The Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments Seminar Series is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and jointly organised by the Centre for Global Media and Democracy (CGMD) at Goldsmiths University of London and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS), Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence.
The series was designed to establish a ground of collaboration between these two centres, which are internationally renowned for their research excellence and engagement with the field. The aim of the series is to tackle and critically understand one of the crucial societal changes of our times: the relationship between political participation and media technologies.
With the development of web 2.0 technologies, the rapid growth in the use of social networking sites, and the recent wave of unrest that has affected many countries in Europe and across the world, a thorough exploration of how social movements and collective action relate to media forms and processes is more necessary than ever. In the last decade, however, social research has been profoundly affected by techno-deterministic, positivist and ethnocentric analyses. In contrast to these approaches, we believe that it is vital to create a space for discussion amongst international academics, activists, and policy makers, which can enable us to develop a more critical and culturally sensitive approach in the understanding of social movements and media technologies.
Our first Year of the SoME seminars was very productive, if you would like to read more about the discussions that emerged during our events or the lines of inquiry that we developed please click here SoME Seminars 2015 Report.