Dr Joss Hands
Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4641
- Address: Media, Culture, Heritage
School of Arts and Cultures
Newcastle upon Tyne
Joss Hands is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, he teaches primarily on the BA Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. Joss is also the BA Combined Honours subject adviser for media studies. Before joining the Media, Culture, Heritage subject area at Newcastle University in September 2015 Joss was Reader in Media and Critical Theory at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
BA. (Hons) Humanities; PhD Critical Theory (MMU)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers)
MeCSSA (Media and Cultural Studies Association)
Joss's research interests are in areas of digital media, network politics and critical theory - with a particular interest in the use of digital media for resistant and activist politics - he has published widely on these topics and is series editor of the Pluto Press book series Digital Barricades.
Joss is interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of digital culture, digital media and activism, media and critical theory, new media and democracy, the public sphere and eDemocracy or other related areas.
Joss's recent research interests are broadly in network politics and culture, a field located at the intersection of technology, new media, politics and critical theory.
His focus has been on two main areas, firstly the use of digital media for the expression of dissent and the organisation of resistance movements, secondly the application of technology in more formal democratic procedures, specifically the role of the Internet in contributing towards the development of deliberative democracy.
He has published articles, review essays and reviews in journals such as Philosophy and Social Criticism, First Monday, Information, Communication and Society, Popular Communication and Culture, Theory and Critique. He is author of the widely cited book on new media and activism @ is For Activism: Dissent, Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture, published by Pluto Press in 2011. He has recently Co-Edited a special issue of Culture Machine on 'Platform Politics' that explored the place of social media platforms in the evolution of digital politics and social movements.
Joss was principal investigator for a two year AHRC funded project 'Exploring New Configurations of Network Politics', which included a number of international conferences in the UK and North America and involved contributions from leading researchers, activists and practitioners from around the world.
Joss is currently working on a new book for Pluto Press to be titled 'Gadget Consciousness' on the place of digital media in augmenting new forms of collective and connective action and cooperation. He is also series editor, with Prof. Jodi Dean and Prof. Tim Jordan, of the Pluto Press book series 'Digital Barricades: Interventions in Digital Culture and Politics.
Full lists of Joss's talks and publications can be found on his personal website here
MCH 1026 - Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies
MCH 2087 - Media, Democracy and The Public Sphere
MCH 3074 - Themes and Issues in Media and Cultural Studies
MCH 3073 Media Research Dissertation
- Hands J. From Cultural to New Materialism and Back: The Enduring Legacy of Raymond Williams. Culture, Theory and Critique 2015, 56(2), 133-148.
- Hands J. General Intellect or Collective Idiocy? Digital Mobs and Social Media Mobilisation. Popular Communication 2014, 12(4), 237-250.
- Hands J. Politics and New Media. In: The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. Baltimore, MD, USA: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.
- Hands J. Device Consciousness and Collective Volition. M/C Journal 2013, 16(6).
- Hands J. Introduction: Power, Politics and Platformativity. Culture Machine 2013, 14.
- Hands J. Platform Communism. Culture Machine 2013, 14.
- Hands J. Does Twitter Think?. IPPR Journal 2012.
- Hands J. @ is For Activism: Dissent Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture. London: Pluto Press, 2011.
- Hands J. Between Agonsitic and Deliberative Politics: Towards a Radical eDemocracy. In: Dahlberg, L; Siapera, E, ed. Radical Democracy and the Internet. Basingstoke: Palsgrave, 2007. In Preparation.
- Hands J. Civil Society, Cosmopolitics and the Net: The Legacy of 15 February 2003. Information, Communication and Society 2006, 9(2), 224-243.
- Hands J. 9/11 and the Project of Modernity. Philosophy and Social Criticism 2005, 31(3), 381-387.
- Hands J. E-Deliberation and Local Governance: The Role of Computer Mediated Communication in Local Democratic Participation in the United Kingdom. First Monday 2005, 10(7).
- Hands J, Siapera E, ed. At the Interface: Continuity and Transformation in Culture and Politics. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004.
- Hands J. Living With E-Utopia: Camus, Habermas and the Politics of Virtual Dissent. In: Hands, J; Siapera, E, ed. At the Interface: Continuity and Transformation in Culture and Politics. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004.