Benjamin Little
  • 3.01 Arts

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I am happy to explore proposals around generation, activism, popular culture and political identities.

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Ben joined UEA in 2016 from Middlesex University where he taught media and cultural studies for ten years. His PhD (2010) on the influence of 1980s British comic books on the politics of American comics culture won the John A. Lent scholarship for outstanding research in the field of comic art. Ben’s current research is on generational politics, activism and the politics of digital culture. His book (co-authored with Jane Arthurs) Russell Brand: Celebrity, Comedy, Politics was published in December 2016 by Palgrave.

His forthcoming book with Alison Winch (UEA) entitled The New Patriarchs of Digital Capitalism: Celebrity Tech Founders and Networks of Power looks at the men who own and run big tech companies like facebook and Google. It argues that these men constitute a patriarchal network that wields extreme and unaccountable power and draws on a ten million word database of ideological books to substantiate its claims. 

He teaches across politics and media modules in PSI, most notably a practice module called Activist Campaigning, which has seen students work with Greenpeace, Generation Rent and People and Planet on live campaigns. He is currently Associate Dean for Engagement and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.  

Ben is a co-editor of Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture which sits at the intersection of academia, activism and politics. He is currently editing the article series Soundings: Critical Terms for Contemporary Politics series with Deborah Grayson (Goldsmiths). He is happy to receive suggestions for articles in Soundings.