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Role of media in protests to be discussed at conference

Event in Italy co-organised by City department

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Researchers from across the world are set to meet for a conference on the role of the media in public protests.

The event – Protest Participation in Variable Communication Ecologies: Meanings, Modalities and Implications – will be held in the city of Alghero, on the island of Sardinia, Italy.

Organised by the Department of Sociology at City University London alongside two other institutions, the conference will take place between Wednesday 24th June and Friday 26th June.

Speakers will discuss issues that have arisen with the emergence of social media networks and the impact of other media in social movements.

It follows the recent publication of a study in the Journal of Communication involving City’s Dr Dan Mercea, which concluded that it was possible to predict changes in participation in uprisings using social media analysis.

The two other organisations running the event with City are the Department of Political Sciences, Communication Sciences and Information Engineering of the University of Sassari and the international scientific journal Information, Communication & Society (iCS).

Dr Mercea, Portrait of Dan MerceaDirector of the Media and Communications MA programme at City, said: “This two-day international event will bring together prominent researchers from over 20 countries.

“Seeking to kindle an imagination that situates social media in lived experience and practice, the conference will unpick the history and the present of linkages, but also of any signs of, a conscious uncoupling of network technologies, broadcasting media and physical places where protest participation is enacted.

“In doing so, delegates will examine the significant challenges posed to democratic politics, social theory and research by resultant variable communication ecologies.”

The keynote speakers will be: Lance Bennett, University of Washington, USA; Natalie Fenton, Goldsmith, University of London; Zizi Papacharissi, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; and Bev Skeggs, Goldsmith, University of London.

Dr Mercea is on the event's Scientific Committee.

The official opening session will start at 4pm, following registration, on Wednesday 24th June, after which there will be two full days of discussions.

For more information, visit the event website or get updates on Twitter and Facebook.

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