Micro-technopolitics of engagement:
the everyday communicative practices of women mobilized for gender justice, digital citizenship and better democracy in Argentina (EmPoWer)
Researcher: Florencia Enghel
Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 897318
This 3-year long research project (2020-2023) has two purposes: to identify the everyday communicative practices of Argentinian women mobilized for gender justice, and to understand how their political agency as digital citizens unfolds in the in-between time-spaces when collective mobilization is not taking place. Via a multi-method design aimed at capturing diversity within complexity, the study will investigate if and how female citizens’ everyday appropriation and use of mediated communication for justice produces democratic resolution of their claims in the context of the dataification of governance, the deficient responses of social media companies to spiralling online violence and abuse against women, and other challenges to their participation in digital citizenship. The case under study is considered emblematic of citizen-driven technopolitical efforts under way in the Global South to fix gender inequality and other broken elements of democracy. Attentive to the fact that women are not a homogeneous social group, the study will approach female everyday communicative mobilization for justice from an intersectional perspective.