1st Edition

Digital Feminisms Transnational activism in German protest cultures

Edited By Christina Scharff, Carrie Smith-Prei, Maria Stehle Copyright 2017
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    The relative rise or decline of feminist movements across the globe has been debated by feminist scholars and activists for a long time. In recent years, however, these debates have gained renewed momentum. Rapid technological change and increased use of digital media have raised questions about how digital technologies change, influence, and shape feminist politics. This book interrogates the digital interface of transnational protest movements and local activism in feminist politics. Examining how global feminist politics is articulated at the nexus of the transnational/national, we take contemporary German protest culture as a case study for the manner in which transnational feminist activism intersects with the national configuration of feminist political work. The book explores how movements and actions from outside Germany’s borders circulate digitally and resonate differently in new local contexts, and further, how these border-crossings transform grass-roots activism as it goes digital. This book was originally published as a special issue of Feminist Media Studies.

    Introduction – Digital feminisms: transnational activism in German protest cultures Christina Scharff, Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria Stehle

    1. Redoing feminism: digital activism, body politics, and neoliberalism Hester Baer

    2. Online feminist protest against sexism: the German-language hashtag #aufschrei Ricarda Drüeke and Elke Zobl

    3. From #aufschrei to hatr.org: digital-material entanglements in the context of German digital feminist activisms Helga Sadowski

    4. How (not) to "Hollaback": towards a transnational debate on the "Red Zora" and militant tactics in the feminist struggle against gender-based violence Katharina Karcher

    5. The communicative construction of FEMEN: naked protest in self-mediation and German media discourse Tanja Thomas and Miriam Stehling

    6. Kübra Gümüşay, Muslim digital feminism and the politics of visuality in Germany Beverly M. Weber

    7. Riot Grrrls, Bitchsm, and pussy power: interview with Reyhan Şahin/Lady Bitch Ray Reyhan Şahin, Christina Scharff, Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria Stehle

    8. Performing the "quing of berlin": transnational digital interfaces in queer feminist protest culture Emily Spiers

    9. "Allow access to location?": Digital feminist geographies Pinar Tuzcu


    Christina Scharff is Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London, UK. She has a research interest in gender, media, and culture, and is the author of Repudiating Feminism: Young women in a neoliberal world (2012) and New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity (with Rosalind Gill, 2011). Her second monograph, Music, Gender and Entrepreneurialism is forthcoming with Routledge.

    Carrie Smith-Prei is Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. She has research interests in digital feminisms, performance art activism, affective publics, and the body. She is the author of Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realism in the German Sixties (2013), and Awkward Politics: Technologies of Popfeminist Activism (with Maria Stehle, 2016).

    Maria Stehle is Associate Professor of German and core faculty in Cinema Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, USA. She has published multiple articles and book chapters in the fields of German, gender, and media studies and is the author of Ghetto Voices in Contemporary German Culture (2012) and of Awkward Politics: Technologies of Popfeminist Activism (with Carrie Smith-Prei, 2016).