Dark Futures? Media and Movements in the Age of Post-Truth Politics



27th March, 2017


11:00 – 13:30

Panel 1 – Channeling Anger: Social Media Bubbles, Algorithmic Logics and the New Hate

Chair: Veronica Barassi

The political developments of the last year are raising critical questions on the relationship between popular anger and the communication bubbles constructed by social media through algorithmic logics. In this panel speakers and activists will be invited to discuss this relationship.

Articulations of Islamophobia: From the Extreme to the Mainstream?

Aurelien Mondon, University of Bath & Aaron Winter, University of East London

Much Ado, about Nothing? Feminist Resistance against Neo-Liberal Post-Machismo Narratives in Spain

María José Gámez Fuentes, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain and Sonia Núñez Puente, University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Let a Thousand Niches Bloom: The Digital Long Tail and the Ghettoization of Radical Dissent

Justin Schloseberg, Birbeck University

Donald Trump: The Rise of Twitter-Fascism?

Christian Fuchs, Westminster University

LUNCH 13:30 – 15:00

15:00 – 17:30

Panel 2 – About Truths and Alternative Facts: Problematising Post-Truth Politics

Chair: James Curran

 Why are we talking about the rise of Post-Truth Politics? What is the relationship between the rise of post-truth politics and changing information ecologies? In this panel we invite scholars and activists to address these questions by focusing on two political events of the last year: the Brexit Vote and the U.S. election.

Michael Gove’s Folly? Or, Why Economics Was Always More Post Than Truth

Aeron Davis, Goldsmiths, University of London

 Post-truth Journalism, Fake News and Brexit

Julian Petley, Brunel University

 It was the Sun wot made it but the BBC sold it

Angela Phillips, Goldsmiths University

Brexit London: The Past, Present and Future of Racism in the Capital

Malcom James, Sussex University



28th March, 2017

10:00 – 10:30 – COFFEE BREAK

10:30 – 13:00

Panel 3 – Political Alternatives: Imagining the Future, Imagining Resistance

For radical politics and the progressive left it is difficult not be daunted by an image of dark times ahead. The rise of post-truth politics combined with the rise of xenophobic sentiments in Europe and the U.S., it makes it difficult think about progressive political alternatives. In this panel we invite activists and scholars to discuss current initiatives, projects, and ideas that can galvanise resistance and provide us with new, political alternatives.

Chair: Gholam Khiabany

New Nationalism and Old Ideologies

Sivamohan Valluvan, University of Manchester

Re-socialising the Political: Civil Society Futures

Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths University

 Mourning and Militancy: Resistance for the Post-Truth Era

Richard Seymour, Independent Researcher/ Lenin’s Tomb

Feminism against Populism and Border Control

Sara Farris, Goldsmiths University

13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH

Keynote: Architectures of Resistance: Infrastructures, Institutions and Digital Media

14:30 – 16:00

Prof. Leah A. Lievrouw, Department of Information Studies University of California, Los Angeles

16:00 – 16:30 COFFEE BREAK

16:30 – 17:30 General Discussion and Concluding Remarks: What Now?