“We’re doing it slow” – Community Archives as Protest Spaces

by Anne Kaun (Södertörn University) Community archives as self-organized spaces storing and working with ephemera, posters, books, pins, fanzines and other material forms are crucial to protect the voices of the movements beyond mainstream History writing. Community archives have been of importance since social movements emerged in the USA especially since the civil rights movement…

Coffee Activism

Eleftheria Lekakis is Lecturer in Global Communications in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. Eleftheria’s research focuses on aspects of global communication which stem from the intersection of politics, economy and culture. This week, Eleftheria Lekakis introduces her new book on Coffee Activism. There are contemporary crises in the…

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…

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. &…

Equal Rights Activism: Identity, Representation and the Facebook Rant

Lizzie Spencer is an activist involved in the global justice movement and has been involved in numerous NGO campaigns to tackle global poverty, including climate justice and gender equality. Lizzie’s research interests include alternative models of development, moving beyond economic measures to consider well-being and quality of life. This week, Lizzie personally reflects on her…

Memories, Secrets and Archives

Pollyanna Ruiz is a Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Pollyanna’s research includes activists’ use of non-traditional communication forms such as direct intervention, visual metaphors and social networking. This week, Pollyanna explores the impact of digital technologies on the relationship between past, present and future activists. Since…

Feminist Social Media Praxis

 Jodi Nelson is a filmmaker, actor and musician. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative and Critical Practice at the University of Sussex. This week, we interviewed Jodi about her research project that explores contemporary feminism through digital networks. re_activism:What do you think the 21st century feminist looks likes? This is a very provocative…

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…