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

UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle Day 3: commoning, digital infrastructures and/for social movements, and white men taking up space

Social Reproduction and the Emerging Institutions of the Common opened with Fiona Jeffries' and Pablo Mendez' work on 'Domesticating the struggle! Commoning Care in the Global Encampment'. Jeffries, presenting, framed the encampment protest-form recently (re)popularised by Occupy and other Squares movements as a way of making the domestic visible. The encampment challenges the binaries of … Continue reading UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle Day 3: commoning, digital infrastructures and/for social movements, and white men taking up space

UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle, Day 1: the World Forum of Free Media, community media in Oaxaca, Activating bodies, State violence, and an early night

The first session, with Stéphane Couture, Gretchen King, and Sophie Toupin of McGill University, looked at the World Forum of Free Media (WFFM) and the Charter of Free Media. This discussion touched on some of the issues I've felt myself around the World Social Forum, including its institutionalisation. However, the panellists noted that their experience of … Continue reading UDC2015 Circuits of Struggle, Day 1: the World Forum of Free Media, community media in Oaxaca, Activating bodies, State violence, and an early night

Anarchist and anti-capitalist approaches to feminism

At the first AdaCamp, I noticed that quite a few participants were talking about a politics of openness, drawing on their experiences of 'open stuff' (primarily free and open source software politics), but without necessarily having the background to connect this to other political threads that might be relevant. This is understandable: not only are … Continue reading Anarchist and anti-capitalist approaches to feminism