Author Archives: Rosemary Clark

John Jackson on Love as a Form of Politics

Last week, I watched John Jackson give a very moving talk as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Signature Program at Penn, with Philadelphia’s only black-owned talk radio station, WURD, recording the talk. He began by reading from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and for the record, I would pay good money to have an […]

Archiving Social Movements

On November 17, a few MARC members attended a wonderful talk titled “Diversity in the Archives: Preserving Ephemeral Activist Culture,” organized by Temple University Libraries. A summary would not do justice to the quality of the speakers, so what follows is just a list of the exciting projects they are working on. Bergis Jules, UC Riverside […]

Afterword: “Political Agency in the Digital Age,” Conference in Copenhagen, 9-10 October 2015

This October did not only bring colder weather and colorful autumn landscapes, but also an opportunity to connect and re-connect with activists and scholars including several MARC members as we met in beautiful Copenhagen to engage with questions of political agency and digital media. The occasion was the biennial conference of the Communication and Democracy […]

Ruha Benjamin and Activist Approaches to STS

Sometimes you go to a talk just because the title is so great, which was the case with Ruha Benjamin’s recent presentation through Drexel’s Center for Science Technology & Society: Star Trek Meets the Black Panthers: Experimenting with Science and Technology Studies In and Outside the Academy. The talk was rooted in thinking about connections […]

MARC and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Penn Present: Protest, A Graduate Student Conference

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania is hosting its 3rd biannual graduate student conference, co-organized with the Annenberg School for Communications’ Media Activism Research Collective. The theme this year is “Protest” and will feature a keynote address by Marcia Ochoa and presentation by Isa Noyola. Please circulate widely and […]

Media Strategies and Abortion Politics: An Interview with Deana Rohlinger

When and why do activist organizations choose particular mass media strategies? Can silence be an effective media tactic? Deana A. Rohlinger, a professor of sociology and a research associate in the Pepper Institute of Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University, takes on these questions and more in her new book, Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social […]

On Marilyn Zuniga and the Miseducation of Children of Color

Originally posted on Becoming Dr J:
I was ten years old when I first learned that Black children don’t have the same “freedom of speech” that all American citizens are supposed to have. I had been having a bad day. In my breakout science class, someone was making noise. The teacher had her back turned,…

3620 Podcast Examines Private Universities’ Responsibility to Local Communities

Last week, the Annenberg School for Communication’s 3620 Podcast published an episode examining the relationship between the University of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia, focusing particularly on the issue of PILOTs, or Payments in Lieu of Taxation. Podcast producers Aaron Shapiro and John Vilanova explain: Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the United States […]

Biocode: Exploring the Edge

This week at the University of Pennsylvania, academics, activism, and art will converge at Biocode: Performing Transgression After New Media, a three-day conference envisioned and organized by Penn graduate students across several departments, including gender studies, education, communication, English, history of art, and political science. From April 9 through April 11, Biocode participants will lead audience members through […]

Modes of Activism and Engagement in the Chinese Public Sphere

Special section in Asian Studies Review, edited by Jonathan Benney & Peter Marolt This special section began as a conference held at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore in 2012. The conference considered recent developments in activism in China, and three papers from it have been published in the latest edition […]