Seminar Four

The Missing Actor: The Meaning of Political Cultures for Media/Movements Interactions

Some Seminar 4 Poster

21st and 22nd of April 2016, 9:30-18:00

Aula Filippo Strozzi, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Via degli Strozzi 1, Florence



This seminar questions the role of ‘political cultures’ when studying interactions between media and movements, which we provocatively identified as the ‘missing actor’. Current research on social movements and media technologies has been profoundly affected by techno-deterministic, positivist and ethnocentric analyses. This is to detriment of a thorough understanding of the complex relationship between political cultures, imagination and media/movements interactions. The aim of this seminar is to shed light on this complexity through three different panels a) political imaginations in media/movements interactions b) extreme-right political cultures and media/movement interactions c) left-wing political cultures and media/movement interactions. Scholars and activists will be invited to explore culturally and context specific examples, and to create a space in which we can re-think the role of the political in contemporary research on activism when it comes to interactions between different types of media technologies and social movements.