Symbolic Dimensions of Mediated Activism in Inter-Asia

Symbolic Dimensions of Mediated Activism in Inter-Asia
9/26/2014 Daylong PARGC, Penn SAS, SSRC Symposium

Location: Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Room 108
From 8:30 AM To 5:00 PM

A symposium presented by the Social Science Research Council. Co-sponsored by PARGC of the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.

About the Symposium:

Symbolic Dimensions of Mediated Activism in Inter-Asia is one of many workshop discussions organized as part of the SSRC’s Transregional Virtual Research Institute (TVRI) on “Media, Activism, and the New Political in InterAsia.” Directed by Guobin Yang, this daylong workshop will explore, through comparative and historical discussions, the empirical, theoretical, and methodological issues in the analysis of the production, circulation, and impact of icons and symbols of protest and opposition in inter-Asia (China, India, and MENA). Our goal is to understand the discursive and symbolic connections and interactions of mediated activism in inter-Asia. In popular imagination, incidents of dissent and popular protest are often remembered for some critical moments with great symbolic value – the storming of the Bastille, the tank man in Tiananmen Square, the death of Neda Agha-Soltan in Iran. How are they preserved, passed down and absorbed into the repertoires of contention? How are new political symbols created and disseminated? What is the role of social media? Under what conditions do local and national political symbols become trans-local and trans-national? How do global media spectacles impinge on regional and local mobilization? These are some of the questions we will explore in this conference.

Speakers include:
Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Radha Hegde (NYU)
Annemarie Iddins (University of Michigan)
Min Jiang (UNC-Charlotte)
Joe Khalil (Northwestern University in Qatar)
Marwan Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania)
Wazhmah Osman (Temple University)
Aswin Punathambekar (University of Michigan)
Steven Schrag (University of Pennsylvania)
Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania)
Elaine Yuan (UI-Chicago)

Please email to RSVP

Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication


PARGC Presents Inaugural PARGC Press Paper by Michael Curtin

The Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) is pleased to present PARGC Paper 1, the inaugural publication of PARGC Press, entitled In the Shadow of Official Ambition: National Media Policy Confronts Global Media Capital.

Michael Curtin gave PARGC’s Inaugural Distinguished Lecture in Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, on September 18, 2013— less than three months after PARGC’s founding on July 1, 2013.

The Publication of the lecture as PARGC Paper 1 inaugurates a new venture, PARGC Press, dedicated to publishing PARGC papers and co-publishing books resulting from PARGC symposia.

PARGC Paper 1 draws on Curtin’s current book project, Media Capital, which compares cities that have become centers of the global film and television industries, such as Bombay, Lagos, and Miami. In the paper, Curtin explores the implications of Chinese cultural policy within the broader context of media globalization, providing a framework for understanding the logics of media capital and the challenges confronting national governments, making comparisons to Arab, African, and Indian media, reflecting on the prospects for creativity and diversity in film and television.

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Marina Krikorian
Project Coordinator
Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication
The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania


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