The physical “Why the Worlds Needs Anthropologists” symposium has been postponed to May 2021, when, hopefully, the situation will be safer for everyone. The digital WWNA 2020 event, taking place at the original date of the postponed symposium, will be dedicated to discussion about digital activism (not only) in times of pandemic.
Since “the first digital revolution” that connected Zapatistas in Chiapas with social movements and struggles all across the world, digital technology has become an inseparable element of social movements and their mobilization strategies. From the “square revolutions” in the Middle East to the citizens’ uprisings across Southern Europe, today we cannot imagine social movements without online mobilization tools as one of the crucial components of grassroots collective action.
At the same time, the Digital world is changing and evolving at an unprecedented speed. As the Internet has provided possibilities for the utilization of more democratic and horizontal participation, the issues of privacy, surveillance, and the digital divide have equally emerged. Questions around the potential of data activism, forms of re-appropriation of the power of big data in pursuing social justice, or the role of algorithms in activist tactics are opening up.
As the pandemic emergency has beset on our lives, alternative spaces of resistance manifested in activism enabled by the usage of social media. In our online discussion we want to explore the potential of these mobilizations, such as the mobilizations of Polish feminist movement, diverting the abortion ban proposed by the Polish government during the national lockdown emergency. By diving into effectiveness, limits and contentions of digital activism across multiple contexts, we aim to inspire and share possibilities of digital mobilizing for a more just and equal world.
Communication language: English
Friday, 16 October
You can pre-order ‘Why the World Needs Anthropologists’ here.
This year's keynote address is dedicated to renowned anarchist anthropologist and activist, David Graeber, who sadly passed away earlier this year at the age of 59.
Followed by a Q&A and discussion
Saturday, 17 October
We cordially invite all network members and interested parties to collectively assess and plan future activities. The focus will be given to the growth of Satellite Events in 2021 and results of the Convenor Elections will be announced. The detailed agenda will be circulated before the meeting.