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Fabio Cristiano

Doctoral Candidate

Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies

Main research areas

  • Cyberwarfare and War theories
  • Israel-Palestine and Middle East Politics
  • War and Technology
  • Virtual Representations and Simulations of War
  • Hacktivism and Digital Rights
  • Critical Theory

Current research

Fabio Cristiano is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Political Science. His research interest evolves around ontological debates on cyberwar and cyberwarfare. In his doctoral thesis - Ontologies of a Cyberwar. The Politics of Virtuality in the Struggle for Palestine - Fabio delineates an ontology of cyberwar that, transcending pure securitarian concerns, looks at the political subjectivities that are constructed through this specific context of war. Rooted in conflict studies, his research speaks to debates on virtuality/reality and unity/multiplicity in political thought. Other areas of interest are cyber-diplomacy and peacebuilding. 

Published Work

Work in Progress

  • Cristiano, F. (in preparation). "Aesthetics by Algorithms: Sovereignty and Disappearance in Palestine". Article co-authored with Emilio Distretti.
  • Cristiano, F. (in preparation). "Affect and Empathy beyond Proximity: Drone Targeted Killings and Humanely Slaughtered Meat". Article co-authored with Kurtis Boyer.
  • Cristiano, F. (in preparation). "War Desires Beyond the Body: Re-politicizing the Techno-Aesthetics of Violence through Digital Imaginaries". Article co-authored with Daniel Møller Ølgaard.
  • Cristiano, F. (submitted) "Palestine". Book chapter in Mary Manjikian et al. (2019, eds) Palgrave Handbook on Global Cybersecurity, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cristiano, F. (submitted) "Israel". Book chapter in Mary Manjikian et al. (2019, eds) Palgrave Handbook on Global Cybersecurity, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


    Fabio Cristiano teaches the following courses at the Department of Political Science-Peace & Conflict Studies (FKV), BIDS - Interdisciplinary BA in Development Studies (UTVC), Graduate School of Social Science (SIMM) and Center for Educational Development (CED):

    • FKVC31- Diplomacy, Negotiation and Mediation (convenor, lecturer and examiner)
    • FKVB21- War and Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (convenor, lecturer and examiner)
    • SIMM30 - Participatory Methods of Change and Development (lecturer)
    • UTVC21 - Development in a Historical Perspective: Economic, Social and Political Transformation (lecturer and examiner)
    • UTVC22 – Development Policy in Practice (lecturer and examiner)
    • UTVC25 - Development Cooperation in Practice (lecturer and examiner)
    • UTVC26 - Research Methods in Development Studies (lecturer and examiner)
    • CED - Staff Pedagogical training in Open Networked Learning (co-facilitator and examiner)
    Fabio Cristiano
    E-post: fabio [dot] cristiano [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se


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