Keynotes

Tiziana Terranova (University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, Italy): The Technosocial Question: On the Entanglement of the Social and Digital Computational Networks

Short bio: Tiziana Terranova is Full Professor of Cultural Studies and Digital Media Theory in the Department of Human and Social Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’, Italy. She has written and lectured extensively on the political implications of digital networks and information technologies. She is the author of Network Culture: politics for the information age (Pluto Press, 2004), After the Internet: Digital Networks Between Capital and the Common (Los Angeles: Semiotexte, 2022) and the forthcoming The Technosocial Question (Minnesota University Press). She has been part of many groups involved in the task of collectively thinking about the politics of technology, including the free university networks Uninomade 2.0 and Euronomade; Robin Hood Minor Asset Management; the Centre for Postcolonial and Gender Studies at L’Orientale University, Naples; the Ecologie Politiche del Presente network, the Critical Computation Bureau, and the Technoculture Research Unit (www.technoculture.it).

Peter Thomas (Brunel University London, UK): New Orders: Hegemony as a Method of Political Work

Short bio: Peter D. Thomas teaches the History of Political Thought at Brunel University London. Among other works, he is the author of The Gramscian Moment (Brill, 2009) and Radical Politics: On the Causes of Contemporary Emancipation (OUP, 2022). He serves on the Editorial Boards of Historical Materialism and the International Gramsci Journal.

Donatella Della Ratta (John Cabot University, Rome, Italy): Twenty-Twenty Critical Theory Toolkit: Take the Red Pill and live happily in the age of algorithmic (in)humanity

Short bio: Donatella Della Ratta is a media ethnographer, writer, performer, and curator specializing in digital media and networked technologies, with a focus on the Arab world. She is Associate Professor of  Communications and Media Studies at John Cabot University, Rome. She holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen and is former Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. From 2007 until 2013 she managed the Arabic speaking community for the international organization Creative Commons. In 2012 she co-founded the website SyriaUntold, recipient of the Digital Communities award at Ars Electronica 2014. She has curated several international art exhibitions and film programs on Syria, including “Syria off frame”, (Fondazione Luciano Benetton and Fondazione Cini, Venice, 2015), and “Syrian New Waves” (The Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam, 2017). She has published a wide range of books and essays on media and networked technologies, among them Shooting a Revolution: Visual Media and Warfare in Syria (Pluto Press, 2018); Teaching Into the Void and Shot Theory (INC, 2021); Selfies Under Quarantine: Exploring Networked Emotions in the Time of ‘Social Distancing’ (Imaginations, 2021). With Geert Lovink, Teresa Numerico, and Peter Sarram she has co-edited the collective volume The Aesthetics and Politics of the Online Self: A Savage Journey Into the Heart of Digital Cultures (Palgrave McMillan, 2021).

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