IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: Failed intimacies

29 April 2021, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Neon sign on wall which reads 'No more'. Image: Luis Villasmil via Unsplash

This Postdigital Intimacies Network symposium will explore digital culture and failed intimacies.

This event is free.

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Jessica Ringrose

Digital culture has regularly been understood as facilitating new intimate connections. But there is a growing recognition that we should pay attention to moments where intimacy is rejected, ruptures, breaks down, or appears to fail, or when intimacy produces nuanced feelings of hostility, anger or boredom. 

In the first symposium, we draw attention to such failure. The speakers will highlight the way such failure is located in power structures, structured by gender, race and sexual identity.

They will explore new forms of extremism forged through the connective spread of online networks, as well as injury and repair.


  • Debbie Ging - University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Jessica Ringrose - UCL Institute of Education, UK
  • Amy Dobson - Curtin University, Australia 

Postdigital Intimacies Network

The research network is led by Dr Adrienne Evans from Coventry University and Jessica Ringrose from the UCL Institute of Education.

It brings together experts in the fields of digital culture, government representatives, artists, activists, and community members to explore the impacts these technologies will have on the future of intimacy.


Image: Luis Villasmil via Unsplash