FWSA 2016 Book Prize awarded to Dr Deborah Withers
26 October 2016
SPAIS Dr Deborah Withers' book 'Feminism, Digital Culture and the Politics of Transmission: Theory, Practice and Cultural Heritage' has won the 2016 Feminist and Women's Studies Association Book Prize.
The book argues that despite the prevalence of generational narratives within feminism, the technical processes through which knowledge is transmitted across generations remain unexplored. Taking Bernard Stiegler’s concept of the already-there as its starting point, the book considers how the politics of transmission operates within digital culture. It argues that it is necessary to re-orient feminism’s political project within what is already-there so that it may respond to an emergent feminist tradition. Grounded in the author’s work collecting and interpreting the music-making heritage of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement, it explores how digital technologies have enabled impassioned amateurs to make ‘archives’ within the first decade of the 21st century.
Congratulations to Dr Withers.