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Veronica Barassi
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Veronica Barassi
Regent's College
United Kingdom

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digital culture, social movements
digital technologies and democratic processes; social movements and alternative media; identity and collective representations; digital networks and new forms of politics; Web 2.0 platforms and social networking sites; Web 3.0 or the Semantic Internet; anthropology of media and representation; media rituals; ethnography of media.
I have recently obtained my PhD in Media and Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. My doctoral research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and was made possible through collaboration between the Media and Communications and the Anthropology Departments. Committed to ethnographic methodologies, my research explores how digital technologies have transformed the relationship between alternative media production and collective action. At present, I am a postdoctoral research assistant at the Institute of Contemporary European Studies (iCES), Regent's College London. My current research at iCES has been awarded the small research grant by the British academy and explores the impact of Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 developments on the imaginaries and values of political activists in Italy and Spain. I am committed to ethnographic methodologies, and in contrast to techno-deterministic assumptions on the empowering effects of new media, her goal is to highlight the human understandings, beliefs and anxieties involved in the everyday mediation of collective action. This approach, I believe is fundamental, in order to shed some light on the human complexities involved in the techno historical developments of recent years.

Barassi, Veronica (2010) ‘Possibilities and Ambivalences: the Discursive Power of Online Technologies and their Impact on Political Action in Britain’ – in the Anthropology Review: Dissent and Cultural Politics Vol. 1, No. 1, May 2010; ISSN 2041-1405 Barassi, Veronica (2009) ‘Mediating Political Action? Internet Related Beliefs and Anxieties among International Solidarity Campaigns in Britain’ in Digithum: Humanities in the Digital Age UOC Issue 11 (2009) ISSN 1575-2275 Barassi, Veronica (2009) ‘Oppositional Media and Internet Technologies’ in Contemporary Europe: iCES Annual Review 08/09 Barassi, Veronica (2009) Digital vs. Material: The Everyday Construction of Mediated Political Action in Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA PGN Network Vol. 2 no 1 (2009)

8 May, 2010 – Northampton University, Youth, New Media and Social Change Conference Old Politics and New Media technologies: Conflict of Generations and Internet Discourses in the Labour Movement in Britain. 26 March, 2010 – Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Thinking Network Politics Conference Networks, Technologies and Political Action: An Ethnographic Critique of the Network Approach. 3, February, 2010 – Goldsmiths College London, Department of Anthropology Research Seminars Networks, Connections and Technologies: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Spaces of Political Movements 12th June, 2009 - University College London, Anthropology in London Conference Paper Presented: Conflicts of Generations, Internet Technologies and Identity in the Labour Movement in Britain. 7th November, 2008 - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona. EASA Media Anthropology Conference: Paper presented: Mediating Political Action? Internet Related Beliefs and Anxieties among International Solidarity Campaigns in Britain. 2nd July 2008 Department of Media and Film, University of Sussex, Brighton UK. ‘MeCCSA PGN Conference’. Paper’ presented: Digital vs. Material: The Everyday Construction of Mediated Political Action. 10th of May, 2008 Department of Media and Film, SOAS, University of London Mending the Gaps: Reflections on Media Theory and Practice Symposium’ Introductory Session: Introducing the Gaps and Our Reflections on the Reasons whythey need to be Mended.
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