Year Entered: 2016
Irina’s research is located at the intersection of political theory, critical theory, and digital media. Currently, she is writing her dissertation on the political imaginary of “user democracy.” Here, she is asking what it means to imagine politics, including its practices and infrastructures of assembly and discourse, as a technological problem to be managed and solved in the name of smooth operability, better design choices, user-friendliness, and optimization under a framework of technocratic solutionism - and how to resist such reductionist conceptions of collective world-making.
You can find her first publication, “The Politics of Appearance on Digital Platforms: Personalization & Censorship,” here (full-text, view-only version) and here (article overview page).
Irina holds a B.A. in Politics & Human Rights from Bard College, N.Y., and an M.A. in English Literatures from Humboldt University, Berlin. Her previous work experience includes being a research assistant at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, developing digital climate science communication at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, and serving as an elected county-council representative for the Green Party in Teltow Fläming, Germany.
Research Interests: Platform Studies; Mass Culture and Ideology; (Agonistic / Radical) Democratic Theory; Imagined Communities and Public Spheres; Communicative Biopower and Population Management; Communication and Attention Economies; Communicative Capitalism; Political Subject Formation; Digital Geographies, Infrastructures, and Architectures; Privately-Owned Public Space(s); Practices of Refusal and Compliance