Studying Digital Media: Perspectives on Literacy, Activism, and Citizenship || Fall Colloquia

Join us Tuesday Nov. 27 at 3:30 PM in CMU 126

This engaging panel will feature three scholars discussing the ways in which they study the ever-evolving field of digital media:

Dr. Veronica Barassi (Goldsmiths, University of London) studies the “data-fied child” and digital justice as it relates to children; Dr. Lina Dencik (Cardiff) explores the ways data is used to both further civil liberties and curtail them in the contemporary world; Dr. Renee Hobbs (Media Education Lab) researches digital literacy and education.

Dr. Katy Pearce (Communication, University of Washington) will moderate this dynamic Question and Answer panel.

Participant Biographies: 

Dr. Veronica Barassi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department and convenes the BA Anthropology and Media Degree. She is one of the founders of the Goldsmiths Media Ethnography Group and the principal investigator on the Child | Data | Citizen (2017-2019) project, which is funded by the British Academy. She was the PI of the ‘Social Movements and Media Technologies: Present Challenges and Future Developments’ Seminar series’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, UK (2015-2017) and vice-chair of the Digital Culture and Communication Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). She is currently the chair of the E-Seminars of the Media Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropology. Her work on digital citizenship, activism, big data, and ethnography has appeared on top ranked international journals and she is the author of Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles against Digital Capitalism (Routledge, 2015). 

Lina Dencik is Reader at Cardiff’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture and Co-Founder/Director of the Data Justice Lab. Her research concerns the interplay between media developments and social and political change, with a particular focus on resistance and globalization. Recently, she has moved into the areas of digital surveillance and the politics of data and worked on the ESRC-funded project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society and the project Managing Threats: Social Media Uses for Policing Domestic Extremism and Disorder funded by the Media Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations. 

Professor Renee Hobbs is an internationally-recognized authority on digital and media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She is Founder and Director of the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service. 

Katy E. Pearce, Associate Professor, researches social and political uses of technologies and digital content in non-democratic contexts, specifically in the semi- and fully-authoritarian states of former Soviet Union. Her current research areas include digital divides and inequalities; the affordances of information and communication technologies for social and opposition movements; and online impression management. Pearce also holds an affiliation with the Ellison Center for Russian East European, and Central Asian Studies.