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Public Lectures: Critical perspectives on civic agency and social media


Thomas Poell, University of Amsterdam
Julie Uldam, Roskilde University

Friday, 13 May 2016
13:00-15:00, IT University of Copenhagen
Room: 4A14

The public lectures bring together scholars who apply a critical perspective to social media, which has become integral to contemporary activism and civic agency. Far from being neutral platforms on which people can freely and openly interact in order to create civic agency, social media have their own inherent materiality, shaping how we engage, protest, resist, and struggle. This materiality may entail the wires and silicon of technology, the codes and algorithms of digital platforms, and the commerciality of social media. The public lectures seek to address the mediation and mediatization of protest at the intersection of civic agency and algorithmic control to address questions such as: What are the challenges and potentials of social media for civic agency and activism within a contested space of media corporations and logics? How do commercial social media platforms shape contemporary forms of protest? And what are the implications for grassroots action?

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Seminar: Strategisk brug af sociale medier i valgkampen 2015


Kom med til et seminar om sociale mediers rolle i valget 2015, når forskningsinitiativet DECIDIS på ITU præsenterer nye fund baseret på deres studier før, under og efter folketingsvalget i 2015. I forbindelse med valget udførte ITUs forskere bl.a. interviews med alle partiernes social media managers, samt indsamlede store mængder af data fra de sociale medier Facebook, Twitter og Instagram. Arrangementet vil være åbent for alle og deltagelsen er gratis, men tilmelding er påkrævet af pladshensyn. Målgruppen for dette arrangement er alle med interesse i medier og politisk kommunikation, både folk med praktisk erfaring og forskere og studerende.
På seminaret vil forskerne præsentere og diskutere, hvordan partier og politikere i Danmark i øjeblikket anvender og forstår sociale medier og deres rolle i den overordnede kampagnestrategi. Vi vil fremlægge generelle tendenser på tværs af partier, og diskutere de forskellige opfattelser og tilgange til platformene med udgangspunkt i vores analyser. Formålet med dagen er bl.a. at bygge bro mellem forskning og praksis. Vi afslutter derfor med en debat om både udfordringer og muligheder ved brugen af sociale medier, både for politikere og partier og for det demokratiske samfund bredt set.
På dagen vil tre forskere fra DECIDIS præsentere deres analyser baseret på interviews samt indsamling af data fra de tre sociale medieplatforme: Facebook, Twitter og Instagram. I sidste del af seminaret vil der være en diskussion med panelet inklusivt mulighed for spørgsmål fra publikum. Diskussionen ledes af ordstyrerne Benjamin Rud Elberth og Astrid Haug, der bl.a. er kendt fra TV2 NEWS programmet Digital Dagsorden.

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New publication: Bodies Folded in Migrant Crypts: Dis/Ability and the
Material Culture of Border-Crossing by DECIDIS researcher Vasilis Galis (with Spyros Tzokas and Aristotle Tympas)


This article considers media narratives that suggest that hiding in trucks, buses, and other vehicles to cross borders has, in fact, been a common practice in the context of migration to, and within, Europe. We aim to problematize how the tension between the materiality of bordering practices and human migrants generates a dis/abled subject. In this context, dis/ability may be a cause or consequence of migration, both in physical/material (the folding of bodies in the crypt) and cultural/semiotic terms, and may become a barrier to accessing protection, to entering and/or crossing a country, and to performing mobility in general. Dis/ability and migration have not been associated in the literature. We adopt an analytical symmetry between humans and non-humans, in this case between bodies and crypts. By suggesting an infected, ambivalent, and hybrid approach to the human subject, the body-crypt traveling border challenges the essentialist dichotomies between technology and biology, disability and impairment. The articles and reports upon which we rely were collected through extensive searches of databases/archives of online newspapers and news websites. (Full paper)
 
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