Disrupting Atomism: Interdisciplinary and Holistic Critical Digital & Social Media Theory

There is a tendency in Internet Studies to engage with theory only on the micro and middle-range levels. These theorise single online phenomena, but neglect the larger picture of society as a whole.

The Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies profoundly engages with critical theories, political economy, social philosophy, cultural theory, and information ethics and thereby takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. It explores how modern, contemporary, and new critical, social and cultural theories can inform and be informed by the practices of the Internet, digital media and social media in society, enhancing the status of theoretically-driven analysis within digital media research, Internet studies and social media analysis.


WIAS is an academic space for independent critical thinking beyond borders.

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The WIAS has a fellowship programme that hosts critical digital & social media researchers.