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Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles [CANCELED]

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#HashtagActivism:
Networks of Race and Gender Justice

Please Note: This event has been canceled

Date

Apr
9
Thursday
April 9, 2020
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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Harvard Book Store welcomes media and communication experts SARAH J. JACKSON, MOYA BAILEY, and BROOKE FOUCAULT WELLES for a discussion of their co-authored book, #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice.

About #HashtagActivism

The power of hashtag activism became clear in 2011, when #IranElection served as an organizing tool for Iranians protesting a disputed election and offered a global audience a front-row seat to a nascent revolution. Since then, activists have used a variety of hashtags, including #JusticeForTrayvon, #BlackLivesMatter, #YesAllWomen, and #MeToo to advocate, mobilize, and communicate. In this book, Sarah Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles explore how and why Twitter has become an important platform for historically disenfranchised populations, including Black Americans, women, and transgender people. They show how marginalized groups, long excluded from elite media spaces, have used Twitter hashtags to advance counternarratives, preempt political spin, and build diverse networks of dissent.

The authors describe how such hashtags as #MeToo, #SurvivorPrivilege, and #WhyIStayed have challenged the conventional understanding of gendered violence; examine the voices and narratives of Black feminism enabled by #FastTailedGirls, #YouOKSis, and #SayHerName; and explore the creation and use of #GirlsLikeUs, a network of transgender women. They investigate the digital signatures of the “new civil rights movement”—the online activism, storytelling, and strategy-building that set the stage for #BlackLivesMatter—and recount the spread of racial justice hashtags after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and other high-profile incidents of killings by police. Finally, they consider hashtag created by allies, including #AllMenCan and #CrimingWhileWhite.

Praise for #HashtagActivism

#HashtagActivism is a groundbreaking text, offering a detailed, thorough, and nuanced analysis of several of the most prominent episodes of digital activism in recent years. The book combines methodological sophistication and theoretical nuance with the voices and experiences of digital activists themselves. It is essential reading, not just for readers interested in Twitter and politics, but for anyone with an interest in contemporary struggles for justice and equality.” —David Karpf, Associate Professor, George Washington University

Brooke Foucault Welles
Brooke Foucault Welles

Brooke Foucault Welles

Brooke Foucault Welles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a core faculty member of the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. Combining the methods of computational social science and network science with the theories of communication studies, Foucault Welles studies how online communication networks enable and constrain behavior, with particular emphasis on how these networks enable the pursuit of individual, team, and collective goals.

Moya Bailey
Moya Bailey

Moya Bailey

Moya Bailey is a scholar of critical race, feminist, and disability studies. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.

Sarah J. Jackson
Sarah J. Jackson

Sarah J. Jackson

A scholar of the public sphere, Sarah J. Jackson studies how media, journalism, and technology are used by and represent marginalized publics, with a focus on communication by and about Black and feminist activists. Her first book Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press examines the relationship between Black celebrity activism, journalism, and American politics.

Harvard Book Store
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Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

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