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Trust, Community, and Guts: Lessons from 1971 for 2016

On the evening of November 15, the Media Activism Research Collective hosted a screening of 1971. The documentary, created by Johanna Hamilton, recounts the heroic activism of eight ordinary citizens who exposed the extent of the FBI’s illegal surveillance of dissident groups throughout the 1960s and 1970s. A panel discussion including three of the film’s subjects — […]

Sound and the Public: A Special Issue of Communication and the Public

Communication and the Public – Call for papers Jing Wang (Zhejiang University) and Marina Peterson (Ohio University), Guest Editors Sound as a constitutive element in the formation of public life is exemplified by urban public concerts, the everyday sound of a church bell in a small European village, or the Chinese national anthem played every Monday in Tiananmen Square. […]

MARC Students & Faculty at #ICA16

More than a dozen MARC students and faculty are presenting research at the International Communication Association’s 66th Annual Conference in Fukuoka, Japan. Stop by their panels for exciting discussions about media, activism, and social justice. FRIDAY, JUNE 10 9:30 – 10:45 Fighting the Continuum of Violence From Flaming and Street Harassment to Domestic Violence and Rape (Nire) […]

Schedule for PROTEST, A Graduate Student Conference

We are pleased to announce the schedule for PROTEST, a graduate student conference co-organized by MARC and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Penn. The conference will take place on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22 in Cohen Hall at the University of Pennsylvania. Protest Schedule Thursday, April 21, 2016, Terrace Room, Cohen Hall 8:30am-9:00am: COFFEE, LIGHT […]

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 […]

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 […]

Save the Date: Meet Simone Browne!

Simone Browne, Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will present her work on surveillance and race at the April 9 – April 11 Biocode conference at Penn. Please join the Media Activism Research Collective and meet Professor Browne for a prelude to Biocode on April 8 at 5 p.m. in Annenberg room 225. Professor Browne […]

International Conference on Communication and the Public: Social Media and Public Engagement

Call for Papers We are in an age of proverbial transformations in media and communication technologies. How these transformations may have changed the meaning of publics such as readers, audience, listeners, and viewers and how people use new media to confront new issues as citizens, consumers, community members, and volunteers are questions at the cutting […]

The Media Activism Research Collective: An Introduction

In 2011, Time Magazine famously declared the protester its “person of the year” in a cover story heralded by an illustration of a masked, racially ambiguous person whose gender identity remains unclear but who readers are meant to recognize as one of the many activists involved in social movements that burst onto the scene in […]