Revisiting Occupy: Social Media, Public Space and Emerging Forms of Civil Disobedience

30Oct2014 17:00 - 19:00


Jeffrey Juris Public Lecture: Jeffrey Juris revisits the significance of the #Occupy Everywhere movements in 2011-12, examining the links between social media, public space, and emerging forms of civil disobedience in an increasingly transnational and digitised world.

Whereas Internet listservs and websites helped give rise to a widespread logic of networking within the movements for global justice of the 1990s­2000s, Jeffrey Juris argues that social media contributed to an emerging logic of aggregation in the more recent #Occupy movements‹one that involves the assembling of masses of individuals from diverse backgrounds within physical spaces. However, despite a shift toward more decentralised forms of organising and networking, the #Occupy movements proved largely unable to maintain their momentum following the eviction of #Occupy encampments around the world, raising important questions about the sustainability of social movements in an age of social media.

Jeffrey Juris is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University. He is the author of Networking Futures: the Movements against Corporate Globalization (Duke University Press, 2008), co-author of Global Democracy and the World Social Forums (Paradigm Press, 2008) and co-editor of Insurgent Encounters: Transnational Activism, Ethnography, and the Political (Duke University Press, 2013). He is currently writing a new book about media and autonomy based on fifteen months of ethnographic research on 'free' or pirate radio activism in Mexico City and beyond. 

This lecture takes place as part of the Civil Disobedience Beyond the State workshop which is organised with the financial support of the Amsterdam Center for Globalisation Studies, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, the Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. 

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