With anchors in feminist theory, queer discourse, and digital politics, Really Fake rescues “fakeness” from the morass of “fake news” and rejuvenates “fake” as a material and tactical reality. This book treats fakeness as a media object itself: “Fakes” are things that travel and circulate through our bodies, sociality, and the technologies that envelop them. Punctuated with anecdotes, experiences, poetry, stories, and a strong feminist ethic and ethos of care, intimacy, and collectivity, Really Fake offers a series of entry points into reframing the debates of fakeness beyond polarized positions of performative outrage.
About the Author: Nishant Shah is a feminist, humanist and technologist. He is an endowed professor of Aesthetics and Cultures at ArtEZ University of the Arts and Radbdoud University, in the Netherlands. He is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Centre for Internet & Society, Harvard University, USA. He works at the intersections of digital cultures, civic engagement, critical infrastructures, and social change, with human rights organisations Hivos and Oxfam-Novib and with digital collectives like the Digital Asia Hub and the Feminist Internet Research Network.
Date: 27 October 2021
Time: 5 – 7 pm IST
Venue: University Bookstore