Program

Please use the drop down menu under the “program” tab or click the date below to read the schedule for each day of the conference.

Program Highlights

THURSDAY, APRIL 30

6:30 pm     
Welcome reception
Victory Café, 581 Markham Street

FRIDAY, MAY 1

12:30-2:00 pm
ACTIVIST KEYNOTE

Building Indigenous Circuits of Struggle: Community Media in Oaxaca
Lunch and keynote lecture by Peter Bloom and Loreto Bravo
FREE PUBLIC EVENT

4-7 pm
BUILDING MINI FM RADIO TRANSMITTERS with Peter Bloom and Loreto Bravo
Please sign up at the registration desk to reserve a seat at the soldering table. Everyone is welcome to observe this hands-on skill-sharing session (Bissell first floor)

5:30-7pm
BOOK LAUNCH: Nothing to Lose But Our Fear: Resistance in Dangerous Times
by Fiona Jeffries. Followed by a reception sponsored by Between The Lines press.

 7:30-9 pm
KEYNOTE LECTURE
Astra Taylor: Taking Back Power in the Age of Networks 

FREE PUBLIC EVENT

SATURDAY, MAY 2

9:30-10:45 am   
DALLAS SMYTHE AWARD AND KEYNOTE LECTURE
Professor Robert Hackett, Simon Fraser University

12:45-1:45 pm
Lunch and UDC General Membership Meeting

6:00-7:30 pm
CIRCUITS OF STRUGGLE: RESISTANCE, RE-APPROPRIATION AND REPURPOSING IN GLOBAL NETWORKS OF CLASS STRUGGLE
With Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, Harry Cleaver, and Ursula Huws

SUNDAY, MAY 3

9-10:30 am
Breakfast and UDC Business Meeting — all welcome

1:30-2:45pm   
CLOSING PLENARY LUNCH
Ruptures and Critical Junctures: Moments of Media Activism in Historical and Global Context

Todd Wolfson (Rutgers University): Digital Rebellion: The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Social Movements
Anita Say Chan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures, Informatic Contests and the Myth of Digital Universalism
Victor Pickard (University of Pennsylvania): The Postwar Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform
Christina Dunbar-Hester (Rutgers University): Old Media, New Politics? Low-Power FM Radio Activism in the Age of “The Digital”
Deepa Kumar, Discussant (Rutgers University)

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