Dark Futures? Media and Movements in the Age of Post-Truth Politics
27th March, 2017
10:30 REGISTRATION AND COFEE
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?