DAY 1 – 14 MAY 2015


09:30 -10:30

SESSION ONE – Beyond Networks? Changing Organisational Patterns and Social Movement Research


Chair: Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths, University of London

Elena Pavan, Trento University – Collective Action Networks. A Multidimensional Network Approach

Anastasia Kavada, Westminster University – The Communicative Constitution of Collective Action: Insights from the Occupy Movement.

Paolo Gerbaudo, Kings College London – From networks to crowds: understanding subjectivities and imaginaries in two generations of digital activism

Ella McPherson, Cambridge University – Digital Human Rights Reporting by Civilian Witnesses and the Verification Problem



Prof. Jennifer Earl, University of Arizona

When Information Isn’t Scarce: Political Communication as a New Frontier in Social Movement Studies

SESSION TWO – Transforming Political Imaginations: Web 2.0 and Political Repertoires

15:30- 18:00

Chair: Alice Mattoni, European University Institute

Lina Dencik, Cardiff University – The Changing Repertoires of Worker Resistance in the Digital Age

Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam – We Come in Peace: Inside Hacktivists’ Imaginaries and Repertoires

Adrienne Russell, Denver University – Journalism as Activism: Representing and Shaping Social Change in the Contemporary Media Landscape

Simona Levi, XNet – The Experience of X-Net and Digital Activism, changing
repertoires of protest: be radical, ask for the possible

DAY 2 – 15 MAY 2015

SESSION THREE – Web 2.0 and Political Participation in Cross-Cultural Perspective

10:00 -12:30

Chair: Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths, University of London

Mirca Madianou, Goldsmiths University of London – #PeopleSurge: protest, politics and (lack of) solidarity in post-disaster Philippines.

Bart Cammaerts, London School of Economics – Movement Spillovers through Technologies of Self-Mediation – The case of the anti-austerity movement.

Gholam Khiabany, Goldsmiths University of London – The importance of ‘social’ in social media: contradictions and limits of digital activism in Iran

Dhiraj Murthy, Goldsmiths University of London – From the Grim Sleeper to Ferguson: are urban black people turning to Twitter to mobilize?

ROUND UP DISCUSSION – Present Challenges and Future Developments in the Study of Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Movements


Chair: Alice Mattoni, European University Institute


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