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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Launch of 2013-14 travelling seminar series Publics then, now and beyond

Launch of 2013-14 travelling seminar series Publics then, now and beyond

 

You should all come to this – the first seminar of the Publics then, now and beyond network travelling seminar series. The second seminar is the Smart Publics? Public engagement with technoscience, which I am organising with Tobie Kerridge (Goldsmiths) at the University of Sussex, on December 5th, 2013.

publics then, now & beyond

Over the 2013-14 academic year, members of the Publics then, now and beyond network will be organising a travelling seminar series. These events will will be hosted by members’ home institutions, with support from the Open University’s Faculty of Social Science, and feature both internal and external speakers.

The first event in the series will be a lunchtime seminar on ‘Public memories, public knowledge? Movements, media and shifting formations of publicness‘ at the London School of Economics on Thursday 7th November, 12.30-14.00. The seminar will be chaired by Nick Couldry (LSE) and feature papers from Pollyanna Ruiz (LSE) and Hilde C. Stephansen (The Open University).

Read more here.

A seminar on ‘Smart Publics’ will be hosted by the University of Sussex on Thursday December 5th. More details to follow soon!

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