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Dr Olivier Jutel

Dr Olivier JutelOlivier Jutel image 2020

BA, PGDip, MA, PhD (The University of Otago)
Lecturer

Contact

Office: 3N4, 3rd Floor, Arts (Burns)
Tel: 64 3 471 6096
Email: olivier.jutel@otago.ac.nz
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Background

A former journalist and media worker Olivier’s work has been concerned with the emergence of right-wing populism in and through affective forms of media. This was the principle focus of his doctoral thesis entitled ‘Liberalism and its Populist Excess’ which centered on the relationship between Barack Obama, Fox News, the Tea Party and far-right online spaces. This research agenda has tracked very closely with tumultuous developments in western democracies and the swing from a political techno-utopianism to increasing concern over information warfare. Jutel’s recent publications have centered on Donald Trump, the alt-right, online conspiracy theories and the scramble to reconstitute regimes of truth by politicians, journalists and tech-companies. His ongoing work examines the role of techno-utopian discourse in ICT development policy in the Pacific and the impact of cyber threats to democracy in the region.

Research Interests and Expertise

  • Populism and the Political
  • Discourse and Psychoanalytic Political Theory
  • Online Social Movements
  • Affective Media and Publics
  • Cyber-libertarianism
  • Blockchain and Web 3.0

Olivier’s research agenda is highly interdisciplinary bringing together critical theory, social movement theory, journalism studies and psychoanalysis in explaining the rise of populism, reactionary online publics and the failures of normative liberal visions of the internet. He has appeared on RNZ, ABC and in The Daily Beast to discuss the ascendant populist moment and online subcultures.

2021 papers

Olivier is teaching MFCO 220 Writing for the Media, MFCO 315 Digital Media and Society and MFCO 312 Communication and the City.

Publications

Forthcoming. ‘Blockchain Imperialism in the Pacific’, Big Data & Society.
Forthcoming. ‘Fox News’, Encyclopedia of Journalism 2nd Edition ed by Borchard, G. Sage: New York.
2020. ‘Blockchain: Truth, Value and Affect’, Affect, Algorithms and Political Imagination: Interdisciplinary Research for the age of Post-Truth Media ed by Boler, M. & Davis, E. Routledge: London.
2019. ‘Fake News and Technocratic Class Consciousness’, Post-truth and the Mediation of Reality: New Conjunctures, ed Overell, R. & Nicholls, B. Palgrave: London.
2019. ‘Post-Politics’, Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory, ed Stavrakakis, Y. Routledge: London
2018. ‘Donald Trump, American Populism and Affective Media’, Routledge Handbook of Global Populism, ed by De La Torre, C. Routledge: London.
2018. ‘American Populism, Glenn Beck and Affective Media’, International Journal of Cultural Studies. 21 (4): 375-392.
2017. ‘Affective Media, Cyberlibertarianism and the New Zealand Internet Party’, tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 15: 1, 337-354.
2017. ‘Donald Trump’s Libidinal Entanglement with Liberalism and Affective Media Power’, Boundary2 Online, online first: 1-18.
2016. ‘The Liberal Field of Journalism and the Political’, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 17:8, 1129-1145.
2013. ‘Populism and the New Political Economy of the Media Field’, Political Economy of Communication, 1:1, 26-42.
2012. ‘Barack Obama, The New Spirit of Capitalism and the Populist Resistance’, International Journal of Žižek Studies, 6:3.
2012. ‘“Why Can’t We Be Friends?” Scooped Book Review’, New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 13:2, 160-163.
2011. ‘Neoliberal Discourse and the Global Food Crisis’, Borderlands, 10:3, 1-24.
2011. ‘“The Way of the World”, Neoliberal Discourse, the Media and Fisher & Paykel’s Offshore Relocation’, Communication, Politics & Culture, 44:1, 33-44.


General Interest Publications

2019. 'Blockchain and the Technology of Truth', Newsroom, October 21.
2018. ‘Surveillance Valley: An Interview with Yasha Levine’, Springerin, 24:3, 12-15. (republished in Eurozine)
2018. ‘Truth and Denial’, Springerin, 24:1, 16-21 .
2017. ‘Paranoia and Delusion: American Liberalism’s Descent into Cold War Fantasies’, Overland, Spring: 227.
2017. ‘Kia Ora! A Critical Assessment of Jacindamania’, The South Lawn, October 21.
2017. ‘The Alt-Right and the Death of Counter-Culture: A Review of Angela’s Nagle’s “Kill All Normies”’, Overland, July 7.
2017. ‘Vale Teresia Teaiwa’, Overland, March 27.
2017. ‘The Democratic Party is Already Great!’, Overland, February 2.
2016. ‘John Key and the Political Logic of Desire’, Overland, Winter: 223.
2016. ‘Trump, Fascism, Putin and Wikileaks: Anatomy of a Liberal Nervous Breakdown’, Overland, August 8.
2016. ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’, Overland, May 5.

Seminars/Conference Presentations

2020. ‘Blockchain Imperialism’, International Communication Association, 20-27 May.
2019. ‘Fake News, Civility and Subversion: Journalism’s Cultural Capital and Donald Trump’, Journalism Educators and Research Association of Australia Conference. University of Sydney, December 4.
2019. ‘Post-Politics and Disavowal: Liberal Journalism’s Response to Trump’, Emotions, Populism and Polarised Politics, Media and Culture Conference. University of Helsinki, August 20.
2018. ‘Data-Fetishism, Surveillance and the Failure of Networks: Social Media After Trump’, Political Studies Department Seminar Series, University of Otago, May 16.
2018. ‘Donald Trump the War on Science and Affective Publics’, Centre for Science Communication Seminar Series, University of Otago, February 7.
2017. ‘Conspiracy and the Void of Identity’, Mediating the Real 2: Mediations in a ‘post-truth’ era, University of Otago, November 22-24.
2017. ‘Donald Trump and Affective Media Power’, International Association of Media and Communication Researchers, Cartagena, Columbia (paper accepted unable to attend).
2016. ‘Glenn Beck and Affective Media Production’, International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan, June 9-13.
2012. ‘Populism and the Political Economy of the Media Field’, International Association of Media and Communication Researchers, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, July 15-19.
2011. ‘Populism and the Political’, New Zealand Political Studies Association, University of Otago, December 1.
2011. ‘Barack Obama’s Civil Society Politics and the Populist Resistance’, Journalism, Media and Democracy, AUT, September 15.
2010. ‘The Global Food Crisis, Neoliberal Discourse and the Political Economy of the Media’, Journalism, Media and Democracy, AUT, September 15.
2009. ‘“The Way of the World, Neoliberal Discourse, the Media and Fisher & Paykel’s Offshore Relocation’, New Zealand Political Studies Association, University of Auckland, December 7.

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Publications

Jutel, O. (2022). Blockchain humanitarianism and crypto-colonialism. Patterns, 3, 100422. doi: 10.1016/j.patter.2021.100422

Jutel, O. (2021). Blockchain imperialism in the Pacific. Big Data & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/2053951720985249

Jutel, O. (2021). Blockchain, affect, and digital teleologies. In M. Boler & E. Davis (Eds.), Affective politics of digital media: Propaganda by other means. (pp. 101-115). New York, NY: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003052272

Jutel, O. (2020, May). Blockchain imperialism and techno-solutionism. Verbal presentation at the 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference: Open Communication, [Online].

Jutel, O. (2020). Post-politics. In Y. Stavrakakis (Ed.), Routledge handbook of psychoanalytic political theory. (pp. 429-442). New York, NY: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315524771

Jutel, O. (2021). Blockchain, affect, and digital teleologies. In M. Boler & E. Davis (Eds.), Affective politics of digital media: Propaganda by other means. (pp. 101-115). New York, NY: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003052272

Chapter in Book - Research

Jutel, O. (2020). Post-politics. In Y. Stavrakakis (Ed.), Routledge handbook of psychoanalytic political theory. (pp. 429-442). New York, NY: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315524771

Chapter in Book - Research

Jutel, O. (2019). Civility, subversion and technocratic class consciousness: Reconstituting truth in the journalistic field. In R. Overell & B. Nicholls (Eds.), Post-truth and the mediation of reality: New conjectures. (pp. 177-202). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-25670-8_9

Chapter in Book - Research

Jutel, O. (2019). Donald Trump, American populism and affective media. In C. de la Torre (Ed.), Routledge handbook of global populism. (pp. 249-262). London, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315226446

Chapter in Book - Research

Jutel, O. (2021). Blockchain imperialism in the Pacific. Big Data & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/2053951720985249

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2018). American populism, Glenn Beck and affective media production. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 21(4), 375-392. doi: 10.1177/1367877916688273

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2017). Affective media, cyberlibertarianism and the New Zealand Internet Party. tripleC, 15(1), 337-354.

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2017). Donald Trump's libidinal entanglement with liberalism and affective media power. b2o, (2017.10.23). Retrieved from https://www.boundary2.org/2017/10/olivier-jutel-donald-trumps-libidinal-entanglement-with-liberalism-and-affective-media-power

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2016). The liberal field of journalism and the political: The New York Times, Fox News and the tea party. Journalism, 17(8), 1129-1145. doi: 10.1177/1464884915599949

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2013). American populism and the new political economy of the media field. Political Economy of Communication, 1(1), 26-42.

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2012). Barack Obama, the new spirit of capitalism and the populist resistance. International Journal of Žižek Studies, 6(3), 1-19.

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2011). 'The way of the world', neo-liberal discourse, the media and Fisher & Paykel's offshore relocation. Communication, Politics & Culture, 44(1), 78-91.

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2011). Neo-liberal discourse and the global food crisis. borderlands, 10(3), 1-24.

Journal - Research Article

Jutel, O. (2022). Blockchain humanitarianism and crypto-colonialism. Patterns, 3, 100422. doi: 10.1016/j.patter.2021.100422

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2018). Truth and disavowal: New media realities and the liberal trauma. Springerin, 1. Retrieved from https://www.springerin.at/en/2018/1/wahrheit-und-verleugnung

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2017). Paranoia and delusion. Overland, 228(Spring), 3-9.

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2017). The alt-right and the death of counterculture [Review of the book Kill all normies]. Overland, (July). Retrieved from https://overland.org.au/2017/07/the-alt-right-and-the-death-of-counterculture

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2017). The Democratic Party is already great! Overland, (27 February). Retrieved from https://overland.org.au/2017/02/the-democratic-party-is-already-great

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2017). Vale Teresia Teaiwa. Overland, (27 March). Retrieved from https://overland.org.au/2017/03/vale-teresia-teaiwa

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2016). A weekend at Bernie's. Overland, (5 May). Retrieved from https://overland.org.au/2016/05/a-weekend-at-bernies

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2016). The political logic of desire. Overland, 223(Winter), 51-57.

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2016). Trump, fascism, Putin and Wikileaks: The anatomy of a liberal nervous breakdown. Overland, (8 August). Retrieved from https://overland.org.au/2016/08/trump-fascism-putin-and-wikileaks-the-anatomy-of-a-liberal-nervous-breakdown

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2012). [Review of the book Scooped: The politics and power of journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand]. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 13(2), 160-163. [Book Review].

Journal - Research Other

Jutel, O. (2019). Fake news, civility and subversion: Journalism's cultural capital and Donald Trump. Proceedings of the Journalism Education & Research Association of Australia (JERAA) Conference: Journalisms, Plurality, Precarity and Possiblities. (pp. 29). Retrieved from https://jeraa.org.au/previous-conferences

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jutel, O. (2019). Post-politics and disavowal: Liberal journalism's response to Trump. Proceedings of the Helsinki Conference on Emotions, Populism & Polarisation (HEPP): Politics, Media, and Culture. (pp. 21). Retrieved from https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/emotions-populism-and-polarised-politics-media-and-culture/hepp-2019

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jutel, O. (2016). Glenn Beck and affective media production. Proceedings of the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA): Communicating with Power. Retrieved from https://www.icahdq.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jutel, O. (2012). Populism and the new political economy of the media field. Proceedings of the International Association of Media & Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference. (pp. 588-589). Retrieved from https://iamcr.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jutel, O. (2011). Populism and the political: A case study of Obama and the Tea Party. Proceedings of the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference. (pp. 8). Retrieved from http://nzpsa.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/nzpsa-2011-conference-abstracts.pdf

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jutel, O. (2010). Barack Obama's civil society politics and the populist resistance. Proceedings of the Centre for Journalism, Media & Democracy (JMAD) Conference: Media, Democracy & Public Sphere. Retrieved from https://jmadnz.wordpress.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jutel, O. (2020, May). Blockchain imperialism and techno-solutionism. Verbal presentation at the 70th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference: Open Communication, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Jutel, O. (2017, November). Conspiracy and the void of liberal political identity. Verbal presentation at the Mediating the Real 2 Conference: Mediations in a Post-Truth Era, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Jutel, O. (2011, September). The food crisis: Neo-liberal discourse and the political economy of global media. Verbal presentation at the Centre for Journalism, Media & Democracy (JMAD) Conference: Political Economy of Communication, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Jutel, O. (2009, November-December). The way of the world: Neoliberal discourse, the media and Fisher & Paykel's offshore relocation. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Jutel, O. (2019, October). Blockchain and the technology of truth. Newsroom: Ideasroom. Retrieved from https://www.newsroom.co.nz/ideasroom/blockchain-and-the-technology-of-truth

Other Research Output

Jutel, O. (2017, October). Kia ora! A critical assessment of Jacindamania. The South Lawn. Retrieved from https://thesouthlawn.org/2017/10/21/kia-ora-a-critical-assessment-of-jacindamania

Other Research Output

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