Dr Paula Serafini

Research Associate

CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies

Contact details

Email: paula.serafini@le.ac.uk

Phone: (0)116 229 7205

Address: Room 2.03, CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies. 7 Salisbury Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK


I am an interdisciplinary researcher, and I situate my work in the field of cultural politics. I hold a BA in Art History and Management (Universidad del Salvador, Argentina), an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics (Goldsmiths) and a PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis (King’s College London). In addition to my research, I have been involved in the production of small and large-scale cultural events in London and Buenos Aires, and have worked as a curator and arts educator with several arts organisations including Platform London, Fringe Arts Bath and Autograph ABP. Before joining CAMEo in 2017 I taught and supervised students in media and cultural studies at King’s College London, University of Westminster and Middlesex University.

Research interests

My main research interest is the relationship between aesthetics and politics. This includes art activism, the aesthetics of social movements and protest, and the politics of both institutional and informal creative practices and creative labour. Currently I am working onn the cultural politics of extraction and the role of art in generating alternatives to extractivist development. Other areas of interests include social movements, radical pedagogies, ecofeminism, sensory ethnography, performance, decolonial aesthetics and the politics of (new) media.

Other activities

In 2014 I co-founded the research network PLANK (Politically Led Art & Networked Knowledge), a network that looks to create bridges between disciplines and between theory and practice in the field of art and politics.



  • Merlinsky, Gabriela and Serafini, Paula (eds)(2020) Arte y Ecología Política. Buenos Aires: IIGG-CLACSO.
  • Serafini, Paula (2018) Performance Action: The Politics of Art Activism. London: Routledge.
  • Serafini, Paula; Holtaway, Jessica and Cossu, Alberto (eds) (2017) artWORK: Art, Labour and Activism. London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017.


  • Serafini, Paula & Novosel, Noelia (2020) Culture as care: Argentina’s cultural policy response to Covid-19. Cultural Trends. 10.1080/09548963.2020.1823821
  • Serafini, Paula (2020) ‘A rapist in your path’: Transnational feminist protest and why (and how) performance matters. European Journal of Cultural Studies 23(2), 290–295.
  • Serafini, Paula & Banks, Mark (2020) Living Precarious Lives? Time and Temporality in Visual Arts Careers. Culture Unbound 12(2): 351-372.
  • Serafini, Paula (2019) Community Radio as a Space of Care: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Media Production in Environmental Conflicts. International Journal of Communication 13: 1-18
  • Newsinger, Jack & Serafini, Paula (2019) Performative Resilience: How the Arts and Culture Support Austerity in Post-Crisis Capitalism. European Journal of Cultural Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549419886038
  • Merlinsky, Gabriela & Serafini, Paula (2019) Arte y resistencias al extractivismo en Argentina. Lenguajes para defender y reinventar lo común. Ecología Política 57: 81-85.
  • Serafini, Paula & Smith Maguire, Jennifer (2019) Questioning the Super-Rich: Representations, Structures, Experiences. Cultural Politics 15(1): 1-14.
  • Serafini, Paula (2018) "Mediating Identities: Community Arts, Media, and Collective Identity in the Frontline Resistance to Fracking". Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change 2018 3(2): 11
  • Serafini, Paula (2015) “Prefiguring Performance: Participation and Transgression in Environmentalist Activism”. Third Text 29(3): 195-206.
  • Serafini, Paula (2015) “Beyond the Institution: Community-Centred Art Activism Against the Commodification of Culture”. Anarchist Studies 23(2): 68-88.


  • Banks, Mark & Serafini, Paula (2020) Towards Post-Growth Creative Economies? Building Sustainable Cultural Production in Argentina. In The Industrialization of Creativity and its Limits. Kiriya, I; Mylonas, Y. &  Kompatsiaris, P. (eds). Cham: Springer. Pp 17-28.
  • Serafini, Paula (2020) Cultural Production beyond Extraction? A First Approach to Extractivism and the Cultural and Creative Industries in Argentina. In Cultural Industries and the Environmental Crisis: New Approaches for Policy. Kate Oakley & Mark Banks (eds). Cham: Springer. Pp 51-63.
  • Serafini, Paula and Garrard, Chris (2019) Fossil Fuel Sponsorship and the Contested Museum: Agency, Accountability and Arts Activism, in Museum Activism, Janes, R and Sandell, R. (eds). London: Routledge.
  • Serafini, Paula (2018). Changing the Narrative: Highlighting Workers’ Rights in Environmental Art Activism. In artWORK: Art, Labour and Activism. Serafini, P.; Holtaway, J. and Cossu, A. (eds). London: Rowman and Littlefield International.
  • Serafini, Paula (2014) “Subversion through Performance: Performance Activism in London” in The Political Aesthetics of Global Protest: The Arab Spring and Beyond. P.Werbner, K. Spellman-Poots & M. Webb (Eds.) Edinburgh University Press. Pp 320-340.


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