Research Teams and Lines


Resistance and Subjectivities in the Digital Public Space

Institute of Philosophy
KU Leuven, Belgium
8th & 9th September 2022
Hybrid Conference
(All Times are Leuven, Belgium, UTC+2)


Organizers: Liesbeth Schoonheim (KU Leuven/Humboldt University), Katie Pleming (University of Edinburgh), and Cillian Ó Fathaigh (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


Registration: If you wish to attend the conference, online or in-person, please register here.


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Day 1 (Thursday 8th September)

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Meeting ID: 879 1563 6091

Passcode: Ez3inZ4f


Day 2 (Friday 9th September) 

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Meeting ID: 835 9295 1488

Passcode: XALJ5faH


Thursday, September 8

Location: Institute of Philosophy, Raadzaal
Kardinaal Mercierplein 1



Welcome by the organizers


First Panel: Bodies, Relationality and Digital Mobilization

  • Titas Ganguly & Pratiti Ghosh: Code Red: Digital mobilization of youth groups in the Global South
  • Jakub Petri: Resistance and embodiment in hybrid urban environments
  • Federica Castelli: Online, offline, embodied. Public space as an assemblage

Moderator: Christiaan Boonen


Lunch break


Second Panel: Online Antagonism

  • Cillian Ó Fathaigh: “And We Go Live …”: Public Opinion, Media and Liveness
  • Anthony Longo: Algorithmic Frenemies. Toward a Catalogue of Digital Resistance
  • David Meier-Arendt: "They continue their archaic way of life here": An empirical analysis of masculinities and the reproduction of far-right narratives in the German digital public space

Moderator: Lorenzo Buti


Coffee break


Third panel: Digital Mediations of Subjectivity & Resistance

  • Miranda Leibel: “Open, Inclusive, and Accessible”: Interrogating Social Justness and Open Government in Post Truth and Reconciliation Canada
  • Lavinia Marin & Janna van Grunsven: Can We Still Become Who We Are? How Online Social Spaces Harm the Right to Identity-Experimentation (and Why we Need Communities of Forgiveness)

Moderator: Seunghyun Song




Friday, September 9

Location: PSI, Room 02.60
Tiensestraat 102

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Welcome by the organizers


Keynote: Qrescent Mali Mason (Haverford College, Philadelphia)

"Our Collective Fear of Death is a Dis-Ease of the Heart": On Grief,
Grieving, and the Construction of the Black Feminist (Digital) Subject"


Coffee break


Fourth Panel: Online Feminisms

  • Abdelmjid Kettioui: ‘Religion is for God and Orgasm is for All:’ Sexual Activism in the Moroccan Online Darijosphere After the 2011 Uprisings
  • Agnieszka Roguski: “Intersecting Selfhood”
  • Younes Yassni: ‘Feminism from Below’ and the Feminization of the Moroccan Digital Space: Women’s Digibility, Feminist Activism and Commodification of the Female

Moderator: Giulia Rignano




Fifth panel: Finding Resistance

  • Büşra Sağlam: Resistance in Cancel Culture: The Case of the Twitter User Leyla Salinger
  • Guilel Treiber: Missing the forest for the trees: Thinking similarities in contemporary digital protest

Moderator: Tamara van den Berg


Round table; closing remarks