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Fattori McKenna

DPhil Student

Fattori McKenna

DPhil Student


Fattori’s research delves into the politics of blockchain within the arts and heritage sector. Her work specifically explores the implications of this technology on access to art markets and the long-term ownership and storage of collective cultural heritage.

Utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods, Fattori’s focus lies in examining blockchain within the specific contexts of Italy and Russia. Her investigation centres on how the inherent technopolitics of blockchain’s cryptography and decentralisation shape the arts. Moreover, she analyses how the politics of blockchain are further cultivated through the technology’s deployment as a cultural tool within the sector.

Before embarking on her DPhil at the Oxford Internet Institute, Fattori held various roles including semiotician, brand strategist, and curator in cities such as New York, London, and Helsinki. She also earned a Master’s degree in Design Studies from the Parsons School of Design.

Fattori’s DPhil research is generously supported by the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership for the period 2021-2025. Additionally, she is a Humanities scholar at St. Catherine’s College.

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, October 2022 -
  • MSc Student, September 2021 - August 2022





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