Epilogue: Looping Feminist Threads

Sustaining Knowledge, Creating Possibility
  • Aristea Fotopoulou
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change book series (PSCSC)


In this book, I set off to answer a key question: What do feminism and queer activism mean in the digital era, when digital technologies are so inextricably linked to culture, economy and politics? By asking what feminism and queer activism are in the digital era, I have focused on the contradictions, tensions and often-paradoxical aspects of these politics, in relation to both identity and activist practice. I started from the premise that today both feminism, as forceful critique and praxis, and the figure of the feminist are often missing in digital as well as activism studies. This final chapter revisits the key premise of the book, that doing feminism and being feminist involves enacting ourselves as activists – as embodied – and political subjects through media practices, technologies and their imaginaries. While digital networks help us maintain a dialogue with the past, feminism creates conditions of possibility in the present, for a livable future – by making claims for rights, and social justice, across networks, media, and technologies. This epilogue is a reminder that the recursive loops of feminism – across time, linking past, present and future – matter.


Digital Technology Digital Medium Digital Network Social Networking Platform Gender Politics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aristea Fotopoulou
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  1. 1.University of BrightonBrightonUnited Kingdom

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