I’m currently a senior lecturer in Digital Media & Society in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield.

My research has two strands. I am, firstly, interested in how activists negotiate tensions associated with the media platforms they use, particularly the challenges posed by social media. I have previously explored difficulties encountered in environmental, animal, and food activism, with more recent research focusing on anti-racist politics. I, secondly, have a broad interest in non-anthropocentric theoretical work, which explores ways of thinking and acting in the world that move beyond human exceptionalism. I have tried to bring these themes together in monographs including my 2019 book What Comes After Entanglement? Activism, anthropocentrism and an ethics of exclusion (which explores productive affinities and tensions between theoretical work and political praxis) and forthcoming work focused on the popularisation of veganism.


I’m currently an editor of Cultural Politics.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

PhD in Critical Theory, University of Nottingham (2007-2011)

MA in Critical Theory, University of Nottingham (2006-2007)

MA(hons) English Literature, University of Edinburgh (2002-2006)

Other Publications

I’ve listed and provided (green & gold) OA links to work where possible, but please do email if you’d like me to send anything and I’ll get back to you ASAP: e.h.giraud[at]sheffield.ac.uk



Giraud EH (2021) Veganism: Politics, Practice and Theory. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Details here!


Giraud EH (2019) What Comes After Entanglement? Activism, anthropocentrism and an ethics of exclusion. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Preview of introductory chapter available here.




Poole E & Giraud E, eds (2019) ‘Right Wing Populism and Mediated Activism: Creative Responses & Counter-narratives.’ Special edition, Open Library of Humanities (Media Section). Available: https://olh.openlibhums.org/collections/special/right-wing-populism-and-mediated-activism-creative-responses-and-counter-narratives/




Hollin G & Giraud E (2022) Estranged companions : bed bugs, biologies, and affective histories. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 40(1), 80-98.


Giraud, E (2021) ‘After the “age of wreckers and exterminators?” Confronting the limits of eradication and entanglement narratives.’ Cultural Politics. 17(1): 37-47.


Morris C … Giraud E et al [20 contributing authors] (2021) ‘Priorities for social science and humanities research on the challenges of moving beyond animal-based food systems.’ Humanities and Social Sciences Communications. 8(38): https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-021-00714-z [OA here]


Poole E, Giraud E and de Quincey E (2020) ‘Tactical interventions in online hate speech: The case of #stopIslam.’ New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820903319 [Gold OA]


Giraud E & Aghassi-Isfahani SN (2020) ‘Post-Truths, Common Worlds, and Critical Politics: Critiquing Latour’s Renewed Critique of Critique’ Cultural Politics, 16(1): 1-13.


Giraud E, Hadley Kershaw E, Helliwell R and Hollin G (2019) ‘Abundance in the Anthropocene,’ Sociological Review. 67(2): 357-373. Available in CORE here.


Poole, E, Giraud E and de Quincey, E (2019) ‘Contesting #stopIslam: The dynamics of a counter-narrative against hate speech.’ Open Library of Humanities, 5(1): 1-39. Available: https://olh.openlibhums.org/articles/10.16995/olh.406/


Giraud E, Hollin GJS, Potts T, Forsyth I (2018) ‘A feminist menagerie.’ Feminist Review. 118(1): 61-79. Available in CORE here.


Hollin GJS, Forsyth I, Giraud E  & Potts T (2017) ‘(Dis)entangling Barad: Materialisms and ethics.’ Social Studies of Science. 47(6): 618-641. Available in CORE here.


Hollin GJS & Giraud E (2017) ‘Charisma and the clinic.’ Social Theory & Health. 15(2): 117-137. Available in CORE here.


Giraud E & Hollin GJS (2016) ‘Care, laboratory beagles and affective utopia.’ Theory, Culture & Society. 33(4): 27-49. Available in CORE here.


Giraud E (2015) ‘Subjectivity 2.0: Digital technologies, participatory media and communicative capitalism.’ Subjectivity. 8(2): 124-146. Available in CORE here.


Giraud E (2015) ‘The cultural politics of pervasive drama: Aural narrative, digital media and re-compositions of public space.’ Journal of Sonic Studies. 9. Available OA here.


Giraud E (2015) ‘Feminist praxis, critical theory and informal hierarchies.’ Journal of Feminist Scholarship. 7/8: 43-60. Available OA here.


Giraud E (2014) ‘Has radical-participatory online media really failed? Indymedia and its legacies.’ Convergence: The international journal of research into new media technologies. 20(3): 419-437. Available OA here.


Giraud E (2013) ‘“Beasts of burden”: Productive tensions between Haraway and radical animal rights activism.’ Culture, Theory and Critique. 54(1): 102-120. [please email if you’d like a copy!]


Giraud E (2013) ‘Veganism as affirmative biopolitics.’ PhaenEx. 8(2): 47-79. Available OA here.


Giraud E (2008) ‘McLibel to McSpotlight: The impact of information and communications technology upon radical pamphleteering.’  E-Sharp.  12. Available OA here.



Giraud EH (2022) Animal Studies. The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.


Giraud EH (2021) Animal studies. The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.


Giraud E and Poole E (2021) ‘Constructing digital counter-narratives as a response to disinformation and populism.’ In H. Tumber and S. Waisbord (eds), The Handbook of Media Misinformation and Populism. London: Routledge, 529-538.


Giraud E (2021) ‘The posthumanists.’ In L. Wright (ed.), The Vegan Studies Handbook. London: Routledge.


Giraud E (2020) ‘Disentangling ourselves from animals’ The Philosopher, 108(1) Available in CORE here.


Giraud E (2019) ‘The Planetary is Political’. Biosocieties. 18(3).


Giraud E (2018) ‘Displacement, ‘failure’ and friction: Tactical interventions in the communication ecologies of anti-capitalist food activism.’ In: T Schneider et al (eds) Digital Food Activism. New York and London: Routledge. 48-68.  Available in CORE here.


Giraud E (2018) ‘New Media Theory’, Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford University Press.


Giraud E and Hollin GJS (2017) ‘Laboratory beagles and affective co-productions of knowledge.’ In: M Bastian et al (eds) Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds. New York and London: Routledge.  163-177.


Giraud E (2015) ‘Practice as Theory: learning from food activism and performative protest.’ In R Collard and K Gillespie (eds) Critical Animal Geographies. New York and London: Routledge. 36-53.


Giraud E (2009) ‘Collaborative Networks of Activism and Science.’ In F Hackney et al (eds) Networks of Design. Boca Raton, Florida: Universal Publishers. 315-319.



Giraud E (2020) ‘Emiliano Treré’s Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms’. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research. 45(2): 264-266.


Giraud E (2017) ‘Geert Lovink’s Social Media Abyss’. European Journal of Communication.32(1): 71-2.


Giraud E and Hollin GJS (2016) ‘Thom van Dooren’s Flight Ways’. Somatosphere. Available from: http://somatosphere.net/2016/06/thom-van-doorens-flight-ways-life-and-loss-at-the-end-of-extinction.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


Hollin GJS and Giraud E (2016) ‘Jamie Lorimer’s Wildlife in the Anthropocene’. Theory, Culture & Society. Available from: http://www.theoryculturesociety.org/review-of-jamie-lorimers-wildlife-in-the-anthropocene-by-gregory-hollin-and-eva-giraud/


Giraud E (2015) ‘Cynthia Willett’s Interspecies Ethics’. Somatosphere. Available from: http://somatosphere.net/2015/01/cynthia-willetts-interspecies-ethics.html


Giraud E (2014) ‘Choose Zoe: Rosi Braidotti’s the Posthuman’. Radical Philosophy. 184.




Giraud E (2019) ‘Conference review: Vegan Narratives and Activism: A critical assessment in the spaces of post-activism’. Vegan Society Expert Series. Available: https://www.vegansociety.com/about-us/research/research-news/expert-series-4-vegan-narratives-and-storytelling


Giraud E (2018) ‘Iceland’s Orangutan: Tensions in Spectacular Environmentalisms’. Three-D, 31. [Newsletter of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association] Available: https://www.meccsa.org.uk/nl/three-d-issue-31-icelands-orangutan-tensions-in-spectacular-environmentalisms/


Giraud E (2018) ‘Contesting #stopIslam: Dynamics of a counter-narrative against hate speech.’ British Sociological Association, web-newsletter, available: https://www.britsoc.co.uk/about/latest-news/2018/may/contesting-stopislam-the-dynamics-of-online-counter-narratives-against-hate-speech/


McKay D and Giraud E (2018) ‘Five Ways the Arts Could Help Solve the Plastics Crisis.’ The Conversation, 23rd January. Available: https://theconversation.com/five-ways-the-arts-could-help-solve-the-plastics-crisis-90136


Poole E, de Quincey E and Giraud E (2018) ‘Contesting #StopIslam: Tensions around hate speech on social media.’ British Academy Review, 33, available: https://www.britac.ac.uk/contesting-stopislam-tensions-around-hate-speech-social-media


Giraud E (2017) ‘Post-truth is a Feminist Issue’. Discover Society, available: http://discoversociety.org/2017/10/04/post-truth-is-a-feminist-issue/

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