Mihaela Brebenel

Mihaela Brebenel is a screen and visual studies researcher. They are an active curator interested in feminist and queer practices, as well as the aesthetics and politics of screen (and other) technologies. They work as Lecturer in Digital Cultures at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.


Inspired by their zine-making workshop, the authors suggest that to resist the metrics-driven, patriarchal university, a feminist academic must commit not only to slow research but also to care work and social activism.

In this zine, the authors collated materials created by several makers who met in a training workshop on gender and technology, and the role of researcher, educator and artist in the current neoliberal university.


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Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
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