Tag Archives: Social media

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 […]

The Affective Publics of Under the Dome

Recently, a documentary film called Under the Dome made by the former celebrity investigative journalist Chai Jing caused a sensation in China and in global media. A film in the style of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Under the Dome is an impassioned exposé of the causes and consequences of air pollution. It is an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chinese NGOs Use ICTs for “Nonresistant Activism”

In July 2013, a civic hackathon was held in the southern Chinese city Guangzhou. Local NGOs, techie communities, and a local university with strong software and interactive design programs worked together to solve local problems, one of which was to develop a mobile app to collect and sell second-hand clothes at cheap prices to migrant […]