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Colloque (De)Mobilizing with Digital Media - 16 mars 2020

6 December 2019

Université Paris 8, Espace Deleuze, Salle des conseils
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Le réseau de recherche international du CNRS Transforming Entertainement in the Digital Age (TREND) localisé au CRESPPA, l’Université Paris 8 et l’Université de Californie du Sud (USC) vous invitent à un colloque international sur les mobilisations et le numérique


(De)Mobilizing with digital media


This event explores political mobilization in the digital age, at the intersection of news and entertainment media:
 Storytelling and politics: We propose to explore how different categories of social actors (political representatives/candidates and their staffs, political activists or advocacy groups, but also journalists and digital media specialists, as well as entertainment professionals) tell political stories with social and digital media, and how the boundary between politics and entertainment gets blurred and moved in the process. The parameters of our discussions will be broad and include: issues of "fake news" and the controversies around it, as well as the study of any new forms that political storytelling takes, whether they are written (tweets...) or visual (deepfakes, memes...), or presented as news or fiction (e.g. the multiplication of political films/shows and documentaries available on streaming).

 The socioeconomic processes behind the production of such stories will also be a focus of our event. We will look at the changing relationships between the media or entertainment field, on one hand, and the political sphere, on the other hand, in the digital age. We will welcome contributions shedding light on the newcomers who have become major players in creating online content (who they are, from digitally savvy young activists to traditional Hollywood professionals increasingly involved in the shaping of political campaigns and the writing of political narratives, among others), and the ways in which political organizations deal with them, competing or collaborating with them. Our discussions will also address how the political economy of the Internet and the increasing dominance of a few platforms impact the democratic potential/power of citizens and creators in political storytelling.

Event schedule

9:00 Welcome | Breakfast

9:30 Introduction
Ann Crigler (Professor, Political Science, USC)

9:45-12:00 | Panel 1—Digital Tools and Change in/of the Entertainment Industries

  • David Craig (Communication, USC) and Stuart Cunningham (Media and Communications, QUT, Australia) “ALT CENTER: Civic Spheres and Creator Communities”
  • Keivan Djavadzadeh (Information and Communication, Université Paris 8) “Still Fighting The Power? The Political Commitment of Hip-hop Artists in the Age of Digital Media”
  • Violaine Roussel (Sociology, Université Paris 8) “Mobilizing with Algorithms: The Work of Data Analysts and the Transformation of Entertainment”
  • Alison Dundes Renteln (Political Science, USC) “Misappropriation of Symbols Online: A Case Study of Rescuing Pepe the Frog”
  • Discussants: Laure de Verdalle (CNRS-Printemps) & Ninon Grangé (Université Paris 8)

Lunch break

1:30-3:45 | Panel 2—Mobilizing and Building Memory Online

  • Jacob Matthews (Information and Communication, Université Paris 8) and Athina Karatzogianni (Media and Communication, University of Leicester) “Fractal Leadership Emergence in Contemporary Social and Political Movements”
  • Nancy Hernandez (Political Science, USC) “The Language of Affordable Housing: Social Media’s Role in Public Policy”
  • Nora El Qadim (Political Science, Université Paris 8) “Digital Archive Fever? Archival Images on Social Media as a Tool for Political Mobilization”
  • Rémi Rouge (Political Science, Université Paris 8) “Social Media and Memory Services: A Digital Politics of Memory”
  • Discussants: Lilian Mathieu (CNRS-Centre Max Weber) & Clemens Zobel (Université Paris 8)


4:15-6:00 | Panel 3—(Fake) News & Digital Storytelling

  • Emeline Jaillais-Neliaz (Political Science, Université Paris 8) “What is at stake with the French ‘anti-fake news’ law? Controversies about the French ‘anti-fake news’ law in mainstream newspapers in France and in the USA”
  • Avery Ruth (Political Science and International Relations, USC) “A Discussion on the Existence of News”
  • Gregory Treverton (International Relations, USC) “Intelligence Narratives”
  • Discussant: Thomas Brisson (Université Paris 8)

6pm Reception

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Updated: 28 November 2022

    Event schedule

    9:00 Welcome | Breakfast

    9:30 Introduction : Ann Crigler (Professor, Political Science, USC)

    9:45-12:00 | Panel 1—Digital Tools and Change in/of the Entertainment Industries

    Lunch break

    1:30-3:45 | Panel 2—Mobilizing and Building Memory Online


    4:15-6:00 | Panel 3—(Fake) News & Digital Storytelling

    6pm Reception


    Université Paris 8
    2 rue de la Liberté
    93526 SAINT-DENIS cedex
    M°13 Saint Denis Université
    Bâtiment A, Espace Deleuze, Salle des conseils


    Ann Crigler (USC) & Violaine Roussel (Paris 8)



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