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Conference: Social Media Activism in the Arab World and China

21 January 2013 (Monday)

First seminar session: case studies on social media activism

·      Florian Schneider - The Diaoyu/Senkaku Island Dispute Online - Analyzing Nationalism in Chinese Digital Networks

·      Jeroen de Kloet, Thomas Poell & Zeng Guohua – Will the Real Weibo Please Stand Up? Chinese Online Contention and Actor-Network Theory 

·      Miriyam Aouragh - Revolutionary Maneuvering: The Internet as a Blessing and Curse for Arab revolutionaries 

·      Sarah Van Leuven – A ‘Facebook Revolution’ in foreign coverage? A quantitative content analysis of journalists’ sourcing practices during the Arab Spring 

·      Thomas Poell – Social media activism 

Second seminar session: reflecting on social media activism

·      Geert Lovink – Unlike Us: From Critique to Alternatives for Social Media Monopolies

·      Seda Guerses – An activist and a consumer meet at an online social network

·      Tamara Witschge - The limits to online dissent 

·      Eric Kluitenberg – A feeling in the air - Preliminary notes on political formation in hybrid space (after the end of tactical media) 

Tweet, Share, Like & Censor: A public debate on social media activism in the Arab World and China

·      Guobin Yang (The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania): a leading expert on Chinese online contention, civil society, and the Chinese environmental movement

·      Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London): researcher working on contemporary global activism, recently published the book Tweets and the Streets