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Fernanda Duarte

Asst Professor

Department of Communication

Winston Hall 201T


I am a Digital Media researcher and maker interested in sociotechnical issues of emerging technologies and ways to appropriate and subvert their functional uses. I come from a Communication background and my research trajectory draws from interdisciplinary approaches to Media and Cultural Studies, Design, and Arts to investigate the relationships between subjectification, media technologies and society through media arts and activism.

I am primarily interested in understanding ways of becoming, of making, and of knowing through and with media technologies. My research questions adopt a materialistic lens to Communication to investigate critical, creative, and subversive meaning-making practices, forms of knowledge, and subjectification.

I have held previous academic positions in Brazil, at the Department of Communication at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2017-2020), at the School of Design, at the State University of Minas Gerais (2016-2017), and at the College of Communication and Arts at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, from 2007 until 2010. During this time, I also worked with the State Government of Minas Gerais as the Superintendent for Public Policy in Higher Education.

Teaching and Research Interests

My research and teaching interests include theoretical and practice-oriented courses in Digital Media, such as New Media Theory and History, Critical Making, Design for Interactive Media, Mobile Media, Media Arts, and Activism.


For a full list of publications, see my website.

Nogueira, M.A., Duarte, F. (in press). Comunicación, media y movilidad. In: Jirón, P., Giucci, Guillermo, Zunino, D. (Org). Términos clave sobre las Movilidades en América Latina. Buenos Aires: Editorial Biblos.

Freire-Medeiros, B.; Aderaldo, G. ; Duarte, F. (2022). Borders, activisms and (i)mmobilities: aesthetic and political perspectives. Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia, p. 3-14.

Duarte, F. (2020). openAnalogInput(BODY): investigating data mobilities through critical making. In: Monika Büscher, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Sven Kesselring (Org.). Handbook on Methods and Applications for Mobilities Research. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Duarte, F. (2020). #bhnasruas. Mobile journalism during the June Journeys. In Maria Alice Nogueira, Camila Moraes (Org). Brazilian Mobilities. New York: Routledge


Ph.D. Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media North Carolina State University 2016

MPhil Communication and Contemporary Sociability Federal University of Minas Gerais - Brazil 2007

B.A. Advertising Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais - Brazil 2003