This event will explore the nature and impact of digitally enabled and enhanced mobilisation for political, economic and social change.
About this Event
We bring together researchers and activists from inside and outside academia focussing on two broad perspectives on digital activism:
• Building digital movements and resilience pertains to small, independent projects that suggest counterpoints to society’s status quo.
• Building digital picket lines, i.e. activist groups fighting back against larger powers within society such as political parties and multinational corporations.
We aim to start a conversation across the different perspectives and foster cross-issue engagement to instigate networks in research and practice. The two discussion groups consist of individual guest speakers giving a 15-minute introduction to their individual perspective followed by a general discussion lead by a moderator.
13:00 – 13:10 Arrival and Introduction
13:10 – 14:40 Panel #1 Building Digital Resilience
Panel members: Janet Gunter (The Restart Project), Vera Hoelscher (Royal Holloway), Kui Kihoro Mackay (Royal Holloway), Matthias Kispert (University of Westminster)
14:40 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Panel #2 Building Digital Picket Lines
Panel members: Mikko Laamanen (Royal Holloway), Adam Badger (Royal Holloway), Torsten Geelan (University of Leicester), James Sloam (Royal Holloway)
16:30 – 16:45 Concluding Remarks
Followed by drinks at a local pub.
Speakers' bio and abstracts to be added soon.
*This event is organised by Dr. Mikko Laamanen, Adam Badger & Dr. Vera Hoelscher, DOS Research Centre, RHUL
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