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Massimiliana Urbano

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MA (Liverpool Hope), MA(Bologna), BA (Bologna)

Studying for: PhD

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Thesis Title:

Radical Politics and Information in Italy

Thesis Abstract:

My thesis looks at the concept of information as a material force that operates in the production of material processes and counter-cultural practices within social movements in Italy.  Furthermore, it looks at how social movements in Italy use information as a tactic for political activism and resistance.

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Personal Information:

I graduated from the University of Bologna with History and Political Sciences BA and with Contemporary European History MA and from Liverpool Hope University with Contemporary Art History MA. After working as a freelancer for some art projects and newspapers in Italy, I started as a PhD candidate at the Department of Media Film and Communication in October 2013. My main interests regard radical social movements, Marxism and post-Marxism, anarchist theory, feminist theory, ethnographic methodologies, affect theory, history and philosophy of science and technology.

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Social Movements, Resistance and Collective Action in Italy. Social Movements Resistance and Social Change II: Possibilities, Ideas, Demands (2-4 September 2015, Auckland University of Technology).

Resisting methods: doing research with, for and on social movements. Trans/forming Feminism: Media, Technology, Identity (23-25 November 2015, University of Otago).

Grandmothers' recipes for Expo 2015: my grandma taught me how to make a tickler from tires.  Space, Race, Bodies International Conference (8-10 December 2014, University of Otago)

Subalternity in the era of digital revolution: class struggle and the periphery in contemporary Italian radical politics.  Revolting peripheries International Conference (25-27 June 2014, University of Bielsko-Biala, Poland)

Radical politics and hip-hop in Italy.  Music/Media/Politics Symposium (16 April 2014, University of Otago)

Occupy, Resist, Produce: Cyber Resistance in Italy. Surveillance, Copyright, Privacy: the End of the Open Internet. (30 January - 1 February 2014, University of Otago).

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Media Texthack Group (2014) Media Studies 101 - A Creative Commons Textbook.