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14:00 Uhr - 16:00 Uhr | Weizenbaum-Institut, Hardenbergstraße 32, Flexroom

Book Presentation: The Politics of Becoming - Anonymity and Democracy in the Digital Age

New digital means of communication offer new prospects for radical democracy. They create new opportunities for participation and inclusion as well as possibilities to express our inner diversity by creating multiple selves online.

At the same time, however, digital communication opens the gates to cyberbullying, fake news, and hate speech, which often targets marginalized groups. In this talk, Hans Asenbaum draws on his new open access book “The Politics of Becoming” to shed light on digital opportunities and perils for democracy. He presents a theory of digital space and elaborates on the digital identity transformations that we are part of today. As cyborgs we are both more connected and more decentred. We build democratic assemblages by curating our selves, which bares potential for radical democratic practices.

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Hans Asenbaum is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. His research interests include radical democracy, queer and gender studies, digital politics, and participatory research methods. In 2022 he received the ECPR Rising Star Award.