Professor Marianne Franklin

Staff details

Position Professor of Global Media & Politics, convenor of the MA in Global Media and Transnational Communications
Email m.i.franklin (
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7072
Twitter @GloComm

I convene MA Global Media & Transnational Communications.

My research interests draw on the humanities and social sciences as I have an academic background in History and Music, Social and Political Theory, and International Relations. Before coming to Goldsmiths I held teaching and research positions in Humanities, Social Science, and Engineering faculties at the University of Auckland (NZ), University of Amsterdam (NL), University for Humanistics (NL), and Columbia University (USA).

A recipient of research funding from the Social Science Research Council (USA) and Ford Foundation, I have been active in recent years in research and advocacy on human rights issues and the internet, serving as co-Chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Dynamic Coalition (2012-2014) at the UN Internet Governance Forum, and as a steering committee member of the IRP Coalition since 2009.

I am currently Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) and have served on the International Communications Section Executive, and as Chair of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Membership and Program Committees of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (Giganet). 

Other responsbilities in the M&C department include convening the Global Media and Transnational Communications MA Program and MA Research Skills and Resources Module, chairing the departmental Learning and Teaching Committee and vice-chairing the departmental Ethics Committee.

Academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (NL)
  • Master of Arts: International Relations (cum laude), Department of Politics, University of Amsterdam (NL)
  • Bachelor of Arts: History & Music (Double Major). Minors in French, Politics, Russian Literature, Philosophy of Science, University of Auckland (NZ)

Other Tertiary Qualifications

Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Auckland College of Education, NZ ; Certificate of Proficiency: Photography, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (NZ) ; Certificate of Proficiency: Master of Arts, University of Auckland, NZ, in Theories of Cultural Anthropology, Philosophy of History, Pacific History ; Associate of Trinity College, London (ATCL Performance), Highly Commended, Piano ; Royal Schools of Music, London, (Grade VIII), Distinction, Violin

Presentations and exhibitions

Connecting the Dots: Options for Future Action: Conference on UNESCO’S Internet Study: Access, Free Expression, Privacy and Ethics: Freedom of Expression Session, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 3-4 March, 2015

Clictivism: Social Justice and Social Media Roundtable and Public Debate, hosted by ISIS Magazine at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford UK,13 November 2014

Expert Roundtable: Human Rights in the Digital Age, Amnesty International Germany, Berlin, 10-11 November 2014

CI Seminar on Internet related issues: Internet Rights & Principles Coalition (IRPC) and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 26 September, 2014

Keynote lectures

“’Don’t Believe the Hype’ (or multistakeholderism is what the powerholders make of it)”, Internet Governance: Actors · Technology · Content, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, 9-10 October 2014

“Human Rights Narratives for the Internet”, Internet Jurisdiction Symposium, Department of Law and Criminology and Department of International Politics, University of Aberystwyth, Wales, 10-11 September 2014

“Human Rights Advocacy for the Internet: Before and After Snowden”, Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, Jesus College, University of Oxford, June 29th- July 11th, 2014; Politics & International Relations Seminar, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 8 May 2014

 Milton Wolf Seminar 2014: The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a Time Of Surveillance and Disclosure, Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, The American Austrian Foundation, and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, March 30 – April 1, 2014

 “Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance, and the Internet”, Public Lecture, Law Faculty, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 15 April 2014

 “(Un)Dressing in Public; Defiant Embodiments”, Keynote at Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World, Dalarna University, Sweden, April 2-4, 2014; University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 15 April 2014

 “Homelessness and the Internet”, Out of Sight: Constructing, Experiencing, Changing Peripheries, Radical Media Forum, Goldsmiths, UK, 20 March 2014

 Plenary Session, London Cryptofestival, Goldsmiths (University of London, UK), 30 November 2013;

‘Portable Cultures/Travelling Bodies: The Floating Archive in an Age of Digital Redistribution’, Contingent Movements Symposium – Maldives Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Library of Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC), Venice (Italy), 28-29th September, 2013;

'People-Power and Media Futures in a Digital Age: Is another Internet Possible?' presented at Media, Power, and Revolution: Making the 12st Century, Goldsmiths Leverhulme Research Centre Conference, Senate House London (UK), 4 April, 2012

"Veil Dressing and the Gender Geopolitics of 'What Not to Wear''', in Dressing in a Dangerous World: Fashion & Politics Workshop, The New School, New York, 29 March, 2012, and at The Politics of Visibility: Mediating the Global, Local, and the Inbetween, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art and City University London, 4 November 2011

'New ‘New Media’ & Cultures of Use: Methodological Reflections for the Online Researcher,' Technocult Programme, Media and Communications, Södertörn University, Stockholm, May 30-31, 2011

'Struggles behind the screen: Mobilizing transnational publics in a digital age' presented at Digital Publics, Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaftten (IFK), Vienna (Austria), May 12-13 2011

‘Public Lives Online and the Digital Archive’, at the Edinburgh Centre for Law and Society Seminar Series 2010-2011, University of Edinburgh (UK), 28 October, 2010

Research Interests

My research explores issues arising from the ways in which internet technologies collude and collide with changes in society, culture, and politics. To do so I employ a multi-sited and mixed-method ethnographic approach that draws on critical cultural and social theories, feminism, postcolonialism, and international relations.

Publications, research reports, and media output cover the following topics:

  • The internet, society, and politics
  • Human rights and the internet
  • The cultural politics of music-making and world politics
  • The web and social media cultures of use from a postcolonial perspective
  • Bodies and geopolitics; dress, dissent, and fashion after 9/11

For Research Students - Areas of Supervision


Dr Asad Asaduzzaman – British Commonwealth Scholarship: Digital Bangladesh and Rural Tele-centres

Dr Jowan Mahmod – Leverhulme PhD Scholarship Award: Kurdish Diasporas Online

Dr Dong-Hyun Song: Power Struggles for Control of Korean Cyberspace

Eduardo Cassina (Mres: One Year Scholarship): Master of Research: Architecture as a Tool; The Chinese in southern Africa

Continuing/In Completion Year

Emma Duester (ESRC-AHRC Research Scholarship), Mobility, Art and the City: A Study of the Baltic States

Faz O’Callaghan (Private Scholarship): South Africa’s Rainbow Nation and Post-Apartheid’s ‘Digital Natives’  

First/Second Year

Ilya Brookwell: Gamers and Civic Engagement: The Case of Live Streaming

Niels Ladfegoed; Whistleblower Narratives

Anita Purcell-Söjlund: Pacific Peoples on TV; The Politics of Documentary Representations

Chen-Ta Sung: Young People’s Cultures of Social Media Use: An International Comparison



Franklin, M. I.. 2020. Change the Record: Punk Women Music Politics. Bremen (Germany): Transcript Press.

Franklin, M. I.. 2019. Sampling Politics: Music and the Geocultural. New York/London: Oxford University Press.

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.. 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 as/and 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 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. 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.. 2013. Veil Dressing and the Gender Geopolitics of “What Not to Wear”. International Studies Perspectives, n/a, n/a-n/a. ISSN 1528-3577

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.. 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.,

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