Dr Zoetanya Sujon is a Senior Lecturer and Acting Programme Director for Communications and Media at the London College of Communication, University of Arts London (UAL). Zoetanya specializes in critical and social theories relating to digital culture, social media, and media and communications.
This site is about Zoetanya’s research and related activities.
Before coming to UAL, Zoetanya was a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MA in Media and Digital Communications at Regent’s University London, where she also worked with academic and educational development. Prior to this, Zoetanya was a Post-Doctoral Research Officer for the LSE Media Policy Project whose aims include making policy interventions and fostering deliberative exchange between key stakeholders, such as policy makers, civil society actors and academic researchers.
Zoetanya completed her PhD in the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was also an LSE Fellow and a lecturer. Zoe has also taught at Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths University of London, ASE Bath and Oxford University, Glasgow School of Art and Carleton University.
Zoetanya’s doctoral research, entitled ‘New Technologies and the Idea of Citizenship,’ mapped civic and membership practices in two early social media projects at the BBC and Proboscis (cultural think tank). Gaps emerged between theories about civic action and new technologies leading to emerging forms of public participation and of cultural rights. This research offers insights into the development of participatory culture, particularly as public organizations, like the BBC, struggle to prioritize stronger relationships with ordinary citizens.
Previous degrees and studies were completed in Sociology at Carleton University (Ottawa), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), University of Swansea (Wales) and Ryerson University (Toronto). Previous research has focused on the role of gender and power in the history of communication technologies, particularly the telephone, computers and artificial intelligence.
Zoetanya is also fond of cats, books, bicycles and thinks music probably makes the world go round.
Professional Networks and Associations
AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers)
ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association)
MeCCSA (Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association) and the MeCCSA post-graduate network
SRA (Social Research Association)
SRHE (Social Research in Higher Education)