Pilipets, Elena, M.A.

Z Researcher

Elena Pilipets is a research associate in Digital Media and Methods at the University of Siegen (PhD in Media Studies, University of Klagenfut). Her work focuses on the processes of social media circulation, with particular attention to the study of platforms through combinations of visual and digital methods. This includes online-grounded empirical investigations of Internet memes, platform subcultures, and social bots the latter being studied in the context of a working group funded by the Center of Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) in Bochum.

Academic Functions

  • Since 2021 Vice Chair ECREA Digital Culture and Communication Section
  • Since 2021 Editorial Researcher and E-Special Coordinator Theory, Culture & Society (SAGE)


Pilipets, E (2021) Digitale Medien und Methoden. Über den methodischen Umgang mit visuellen Plattform-Inhalten und Internet-Memes. Open-Media-Studies-Blog der Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, 11.01.2021. https://zfmedienwissenschaft.de/online/open-media-studies-blog/digitale-medien-und-methoden

Pilipets, E, Paasonen, S (2020) Nipples, Memes and Algorithmic Failure: NSFW Critique of Tumblr Censorship. New Media and Society, OnlineFirst. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820979280

Hipfl, B, Pilipets, E (2020) Digital Youth Assemblages: Affective Entanglements of Sharing (Anti)Selfies on Instagram. In: MedienJournal 44(2), 19-32, DOI: https://doi.org/10.24989/medienjournal.v44i2.1948

Pilipets, E (2019) #Netflix and Chill: The (Dis)Connected Body of Serial Binge-Viewer. In: Social Media + Society. Online First. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119883426

Pilipets, E (2019) Between Bullshit and Faketuality. The Viral Anomaly of the Image of Laith Al Saleh. In: Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation. Online First. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7146/tjcp.v6i1.117319