Oana Pârvan

Staff details

Position Lecturer and Convenor MA Postcolonial Culture & Global Policy
Email o.parvan (@gold.ac.uk)
Oana Pârvan

Oana Pârvan is Lecturer in Postcolonial Theory and Globalisation: Politics, Policy, Critique. She convenes the MA program Postcolonial Culture Global Policy. With a background in Philosophy, Semiotics, and Cultural Studies, her research has often focused on events of resistance and modalities of propagation of dissent, drawing from political theory, media studies and art practices. She is the author of The Arab Spring between Transformation and Capture. Autonomy, Media and Mobility in Tunisia (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020). A member of the international research & practice networks Sound System Outernational and The Critical Computation Bureau. Her writing has appeared on MetaMute, Dark Matter, Race & Class and E-Flux.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London 2018
  • MA Communication Theory, University of Bologna, Italy 2011
  • BA Philosophy, University of Bologna, Italy 2007

Research interests

Proposals are welcome from critical research projects in the following and related areas:

  • Cultural Studies and Cultural Theory
  • Feminist and antiracist philosophies, epistemologies, methodologies
  • Decolonial approaches to history writing
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Histories of activism
  • Abolition
  • Critical theories and practices of development
  • Diasporic arts and Black Atlantic
  • Sound system studies
  • Technologies + theories and practices of liberation

Further profile content

Professional projects

December 2020

Digital Symposium Director, US/UK/Europe

With my direction of the ‘Recursive Colonialism, Artificial Intelligence and Speculative Computation’ 12 days long symposium what I aimed at, alongside my colleagues from Pennsylvania University, Duke University and l’Orientale University of Naples, was to facilitate and widen participation to knowledge and creative practices. In the middle of the lockdown, we reached global audience through the broadcast of live events that connected artists, philosophers and musicians (from Europe, US, Africa, Asia) in a collective discussion about how to use and theorise technology for social justice purposes. We also built a website containing a glossary conceived as a tool of independent study for everyone to access.


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