Spaces and Genealogies of Mediated Activism

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This working group explores the various ways that new cultures and forms of media technique and agency across Asia and the Arab region have created alternate and engaged media uses, facilitating critical, public engagements with contemporary socio-economic and political issues. Some of the issues explored include: the emergence of mediated “copying and mixing” as a central form of political agency and praxis; the contours of the emergent global left, with a particular focus on the transformation of left intellectual and ideological formations and the re-imagination of the identity and role of intellectuals in political formations; creative uses of media and new forms of public political discourse; and digital/social media and transformations of publics and ‘the people’ in a digital age.