FRIDAY, MAY 1

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8-9 am         Light breakfast (Bissell building lobby, 140 St. George St.)


9-10:30 am    Panel session 1

1a.     The World Forum of Free Media (WFFM) and the Charter of Free Media (Bissell 224)

  • Stéphane Couture, McGill University
  • Gretchen King, McGill University
  • Sophie Toupin, McGill University

1b.     Historical Perspectives on Media, Representation, and Struggle (Bissell 538)
Chair: Brian Creech

  • Lee McGuigan (University of Pennsylvania): Procter & Gamble, Mass Media, and the Making of American Life
  • Kristen Hoerl (Butler University): Growing Up and Selling Out: Fictional Television Portrayals of the Sixties Counterculture during the Reagan Revolution
  • Robert MacDougall (Western University): A Fight With an Octopus: Lessons from the Struggle for a People’s Telephone 100 Years Ago
  • Rianne Subijanto (University of Colorado Boulder): Openbare Vergaderingen and the Geography of Resistance

1c.     The Promises and Complexities of Open Data (Bissell 728)
Chair: Karen Smith

  • Andrew Clement (University of Toronto) and Jonathan Obar (Michigan State University): Data Privacy Transparency Reporting in Canada: The ‘Keeping Internet Users in the Know or in the Dark’ Reports
  • Daniel Pare (University of Ottawa): Enhanced Democracy? Really? Assessing Design-Reality Gaps in Canadian Municipal-level Open Government Platforms.
  • Evan Hamilton (University of Toronto): A Critical Analysis of Open Data Policies in Ontario Municipalities

1d.    Every Step You Take: Surveillance in the Digital Age (Bissell 507)
Chair: Anthony Nadler

  • Anthony Nadler (Ursinus College): Captains of Habit Formation: Marketing in the Age of Big Data
  • Shea Smock (Independent scholar) and Jennifer Proffitt (Florida State University): The Oppression and Potential of Digital Surveillance
  • Timothy Libert (University of Pennsylvania): The Logic of Connective Surveillance
  • Jeff Blevins (University of Cincinnati) and Duncan Brown (Ohio University): The Panoptic Missort: The Political Economy of Digital Media Privacy

1e. Roundtable: Professors, Partners, and Parents: The State of Work-Family Policies in the Academy (Bissell 310)
Chair: Safiya Noble

  • Molly Niesen, Eastern Illinois University
  • Safiya Noble, UCLA
  • Christine Quail, McMaster University
  • Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Penn State University

1f.    May We Have Your Attention, Please? Critical Perspectives on Advertising (Bissell 225)
Chair: Andrea Benoit

  • Inger Stole (University of Illinois):  Advertising America: Selling Europe on Free Enterprise in the late 1940s
  • Kyle Asquith (University of Windsor): Resisting Advertising in Schools: The Case of the Canadian Youth News Network
  • Andrea Benoit (Western University): ‘Heart and Soul:’ Promoting the M.A.C AIDS Fund in the Contemporary Brandscape
  • Anne MacLennan (York University): Creating Empathy or Sympathy? The Global Images of Poverty in Charitable Campaign Advertising

10:30-10:45              Coffee break


10:45-12:15              Panel session 2

2a.     Posters from Social Movements in Quebec, 1964-2014 (Semaphore Demo Room, Robarts main floor)

  • Jean-Pierre Boyer, CRIP-UQAM
  • Jean Desjardins, CRIP-UQAM       

2b.     New Views on History as Theory for Critical Communications Research (Bissell 728)
Chair: James F. Hamilton

  • Victor Pickard (University of Pennsylvania): History as a Weapon: Destabilizing the Present for an Alternative Future
  • Molly Niesen (Eastern Illinois University): Witnessing Change: The Powell Memo, Industry Archives, and the Rise of a Neoliberal Consensus
  • Brian Creech (Temple University): Seeing Things in Context: Historicizing Technology and Practice
  • Matthew Crain (CUNY – Queens College): Historical Social Construction as a Defusing Concept
  • James F. Hamilton (University of Georgia): The Presence of the Past: Radical History as Critical Social Theory in the British New Left

2c.     Circuits of Struggling Interns: Internships, Social Justice, and Resistance (Bissell 538)
Chair: Sandra Smeltzer

  • Michelle Rodino-Colocino (Pennsylvania State University) and Stevie Berberick (Pennsylvania State University): “You Kind of Have to Bite the Bullet and do Bitch Work”: How Internships Teach Students to Unthink Exploitation in Public Relations
  • Jenna Jacobson (University of Toronto) and Leslie Regan Shade (University of Toronto): Short Circuiting the Struggle of Precarious Work
  • Sandra Smeltzer (Western University): Challenging the Neoliberal Order Through Social Justice-Oriented Communication Internships
  • William Webb (Wilfrid Laurier University): Ontario Interns Fight Back: Modes of Resistance Against Unpaid Internships in Ontario

2d.    Media Perspectives on War and Violence (Bissell 310)
Chair: Kim Nguyen

  • Abbe Depretis (Temple University): Race, Consumption, and the Politics of Looting
  • Kim Nguyen (University of Waterloo): Post-9/11 Iconic Photography and World War II’s Analogical Aesthetic
  • Michelle Kearl (Indiana University-Purdue University), Nadia Martinez-Carrillo (Indiana University-Purdue University) and Daniel Tamul (Indiana University-Purdue University): Holy Drones!: Media Framing and the Writing of a Hagiography of American Predator Drones

2e.     Redefining Community Through Advocacy and Alternative Media (Bissell 507)
Chair: Gretchen King

  • Maggie Reid (Ryerson University): ICTV-Toronto: Independent, Community led Media in the Making
  • Gretchen King (McGill University): The Radical Pedagogy of Community Radio and the Case of Radio al-Balad 92.4 FM: Community Radio News Audiences and Political Change in Jordan
  • Crystal R. China (University of Georgia): Can Prisoners Speak? Advocacy Media Organization, Form and Practice in The Sentencing Project, 1986-2014

2f.      Social Media and Social Movements (Bissell 225)
Chair: Matthew Flisfeder

  • Rhon Teruelle (University of Toronto): Carrément dans le rouge
  • Jaigris Hodson (Ryerson University) and Omar Grant: #Ferguson: Twitter on the Front Lines
  • Matthew Flisfeder (Ryerson University): *Social* Media Does Not Exist: A Critical Reading of Social Media “Revolutions”
  • Hend Abdalmotagally (Cairo University): An Ethnographic Study of the Re-conceptualization of Opinion Leadership via Twitter amongst Egyptian Revolutionaries in The Post-Jan25 Revolution Era

2g.    Struggles for Food and Justice (Bissell 224)
Chair: Christina Ceisel

  • Garrett Broad (University of Pennsylvania): Stories of Food and Justice: Competing Visions of Youth Empowerment
  • Jaclyn Nardone (Western University): From The Kitchen To The Streets: Fast-Food Workers Protest For Labour Rights
  • Diana Eidson (Auburn University): La Vía Campesina International Peasant’s Movement: Circuits of Struggle for Food Sovereignty

12:30-2 pm               LUNCHTIME ACTIVIST KEYNOTE

Building Indigenous Circuits of Struggle: Community Media in Oaxaca
Peter Bloom and Loreto Bravo
Howard Ferguson Dining Hall, 75 St. George St.
Free public event

This talk focuses on how indigenous communities in Oaxaca are building and rethinking community media in terms of both infrastructure and content in order to preserve indigenous languages, promote and protect human, cultural and socioeconomic rights, and organize resistance to capital’s exploitation and enclosure of life, land and livelihood.


2:15-3:45 pm                   Panel session 3

3a.     Media Education and News 2.0: Solutions for the Digital Generation (Semaphore Demo Room, Robarts first floor)
Chair: Rob Williams

  • Rob Williams (ACME): Media Education For A Digital Nation (2015)
  • Julie Frechette (ACME): Media Education For A Digital Nation (2015)
  • Nolan Higdon (Project Censored): Censored 2015: Inspiring We The People

 3b.     Perspectives on Political Economy in the Era of Ubiquitous Media and Markets (Bissell 507)
Chair: Vincent Manzerolle

  • Vincent Manzerolle (University of Windsor): Consumption Capacity and the Convergence of Finance and Digital Media: Contributions to a Field Theory of Ubiquitous Media and Markets
  • Lee McGuigan (University of Pennsylvania) and Graham Murdock (Loughborough University): The Medium is the Marketplace: Producing Consumption in Digital Times

3c.    Activating Bodies In/to Digital Media Networks: Materiality, Narratives and Molotov Cocktails (Bissell 538)
Chair: Mary Elizabeth Luka

  • Marusya Bociurkiw (Ryerson University): Molotov Cocktails & Facebook Pages: Feminist Uses of Embodied & Digital Protest in Eastern Europe
  • Laura Forlano (Illinois Institute of Technology): Hacking the Feminist Body: Media, Materiality and Things
  • Mary Elizabeth Luka (Ryerson University): Regulatory Bodies: Let’s Not Talk TV Anymore
  • Mél Hogan (Illinois Institute of Technology): Electromagnetic Soup: EMFs, Bodies, and Surveillance

3d.     Second Shifts: Women’s Labour and Feminist Activism (Bissell 225)
Chair: Aimee-Marie Dorsten

  • Rosemary Clark (University of Pennsylvania): The Dramatic Form of Hashtag Feminism: A Case Study of #WhyIStayed
  • Natalia Pietrzykowski (University of Toronto): Digital “Women’s Work:” Commodification and Capitalist Reproduction on Pinterest
  • Aimee-Marie Dorsten (Point Park University): Women in Communication: A Challenge to the Imagination

3e.    Protest Beyond the Law: Hacktivism in Class Struggle (Bissell 728)
Chair: Safak Etike

  • Safak Etike (Ankara University): Technology as a Practice of Class Struggle: Red Hackers During Gezi Protests
  • Rianka Singh (McMaster University): On Hacker Manifestos, Collectivity, and Violence
  • Anne-Sophie Letellier (Université du Québec à Montréal): Aesthetics of Anonymity: A Symbolic Resistance in a Time of Globalized Surveillance
  • Nazli Bulay Dogan (Koc University): Between a Social Movement and a Revolutionary Promise: The Case of RedHack

3f.    Journalism as a Site of Struggle (Bissell 310)
Chair: Errol Salamon

  • Brandale Mills (Howard University), Alisa Valentin (Howard University) and Dionne Clemons (Howard University): The Transition: An Examination of Black Female Journalists’ Departure from the Newsroom to the Blogosphere
  • Syed Irfan Ashraf (Southern Illinois University Carbondale): Journalists Held Hostage: Reporting on Terror from the Tribal Belt of Pakistan
  • Sean Phelan (Massey University) and Leon Salter (Massey University): When the Journalist Becomes an Advocate: Campbell Brown, Teacher Tenure Reform and Neoliberal Reason
  • Robin Andersen (Fordham University): Citizenfour and the Challenge to Government Surveillance   

3g.     Restructuring Space and Place: Critical Intersections of the Virtual and Physical (Bissell 224)
Chair: Chris Russill

  • Chris Russill (Carleton University): The Programmable Earth: Google Earth’s “Climate Change Tours” and the Geoengineering of Perception and Planet
  • Gemma Richardson (Humber College) and Dan Rowe (Humber College): Dissent in the Tar Sands: Depictions of Tar Sands Opponents in Local Newspapers in Northern Alberta
  • Ali Karimi (McGill University): Street Fight: The Politics of Place-Naming in Kabul City
  • Leslie Regan Shade (University of Toronto): The Use of the Geoweb for Social Justice Activism

3:45-4 pm                  Coffee break


4-5:30 pm                        Panel session 4

4a.     Workshop: Building mini FM radio transmitters with Peter Bloom and Loreto Bravo (Bissel Floor 1)

  • This workshop will run until 7pm. Please sign-up in advance at the registration desk to reserve a seat at the soldering table. Everyone is welcome to observe this hands-on skill-sharing session.

4b.     Laboring Cultural Production: Circuits of Struggle in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Bissell 538)
Chair: Michelle Rodino-Colocino

  • Michelle Rodino-Colocino (Pennsylvania State University): Making Media Work: Key Moments in the Cultural History of New Media and Management
  • Steve Macek (North Central College): Salt of the Earth in Chicago: Anti-Communism and Censorship in the Taft-Hartley Era
  • Mary E. Triece (University of Akron): Studying “Circuits of Struggle”: Corporate Neoliberalism and Cyberprotest in Food Activism
  • Brian Dolber (SUNY College at Oneonta): Media and Academic Labor in the Converged Economy: Towards a New Methodology in Production Studies

4c.     Policing the Populace: Corporate Media, Social Media and the Mobilization of State Violence against Racialized Minorities (Bissell 728)
Chairs: Aziz Douai, Julianne Condon  Moderator: Miranda Brady

  • Derek Antoine (Carleton University) and Miranda J. Brady (Carleton University): Policing Elsipogtog: Media Discourse and Struggles to Protect First Nations Natural Resources
  • Chenjerai Kumanyika (Clemson University): Beyond Techno-Utopianism: The Twitter Activism of @OpFerguson
  • Aziz Douai (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and Julianne Condon: Police Brutality in the Age of New Media: Online Audiences and the Framing of Police Use of Force against Racial Minorities in Canada
  • Doug Tewksbury (Niagara University): ‘I’ll Share What I See Here with the World:” Social Media, Shared Empathy, and Online-Offline Interconnectedness among Ferguson Protesters

4d.     Education, Pedagogy, and Critical Literacies (Bissell 507)
Chair: Herbert Pimlott

  • Jennifer Simpson (University of Waterloo): The “Streamlining” of Higher Education: Resisting Neoliberal Epistemology and Imagining Justice
  • Herbert Pimlott (Wilfrid Laurier University): “‘The Curricula of Struggle’: Communication Tactics, Media Technologies and Campaign Strategies in and Against the Neoliberal University
  • Patricia Keeton (Ramapo College of New Jersey): From Wealth Inequality and DIY to Occupy and Ferguson: New Opportunities for Teaching Marxist Concepts in the Media Studies Classroom
  • Karen Smith (University of Toronto) and Leslie Shade (University of Toronto): Iteration, Design and Privacy Literacies

4e.      Digital Enclosures: Manufacturing Scarcity in Networked Environments (Bissell 310)
Chair: Benjamin Birkinbine

  • Greg Elmer (Ryerson University): Going Public: Accounting and Accountability in the New Media
  • Robert Prey (Simon Fraser University): The Struggle over Streaming: SoundCloud and the Production of ‘Abstract’ Space
  • Benjamin Birkinbine (University of Nevada, Reno): From the Commons to Capital: Free Software, Peer Production, and Red Hat, Inc.
  • John Sullivan (Muhlenberg College): Video Streaming Protocols and the Creation of Artificial Scarcity in Online Video Markets

4f.    Theoretical Approaches to Democratic Communications (Bissell 225)
Chair: Susan Driver

  • Amanda Earley (University of Leicester): The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted: Reconsidering the Mediascape of Occupy Wall Street
  • Robert Danisch (University of Waterloo): Rhetorical Pragmatism, Social Democracy, and Small Group Communication
  • Susan Driver (York University): Affective Media Practices: Youth Articulating Difficult Feelings, Ambiguous Desires and Contradictory Identifications
  • Rachel Melis (Western University): Anonymous Identities: From the Individual to the Collective

4g.    Media Justice and Activism (Bissell 224)
Chair: Andy Opel

  • Letrell Crittenden (Robert Morris University): Hands Down: Media Justice and the Decline of NABJ
  • Crystal China (University of Georgia) and Steven Giannino (Southern Illinois University): The Revolution will be Tweeted: Occupy the Hood Radio as Dissidence in a Mainstream Medium
  • Chris Robe (Florida Atlantic University): Video Guerrillas, the New Anarchism, and Lifestyle Politics
  • Andy Opel (Florida State University): Direct Action Pedagogy: Project Nero, Climate Change and the Florida Legislature

5:30-7 pm   Book Launch: Nothing to Lose but Our Fear: Resistance in Dangerous Times (Semaphore Demo Room, Robarts first floor)

  • Fiona Jeffries (Carleton University/SFU), followed by a reception, sponsored by Between The Lines press

Dinner on your own


7:30-9 pm       Keynote lecture: Astra Taylor
Taking Back Power in the Age of Networks
Adel Sedra Auditorium, Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George St.

Free public event

The Internet is said to be a space of democratic expression and transformation, both culturally and politically. But how true is that claim? What are some of the economic, technical, and legal obstacles in place? Drawing from my recent book, The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, and my experience as an artist and an activist, this talk will address campaigns by musicians against streaming services and debtors against creditors to reflect on the larger question of how to organize and leverage change in an age of virtual networks—be they networks of cultural distribution or financial ones.

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