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Chiara Bernardi

Thesis topic: Digital Media and Women's issues in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Supervisors: Dr Olga Goriunova and Dr. Claire Blencowe (Soc).

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Sociology from the University of Rome (La Sapienza), where I also obtained an MA in Political Communication and an MA in Marketing. Since 2004, I have been working in the media industry as a planner, project manager and consultant for international clients. In these capacities, I have worked with a wide range of companies in the United Kingdom, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. I am actively involved with non-profit organisations and women’s associations in the United Kingdom, Italy and Egypt. My PhD thesis investigates the role of technology in the making of women’s issues in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. I am interested in understanding the connections established between algorithms, coding norms and societal practices in the construction of a computed culture. My work draws upon Software Studies, Actor Network Theory and Feminist theories as well as on Digital Humanities.

Relevant Publications

Chiara L. Bernardi, “Saudi bloggers, women’s issues and NGOs”, Arab Media & Society, 11 (2010).

Chiara L. Bernardi. 'Working Towards a Definition of the Philosophy of Software; Review of David M. Berry, The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age', Computational Culture: A Journal of Software Studies, 2 (2012).

Olga Goriunova and Chiara L. Bernardi, 'Social Networking Sites' in Marie-Laure Ryan, Lori Emerson and Benjamin Robertson (eds.), The John Hopkins Guidebook to the Digital Humanities. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2014.

Chiara L. Bernardi. 'Ubiquitous resistance: Hacktivism, federation of communes and the Arab Spring' in Baris Coban (ed.) Social Media R/esistance. Istanbul: Yeni Hayat Publisher, 2013.

Chiara L. Bernardi. '"Woman” and “#Egypt”: The Silent Revolution for Women’s Rights: Harassmap' in Elena Maestri (ed.), Arab Women and Media in Changing Landscapes: Realities and Challenges. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Awaiting Publication.

Relevant Conferences

'Web 2.0 and women’s issues? The cases of Egypt and Saudi Arabia', Paper presented at the Second ECREA Summit, Istanbul, International University of Istanbul, 24-27 October 2012.

'Social media and Visualisation tools: Gephi, DMI and NodeXL: the limits of the network', Paper presented at the Visualisation Tools for Social Media Research Conference, London, The British Library, 7 December 2012.

'Algorithm and Women’s issues in Saudi Arabia', Paper presented at the 1st conference Digital transformers, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, 23 May 2013.

'Technowomen and Sexual Harassment in Egypt', presentation delivered at the Ngender Seminar Series, Brighton, University of Sussex, 11 March 2014.

'Navigational changes: code, maps, and sexual harassment in Egypt', Paper presented at the Second Annual International CCCS Conference, Skopje 4-6 September 2014. The paper will appear in Investigating Cultures, (2015).


Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick

Email: C dot L dot Bernardi at warwick dot ac dot uk