ICA18 Day 4: labour in the gig economy; resistant media; feminist peer review; love, sex, and friendship; illiberal democracy in Eastern and Central Europe

Voices for Social Justice in the Gig Economy: Where Labor, Policy, Technology, and Activism Converge Voices for Social Justice in the Gig Economy, Michelle Rodino-Colocino. This research discusses the App-Based Driver Association, looking specifically at Seattle. There's no "there" for gig economy work: previous spaces of organising, such as the shop floor, aren't available. One … Continue reading ICA18 Day 4: labour in the gig economy; resistant media; feminist peer review; love, sex, and friendship; illiberal democracy in Eastern and Central Europe

ICA18, Day 3: activism, subalterns, more activism, post/colonial imaginations, and cultural symbols

Activism and Social Media Mamfakinch: From Protest Slogan to Mediated Activism. Annemarie Iddins, Fairfield University. [CN: rape.] Iddens argues that the digital must be understood as part of a network of different media - the Mamfakinch collective only makes sense as a response to the limitations of the Moroccan media (which combines strong state influence … Continue reading ICA18, Day 3: activism, subalterns, more activism, post/colonial imaginations, and cultural symbols

ICA18 Day 2: narrating voice, digital media and the body, feminist theorisation beyond western cultures, collective memory, and voices of freedom and constraint

Narrating Voice and Building Self on Digital and Social Media 'This is Lebanon’: Narrating Migrant Labor to Resistive Public. Rayya El Zein, University of Pennsylvania. This research looks at the calling into being of an ideal political subject through social media. 'This is Lebanon' is a platform run by a Nepalese immigrant, Dipendra Upetry, where … Continue reading ICA18 Day 2: narrating voice, digital media and the body, feminist theorisation beyond western cultures, collective memory, and voices of freedom and constraint

Intersectional feminism and online harassment

Thinking Beyond ‘Free Speech’ in Responding to Online Harassment just came out in issue 10 of Ada: a journal of gender, new media, and technology.  This article is an attempt to consider what it might mean to take the possibilities and challenges of intersectionality seriously in our approaches to online harassment/abuse. In particular, I argue … Continue reading Intersectional feminism and online harassment

AoIR2016: Bending

This was a fascinating session run by The Fourchettes collective, with a focus on un-block-boxing, thinking about it through axes of power, and by recognising spaces of invisibility (and the importance of preparing them). It was facilitated by Alison Harvey (University of Leicester, United Kingdom), Mary Elizabeth Luka (York University, Canada), Jessalynn Keller (University of … Continue reading AoIR2016: Bending

AoIR2016: Representation, presentation, embodiment/emplacement

Crystal Abidin (Anthropology & sociology, communication & media studies, University of Western Australia) talked about her research on 'Gross is the new like: allure, visceral camp, and carnivalesque commerce in grotesque microcelebrity'. Turner (2004) discusses celebrity's cultural shift towards the momentary, visual, and sensational. Marhsall (2010) argues that we're moving from representational media (where others manage … Continue reading AoIR2016: Representation, presentation, embodiment/emplacement

Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: women’s political participation and political decentralisation

Admira Dini Salim, International Foundation for Electoral Systems Increasing Women’s Political Participation in Indonesia Indonesia’s performance on gender equality is lagging. The UNDP Gender Equality Index ranks it 108 out of 187 countries. Civil society continues to fight for change. A lower proportion of women  than men are registered to vote, but turnout is better … Continue reading Post-Arab Spring Tunisia: women’s political participation and political decentralisation