20th and 21st April 2017 – A workshop on protest media on a comparative perspective

From the 20th to the 21st of April, at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences: a two day workshop on activists media practices in protest media ecologies from anti-austerity movements in Southern Europe to global perspectives on movements and digital technologies.

This two-day workshop is organized in the framework of two research projects: PiCME – Political Participation in Complex Media Environments at Scuola Normale Superiore and  Protest Media Ecologies: Communicative Affordances for Social Change in the Digital Era at Lakehead University (Canada) and Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy), funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant.

With this workshop we aim at sharing the knowledge produced through the two research projects with other scholars that focus on topics related to the use of media in the context of mobilizations. We want to engage with the research of people working in the same field, to learn about your projects and findings, and together create research synergies that will deepen our understanding and theoretical considerations of protest media ecologies in Europe and beyond.

In particular, the workshop revolves around five main themes that emerged as relevant from our analysis: (1) social movement cultures and activist media practices; (2) technologies of resistance in the algorithmic society; (3) social media platforms and the organization of protest (4) smartphones and other mobile devices in protest settings; (5) alternative journalism, citizen media and protest practices.

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