D-M Withers
Research Fellow (Media and Film)
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Research

I am a cultural theorist whose main interest is the relationship between archives and society. 

My research addresses questions of cultural memory and transmission, technology and inscription, political economy and the digital. 

Feminist archives and debates about generational transmission have often been the focus of my research. These topics are examined in my book Feminism, Digital Culture and the Politics of Transmission: Theory, Practice and Cultural Heritage which won the 2016 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Book Prize

Recently my interest has turned to the pedagogy of community digital archives, in particular how archives can be spaces to acquire digital literacies, create collaborative knowledge and support the formation of new social relationships.

I have curated exhibitions and written several articles exploring the theoretical, cultural and historical legacies of women-centred social movements of the 1970s and 1980s. The Feminist Revolution: the Struggle for Women’s Liberation (Smithsonian Books), a co-written, archival-illustrated history of this era, will be published in 2018.

Music making and social participation is another strong interest of mine, in particular social movements and free improvisation. My PhD explored subjectivity in popular musician Kate Bush’s work, a topic I returned to in my 2017 article ‘Playing with time: Kate Bush’s temporal strategies and resistant time consciousness’, published in Popular Music.