My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of media and cultural studies, sociology, politics and digital cultures. In the last decade and a half I have studied and written about queer and migrant on-line communities, regional Internet cultures in the Middle East and Eastern and Central Europe, practices and aesthetics of cyberhate, conflict and memory in digital domains, digital emotions, and more recently, social media militarism. In all my work, I am both fascinated and troubled by the ways newly emerging communication technologies are incorporated into existing regimes of violence, control and domination, while at the same time transforming them through multiple, and at times unexpected, usages.
I believe that learning is a transformative life experience that goes beyond accumulating information or even training for a profession (that one is essential, but there is more!) I believe in knowledge that is relevant to our life (no matter how abstract some of the theory may appear at first!), and as such, it has the power to touch us deeply, to challenge and excite us, and even to change the way we see ourselves and the world.
This is particularly true when it comes to digital communication technologies: they are everywhere around us, yet how often do we stop to think about what they do to our sense of self, our personal relations, our work, our society and our future? This is why it is so important to understand digital cultures practically as well as critically.
Studying digital media and communication puts you at the forefront of social, cultural and industrial change. It is an exciting time to become an expert in new technologies, and learn to use them creatively and responsibly.
My classroom is based on the principle of democratic learning: we are in this together. We discuss, we share ideas, we create a dialogue where, eventually, you become the experts.
2007 PhD Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK.
2004 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CiLTHE), Lancaster University’s Higher Education Development Centre.
2002 MA Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Hebrew University, Israel.
1997 BA Art History Department and General Humanity Studies Department, Hebrew University, Israel.
2009- 2014 Research Fellow, The University of Manchester.
2007- 2009 Lecturer, School of Media, Critical and Creative Arts, Liverpool John Moores University.
2005 - 2006 Editorial assistant, Journal of Historical Sociology.
2003 - 2007 Lecturer, course convenor, tutor and research assistant, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University (part time).
Digital living: social media and mobile technologies in a globalised world (2015 entry)
Technologies, audiences and globalisation
Digital asset management
Current Issues in Media and Communication
Adela Fofiu: Apocaliptic Narratives in the Romanian Mediascape (completed 2012)
Viktor Daniele Leggio: Romani Language and Identity on the Internet (completed 2013)
Eyal Clyne: Middle Eastern Studies and challenges to discipline (in progress)
David Toomer: Hyperlocal news and the digital divide (in progress)
I welcome prospective PhD students in the areas of cultural and social research on social media and mobile technologies, community, digital ethnography, digital cultures, digital humanities and digital heritage.
A. Kuntsman (2017). Selfie Citizenship.
A. Kuntsman, R. Stein (2015). Digital Militarism Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age. Stanford University Press.
J. Haritaworn, A. Kuntsman, S. Posocco (2014). Queer necropolitics.
A. Karatzogianni, A. Kuntsman (2012). Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion Feelings, Affect and Technological Change. Palgrave Macmillan.
A. Kuntsman (2009). Figurations of Violence and Belonging Queerness, Migranthood and Nationalism in Cyberspace and Beyond. Peter Lang.
A. Kuntsman, E. Miyake (2008). Out of Place: Interrogating Silences in Queerness/Raciality. York, UK: Raw Nerve Books.
A. Kuntsman (2016). Queerness as Europeanness: Immigration, Orientalist Visions and Racialised Encounters in Israel/Palestine. Dark Matter. 3,
J. Haritaworn, A. Kuntsman, S. Posocco, E. Povinelli (2013). Obligation, social projects and queer politics. International Feminist Journal of Politics. 15(4), pp.554-564.
J. Haritaworn, A. Kuntsman, S. Posocco (2013). Murderous Inclusions Introduction. INTERNATIONAL FEMINIST JOURNAL OF POLITICS. 15(4), pp.445-452.
A. Kuntsman, N. Al-Qasimi (2012). SPECIAL ISSUE Queering Middle Eastern Cyberscapes INTRODUCTION. JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMENS STUDIES. 8(3), pp.1-13.
A. Kuntsman, S. Raji (2012). "ISRAELIS AND IRANIANS, GET A ROOM!": LOVE, HATE, AND TRANSNATIONAL POLITICS FROM THE "ISRAEL LOVES IRAN" AND "IRAN LOVES ISRAEL" FACEBOOK CAMPAIGNS. JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMENS STUDIES. 8(3), pp.143-154.
A. Kuntsman (2011). Digital Archives of Feelings and their Haunted Futures. Borderlands E-Journal: new spaces in the humanities. 10(2), pp.1-22.
A. Kuntsman (2010). Webs of hate in diasporic cyberspaces: The Gaza War in the Russian-language blogosphere. Media, War and Conflict. 3(3), pp.299-313.
A. Kuntsman (2009). "With a shade of disgust": Affective politics of sexuality and class in memoirs of the Stalinist Gulag. Slavic Review. 68(2),
A. Kuntsman (2009). The currency of victimhood in uncanny homes: Queer immigrants' claims for home and belonging through anti-homophobic organising. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 35(1), pp.133-149.
A. Kuntsman (2008). Written in blood. Feminist Media Studies. 8(3), pp.267-283.
A. Kuntsman (2008). Between Gulags and pride parades: Sexuality, nation, and haunted speech acts. GLQ. 14(2-3), pp.263-287.
A. Kuntsman (2008). The soldier and the terrorist: Sexy nationalism, queer violence. Sexualities. 11(1-2), pp.142-170.
A. Kuntsman (2007). “Error: No Such Entry”: Haunted Ethnographies of On-line Archives. M/C: Journal of Media and Culture. 10(5),
A. Kuntsman (2004). Cyberethnography as Home-Work. Anthropology Matters Journal. 6(2),
A. Kuntsman (2003). Double homecoming: Sexuality, ethnicity, and place in immigration stories of Russian Lesbians in Israel. Women's Studies International Forum. 26(4), pp.299-311.
A. Kuntsman (2017). Whose selfie citizenship?. In: Selfie Citizenship. pp.13-18.
A. Kuntsman (2017). Introduction: Whose Selfie Citizenship. In: Selfie Citizenship.
J. Haritaworn, A. Kuntsman, S. Posocco (2014). Introduction. pp.1-28.
A. Kuntsman (2008). Hospitality in flames: Queer immigrants and melancholic be/longing. In: Mobilizing Hospitality: The Ethics of Social Relations in a Mobile World. pp.145-157.
A. Kuntsman (2005). From "Sexless in Russia" to "Proud Israeli Lesbian": Immigration stories of coming out. In: Sappho in the Holy Land: Lesbian Existence and Dilemmas in Contemporary Israel. pp.153-171.
E. Miyake, A. Kuntsman (2016). Paradoxes of Digital dis/engagement: a follow up study (businesses and services). , Communities & Culture Network+.
A. Kuntsman, E. Miyake (2015). Paradoxes of Digital Dis/Engagement. Communities and Culture Network +, Communities and Culture Network +.
A. Kuntsman (2014). The Biopolitics of Mixing: Thai Multiracialities and Haunted Ascendancies. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES. 21, 120-122.
A. Kuntsman (2013). Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War and Post-Soviet Russia. SLAVIC REVIEW. 72, 206-208.
A. Kuntsman (2010). life as the river flows: women in the Malayan anti-colonial struggle. FEMINIST REVIEW. E8-E10.
A. Kuntsman (2009). How the Soviet Man was Unmade: Cultural Fantasy and Male Subjectivity under Stalin. EUROPE-ASIA STUDIES. 61, 1483-1484.
Journal of Middle Eastern Women's Studies
Association of Internet Researchers
Middle Eastern Studies Association