Alberto Micali is an Associate Lecturer in College of Arts, where he teaches media and cultural theory. Prior to his appointment at the University of Lincoln, he worked as media officer and web communication manager in Italy, developing a critical interest on the relationships between media theory and practice.
Alberto’s main research interest is the politics of digital media and network dissent. In particular, his research focuses on the social and political implications of hacking, digital activism and non-representational theories of media and mediation. Alberto’s research transversally moves between media theory, critical posthumanism and political philosophy, intersecting in the ‘ecosophical’ work of Félix Guattari, with the study of hacktivism.
Alberto’s PhD thesis ‘Hacktivism and the Heterogeneity of Resistance in Digital Cultures’, written in the field of media and cultural studies, analyses the micro-political dimensions of the contemporary forms of digital media interventionism, offering a non-representational investigation of hacktivism. Drawing particularly on Guattarian ‘machinism’, it combines media ecological and archaeological approaches to originate a cartographic analysis of the media resistances of ‘Anonymous’.
Alberto is currently part of the teaching staff of the module ‘Society, Aesthetics and Digital Media’ (undergraduate, level 2), running the seminars of the module and supporting as well post-graduate teaching.