Anglia Research Centre in Media & Culture (ARCMedia)
Department of English & Media, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
ARCMedia seeks to promote new work that interrogates the emergent practices, politics, and potentialities of digital media culture. In a post-Trump age of resurgent political and social violence, of fake news and the erosion of journalism, of demagoguery and rabble rousing, of social media algorithms and hyper-financialisation, there is a vital need for renewed forms of critical analysis. ARCMedia’s central remit is to address the formative structures of power, affect, and attention that are taking shape through the contemporary mediascape, and to assess the creative potentialities of digital technologies and practices as they continue to evolve.
It will facilitate innovative research into key aspects of contemporary media and digital network culture, including a focus on the cultures of monitoring and extreme surveillance that have been facilitated by digital technologies; the moral economy of Google algorithms; the financialisation of art and popular culture; the affective politics of Facebook and Twitter, and the popular cultures of the digital. ARCMedia fosters work of critical interrogation and creative experimentation through a variety of different research strands, projects, and events led by the Centre’s members in collaboration with a range of partners.
For further information please contact Dr Tanya Horeck at firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCMedia will be hosting a symposium on Digital Violence at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on Saturday 4 November 2017. Our confirmed Keynote Speakers are Caetlin Benson-Allott (Georgetown University) and Eugenia Siapera & Debbie Ging (Dublin City University).
Please download and share our CFP here: Digital Violence Symposium 2017 ARU
ARCMedia presents Dr Kaitlynn Mendes' (University of Leicester) research talk:
“It takes a lot of energy, it really does”: Feminist Organisers’ Experiences of Activism
In response to the current ‘feminist zeitgeist’ (Valenti 2014) in which feminism is more popular than perhaps it has ever been, and with the proliferation of digital feminist campaigns against harassment, misogyny and rape culture such as #yesallwomen and #bringbackourgirls, there is a growing body of research interested in digital feminist activism (Dimond et al. 2013; Horeck 2014; Puente 2011; Rapp et al. 2010; Rentschler 2014; Shaw 2011, 2012a, 2012b, 2012c; Thrift 2014). While this research undoubtedly sheds new light on digital feminist practices, few scholars have explored girls’ and women’s experiences engaging with digital platforms to challenge on and offline misogynistic practices. In response, this paper will provide key findings from a 21-month study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, which sheds insights into various experiences of 17 feminist ‘organisers’ from the Everyday Sexism Project, Hollaback! and Who Needs Feminism? This research not only documents the highs and lows of feminist activism, but brings to light the personal toll and affective weight of this labour.
Where: Anglia Ruskin University, Rm 251 Helmore
When: 5-7pm, 26 April 2017
Dr Mendes' talk will be followed by a wine reception. All welcome!