Symposium Schedule

Morning Session

9:30am: Coffee

9:45am: Opening remarks & welcome

10:00am: Teresa Zackodnik, “Intense Continuities”: Media Technologies of Black Protest

11:15am: Bergis Jules, The Ethics of Documenting Social Movements

Lunch Break 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Afternoon Session

1:45pm: TreaAndrea Russworm, Race, Technology, and the Problem of Recognition

3:00pm: Roundtable featuring speakers with Thabiti Lewis

4:15pm: Closing remarks & acknowledgements


Since the summer of 2013, #BlackLivesMatter has linked myriad, loosely affiliated protests against pervasive anti-Black violence in the United States. Shortly after George Zimmerman’s acquittal, Alicia Garza originated the phrase on Facebook with her affirmation, “Our Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.” The hashtag has since served as a banner uniting condemnations of violence against Black people. According to the movement’s website, #BlackLivesMatter makes a unique contribution to the history of Black activism because it affirms “the lives of Black queer folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.” This symposium brings together media scholars from various disciplines to discuss what that unprecedented affirmation means for digital publics. Talks will address the history and future of technologically mediated public protest against injustice.

Featured Speakers: Bergis Jules (UC Riverside), TreaAndrea Russworm (UMass Amherst), and Teresa Zackodnik (U Alberta)

Join us at the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, 4th floor Holland Library

Friday, October 7th, 10:00am-4:30-pm

The presentations will also be livestreamed on the CDSC Youtube account (links below)

Teresa Zackodnik:

Bergis Jules:

TreaAndrea Russworm: