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…

G8 Resources

Last week, the G8 summit was held in Northern Ireland. Media coverage leading up the events, focused on a police operation costing £50 million. Gatherings of ‘world leaders’ have long interested protesters and academics researching political dissent. This week, we’ve compiled a listing of open-access resources on activism linked to G8 summits. Barr, D. &…

Laughtivism and Memes Resources

This week, we’ve compiled a listing of open access resources that explore the use of laughter within activism (laughtivism). We were inspired by the creative endeavours of Occupy Sussex and their use of memes (spreadable content). In particular, the following video created in support of the movement: 1. The Outsourcing at Sussex Downfall Open access…

Occupy: New Spaces for Resistance Zine

RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM is based at the University of Sussex where students and staff are fighting the senior management’s plans to privatise university services. Today, hundreds of protesters are expected to march across the university campus for a national anti-privatisation demonstration and we will be tweeting throughout. We are also publishing a free zine produced by…

FREE E-BOOK: TALES OF A VIDEO BLOGGER BY MICHAEL CHANAN

Michael Chanan is a seasoned documentary film-maker, author of books and Professor of Film and Video at Roehampton University. Below, he introduces his new e-book Tales of a Video Blogger. We are very excited that RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM has been granted the permission to publish Chanan’s e-book for free as a PDF and iBook, and online…

Occupy: New Spaces for Resistance Teach-In

RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM is based at the University of Sussex where students and staff are fighting the senior management’s plans to privatise university services. For the last three weeks, students have been occupying the Conference Centre at the University of Sussex. Their occupation is still strong with support from thousands of people across the world including…

Celebrity Humanitarianism: The Ideology of Global Charity by Ilan Kapoor

Ilan Kapoor is a Professor of Environmental Studies at York University, Canada. Ilan’s research interests include post-colonial politics, social/environmental movements and celebrity humanitarianism. This week, Ilan Kapoor introduces his new book on Celebrity Humanitarianism. In the last two decades especially, we have witnessed the rise of ‘celebrity’ forms of global humanitarianism and charity work, spearheaded…

Activist Media Practice

Adrian Goycoolea is a lecturer, filmmaker and activist based at the University of Sussex. In 2012, while students united to fight education cuts with mass walkouts, Adrian established a new MA module, Activist Media Practice, that brought activism into the classroom. We interviewed him to explore what activism is, can it be taught and what…

RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM 2012

As 2012 draws to an end and we celebrate our first month online, we’ve compiled a listing of activists’ actions and methods that attracted mainstream and alternative media attention throughout the year. We’ve also rounded up some relevant openly accessible online resources to share. From hacktivism to craftivism, 2012 was punctuated with activist actions, the…