Visibilities: Social Protest, ‘The Media’, and the Shaping of Public Opinion 

Scuola Normale Superiore, Istituto di Scienze Umane, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 19.37.51DAY 1 – 3 SEPTEMBER 2015 


10:00-12:30 SESSION ONE – Mediated Tactics, Visibility and Media Appropriation Chair: Alice Mattoni, European University Institute

Eleftheria Lekakis, University of Sussex – Shifting Boundaries of Consumer Activism: Communication, Consumption, and Capitalist Imaginations

Emiliano Treré, Lakehead University, Canada; Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico – Manufacturing Digital Consent: Bots wars, Telecracy, and Digital resistance

Dan Mercea, City University London – The Enduring Question of Social Media Usage in Collective Action. Foregrounding Activist Agency

Daniel Trottier, Erasmus University Rotterdam – Digital Vigilantism and the Weaponisation of Mediated Visibility

12:30 – 14:30 LUNCH

14:30- 17:00 SESSION TWO – Changing Alternative Media Environments and the Problem of Visibility

Chair: Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths, University of London

Anna Feigenbaum, Bournemouth University – The ‘Other Media’ of Protest Occupations

Tina Askanius, Lund University – Connecting Past and Present Forms of Video Activism: The Case of TV Stop and Tv-Tv in Denmark

Eva Giraud, Keele University – Communicating Prefigurative Politics: Indymedia, Proprietary Platforms and Shifting Media Ecologies


DAY 2 – 4 SEPTEMBER 2015 

10:00 -11:30 KEYNOTE – Professor Des Freedman, Goldsmiths University of London – A Return to Prime Time Activism: Social Movement Theory and Media Reform


13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH

14:30 – 17:0SESSION THREE – Social Conflict and ‘The Media’: News Coverage, Social Media Feeds and Public Debate

Chair: Alice Mattoni, European University Institute

Lorenzo Zamponi, European University Institute – Dusty Glasses: Mediatised Public Memory and Student Movements in Italy and Spain

Pieter Verdegem, Ghent University – “Traditional” and “New” Actors in the Anti-Austerity Protest: A Comparison Between Social Media and Mainstream Media

Christian Christensen, Stockholm University – Manning, Snowden and Media Exposure as Protection

Anne Kaun, Södertörn University – Narrating Protest: Mainstream News Stories of Occupy Stockholm and Occupy Latvia

17:00-17:30 COFFEE BREAK

17:30-18:30 ROUND UP DISCUSSION – Present Challenges and Future Developments in the Study of Web 2.0 Technologies and Social Movements

Chair: Veronica Barassi, Goldsmiths, University of London


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