Affirmative Disruption and Open Media

Affirmative Disruption and Open Media

Focus of our research

The Centre uses ‘affirmative disruption’ in the sense Roberto Esposito writes of an ‘affirmative biopolitics that is not defined negatively with respect to the dispositifs of modern power/knowledge but is rather situated along the line of tension that traverses and displaces them’. The CPC’s work in this area involves experimenting with a wide range of practices aimed at removing barriers around knowledge and research, and promoting collaboration with ‘others’ (understood geographically and in terms of working-class, Black, Global Majority, LGBTQ+, neuroatypical and differently abled people, for instance, as well as those at the intersections of these identities). This has led us to generate projects that address open access, open data and open education, through the sharing and gig economies, to media activism and so-called internet piracy, as well as ideas of the commons and commoning.

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