Gender and Online Political Violence

  • Datum: –18.30
  • Plats: Ostromsalen, room 4573, Östra Ågatan 19, Uppsala
  • Kontaktperson: Pär Zetterberg
  • Seminarium

Politics increasingly take place on online platforms and an understanding of politics increasingly requires taking online dynamics into account. In the early days of the internet, it was sometimes claimed that online communication would facilitate a democratic and equal discussion, crossing national borders and social divisions. Lately, the focus has rather been on online forms of oppression, harassment and violence.  Political violence affects men and women differently both offline and online. This roundtable discussion brings together four experts on the topic of gender and online political violence. They will discuss digital misogyny against women in politics, intersectional perspectives on online violence against political actors, and possible responses to gender-based political violence online. Come and listen to a discussion that will address the following questions:

What is online political violence? What are the discernible gender differences? What are potential consequences for politics and individuals? What can be done about it?


Gabrielle Bardall, University of Ottawa

Gabrielle Bardall is a scholar-practitioner whose work focuses on elections and democratization processes. She holds a PhD from the University of Montréal (Quebec, Canada) and has worked in over 35 countries on elections, democracy and women’s participation with IFES, UNDP, UN Women and others. She has done research on online and offline gender-specific election violence.

 Eleonora Esposito, University of Navarra

Eleonora Esposito holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain). She is in charge of the ‘WONT-HATE’ project, funded by the European Commission, investigating phenomena of online misogyny against highly visible political female figures in Europe.

Rebecca Kuperberg, Rutgers University

Rebecca Kuperberg is a PhD Candidate at Rutgers University. She investigates the expanding ‘sites’ of politics, from the traditional halls of parliament to the online space. Her research focus is on political violence and abuse that is gendered, intersectional and takes place online and she argues that racism and sexism are exacerbated in online spaces.


Malin Holm, Uppsala University

Malin Holm is a researcher at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. She recently defended her thesis ‘The Rise of Online Counterpublics? The Limits of Inclusion in the Digital Age”.  Her research focuses on how a digitalized public sphere affects the conditions for democratic public debates and political processes.