Natalie Dixon is a research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut for architecture, design and digital culture (2018-19). She is also the co-founder of Affect Lab, an Amsterdam-based research studio that examines our relationship with technology. Her key focus is on the emotional aspects of communication technologies within marginalized and vulnerable communities. Most recently Natalie has researched the role of mobile communication in refusing instances of shaming and Othering during the European refugee crisis. Her published work investigates how feelings of alienation and belonging are created through a neighbourhood WhatsApp group in South Africa. Natalie is a doctoral candidate in media and communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
This research is made been possible without the invaluable assistance of Alice Azevedo.
Alice Luna Azevedo da Cunha is an aspiring academic, actress, event organizer and political activist (mainly LGBTI, Trans and Feminist). She holds a bachelors degree in Artistic Studies – Performative Arts from the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon. She has given lectures in the First National Encounter of Sexology in Pediatrics (in the Pediatric Hospital of Coimbra), in the V International Congress in Cultural Studies (in the University of Aveiro), in the final conference of the INTIMATE project called Queering Friendship (in the Museum of Communications in Lisbon), amongst others. She is a consultant of the INTIMATE project, based in CES, the Center for Social Studies in the University of Coimbra. As an actress, she is a co-founder and member of the theatre troupe “Grupo de Teatro Sai de Cena”. As an activist, she is currently a member of the Lisbon Pink Panthers (whom she represents in the Lisbon Pride March Organizing Committee). She is also a co-founder of Transmissão: Associação Trans e Não-Binária, a Portuguese trans organization. Finally, she is also a member of the executive board of rede ex aequo, a Portuguese LGBTI youth organization.