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

Some Seminar 4 Poster

DAY 1 – 21 April 2016 


Welcome morning tea and coffee


PANEL ONE – Political Imaginations in Research on Media/Movements Interactions

Chair: Elena Pavan, Scuola Normale Superiore

In this panel we invite scholars to theoretically reflect on the complex relationship between political cultures and media/movements interactions, by focusing in particular on the concept of political imagination. Whilst scholars will draw on their empirical work, the aim of this introductory panel is to critically evaluate how we can think about the ‘political’ in contemporary research on activism when it comes to interactions between different types of media technologies and social movements.

Political Cultures and The Imaginary Constitution of Media Technologies in Contemporary Social Movements

Veronica Barassi, Goldsmisths University of London

Alice Mattoni, Scuola Normale Superiore

Unleashing the radical technological imagination: the significance of political and digital cultures within anti-austerity struggles in Spain, Italy and Greece

Emiliano Treré, Scuola Normale Superiore

The Radical Imagination and the Ecology of Movements

Alex Khasnabish, Mount Saint Vincent University

Contrasting radical democratic imaginaries and (poor) practices of participation in the experience of the M5S

Lorenzo Mosca, Scuola Normale Superiore

12:30 14:00

Lunch Break



On media and movements: a relational approach

Donatella della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore


Coffee Break

16:00- 18:00

PANEL TWO Right-Wing Political Cultures, Media/Movements Interactions and the Challenge for Academic Research 

Chair: Emiliano Trerè, Scuola Normale Superiore

Within the social sciences we have very little research available on right-wing political movements, their ideologies and imaginations as they relate to different types of media technologies. This panel will draw on different empirical examples from different regions of the world to explore how different right-wing political cultures relate to media activism, and will raise critical question about politics and ethics in the academic field.

The agenda-building practices of social movement organizations of the extreme right: mobilization strategy, issue attention and news media coverage

Pietro Castelli, Scuola Normale Superiore

Samuel Bouron, Univeristé Paris Dauphine

Extreme Right organizations and on line Politics in Europe and the USA

Manuela Caiani, Scuola Normale Superiore

The Birth of a Terrifying State: ISIS and the Technologies of Shock and Awe

Gholam Khiabany, Goldsmiths University of London

In Malmö, Switzerland. Recited truths and racist assemblages in the hybrid media system

Gavan Titley, Maynooth University

DAY 2 22 April 2016 


Welcome morning tea and coffee

10:00 -12:30

PANEL THREE Media/Movement Interactions in Left-Wing Politics and the Importance of Cross-Cultural Comparison 

Chair: Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths University of London

Current research on social movements and media technologies has largely focused on large scale, mostly progressive, social protests such as 15M, Occupy and more recent uprisings. However, little attention has been paid on the cultural variety that characterizes left-leaning political cultures, and on how these cultural differences affects the very experience of media/movements interactions. In this panel scholars will reflect on this cultural complexity by comparing the different political imaginations of contemporary left-wing movements, and by considering their historical legacy.

Indonesia’s transition culture: the view from Whatsapp digital democracy groups

John Postill, RMIT University

Commoning and reaching out: political cultures and media logics in the Occupy movement

Anastasia Kavada, University of Westminster

Jeremy Corbyn, social movements and the media

Des Freedman, Goldsmiths University of London

Digital feminism, identity and political cultures: from local struggles to transnational activist networks

Aristea Fotopoulou, University of Brighton

12:30 14:00

Lunch Break



Rediscovering the Political in Media Activism

Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths University of London


Coffee Break



Chair: Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths University of London