I have been a lecturer in Media, Culture and Creative Practice at Keele University since 2014. Immediately prior to this I worked at the University of Nottingham for three years, after completing my PhD and MA at Nottingham’s Centre for Critical Theory and an undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.
In disciplinary terms, although I have found a very happy home in Media, my research also intersects with critical/cultural theory and feminist science studies. My research has two strands. I am, firstly, interested in how activists negotiate tensions associated with the media platforms they use, particularly the challenges posed by social media. I have previously explored difficulties encountered in environmental, animal, and food activism, with more recent research focusing on anti-racist politics. I, secondly, have a broad interest in non-anthropocentric theoretical work, which explores ways of thinking and acting in the world that move beyond human exceptionalism. I have tried to bring these themes together in monographs including my 2019 book What Comes After Entanglement? Activism, anthropocentrism and an ethics of exclusion (which explores productive affinities and tensions between theoretical work and political praxis) and forthcoming work focused on the popularisation of veganism. I have worked on these themes in journals such as Theory, Culture & Society, Social Studies of Science, Convergence, Feminist Review, Open Library of Humanities and the Sociological Review.
Most of my teaching focuses on cultural and media theory. In addition to introducing students to core social and political theories of the media, I also enjoy engaging in research-led teaching that explores contemporary theories about environmental politics and tensions surrounding digital media technologies. I especially enjoy teaching theory, as I struggled with getting my head around certain concepts and debates when I began my studies – and I still remember the moment when things ‘clicked’ for me and hope I can do the same for my students.
A regularly updated list of publications (with free copies of chapters and articles to download) can also be found on my H-Commons page: https://hcommons.org/members/egiraud/
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Giraud E (2019) What Comes After Entanglement? Activism, anthropocentrism and an ethics of exclusion. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Giraud E (under contract) Vegan: Politics, theory & practice. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
JOURNAL SPECIAL EDITIONS
Poole E & Giraud E, eds (2019) ‘Right Wing Populism and Mediated Activism: Creative Responses & Counter-narratives.’ Special edition, Open Library of Humanities (Media Section). Available: https://olh.openlibhums.org/collections/special/right-wing-populism-and-mediated-activism-creative-responses-and-counter-narratives/
Poole E, Giraud E and de Quincey E (in press) ‘Tactical interventions in online hate speech: The case of #stopIslam.’ New Media & Society.
Giraud E & Aghassi-Isfahani SN (in press) ‘Post-Truths, Common Worlds, and Critical Politics: Critiquing Latour's Renewed Critique of Critique.’ Cultural Politics, 16(1).
Giraud E, Hadley Kershaw E, Helliwell R and Hollin G (2019) ‘Abundance in the Anthropocene.’ Sociological Review. 67(2): 357-373.
Poole E, Giraud E and de Quincey E (2019) ‘Contesting #stopIslam: The dynamics of a counter-narrative against hate speech.’ Open Library of Humanities.
Giraud E, Hollin GJS, Potts T, Forsyth I (2018) ‘A feminist menagerie.’ Feminist Review. 118(1): 61-79.
Hollin GJS, Forsyth I, Giraud E & Potts T (2017) ‘(Dis)entangling Barad: Materialisms and ethics.’ Social Studies of Science. 47(6): 618-641.
Hollin GJS & Giraud E (2017) ‘Charisma and the clinic.’ Social Theory & Health. 15(2): 117-137.
Giraud E & Hollin GJS (2016) ‘Care, laboratory beagles and affective utopia.’ Theory, Culture & Society. 33(4): 27-49.
Giraud E (2015) ‘Subjectivity 2.0: Digital technologies, participatory media and communicative capitalism.’ Subjectivity. 8(2): 124-146.
Giraud E (2015) ‘The cultural politics of pervasive drama: Aural narrative, digital media and re-compositions of public space.’ Journal of Sonic Studies. 9.
Giraud E (2015) ‘Feminist praxis, critical theory and informal hierarchies.’ Journal of Feminist Scholarship. 7/8: 43-60.
Giraud E (2014) ‘Has radical-participatory online media really failed? Indymedia and its legacies.’ Convergence: The international journal of research into new media technologies. 20(3): 419-437.
Giraud E (2013) ‘“Beasts of burden”: Productive tensions between Haraway and radical animal rights activism.’ Culture, Theory and Critique. 54(1): 102-120.
Giraud E (2013) ‘Veganism as affirmative biopolitics.’ PhaenEx. 8(2): 47-79.
Giraud E (2008) ‘McLibel to McSpotlight: The impact of information and communications technology upon radical pamphleteering.’ E-Sharp. 12.
Giraud E (2018) ‘Displacement, ‘failure’ and friction: Tactical interventions in the communication ecologies of anti-capitalist food activism.’ In: T Schneider et al (eds) Digital Food Activism. New York and London: Routledge. 48-68.
Giraud E and Hollin GJS (2017) ‘Laboratory beagles and affective co-productions of knowledge.’ In: M Bastian et al (eds) Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds. New York and London: Routledge. 163-177.
Giraud E (2015) ‘Practice as Theory: learning from food activism and performative protest.’ In R Collard and K Gillespie (eds) Critical Animal Geographies. New York and London: Routledge. 36-53.
Giraud E (2009) ‘Collaborative Networks of Activism and Science.’ In F Hackney et al (eds) Networks of Design. Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers. 315-319.
REVIEW ESSAYS, BOOK REVIEWS, ENCYLOPEDIA ENTRIES
Giraud E (forthcoming) ‘Nicole Nelson’s Model Behaviour’. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C. [Invited book forum contribution, 2,000 words]
Giraud E (forthcoming) ‘Emiliano Treré’s Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms’. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research.
Giraud E (2020) ‘Disentangling ourselves from animals’ The Philosopher, 108(1) [Invited essay, 3,000 words]
Giraud E (2019) ‘The Planetary is Political’. Biosocieties. 18(3): 472-481. [Invited review essay, 5,000 words]
Giraud E (2018) ‘New Media Theory’, Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford University Press. [16,000 words]
Giraud E (2017) ‘Geert Lovink’s Social Media Abyss’. European Journal of Communication. 32(1): 71-2.
Giraud E and Hollin GJS (2016) ‘Thom van Dooren’s Flight Ways’. Somatosphere. Available from: http://somatosphere.net/2016/06/thom-van-doorens-flight-ways-life-and-loss-at-the-end-of-extinction.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Hollin GJS and Giraud E (2016) ‘Jamie Lorimer’s Wildlife in the Anthropocene’. Theory, Culture & Society. Available from: http://www.theoryculturesociety.org/review-of-jamie-lorimers-wildlife-in-the-anthropocene-by-gregory-hollin-and-eva-giraud/
Giraud E (2015) ‘Cynthia Willett’s Interspecies Ethics’. Somatosphere. Available from: http://somatosphere.net/2015/01/cynthia-willetts-interspecies-ethics.html
Giraud E (2014) ‘Choose Zoe: Rosi Braidotti’s the Posthuman’. Radical Philosophy. 184.
Giraud E (2019) ‘Conference review: Vegan Narratives and Activism: A critical assessment in the spaces of post-activism’. Vegan Society Expert Series. Available: https://www.vegansociety.com/about-us/research/research-news/expert-series-4-vegan-narratives-and-storytelling
Giraud E (2018) ‘Iceland’s Orangutan: Tensions in Spectacular Environmentalisms’. Three-D, 31. [Newsletter of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association] Available: https://www.meccsa.org.uk/nl/three-d-issue-31-icelands-orangutan-tensions-in-spectacular-environmentalisms/
Giraud E (2018) ‘Contesting #stopIslam: Dynamics of a counter-narrative against hate speech.’ British Sociological Association, web-newsletter, available: https://www.britsoc.co.uk/about/latest-news/2018/may/contesting-stopislam-the-dynamics-of-online-counter-narratives-against-hate-speech/
McKay D and Giraud E (2018) ‘Five Ways the Arts Could Help Solve the Plastics Crisis.’ The Conversation, 23rd January. Available: https://theconversation.com/five-ways-the-arts-could-help-solve-the-plastics-crisis-90136
Poole E, de Quincey E and Giraud E (2018) ‘Contesting #StopIslam: Tensions around hate speech on social media.’ British Academy Review, 33, available: https://www.britac.ac.uk/contesting-stopislam-tensions-around-hate-speech-social-media
Giraud E (2017) ‘Post-truth is a Feminist Issue’. Discover Society, available: http://discoversociety.org/2017/10/04/post-truth-is-a-feminist-issue/
Full Publications Listshow
What Comes After Entanglement: Activism, anthropocentrism, and an ethics of exclusion. (6 vols.). Durham, NC: Duke University Press. link>2019.
Abundance in the Anthropocene. Sociological Review. full text>2019.
Contesting #stopIslam: Tensions around hate speech on social media. British Academy Review, 16-18. full text>2018.
A Feminist Menagerie. Feminist Review. full text>2017.
The Cultural Politics of Pervasive Drama: Aural narrative, digital media and re-compositions of urban space. Journal of Sonic Studies, vol. 9. full text>2015.
Feminist Praxis, Critical Theory and Informal Hierarchies. Journal of Feminist Scholarship, 43-60, vol. 7/8(1). full text>2015.
After the Age of Wreckers and Exterminators? Confronting the limits of eradication and entanglement as modes of engaging with harmful beings. Cultural Politics. full text>