Dr Athina Karatzogianni

Associate Professor Media and Communication





Tel: +44 (0)116 2297290

Email: athina.k@gmail.com or athina.k@le.ac.uk

Personal details

  • PhD (Politics) University of Nottingham, 2005
  • MA (International Conflict Analysis) Kent University, London Centre of International Relations, 2000
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Politics, Lancaster University, 1999
  • Professional Development Certificate (General Management Skills) University of Hull, 2011
  • PG Diploma (Information Technology) University of Nottingham, 2008
  • Diploma in Journalism, Antenna College of Journalism, Athens, Greece, 1996

After brief stints as a journalist in Athens in 1995-6 and teaching International Relations in Nottingham as a PhD student between 2001-5, my first post was in 2006 in Paris at the American University (AUP) as an Assistant Professor in Global Communications. Love for the UK research environment brought me back to Hull in 2007 as a Lecturer in Media, Culture and Society in Humanities. In 2011, I became a Senior Lecturer, and in 2013, I transferred to Social Sciences, restructured and directed media programmes in the school. In July 2014, I took a post as a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester (university central change to Associate Professor).






Co-Investigator ESRC The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security (ERCS). 2014-2016. Grant Ref: ES/L013177/1. Start Date: 1st November 2014.



Principal Investigator. FP7 EU Research grant on Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender (MIG@NET). 2010-2013 http://www.mignetproject.eu

Co-Investigator (2008-9) European Commission funded SimSafety Project researching into intercultural attitudes to Internet Safety, supported by Education and Culture DG, Lifelong Learning Programme.



Research journey

Since 2000, I have focused on the intersections between new media theory, resistance networks and global politics, for the study of cyberconflict and the use of digital technologies by social movements, protest, and insurgency groups. My research revolves around different aspects of cyberconflict theory, which I developed and applied to non-state actors and their use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). I am passionate about researching what is a period of intense encounters of the cyber with the global political arena:

  • The proliferation of sociopolitical activist networks, as well as ethnoreligious, insurgent and terrorist networks
  • Social media-enabled political protests and mobilisations leading to social or political change
  • Increased resistance to surveillance and censorship of global communications, including leaks from government employees and new media organisations, uncovering significant tensions in the use of ICTs both by states and corporations


  • Media movements and radical politics
  • Civic media activism, social movements and ICTs
  • Open online activist communities
  • Privacy, surveillance, and conflict in the digital public sphere
  • Comparative media analysis of conflict and war
  • Political philosophy, critical and cultural continental theory


Books (Monographs, Co-authored)

(forthcoming 2018) Platform Economics: Digital Labour Organisation and the Sharing Economy, co-aithored with Cristiano Codagnone and Jacob Matthews, Bingley, UK: Emerald.

(2015) Firebrand Waves of Digital Activism 1994-2014: The Rise and Spread of Hacktivism and Cyberconflict, Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-0-230-24246-3 http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/Firebrand-Waves-of-Digital-Activism-19942014/?K=9781137446008

(2010) Power, Resistance and Conflict in the Contemporary World: Social Movements, Networks and Hierarchies, co-authored with Andrew Robinson, Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics, Routledge: London and New York. In Print. 324 pages. ISBN-10: 0415452988.

(2006) The Politics of Cyberconflict, Routledge Research on Internet and Society, Routledge: London and New York. In Print. 242 pages. Also released as paperback 2008. ISBN-10:0415396840.

Books (Edited volumes)

(eds) (2016) The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere: Conflict, Migration, Crisis and Culture in Digital Networks, co-edited with Dennis Nguyen and Elisa Serafinelli, Palgrave Macmillan. 433 pages. ISBN 978-1-137-50456-2

(eds) (2012) Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change, co-edited with Adi Kuntsman, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. In Print. 272 pages. ISBN-9780230296589.

(ed.) (2012) Violence and War in the Media: Five Disciplinary Lenses, Routledge Media, War and Security Series, London and New York: Routledge. In Print. 280 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0415665230.

(ed.) (2009) Cyber Conflict and Global Politics, edited, Routledge Contemporary Security Studies, London and New York: Routledge. In Print. 246 pages. ISBN-10: 0415459702.

Articles in refereed journals

(2017) 'Schizorevolutions vs. Microfascisms: The Fear of Anarchy in State Securitization' co-authored with Andrew Robinson,, Journal of International Political Theory, 13(3), pp. 282 - 295. Online available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1755088217718570

(2017) 'Evil Intermediation Platforms', short article co-authored with Jacob Matthews, special issue Evil Infrastructures, edited by Christopher Kelty, Cultural Anthropology, April 2017. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/1110-evil-intermediation-platforms

(2017)  'A Comparative Cyberconflict Analysis of Digital Activism Across Post-Soviet Countries', co-authored with Galina Miazhevich and Anastasia Denisova, Journal of Comparative Sociology, 16:1, pp. 1-25. Brill. DOI: 10.1163/15691330-12341415.

(2015) 'Hack or Be Hacked: The Quasi-Totalitarianism of Global Trusted Networks', co-authored with Martin Gak, New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, No.84/85 Societies of Control, DOI: 10.398/NEWF:84/85.06.2015. Online available at: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/issue/nf8485.html

(2015) ‘The Social Media Political Subject is an Infant’, Social Media + Society Volume: 1 issue: 1, article first published online: May 11, 2015; Issue published: April 29, 2015 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305115580480 http://sms.sagepub.com/content/1/1/2056305115580480.full

(2014) ‘Digital Prometheus: WikiLeaks, the State-Network Dichotomy and the Antinomies of Academic Reason’ co-authored with Andrew Robinson, International Journal of Communication, 8, Feature 1-20. 1932–8036/2014FEA0002. Online available at: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/issue/view/10#more4

(2010) ‘Blame it on the Russians: Tracking the Portrayal of Russians During Cyber Conflict Incidents’, Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, 4, pp. 127-150. ISSN 2040-462X. Online available at: http://www.digitalicons.org/issue04/athina-karatzogianni/

(2009) 'Cyberconflict at the Edge of Chaos: Cryptohierarchies and Self-organization in the Open Source Movement' co-authored with G. Michaelides, in P Moore and A. Karatzogianni, (eds) Parallel Visions of P2P production: Governance, Organization and the New Economies, Special issue, Capital and Class, 97, pp.143-159. ISSN 03098168.

(2004) ‘The Politics of Cyberconflict, Journal of Politics, 24:1, pp.46-55.

Chapters in books

(2018) 'Agency in Posthuman IR: Solving the Problem of Computer-Mediated Agency',  co-authored with Michael Schandorf. In Erika Cudworth and Stephen Hobden (eds) Posthuman Dialogues in International Relations, London: Ashgate.

(2016) ‘Intercultural Conflict and Dialogue in the Transnational Digital Public Sphere: Findings from the MIG@NET Research Project (2010-2013), co-authored with O. Morgunova, N. Kambouri, O. Lafazani, N. Trimikliniotis. G. Ioannou and D. Nguyen in A. Karatzogianni, D. Nguyen and E. Serafinelli (eds) The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere: Conflict, Migration, Crisis and Culture in Digital Networks, Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 235- 258.

(2016) ‘Introduction: The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere’ in A. Karatzogianni, D. Nguyen and E. Serafinelli (eds) The Digital Transformation of the Public Sphere: Conflict, Migration, Crisis and Culture in Digital Networks, in Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-8.

(2016) ‘Surfing the Revolutionary Wave 2010-12: A Social Theory of Agency, Resistance, and Orders of Dissent in Contemporary Social Movements’ co-authored with M. Schandorf in A. Ornella (ed.) Making Humans: Religious, Technological and Aesthetic Perspectives, Inter-Disciplinary Press. pp. 43-73. ISBN 978-1-84888-425-0

(2015) ‘A Cyberconflict Analysis of Chinese Dissidents Focusing on Civil Society, Mass Incidents and Labour Resistance’ co-authored with A. Robinson, The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Media. (eds) Rawnsley, G.D. and Rawnsley, M.Y.T. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 217-23. 8ISBN: 9780415520775

(2014) 'Digital Prometheus: WikiLeaks, the State-Network Dichotomy and the Antinomies of Academic Reason’ co-authored with Andrew Robinson in WikiLeaks: From Popular Culture to Political Economy, edited by C.Christensen, USC Annenberg. Online available at: http://www.amazon.com/WikiLeaks-Popular-Culture-Political-Economy-ebook/dp/B00PYRD5SS/

(2013) translated in Portuguese ‘Uma análise de ciberconflitos das revoluções de 2011 da Primavera Árabe’ in Rodrigues Gomes, M. (ed.) Comunicação e controle: Observações sobre liberdade, controle einterdição de expressão, São Paulo: Intercom. pp.259-284. [EN] ‘A cyberconflict analysis of the 2011 Arab Spring’ in Rodrigues Gomes, M. (ed.) Communication and control: Notes on freedom, control and interdicted expression, São Paulo: Intercom, 2013. pp. 285-309.

(2013) ‘A Cyberconflict Analysis of the 2011 Arab Spring Uprisings’ in Youngs, G. (ed.) Digital World: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights, London and New York Routledge. pp. 159-175.  ISBN-10: 0415839084

(2012) ‘WikiLeaks Affects: Ideology, Conflict and the Revolutionary Virtual’ in Karatzogianni, A and Kuntsman, A. (eds.) Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 52-73.

(2012) ‘Epilogue: The Politics of the Affective Digital’ in Karatzogianni, A and Kuntsman, A. (eds.) Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 245-9.

(2012) ‘Introduction: Violence and War in Culture and the Media through Five Disciplinary Lenses’ in Karatzogianni, A. (ed.) Violence and War in Culture and the Media, London and New York: Routledge. pp. 1-11.

(2012) ‘Blame it on the Russians: Tracking the Portrayal of Russians During Cyber conflict Incidents’ in Karatzogianni, A. (ed.) Violence and War in Culture and the Media, London and New York: Routledge. pp. 221-246.

(2012) ‘Cyberconflict and the Future of Warfare’ in Gardner, H and Kobtzeff, O. (eds) Ashgate Research Companion to War, Aldershot: Ashgate. pp. 491-504. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7826-7.

(2012) ‘Ancient Athens as a Model of Hegemonic Decline’, in Gardner, H and Kobtzeff, O. (eds) Ashgate Research Companion to War, Aldershot: Ashgate. pp. 191-206. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7826-7.

(2009) 'Introduction: New media and the Reconfiguration of Power in Global Politics', in Karatzogianni, A. (ed.) Cyber Conflict and Global Politics, Contemporary Security Studies, Routledge: London and New York. pp. 1-11.

(2009) 'How small are small numbers in cyberspace? Small, virtual, wannabe “states”, minorities and their cyber conflicts’ in Karatzogianni, A. (ed.) Cyber Conflict and Global Politics, Contemporary Security Studies, Routledge: London and New York. pp. 128-146.

(2009) ‘Confronting internal and external problems of cross- inter- and multi-disciplinarity: Researching cyber conflict and global politics’ in Karanika, M and Wiesemans, R (eds) Exploring Avenues to Cross-Disciplinary Research, Nottingham University Press, pp. 179-191.


(forthcoming 2018) ‘Leaktivism and its Discontents’ in Graham Meikle (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Media and Activism, London: Routledge.

(forthcoming 2018) '#NODAPL: Distributed Rhetorical Praxis at Standing Rock' co-authored with Michael Schandorf, in Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes (eds) Routledge Companion to Digital Writing & Rhetoric, London and New York: Routledge.

(forthcoming 2018) 'A Tale of Cyberconflict in Greece: Polarization and Mobilization for the Greek Referendum on Twitter', co-authored with Ioanna Ferra.  in Theoni Stathopoulou (ed.) Transformations of Protest in Greece, Athens: Papazisis Publishers & EKKE. [in English].

Published reports and other work  

(2013) Schizorevolutions vs. Microfascisms: A Deleuzo-Nietzschean Perspective on State, Security, and Active/Reactive Networks’ co-authored with A. Robinson. Presented at theDeleuze Studies Conference Lisbon July 2013. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/athina_karatzogianni/19

(2011) Cyberconflict and Hacktivism in a Contemporary Context’, Digital Development Debates, Issue 5, September 2011.Online Available at: http://www.digital-development-debates.org/issue-05-securing-peace--future-wars--cyberconflict-and-hacktivism-in-a-contemporary-context.html

(2013) Karatzogianni, A., Morgunova, O., Kambouri, N., Lafazani, O., Nicos Trimikliniotis,Grigoris Ioannou ‘Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender:Intercultural Conflict and Dialogue’. Online MIG@NET.EU Portal:http://www.mignetproject.eu/?cat=10

(2013) Midden, E., Pondanesi, S., Kambouri, N. Zavos, A., Karatzogianni, A. and Morgunova, O. ‘Gender, Migration and Religious Practices Online’, Online MIG@NET.EU Portal:http://www.mignetproject.eu/?p=561

(2010) ‘The Thorny Triangle: Cyber Conflict, Business and the Sino-American Relationship in the World-System’, e-International Relations. Online available at: http://www.e-ir.info/?p=3420

(2009) ‘With or Without You: U.S. Foreign Policy, Hegemony, Domination and Rhizomes of Resistance’ co-authored with A. Robinson, International Relations: Student Perspectives, September 2009, pp. 7-25.

(2006) ‘Broadening the New Security Agenda’, Journal of Cyber Conflict Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, 2006, pp.12-21.

(2004) ‘The Impact of the Internet during the Iraq war on the peace movement, war coverage and war-related cyberattacks’, Cultural Technology and Policy Journal, inaugural issue, 2004.Also serialized by the author in Greek in for the high-circulation weekly political magazine Politika Themata, Athens, December 2005.

Doctoral Supervision

As first supervisor/main adviser:

  • Alshareef, Mai: 'Anonymity on Twitter in Saudi Arabia'
  •  Macmillan, Callum: 'Posthumanism and the Sci-Fi Genre: Films, Games and the Fandom Communities'
Completed students:
  • Ferra, Ioanna: ‘Social Media Activism and the Greek Crisis’, PhD awarded.
  • Dey, Adrija: 'Digital Gender Activism in India'. PhD awarded
  • Olabode, Shola: ‘ICTs and Protest Mobilizations in Nigeria. PhD awarded
  • Serafinelli, Elisa: ‘Identity, Memory and New Mobile Visualities on Instagram’. PhD awarded
  • Nguyen, Dennis: ‘The European Digital Public Sphere: Towards a Transnational Web Sphere or Isolated Online Spaces?’  PhD Awarded
  • Kalogeras, Voula: ‘Transmedia Storytelling: Internet Content and Cultural Media Marketing’. PhD Awarded
  • Nik Rahman: ‘E-Health Services and Propinquity in Malaysia’. PhD Awarded

As second supervisor: Ayman Banjaid (PhD awarded); Current: Lidia Salvatori; Wei Cui; Shuhan Chen.


(28 September 2017) ‘US Vetting System Will Have Considerable Impact on Privacy’. Radio Sputnik World Service, Moscow. Online available at: https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/us-vetting-system-will-have-a-considerable-impact-on-privacy-athina-karatzogianni

(16 June 2017) Panel Discussant on TRT World flagship current affairs television programme Roundtable hosted by David Foster. This was a 20-minute discussion exploring how technology is exposing democracy’s vulnerabilities, particularly in hacking attempts to influence election with Nigel Inkster, former director of operations and intelligence for the British Secret Intelligence Service, Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party and Mustafa Al-Bassam, formery of LulzSec, Anonymous. Online available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRdgEFh8164&list=PLUW304lJeu3Wq792ZuY62Cq7gWzbygo5F&index=3

(10 March 2017) ‘The CIA is in the Intensive Care Room: Short-term intelligence wins will come at the expense of long-term security’, co-authored for Prospect Magazine. Online available at: http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/science-and-technology/the-cia-is-in-the-intensive-care-room


(10 March 2017) Commentary commissioned (in Greek) for Athens Voice on WikiLeaks CIA affair. Online here: http://www.athensvoice.gr/politiki/wikileaks-ki-apokalypseis-cia-diarroes-heiroteres

(5 March 2017) Commentary commissioned article in Greek for daily newspaper Avgi on the impact of digital network forms of organization. Online available at: https://www.avgi.gr/article/10808/7948353/epiptoseis-ton-neon-diktyakon-morphon-organoses#

(11 December 2017) Commissioned for the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) - Kathimerini public debate on European security issues http://www.kathimerini.gr/887406/article/epikairothta/kosmos/to-diadiktyo-kai-h-tromokratia

(11 April 2016) ‘Beyond Hashtags: How A New Wave of Activists is Changing Society’. The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/beyond-hashtags-how-a-new-wave-of-digital-activists-is-changing-society-57502

(20 December 2015) Interview on the U.S. Cybersecurity Act. 'New Cybersecurity Act is Problematic in Many Ways'. Radio Sputnik. Online available at: https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/new-cybersecurity-act-is-problematic-in-many-ways-online-privacy-analyst

(17 December 2015) 'Social Media is Rocking the Political Boat'. First Person column. Leicester Mercury Newspaper.


(18 November 2015) 'Anonymous Hackers could be Islamic State's Online Nemesis'. The Conversation. Online available at: https://theconversation.com/anonymous-hackers-could-be-islamic-states-online-nemesis-50876

(18 October 2013) Interviewed by Ian Evans for “The Fifth Estate”: Does it get Assange and WikiLeaks right? Christian Science Monitor, Boston. Online Available at:  http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2013/1018/The-Fifth-Estate-Does-it-get-Assange-and-WikiLeaks-right-video

(24 April 2013) ‘Cyberkonflikten-arabiska-varen’ at the International Science Festival in Gothenburg (Vetenskapsfestivalen), panel on "Technology, Surveillance and Revolution". The talk was televised for Swedish education TV see video link here: http://www.ur.se/Produkter/176859-UR-Samtiden-Overvakning-och-kontroll-Cyberkonflikten-arabiska-varen

(9 April 2010) 'Adam Roberts: Waging war by ballot' interviewed by Alison Flood for Wired Magazine. Online available at: http://www.wired.co.uk/wiredmagazine/archive/2010/05/play/adam-roberts-waging-war-by-ballot?page=all
(16 March 2010) 'Activists turn "hacktivists" on the web' interviewed by Chris Vallance. BBC News. Online available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8567934.stm


(10 February 2010) ‘Get clued up on the 'anarchic' power of the world wide web’ interviewed by Alex Wood for the Yorkshire Post. Also online available at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/localnews/Get-clued-up-on-the.6059137.jp

(2008) Interviewed for the Franco-German cultural TV channel ARTE Documentary Brief History of the Future (Dir. Salfati)


(4 November 2007) ‘Incursão no Iraque desafia aspiração turca de integrar UE’. Jornal Brasileiro. Online available at: http://jbonline.terra.com.br/editorias/internacional/papel/2007/11/04/internacional20071104008.html


(13 September 2007) Faustine Vincent ‘La Chine a soif d'informations’. 20 Minutes France [in French] Available online at: http://www.20minutes.fr/article/180599/Monde-La-Chine-a-soif-d-informations.php  

(2 August 2007) 'The wars raging in cyberspace' Eleftherotypia [daily Greek newspaper] http://www.enet.gr/


(17 June 2007) Belot, L. and Stroobants, J.-P. (17 June 2007) ‘Les Temps des Cyberguerres’, Le Monde. [in French] Also available online at: http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0,36-924253,0.html


(20 May 2007) ‘Pentágono censura soldados’ [in Portuguese] about censorship and the military in Iraq]. Jornal Brasileiro. Also available online at: http://jbonline.terra.com.br/editorias/internacional/papel/2007/05/20/internacional2070520003.html

Research Activity

(3 October 2017) Invited Speaker, 'Alternative Economic Models and Digital Labour Resistance', MedShare, Mediterranean Network for Sharing and the Collaborative Economy. http://opendoors-network.eu/valencias-open-doors-event/programme/

(1 September 2017) 'New Sociopolitical Formations Against Corporate Embodiment in Digital Networks', European Sociological Association, Athens.

(28 August 2017) Invited Speaker by the Sri Lankan Army, 'Cyber Intelligence and Strategic Responses to Violent Extremism', Colombo Defense Seminar, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

(16 June 2017) Invited Speaker at the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust Summer Seminar, The View Hotel Eastbourne.

(28 April 2017) Invited Speaker ‘Public Spheres of Resonance: Constellations of Affect and Language’, 2nd International Conference SFB 1171 Affective Societies – Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds at Freie Universität Berlin. Title of plenary talk: ‘Trading Discursive for Affective Power at the Digital Square’.

(5 April 2017) ‘The Digital vs. Analogue False Binary: Cyberconflict Durations in Activist Rhetoric’ co-authored with Michael Schandorf (MIT) for the Panel: ‘Rethinking the Digital and the Analogue: Epistemologies of the Anthropocene’ at the American Geographers Association Annual meeting, Boston, MA.

(29 March 2017) Invited speaker at ‘Fake News and Algorithmic Curation on Social Media’ at the RightsCon Conference, Brussels, sponsored by www.accessnow.org Online at: https://www.rightscon.org/program/

(13 March 2017) Main Organiser for the Jungle Factory Symposium, funded by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and held at the Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jungle-factory-symposium-2017-tickets-28947053416#

(26 January 2017) Invited speaker at Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2017: “The Age of the Intelligent Machines” at the Panel of the CANVAS Consortium; represented by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Serge Gutwirth). CANVAS (Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity), a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. Online video of this talk can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiqDFskFqWs

(12 January 2017) Opening Lecture for the Civic Media Activism Lab as Visiting Professor at the University of Paris.

(10-13 January 2017) paid Guest Lectures (6) at the University of Paris VIII Vincennes in Saint-Denis.

(6 December 2016) Main Organiser of the ‘International Colloquium Political Economy of Platformisation’, funded by University of Hull and the University of Leicester https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-political-economy-of-platformisation-tickets-28260509946#

(26 October 2016) A Comparative Cyberconflict Analysis of Digital Activism in Belarus, Estonia, Ukraine and Russia, co-authored with Galina Miazhevich & Anastasia Denisova at ‘Materiality, Publicness and Digital Media’ Conference, University of Amsterdam.

(21 October 2016): Co-I Research presentation at the final conference for Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security project at WISE, Hull.

(13 October 2016): Keynote at the ‘Freedom and Control of Expression in the Digital Aftermath of the 2015 Paris Attacks’,IAST, Toulouse.

(16 September 2016): Invited speaker. ‘Blockchain Activism: A Unicorn or a Reality?’, CRS in the Age of Digitization, 7th International Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, Humboldt University, Berlin.

(2 September 2016): ‘In the name of the collaborative economy: Digital intermediation platforms as a new material and ideological vanguard for capitalist expansion?’ with Jacob Matthews (Paris 8) and David Pucheau (Université Bordeaux 3) at the panel Infrastructures of Evil: Participation, Collaboration, Maintenance at the EASST Conference, Barcelona.

(28 June 2016): International Society for Third Sector Research conference. Stockholm http://www.istr.org/?StockholmConference

(20 June 2016): Plenary on sharing economy/digital alternative cultural economies at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC)

(20 May 2016) ID2020 summit at the United Nations, (http://www.id2020summit.org/)

(22 April 2016): Invited speaker on crowdfunding for political purposes at a workshop on crowdfunding for political purposes, Paris 8.

(20 April 2016) Invited speaker on Firebrand Waves book as Visiting Professor at the American University of Paris (AUP).

(3-4 November 2015): Invited Speaker. 'Willy-nilly Human: Technosocial Agency and Orders of Dissent in Network Activism', Paris, Maison Suger, II Congresso Internacional de Net-Ativismo é organizado pelo Centro de Pesquisa Atopos , vinculado à Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo (ECA-USP). http://www.netactivism.net/?page_id=12369

(21 October 2015): Invited Speaker Talk on Digital Activism for union leaders and journalists, Lisbon, IPPS-IUL e o ISCTE-IUL Conferência Internacional - A sul do Euro: Novos Contextos Sociais e Económico.Event: http://ipps.iscte-iul.pt/index.php/pt/component/content/article?id=412

(Prague 25th-28th August 2015): Keynote Speaker invited by two ESA research networks, Communication Research Network; Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN). 12th Biennal European Sociological Association, Prague.

(16-19 July 2015): Plenary Speaker: ‘Democracy Rising’, The Global Centre for Advanced Studies (GCAS) Greece, Spain and the Reinvigoration of the Left, Athens.

(18-19 June 2015): Invited Speaker: ‘Ethics and Rights in Cyber security: New sociopolitical formations and their influence’, in Surveillance and Citizenship State-Media-Citizen Relations After the Snowden Leaks, Cardiff University.

(5 June 2015): Plenary Speaker: ‘Datafication as Resistance? Don’t Throw the Data-Baby Out with the Bathwater!’ in Critical Approaches to Big Data, South Bank University

(13 May 2015): Invited Speaker: University of Brighton Staff Research Seminar Series speaker (13 may 2013)

(23-26 April 2015): Invited Panel Organiser and Speaker: ‘Deleuze Digitale’ for the 'Deleuze and Guattari Refrains of Freedom’ conference, Panteion, Athens.

(22-23 January 2015): Invited Speaker:  'The European Union: a Cybersecurity Actor? (Trans)national agencies, discourses and practices', French Ministry of Defence Research Institute (IRSEM) and the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (MJMCE).

(23-26 October 2014): Paid invited participant and speaker: 'Totalitarianism, Democracy and Liberty Conference', Liberty Fund, organised by Noel K. O'Sullivan and Dorota I. Pietrzyk-Reeves, Hotel Pod Roza, Krakow, Poland.

(26 June 2014): Invited Speaker: The ‘Virtues of Anarchy’ Reconsidered, Workshop hosted by the Centre for Advanced International Studies, University of Exeter.

(24 May 2013) Plenary Speaker for the Workshop: ‘New Media and the Internet: Digital Democracy or Complex Chaos?’, Brunel University.

(25 April 2013): Invited Speaker: ‘Cyberkonflikten-arabiska-varen’ at the International Science Festival in Gothenburg (Vetenskapsfestivalen), panel on ‘Technology, Surveillance and Revolution’. The talk was televised see video link here: http://urplay.se/Produkter/176859-UR-Samtiden-Overvakning-och-kontroll-Cyberkonflikten-arabiska-varen

(15-18 April 2013): Plenary speaker for the International Conference ‘Comunicação e Controle’ at the University of São Paulo talk ‘Networks without Effects’ panel  ‘Power Games: Control and Public Opinion’.

(10-12 March 2013): Paid and invited participant, High-level meeting of senior academics and think-tankers at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The event included briefings from the Deputy Secretary General and other senior NATO staff on matters such as smart defense, public diplomacy, and emerging security challenges focusing on the Mediterranean region.

(24-26 January 2013) Panel Organiser and Speaker: ‘A Comparative Application of Cyberconflict theory on the MIGNET interacutural Conflict Research in Cyprus, Greece, and the United Kingdom’, International Conference MIG@NET ‘Transnational Digital Networks, Migration and Gender’, Panteion University, Athens.

(23 November 2012) Organiser and Speaker at the European Public Policy Meeting, Nicosia for which I organized a panel with Don Flynn, Director of the Migrant Rights Network in London and Dr Mick Wilkinson [Lecturer in Race and Social Justice; Director Centre for Research on Social Justice in a Globalising World; Research Associate Contemporary Slavery Research, Wilberforce Institute, Hull].

(3 July 2012) Invited Panel Speaker: ‘Digital Prometheus: WikiLeaks, the State-Network Dichotomy and the Antinomies of Academic Reason’ Crossroads (Paris, Sorbonne/UNESCO).

(28-30 June 2012) Panel Chair and Invited Speaker: ‘Intercultural Conflict and Dialogue in Digital Migrant Networks’ MIGNET Panel at Digital Crossroads Conference at Utrecht University.

(October 2011-2012) Visiting Professor Department of Communications, University of Illinois at Chicago. Various invited speaker talks and research seminars.

(4 June 2010): Plenary Speaker: ‘Para-social interactions and semi-fictional subjects in ultra-violent virtual environments’ at ‘Affective fabrics of digital cultures: feelings, technologies, politics’, Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures, University of Manchester.

(27 March 2010): Invited Speaker: ‘Wikipedia's Impact on the Global Power-Knowledge Hierarchies’, invited by Geert Lovink to present as a plenary speaker at one of the biggest conferences on wikipedia ‘Wikipedia CPOV: Critical Point of View', Institute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam.

(8 September 2009): ‘Reactive Networks in Iraq and Afghanistan’, CRS Conflict and Complexity II, Kent University.

(29 April 2009): Invited Speaker: ‘What’s the Next War and Who Will Cover It?’ Staff Research Seminar, Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester.

(3 April 2009): Plenary Speaker: ‘The Body and Technology in the War Machine’, Touching War Conference, Lancaster University.

(29 March 2009): ‘Confronting the difficulties of learning from the open source for contemporary social movements’, 4th Oekonux Conference, Manchester University. Link: http://www.oekonux-conference.org/program/events/32.en.html

(5 February 2009): Plenary Speaker: ‘Small Countries, Big Opportunities: Challenges and Solutions for Greece in Cyberspace’, to Images of Nations: Strategic Communication, Soft Power and the Media, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Athens, Greek Politics Specialist Group, LSE, www.gpsg.org.uk/athens.

(3 September 2008): 'Power, Resistance Conflict in a world of networks and hierarchies' CRS conference on ‘Conflict and Complexity’, Kent University.

(8 June 2008): ‘The Real, the Virtual and the Imaginary State? Nation, Conflict and Representation and the Global Media Transformation’, Global Studies Association conference in New York, 'The Nation in the Global Era: Nationalism and Globalization in Conflict and Transition'. Link: http://www.net4dem.org/mayglobal/

(18 April 2008): ‘Cyberconflict: A Reappraisal’ for Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference, New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London. Link: http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk/politics-web-2-0-conference/

(20 March 2008): 'Media representations of small states, cross-border interests and local violence in an era of fast virtual communications', 1st Annual Durham International Affairs Conference: ‘The Politics of Virtual States’ DIAC School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University.

(16 November 2007): ‘Cryptohierarchies: Soft Control, and Group Polarization in networked communities’, P2P Networking, Nottingham Trent University.

(9 November 2007): ‘The Rise of ICTs and the War on Terror: Self-help Ethics?’ ESRC seminar Media, Ethics and the War on Terror, University of Leicester.

(7 November 2007): ‘Cross-disciplinarity and the Political’, Exploring Avenues to Cross-Disciplinary Research, University of Nottingham.

(4 September 2007): ‘Exorcising uncertainty: The Cyberconflicts of Estonia and Lebanon’ Conflict Research Society Conference Future Conflict, London.

(4-5 April 2007): ‘How small are small states? Media representations of small states, cross-border interests and local violence in an era of fast virtual communications' at the British International Studies Association (BISA) conference ‘Capacity Building in Small States’ at the University of Birmingham.

(3 October 2007): Guest Speaker Goodbye Lenin! Film and Documentary Series, University of Salford, Link: http://www.salford.ac.uk/events/details/722

(10 April 2007): Guest Lecture with Andrew Robinson ‘US Foreign Policy: Hegemony, Domination and Rhizomes of Resistance’, Department of Global Communications, The American University of Paris.

(16 November 2005): ‘Ethnoreligious and Sociopolitical Cyberconflicts During the Iraq War’, Guest Speaker, Staff Research Seminar at the Department of Policy Studies, Lincoln University.

(21 April 2004): ‘The Internet and the Iraq 2003 conflict’, Visiting Lecture at the Centre for Public Communication Research, University of Bournemouth.




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