Convergence just early published my article “Digital Representation and Occupy Wall Street’s Challenge to Political Subjectivity.” This work grew out of my dissertation and is part of an upcoming special issue of global activism and new media edited by Carolyn Guertin and Angi Buettner. The contributions to this entire issue are quite good and push beyond the traditional categories that political and social movements tend to be relegated to in communication research. From the articles that Convergence has already posted online, I can say that this issue contains important work and is worth a read. My contribution deals with representation as an ontological and political category, looking at the digital praxis of OWS as a specific challenge to traditional notions of representation.
Abstract: “This article considers the ways in which practices of digital representation were deployed in the Occupy Wall Street movement, arguing that acts of self-representation render intelligible not just the politics of a movement like Occupy Wall Street but also make sensible the relations of power such projects are immersed within. Building upon the notion that the specific power of the movement was exercised via a situated understanding of representation, this essay investigates how a digitally mediated sensibility made the broader critiques at the core of the Occupy movement not only intelligible to those inside and outside the movement but also offered a mode of subject constitution that pushed against liberal notions of political subjectivity.”