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[ecrea] International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Nuit Debout

Thu May 03 06:33:11 GMT 2018

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on Nuit Debout The International Journal of Communication is delighted to announce the
publication of a new Special Section on “Nuit Debout” on April 30, 2018.
 This Special Section “The French Nuit Debout Movement: Communication
Struggles and Tactics” brings together four research articles, an
interview with a celebrity journalist-activist filmmaker, and the guest
editor’s essay conjuncturally contextualizing the movement as a critique
of everyday (-night) life. The Nuit Debout social movement that launched in 2016 is perhaps the most
remarkable Left French movement since the May 1968 revolts and bears
important similarities to and contrasts with recent movements such as Occupy
and Les Indignados. Triggered by widespread indignation at a labor reform
law, this “movement of the square” quickly became much more: a
prefigurative participatory democracy as well as social politics—a
performative critique of the status quo. It met nightly for two months in
Paris’s Place de la République, spreading to hundreds of French cities
and abroad. The contributions in this Special Section explore the question of Nuit
Debout’s distinctiveness but also its communication features that share a
transnational repertoire of contention. They contribute revealing and
challenging case studies. They provide conceptual and broad theoretical
developments, implicitly and explicitly questioning the growing body of
research on social movements (especially of the squares and especially with
regard to uses and challenges of new communication tools, strategies and
tactics). These papers help us understand new especially digital tools in
repertoires of contention and repression. More specifically, contributors traverse a broad terrain of communication
practices and theory: hackers and makers of apps; out-of-the-cloud
communication for internal organization and prefigurative group political
communication, as well as outward broadcasting; a theory of a renewed
activist journalism; the role or influence of celebrities; theoretical
reflection on the emotional dimensions of storytelling in alternative
journalism and in the cohesion-building of sustained collective action; the
perceived and hidden (i.e., mediated) temporality and chronology of
movements’ moves and rejuvenations, their composition, decomposition and
re-composition; the historical and cultural reach of participants’
knowledges, tools and aspirations; police and counter-protesters’
strategies; and the movement’s specific critique of representative
democracy and everyday (through a counter-production of everynight) life. To access these papers, please go to to access these article. We
forward to your feedback!
     The Nuit Debout Movement: Communication, Politics, and the
Counter-Production of “Everynight Life” — Introduction
Jayson Harsin
 Strange Speech: Structures of Listening in Nuit Debout, Occupy, and 15M
Jessica Feldman Nuit Debout, Media Technologies, and Prototyping Change (Feature)
Adrienne Russell
 Toward a Creative Activism with a Sense of Humor: An Interview with
François Ruffin
Serge Chaumier
 Activist Reflexivity and Mediated Violence: Putting the Policing of Nuit
Debout in Context
Anna Feigenbaum, Patrick McCurdy
 >From Social Movement to Social Rest: Recuperation in Occupy Wall Street,
Nuit Debout, and Other Contemporary Struggles
Jack Bratich


Larry Gross Editor
Arlene Luck
Managing Editor
Jayson Harsin
Guest Editor
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California

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