164-187. ISBN 9781138060289

Franklin, M. I.. 2017. “(Un)Dressing in Public: Defiant Embodiments and the Geopolitics of Seeing”. In: Zeena Feldman, ed. Art and the Politics of Visibility: Contesting the Global, Local, and the In-Between. UK: IB Tauris, pp. 73-113. ISBN 9781780769066

Franklin, M. I.. 2016. The Art of (Un)Dressing Dangerously: The Veil and/as Fashion. In: Andreas Behnke, ed. The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 41-68. ISBN 9781138788985

Franklin, M. I.. 2016. Mobilizing for Net Rights: The IRPC Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet. In: Des (D. J.) Freedman; Cheryl Martens; Robert McChesney and Jonathan Obar, eds. Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives. New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 9780823271641

Franklin, M. I.. 2016. “Mobilizing for Net Rights: The Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet”. In: Des Freedman; Jonathan Obar; Cheryl Martens and Robert W. McChesney, eds. Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives. New York USA: Fordham University Press, pp. 72-91. ISBN 9780823271658

Franklin, M. I.. 2015. (Global) Internet Governance and its Civil Discontents. In: Joanna Kulesza and Roy Balleste, eds. Cybersecurity and Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 9781442260412

Franklin, M. I.. 2015. “(Global) Internet Governance and its Civil Discontents”. In: J Kulesza and R Balleste, eds. Cybersecurity: Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance. Maryland USA: Rowman and Littlefield/Scarecrow Press, pp. 105-128. ISBN 978-1442260412

Franklin, M. I. and Davies, Matt. 2015. “What does (the Study of) World Politics Sound Like?”. In: Federica Caso and Caitlin Hamilton, eds. Popular Culture and World Politics: Theories, Methods, Pedagogies. E-International Relations, 120--?. ISBN 978-1910814024

Franklin, M. I.. 2015. “(Un)Dressing in Public: Defiant Embodiments and the Geopolitics of Seeing”. In: Zeena Feldman, ed. Art and the Politics of Visibility: Contesting the Global, Local and the In-Between. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1780769066

Franklin, M. I.. 2014. Sex, Gender, and Cyberspace. In: Laura J Shepherd, ed. Gender Matters in Global Politics: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations, 2nd Edition. London and NY: Routledge, pp. 375-388. ISBN 978-0415715218

Franklin, M. I.. 2014. “Sex, Gender, and Cyberspace”, Second Edition. In: Laura J Shepherd, ed. Gender Matters in Global Politics: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations, 2nd Edition. London/New York: Routledge, pp. 375-388. ISBN 9780415715218

Franklin, M. I.. 2013. How Does the Way We Use the Internet Make a Difference? In: Maya Zehfuss and Jenny Edkins, eds. Global Politics: A New Introduction, 2nd Edition. London and NY: Routledge, pp. 176-199. ISBN 978-0415684811

Franklin, M. I.. 2011. Decolonising the Future: Not to go where Cyborgs have gone before? In: Pieter Wisse, ed. Interoperabel Nederland. Den Haag: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, pp. 22-41. ISBN 978-9-079-49003-5

Franklin, M. I.. 2009. Sex, Gender and Cyberspace. In: Laura Shepherd, ed. Gender Matters in Global Politics: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 326-346. ISBN 978-0-415-45388-2

Franklin, M. I.. 2007. Democracy, Postcolonialism, and Everyday Life: Contesting the ‘Royal We’ Online. In: Lincoln Dahlberg and Eugenia Siapera, eds. Radical Democracy and the Internet: Interrogating Theory and Practice. London and NY: Palgrave Schol, pp. 168-190. ISBN 978-0230007208


Franklin, M. I.. 2018. Refugees and the (Digital) Gatekeepers of “Fortress Europe”. State Crime Journal, 7(1), pp. 77-99. ISSN 2046-6056

Franklin, M. I.. 2014. DRIP is an abuse of our rights not a matter of national security. The Conversation,

Franklin, M. I.. 2013. Veil Dressing and the Gender Geopolitics of “What Not to Wear”. International Studies Perspectives, 14(4), pp. 394-416. ISSN 1528-3577

Franklin, M. I.. 2013. Human rights on the internet: online, you have rights too. The Guardian,

Franklin, M. I.. 2013. Like it or not, we are all complicit in online snooping. The Conversation,

Franklin, M. I.. 2012. Being Human and the Internet; Against Dichotomies. Journal of Information Technology, 27(4), pp. 315-318. ISSN 0268-3962

Franklin, M. I. and Wilkinson, Kenton T.. 2011. Transnational Communications in Action: A Critical Praxis. Communication, Culture and Critique, 4(4), pp. 361-381.

Franklin, M. I.. 2010. Digital Dilemmas: Transnational Politics in the 21st Century. The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 16(2), pp. 67-85. ISSN 1080-0786

Franklin, M. I.. 2009. “Who’s Who in the ‘Internet Governance Wars’: Hail the Phantom Menace?”. International Studies Review, 11(1), pp. 221-226.

Franklin, M. I.. 2008. “What If? Confessions of a Sceptical Activist”. Making Communications Research Matter: Essay Forum in Social Science Perspectives, ?-?.

Franklin, M. I.. 2007. NGOs and the Information Society: Grassroots Advocacy at the UN - a cautionary tale. Review of Policy Research, 24(4), pp. 309-330. ISSN 1541132X

Franklin, M. I.. 2003. I Define My Own Identity Pacific Articulations of ‘Race’ and ‘Culture’on the Internet. Ethnicities, 3(4), pp. 465-490. ISSN 1468-7968

Franklin, M. I.. 2002. Reading Walter Benjamin and Donna Haraway In the Age of Digital Reproduction. Information Communication & Society, 5(4), pp. 591-624. ISSN 1369118X

Franklin, M. I.. 2001. Inside Out: Postcolonial Subjectivities and Everyday Life Online. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 3(3), pp. 387-422. ISSN 1461-6742

Conference or Workshop Item

Franklin, M. I.. 2017. 'Rock-Chic(k) Lit: Vanguard or Old Guard?'. In: Paper presented on Panel WA73: Music and the Critique of Modern International Relations at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Baltimore (USA), 22nd February 2017. Baltimore, United States.

Franklin, M. I.. 2011. 'Visible Veil Dressing & the Gender Geopolitics of ‘What Not To Wear’'. In: International Studies Association Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada.


Franklin, M. I.. 2010. “Cyberspace as a public park”.


Franklin, M. I.. 2014. “Slacktivism, clicktivism, and “real” social change”.

Franklin, M. I.. 2010. "Media research in the 21st Century".


Franklin, M. I.. 2005. Gender Advocacy at the World Summit on the Information Society: Preliminary Observations,. Project Report.,

Further profile content

Professional projects

Steering Committee and former co-Chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition, UN Internet Governance Forum

Steering Group member of the Digital Constitutionalism Network

Former Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)

Coordinator and Editor of the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet Booklet Project

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Co-Convener of the Technology and Human Rights research stream

Media engagements

2020: Panellist, Roundtable: “Too Many Crises! Music and Politics on a Planet on Fire”
TUSK Music Festival 2020, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 3rd October

2016: The Politics and Digital Geographies of Observing: After the Fall
Keynote: Regarding Spectatorship: Revolt and the Distant Observer, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin,

2013: Portable Cultures/Travelling Bodies: The Floating Archive in an Age of Digital Redistribution
Guest Speaker, Contingent Movements Symposium, Maldives Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale

Conferences and talks

2019: Co-Convener/Moderator, Data Governance by AI
Internet Rights and Principles Coalition and Amnesty International, 2019 Internet Governance Forum Meeting, Berlin

2018: Internet Policy and/as Politics
Keynote: Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG), Berlin, 4th September

2015: Big Data in the Global South International Workshop
Institute for Technology and Society, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16-17 November

2017: Keynote: International Conference: The Industrial Revolution 4.0: Preparing for Disruptive Technologies
Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore Singapore

Grants and awards

Distinguished Scholar Award, ISA Annual Convention 2022, Nashville USA
Honoring STAIR Distinguished Scholar Award Winner Marianne Franklin: sponsored by the Science, Technology and Art in International Relations (STAIR) and International Political Sociology Sections

2019: UK/EU Hub Lead
Deathscapes: State Violence and Race in Settler Societies: Australian Research Council Project ID: DP160100303

2005: Research Consultancy
Ford Foundation Research Consultancy, Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom Program: Portfolio in Electronic Media Policy

2002: Research Fellowship Award - Social Science Research Council (USA)
Columbia University (USA)

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