FAKE! and TRUE BELIEVER – two new activist videos by Tom Kalin

As we launch our new look at Re.framing Activism—one put together by the original founder of the website, Rachel Tavernor— we also bring you, below, two new videos about the practices of disinformation and the new US presidency made and published online by the great American filmmaker Tom Kalin, currently professor of experimental film at the European…

Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments Seminar Series (SoME Seminars)

The Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments Seminar Series (SoME Seminars) is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and jointly organised by the Centre for Global Media and Democracy (CGMD) at Goldsmiths University of London and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS), Institute of Humanities and Social…

The Populist Turn of the 2011 Protest Wave

by Paolo Gerbaudo For anybody with some experience in social movements and the radical Left, the movements of 2011 have come as a real shock; refreshing for some and disturbing for others. They have been like an earthquake, putting into question ideas, tenets, attitudes that had for long been established in protest movements. From the…

Articulating Dissent: Protest and the Public Sphere

by Pollyanna Ruiz The mainstream’s current lack of familiarity with the organisational strategies of coalition movements has resulted in a tendency to perceive different types of order as a threatening, potentially violent, lack of order. Partly as a result of this misrecognition, the communicative strategies of coalition movements have frequently been viewed as evidence of…

Mediation and Crisis: Secret City and the Role of Radical Documentary

The Free University Brighton will be having a screening of Secret City after a talk by Tim Lines at the Marlborough Theatre on November 25th, 7pm. More details here. Lee Salter talks about Secret City. Secret City is a zero-budget documentary film by Michael Chanan (Roehampton) and Lee Salter (Sussex). It charts the rise to…

Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture

Re. Framing Activism‘s readers are sure to want to know about an upcoming conference on Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture. It will be held at the University of Sussex, 6-8 February 2015, is supported by the School of Media, Film and Music and the Sussex Centre for the Visual and is co-organised by our original…

UKIP Research and Activism Resources

The European elections are taking place this week. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has dominated UK media coverage of the elections and is reportedly on track for a landslide victory. However, anti-UKIP activists have also been occupying the media coverage, from Twitter requests to post back UKIP flyers to subverting billboards, creative activist actions have…

Anti-War Activism

As the United States of America threaten air strikes on Syria, anti-war protests have taken place across the globe. This week, we’ve collated a list of open access resources on anti-war activism. Burgin, S. (2012) Understanding anti-war activism as a gendering activity: A look at the U.S.’s anti-Vietnam War movement [Journal Article]. Collins, C. (1971) Coming home…

#occupygezi: Protest Posters Progress

Yaman Kayabali is a postgraduate student in the Art History and Museum Curating program at the University of Sussex. Prior to his studies at Sussex, he worked as a project coordinator in an exhibition design company in Istanbul. Yaman is currently researching the effects of political ideology on the early republican architecture in the new…

#occupygezi: Gezi Protests in Turkey

Yaman Kayabali is a postgraduate student in the Art History and Museum Curating program at the University of Sussex. Prior to his studies at Sussex, he worked as a project coordinator in an exhibition design company in Istanbul. Yaman is currently researching the effects of political ideology on the early republican architecture in the new…

Celebrity Politics: Image and Identity in Contemporary Political Communications by Mark Wheeler

Mark Wheeler is a Professor of Political Communications at London Metropolitan University. Mark’s research interests include the political economy of the global mass media, the political relations between Hollywood and Washington, and the rise of celebrity politics. This week, Mark Wheeler introduces his new book on Celebrity Politics. Celebrity politicians and politicized celebrities have had…