What Comes After Entanglement?

This is my 2nd ever post (that’s not just an update of existing publications!); my first book is out next month, so I thought it deserved a new post of its own.

The table of contents is now up, as is a free PDF of the first chapter (both available here).

It moves from the 80s to the present day and asks how different examples of activism can speak back to theoretical work that has drawn ethical potentials from understanding the world as something irreducibly entangled and complex. In doing so I wanted to offer some productive complications for this body of work, so I hope it does that.

Now it’s (almost) crunch time, I feel really nervous (worried it’s either too critical, or not critical enough, or doesn’t say what I think it’s saying etc, etc). I do like the cover though.

Final book cover

Writing dump: work on (critical) animal studies, environmental politics, new materialism, posthumanism, alternative & activist media, entanglement etc!

This is just a work-in-progress place to host things that I’ve published (so that people can access them more easily), rather than a proper website or blog. I’ve either put up, or linked to, everything I’ve published that I actually have access to. I will add new things as/when they come out. If you have any questions or need things in a different format, then please do drop me a line at my university address: e.giraud [at] keele.ac.uk

My work engages with tensions surrounding activist attempts to communicate and articulate animal, environmental and anti-capitalist politics. I’m particularly interested in the constraints posed for this sort of activism by the media platforms and systems that protest movements have to work within (and against). Although the themes I’m interested in often converge, I’ve also published some materials that focus on one strand or the other: i.e. some work focuses much more on political tensions surrounding activist engagements with digital media (e.g. work on Indymedia, Twitter politics, and pervasive drama), whilst other research is more focused on critical debates surrounding human – animal relations (e.g. work on laboratory beagles, veganism and food activism).

My monograph brings together these questions and is called What Comes After Entanglement? Activism, anthropocentrism & an ethics of exclusion (Duke University Press) – out in October 2019 and available to pre-order various places: https://www.dukeupress.edu/what-comes-after-entanglement

I work in a media department now, but my PhD was in Critical Theory, which is probably why I’m reluctant to pin my flag to the mask of any one body of conceptual work. In general though I’m interested in conversations between social movement (media) studies, and theory (of different stripes) that has sought to move beyond the human as the locus for ethics and politics.

Journal special editions: 

Poole E & Giraud E, eds (2019) ‘Right Wing Populism and Mediated Activism: Creative Responses & Counter-narratives.’ Special edition, Open Library of Humanities (Media Section). Available: https://olh.openlibhums.org/collections/special/right-wing-populism-and-mediated-activism-creative-responses-and-counter-narratives/

Journal articles: 

Giraud E, Hadley Kershaw E, Helliwell R and Hollin G (2019) ‘Abundance in the Anthropocene,’ Sociological Review. 67(2): 357-373. Available OA from the Sociological Review until 19.4.19. Pre-print version is here: Accepted version for OA repositories

Poole, E, Giraud E and de Quincey, E (2019) ‘Contesting #stopIslam: The dynamics of a counter-narrative against hate speech.’ Open Library of Humanities. 5(1): 1-39. Available: https://olh.openlibhums.org/articles/10.16995/olh.406/

Giraud E, Hollin GJS, Potts T, Forsyth I (2018) ‘A Feminist Menagerie.’ Feminist Review. 118(1): 61-79. Free to view here: https://rdcu.be/NPIb

Hollin GJS, Forsyth I, Giraud E, Potts T (Online first) ‘(Dis)entangling Barad: Materialisms and Ethics. Social Studies of Science. doi.org/10.1177/0306312717728344 Available: Disentangling Barad – version for repositories

Hollin GJS & Giraud E (2017) ‘Charisma and the Clinic.’ Social Theory & Health. 15(2): 223-240. Available from: Charisma & the clinic

Giraud E & Hollin GJS (2016) ‘Care, Laboratory Beagles and Affective Utopia.’ Theory, Culture & Society. 33(4): 27-49.  Available from: Accepted version – Care, Laboratory Beagles and Affective Utopia

Giraud E (2015) ‘Subjectivity 2.0: Digital technologies, participatory media and communicative capitalism.’ Subjectivity. 8(2): 124-146. Available from: Subjectivity proper version

Giraud E (2015) ‘The Cultural Politics of Pervasive Drama: Aural narrative, digital media and re-compositions of public space.’ Journal of Sonic Studies. 9. Available open access here

Giraud E (2015) ‘Feminist Praxis, Critical Theory and Informal Hierarchies.’ Journal of Feminist Scholarship. 7/8: 43-60. Available open access here.

Giraud E (2014) ‘Has Radical-Participatory Online Media Really Failed? Indymedia and its legacies.’ Convergence: The international journal of research into new media technologies. 20(3): 419-437. Available open access here.

Giraud E (2013) ‘“Beasts of Burden”: Productive tensions between Haraway and radical animal rights activism.’ Culture, Theory and Critique. 54(1): 102-120. Available here: Beasts of Burden

Giraud E (2013) ‘Veganism as Affirmative Biopolitics.’ Phaenex: Journal of existential and phenomenological theory and culture. 8(2): 47-79. Available open access here.

Giraud E (2008) ‘McLibel to McSpotlight: the impact of information and communications technology upon radical pamphleteering.’  E-Sharp.  12.


Giraud E (forthcoming) ‘Displacement, ‘Failure’ and Friction: Tactical interventions in the communication ecologies of anti-capitalist food activism.’ In: K Eli, T Schneider et al (eds) Digital Food Activism. New York and London: Routledge. Final Giraud digital food activism repository

Giraud E and Hollin GJS (2016) ‘Laboratory Beagles and Affective Co-productions of Knowledge’. In: M Bastian, O Jones, N Moore and E Roe (eds), More-than-Human Participatory Research. New York and London: Routledge. Available here: Giraud Hollin Beagles

Giraud E (2015) ‘Practice as Theory: Learning from food activism & performative protest.’ In: R Collard and K Gillespie (eds). Critical Animal Geographies. New York and London: Routledge. Available here: Practice as Theory revised chapter

Giraud E (2009) ‘Collaborative Networks of Activism and Science.’ In F.Hackney, J. Glynne and V. Minton (eds). Networks of Design. Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers, 315-319.


Giraud E (In Press) ‘Geert Lovink’s Social Media Abyss.’ European Journal of Communication. 32(1): 71.

Giraud E and Hollin GJS (2016) ‘Thom van Dooren’s Flight Ways.’ Somatosphere. Available from: http://somatosphere.net/2016/06/thom-van-doorens-flight-ways-life-and-loss-at-the-end-of-extinction.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Hollin GJS and Giraud E (2016) ‘Jamie Lorimer’s Wildlife in the Anthropocene.Theory, Culture & Society. Available from: http://www.theoryculturesociety.org/review-of-jamie-lorimers-wildlife-in-the-anthropocene-by-gregory-hollin-and-eva-giraud/

Giraud E (2015) ‘Cynthia Willett’s Interspecies Ethics.Somatosphere. Available from: http://somatosphere.net/2015/01/cynthia-willetts-interspecies-ethics.html

Giraud E (2014) ‘Choose Zoe: Rosi Braidotti’s The Posthuman.Radical Philosophy. 184.

This is a copy of my PhD thesis, which I’m not very happy with in all honesty. I still think the introduction is okay, but the rest makes me cringe. It was trying to find a way of creating more dialogue between activism ordinarily oriented around questions of social justice, and engaged with lots of theoretical work that I wouldn’t really use much now, at least not in quite the same way (like posthumanism, actor-network theory, and a lot of Bourdieu!). It also contains a lot of work from feminist science studies though, which I do still engage with a lot! Apart from the overall aim, the content isn’t really representative of what I do/think now. I hope.

Anyway, here it is: Articulating animal rights: Activism, networks and anthropocentrism. HARD COPY PDF VERSION