The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain in Times of Crisis
About this video
How are the digital experiences of Black women in Britain shaped by various crises (including the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing antiblackness)? What role does digital remix culture play in memory-making, archiving, and reimagining temporality during times of crisis? In what ways are brands in Britain attempting to align themselves with social justice movements and tap into the digital content and cultural production of Black women? Guided by such questions and based on over five years of research, this session focuses on the digital experiences of Black women in Britain and the rise of brand “woke-washing” which involves commercial organisations pursuing profit under the guise of activism.
About the Speaker
Professor of Technology & Society
Professor Neff is a sociologist who studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact work. She has studied digital change in the media, health care, and construction industries.
Dr Francesca Sobande is a lecturer in digital media studies and director of the BA Media, Journalism and Culture programme at Cardiff University. Francesca is author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).