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[ecrea] Invitation: Social Movements and Media Technologies

Thu Apr 23 18:02:05 GMT 2015

The Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths is delighted to invite you to the first event of the:

Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments ESRC Seminar Series.

The Seminar Series is jointly organised by the Centre for Global Media and Democracy (CGMD) at Goldsmiths University of London and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS), European University Institute Florence.

The aim of the series, which will take place in 2015 and 2016 for a total of six seminars, is to tackle and critically understand one of the crucial societal changes of our times: the relationship between political participation and media technologies.

The first seminar MOBILISATIONS, CHANGING PROTEST CULTURES AND WEB 2.0 TECHNOLOGIES will be held at Centre for Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths University of London, UK – 14th and 15th of May, 2015 (Professor Stuart Hall Building, LG02 and 314)

This first workshop will look at contemporary ‘protest cultures’ and explore the changing relationship between political participation and media technologies in the age of social media by considering three different dimensions a) organisation b) political imaginations c) lived experience. Scholars and activists will be invited to discuss this relationship by considering culturally and context specific examples. The aim of this workshop is to overcome much of the ethnocentric bias, which can be found in current research, to enable processes of meaningful comparison and to develop a critical and culturally sensitive approach to the analysis of Web 2.0 and social movements.

ALL WELCOMED. This is a free event for anyone interested. However, spaces are limited so make sure that you register your interest by writing to (v.barassi /at/ by the 8th of May, 2015.

Best Wishes
Veronica Barassi and Alice Mattoni


DAY 1 - 14 MAY 2015

09:30 -10:30 REGISTRATION

SESSION ONE - Beyond Networks? Changing Organisational Patterns and Social Movement Research
Chair: Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths, University of London

Elena Pavan, Trento University - Collective Action Networks. A Multidimensional Network Approach

Anastasia Kavada, Westminster University - The Communicative Constitution of Collective Action: Insights from the Occupy Movement.

Paolo Gerbaudo, Kings College London – From networks to crowds: understanding
subjectivities and imaginaries in two generations of digital activism

Ella McPherson, Cambridge University – Digital Human Rights Reporting by Civilian Witnesses and the Verification Problem

Prof. Jennifer Earl, University of Arizona
When Information Isn’t Scarce: Political Communication as a New Frontier in Social Movement Studies

15:30- 18:00
SESSION TWO - Transforming Political Imaginations: Web 2.0 and Political Repertoires
Chair: Alice Mattoni, European University Institute

Lina Dencik, Cardiff University – The Changing Repertoires of Worker Resistance in the Digital Age

Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam - We Come in Peace: Inside Hacktivists’ Imaginaries and Repertoires

Adrienne Russell, Denver University - Journalism as Activism: Representing and Shaping Social Change in the Contemporary Media Landscape

Simona Levi, XNet – The Experience of X-Net and Digital Activism, changing repertoires of protest: be radical, ask for the possible

DAY 2 – 15 MAY 2015
10:00 -12:30

SESSION THREE - Web 2.0 and Political Participation in Cross-Cultural Perspective Chair: Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths, University of London

Mirca Madianou, Goldsmiths University of London – #PeopleSurge: protest, politics and (lack of) solidarity in post-disaster Philippines.

Bart Cammaerts, London School of Economics - Movement Spillovers through Technologies of Self-Mediation - The case of the anti-austerity movement

Gholam Khiabany, Goldsmiths University of London - The importance of ‘social’ in social media: contradictions and limits of digital activism in Iran

Dhiraj Murthy, Goldsmiths University of London - From the Grim Sleeper to Ferguson: are urban black people turning to Twitter to mobilize?

ROUND UP DISCUSSION – Present Challenges and Future Developments in the Study of Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Movements
Chair: Alice Mattoni, European University Institute

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