The Cellular Dynamics of Collective Protest in Brazil Washington University (CANCELLED)The Cellular Dynamics of Collective Protest in Brazil Washington University (CANCELLED)http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/259322Chase Auditorium2014-04-16T16:30:002014-04-16T18:00:00
April 16, 4:30PM–6:00PM
Distinguished Visitor Alexander Dent, Associate Professor of Anthropology, The George Washington University
Alexander Sebastian Dent
The protests in Brazil during the summer of 2013 seemed to evade categorization. Were they about the costs associated with transportation, or a much broader array of social causes? Throughout, the unfolding of the protests themselves relied upon their portrayal in a variety of media. Mainstream news-media often focused on "vandals," while independent media, and social media refuted these claims -- often using edited collages of cellular phone pictures and videos. In this talk, Dent will examine the role of mediation in these protests, focusing on the simultaneously individuated and corporate nature of cellularity. One of his goals will be to detail what, if anything, might be "new" about the dialogue between protest, cellular phones, news-media, and social media.
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