Social Media and the Future of the Labour Movement

by Lina Dencik The use of social media platforms for campaigning and protests in recent years has illustrated some important aspects about the possibilities as well as the challenges of digital activism in the contemporary global political economy. Although little attention has been paid to the role of unions and workers’ organisations in recent uprisings,…

“Far from the Official Lights of Facebook Walls and Pages”: Backstage Activism and the Enduring Significance of Internal Communicative Dynamics within Digital Social Movements

by Emiliano Treré In 2012, after one year as a lecturer in Mexico, an unexpected event changed both the face of the country and the direction of my research. During the national elections in May, the #YoSoy132 movement emerged as a new social actor asking for transparent ballots, denouncing the manipulation of the Televisa media…

Paths of “Empowerment” Swept under the Starry Rug

by Marina Fuser Patricia Arquette’s speech upon receiving the Oscar for best supporting actress (Boyhood) was met by an enthusiastic round of applause, sighs and tears of joy by an audience that is rather favourable to gender equity. Nevertheless, the reception of this discourse involved much suspicion and skepticism in Feminist circles due to the…

Networked Critical Masses

by Dan Mercea I am going to start this opinion piece with an oft-heard claim: democratic participation is deteriorating to the point that many of us observing it have become cautious if not pessimistic in our assessment of the strength of democracy. Evidencing this bleak outlook would be the rise of runaway populism bearing little…

From optimism to delusion: Cyber-technologies, democracy and surveillance

Géraud de Ville is a PhD student at the Open University, Department of Engineering & Innovation. His research focuses on the use of information and communication technologies by indigenous communities in the Guiana Shield. In addition, he is a researcher on the EU-funded @Project_Cobra that uses participatory video and photo to disseminate community-owned solutions for…

Social Media Helped Egyptians Win Their Revolution, and now it is Helping Them in Their Fight against Sexual Harassment

Heba Elsayed is a doctoral researcher at the London School of Economics. Heba’s thesis, comparing three different classes in Cairo, examines the construction of young Egyptians’ cosmopolitan identities at the juxtaposition of a socially divided urban world. In her guest post for RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM, Heba examines HarassMap, a new initiative in Egypt.   Egyptians may have…

Sites of Protest

Ruth Sanz Sabido lectures in Media and Journalism at De Montfort University. She chairs the new MeCCSA Social Movements Network and is conducting research on the Spanish indignados movement. This week, Ruth in her guest post for RE.FRAMING ACTIVISM addresses the different sites of protest. As citizens surround the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and…

Blogging For (A) Change

Eric Anthony Grollman is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Indiana University.  Eric’s research primarily focuses on the health consequences of discrimination, with attention to the health and well-being of women, LGBT people, and people of colour more generally.  Through his blogging on his own website and for Kinsey Confidential, Eric aims to make academic…

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…

Off Twitter and onto the streets

Lizzie Reed, a PhD student at the University of Sussex,  is researching how queer parents experience media representations of queer families, and Hel Gurney, a recent graduate from the Sexual Dissidence MA programme, works at the intersection of writing, activism, and performance. This week, in a joint guest contribution, they explore how an outcry on…