Who I am
I am a university lecturer and researcher. I specialise in the following areas: digital media, digital methods, digital politics, political communication, political activism and social movements, social media and society, data scraping, data processing and visualisation, computational misinformation and propaganda.
As a lecturer, researcher and journalist, I have spent 13 years exploring the role of digital media in civil society and have dedicated my career to helping others use digital media to change lives.
I have been involved in media production since 2006. My favourite time as a professional in the field includes seven years of work as a journalist, an editor and a media relation specialist. During that time, I authored hundreds of publications both analytical and journalistic for TV, radio, newspapers and the web. This work was honoured with national and international awards.
As an activist of several NGOs, I followed the election processes in difficult environments like Russia, Belarus and Ukraine where elections are not necessarily associated with a "democratic procedure." Struggle for the world without borders was another great passion of that period of my life.
I hold an MA degree in European Studies from Aarhus University (Denmark) and a BA in Political Science from European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania).
At Middlesex University, I teach the following modules:
I am a PhD student at University of Westminster. My PhD project looks at the use of social media for political change. I study how political activists from Russia and Belarus use digital technologies in their everyday practices of organising and information distribution, overcoming state surveillance, persecution and censorship.
My recent publications
Denisova, A., & Herasimenka, A. (2019). How Russian Rap on YouTube Advances Alternative Political Deliberation: Hegemony, Counter-Hegemony, and Emerging Resistant Publics. Social Media + Society, 5(2), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119835200
Herasimenka, A. “Information and Communication Technologies and New Possibilities of Political Participation in Belarus.” In: The Fifth International Congress of Belarusian Studies Working Papers. Volume 5. Kaunas, Lithuania: Vytautas Magnus University Press, 2016. http://icbs.palityka.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/01_herasimenka.pdf
Herasimenka, A. “The New Technologies of the Information and Communication and Possibilities of Political Participation in Non-Democratic Countries (the Case of Belarus).” In: Candon-Mena, J. (ed.). Proceedings of the First International Congress on Social Movements and ICT Move.net. Sivilla, Spain: Compoliticas, 2016. https://congreso-move.net/2016/07/11/actas-del-i-congreso-internacional-move-net/
Herasimenka, A. “Practices of the compulsory distribution of Belarusian universities graduates: The guaranty of a first work place or the construction of a new identity?” In R. Minenkov (Chief ed.), [Et al.]. Europe 2012: Prospects and challenges of Europeanization. Vilnius: EHU, 2013.
Herasimenka, A. “The role of social media in transition of power in authoritarian regimes.” In R. Minenkov (Chief ed.), Europe - 2011: The global and the local. Vilnius, Lithuania: EHU, 2012.
Other Academic Publications (recent)
Herasimenka, A. “What’s behind Alexei Navalny’s digital challenge to Vladimir Putin’s regime? Five things to know.” Washington Post, Monkey Cage. 2018, February 23. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/02/23/whats-behind-alexei-navalnys-digital-challenge-to-vladimir-putins-regime-5-things-to-know
Herasimenka, A. “The death of democracy.” Capçalera: revista del Collegi de Periodistes de Catalunya, Issue 178. Collegi de Periodistes de Catalunya, 2018. ISSN 1135-1047.
Herasimenka, A. “How 2017 became a year of widespread protests in Belarus.” Belarus-Analysen, Nr. 34, November. Bremen, Germany: Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, 2017. ISBN 2192-1350. http://www.laender-analysen.de/belarus/pdf/BelarusAnalysen34.pdf
Herasimenka, A. “Political participation and internet platforms: How new communication technologies help Belarusian civic activists.” In: Chulitskaya, T., Ivanou, U., and Stsiapanau, A. (eds.). Politics and Society in Belarus. Issue 1, Vilnius, 2016. ISBN 978-9955-773-96-2. http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_47507-1522-2-30.pdf?161220135156
Herasimenka, A. “Belarus. The two hidden mechanisms of media censorship.” New Eastern Europe. 2016, May 18. www.neweasterneurope.eu/articles-and-commentary/1997-belarus-the-two-hidden-mechanisms-of-media-censorship
Herasimenka, A. “A Businessman’s Arrest and the Decline of a Regime.” New Eastern Europe. 2015, May 12. www.neweasterneurope.eu/articles-and-commentary/1581-a-businessman-s-arrest-and-the-decline-of-a-regime