Sites of Protest

‘Sites of Protest’ is the fourth event organised by the MeCCSA Social Movements Network since its foundation in 2013. This conference, organised in conjunction with Canterbury Media Discourse Group, will be held in Canterbury on 29th October 2014.

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Provisional Programme

9.15 – 10.00     Registration, Refreshments (Powell Foyer)

10.00 – 10.15   Welcome and Introduction (Pg09)

10.15 – 11.00   Plenary (Pg09)

Professor Stuart Price, De Montfort University

“Location, Crisis and the ‘Borderless State”

11.00 – 12.00   Panel 1

 PANEL 1A (Pg09)

Music as a site of protest

–       ‘Hunger for bread and horizons’: Protest songs and censorship in Spain (1936-1975).

Dr Ruth Sanz-Sabido, Canterbury Christ Church University.

–       ‘A New Generation Forever’: The soundtrack of protest and change in Bulgaria.

Asya Draganova, Canterbury Christ Church University.

–       Sites of protest and the state: The Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) and the British rave scene.

Robert McPherson, Canterbury Christ Church University.

 PANEL 1B (Pg06)

Discourses of resistance

–    Enlightenment as discursive conception for a new political order in the protests of 1968 in Western Germany.

Ruth Maria Mell, Institut für Deutsche Sprache.

–    Rethinking the Political Utopia? Crossroads between Political Discourse, History and Advertising.

Núria Sara Miras Boronat, Universitat de Barcelona.

–    Occupy in Theory and Practice.

David Bates, Matthew Ogilvie and Emma Pole, Canterbury Christ Church University.

12.00 – 12.45   Lunch (Powell Foyer)

12.45 – 13.30   Plenary (Pg09)


13.30 – 15.00   Panel 2

 PANEL 2A (Pg09)

Exploring sites of protest

–       Towards social change: Empowerment and politicised identities in members of LGBT associations.

Jana Eyssel, Queen’s University Belfast.

–    Community reclamation and revitalization of city blight: A Participatory action case study.

Jeff Copus, Penn State Harrisburg.

–        (Un)acceptable protest: A case study of township protest in South Africa (Skype).

Janeske Botes, University of the Witwatersrand.

–    The 2011 Egyptian revolution and the Egyptian community in the UK.

Rua Al-sheikh, University of Bedfordshire.


 PANEL 2B (Pg06)

Sites of power and resistance

–       The efforts of social subvertising: campaigning against corporations with social networks. The ENEL case study.

Stefania Antonioni, University of Urbino.

–       Regimes of social media in times of protest: the case of organised labour.

Dr Lina Dencik, Cardiff University.

–       Restricting Digital Sites of Dissent: Commercial Social Media, Free Expression and Privatised Policy.

Dr Arne Hintz, Cardiff University.

–       Using social media to build a counter-power movement: Multiple sclerosis and CCSVI, a case study.

Antonello Bocchino, University of Westminster.

–       The Caledonian Turn: People’s protest and alternative media in the run up to the Scottish referendum.

Dr Kirsten MacLeod, Edinburgh Napier University.

 15.00 – 15.15   Break, Refreshments (Powell Foyer)

15.15 – 16.45   Panel 3

 PANEL 3A (Pg09)

Processes of Online and Offline protest

–       Berlin protest, times of unrest in diversity.

Dr Susanne Bauer, TAOS Associate.

–       Logging into Gezi Resistance.

Can Kutay, Bilkent University.

–       The city, mobilization process and the social media: Chile in the rear view mirror.

Jorge Saavedra Utman, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

–       Community Radio constructs online and offline sites of protest: a study of Link FM.

Lindani Mbunyuza-Memani, Southern Illinois University.

 PANEL 3B (Pg06)

Digital tools and activism

–    How to measure online change in the offline world?

Jessamy Gleeson, Swinburne University of Technology.

–    Thinking Beyond the Instrumental: A Heideggerian Trajectory for Digital Activism.

Stuart Shaw, University of Leeds.

–    The challenge to spark a collective action via ICTs during the Syrian uprising.

Billur Aslan, Royal Holloway University of London.

–       Social Movements and Multi-Scalar Protest: Examining Communicative Challenges.

Dr Pawas Bisht, Keele University.

16.45 – 17.00   Conference close

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