The Missing Actor: The Meaning of Political Cultures for Media/Movements Interactions

I look forward to Florence in April, where I have been invited to talk in the forth SOME seminar (Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments Seminar Series). I will be presenting work on digital feminism, identity and political cultures from my forthcoming book (Palsgrave/MacMillan 2016), in a panel with great co-speakers. It’s been a while since I presented my work on feminism and digital media, so I am pretty excited. The seminar 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), Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence.

See also the full Programme of the two-day seminar.

PANEL THREE  Media/Movement Interactions in Left-Wing Politics and the Importance of Cross-Cultural Comparison 

Chair: Alice Mattoni, Scuola Normale Superiore

Current research on social movements and media technologies has largely focused on large scale, mostly progressive, social protests such as 15M, Occupy and more recent uprisings. However, little attention has been paid on the cultural variety that characterizes left-leaning political cultures, and on how these cultural differences affects the very experience of media/movements interactions. In this panel scholars will reflect on this cultural complexity by comparing the different political imaginations of contemporary left-wing movements, and by considering their historical legacy.

Indonesia’s transition culture: the view from Whatsapp digital democracy groups

John Postill, RMIT University

Commoning and reaching out: political cultures and media logics in the Occupy movement

Anastasia Kavada, University of Westminster

Jeremy Corbyn, social movements and the media

Des Freedman, Goldsmiths University of London

Digital feminism, identity and political cultures: from local struggles to transnational activist networks

Aristea Fotopoulou, University of Brighton

Source: Programme

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