Who we are
As of 2021 BIRMAC Co-Directors are Dr Rebekah Cupitt and Lina Dzuverovic who will be building on the work of previous directors Dr Janet McCabe, Dr Silke Arnold de Simine and the late Dr Lorraine Lim.
Dr Rebekah Cupitt is a Lecturer at Birkbeck’s Department for Film, Media and Cultural Studies. Rebekah’s research focuses on the people who use technology in their everyday lives and the socio-cultural aspects of technology relevant to its design. More specifically, Rebekah examines the ways in which technology influences communication in Swedish Sign Language and how it then becomes an active participant in performances of dDeaf (and hearing) identity in technology and media-rich organisational contexts. Rebekah’s research takes a post-human and anti-normative approach to techno-utopias which often haunt human-computer interactions and therefore have implications for design. Cupitt has a BA (University of Queensland, Australia) and an MA in Social Anthropology (Stockholm University, Sweden) and holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction specialising in Mediated Communication (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden).
Dr Lina Dzuverovic is Lecturer in Arts Policy and Management at the Department for Film, Media and Cultural Studies, an independent curator and founding director of Electra, a London-based contemporary arts organisation. Her research focuses on feminist art histories and contemporary art as a site of solidarity and community-building. Lina founded the Decolonial Feminist Forum (link to page on birmac site) at Birkbeck in 2019.
Previously Lina was Artistic Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, Media Arts Curator at ICA, London, Education Curator at Lux Centre and has taught fine art at University of Reading and Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz, Austria. Select exhibitions include: “Monuments Should Not Be Trusted” (Nottingham Contemporary, 2016), “Sanja Iveković – Unknown Heroine” (South London Gallery and Calvert 22 Foundation, 2012), “27 Senses” (Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kunstmuseet KUBE, Norway, 2009/10), “Favoured Nations” (5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2009), “Her Noise” (South London Gallery, 2005).
Prior to completing her PhD at the Critical Writing in Art & Design Department, Royal College of Art (2017) and Tate (CDA AHRC), Lina studied at The London Consortium, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and Chelsea College of Art and Design.
We have a few partners which makes the work we do at BIRMAC possible.
Justin Schlosberg was the founding co-ordinator of the Media Reform Coalition a network of civil society groups campaigning for reform of media ownership and for a free and accountable press.