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Niall Docherty

PhD in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Producing users online: Facebook as a digital apparatus

Research Summary

My PhD explores Facebook as a large-scale technological apparatus for the production of users, and provides an empirical examination of Facebook's technical infrastructures within the socio-political context of its inception and use.

Research Interests

  • Cultural studies
  • Contemporary political theory
  • Continental philosophy
  • Governmentality
  • Software studies
  • Social media studies

Research Supervisors

Dr. Andrew Goffey

Dr. Jen Birks

Primary Funding Source

AHRC/Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Research Clusters Memberships

Digital Culture Research Network (DCRN), University of Nottingham

Conference Papers & Presentations

'Facebook beyond the filter bubble: Problematizing the News Feed algorithm', University of Winchester Conference of Artificial and De-Personalised Decision-Making, May 2017

'Neoliberal subjectivity and Facebook', LSE Media and Politics Symposium, June 2017

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