Conflict Group A (22/01/2019): Proposing Research Question and Discipline-based Analysis

A summary of the discussion that took place on 22 January 2019, and next steps to be explored by Conflict Group A:

  1. Main ideas
    1. Power and conflict: ideals, people and the state
    2. Forgotten and marginalised narratives
    3. Group members’ various disciplines/essay focus had dealt with conflict between the state and the people
  2. Potential case studies
    1. Yellow Vest movement in France
    2. Extinction Rebellion
      1. Extinction Rebellion calls for a rethinking on global urgency of climate change, using open events and livestreams to make revolutionary change in the 21st century
      2. Can explore the vernaculars of resistance online as compared to offline, and the languages through which we can be effective online
      3. Analysis of audience targeting methods and intertextuality
  3. Further strands for exploration
    1. Conflicts mediated by digital development, enabling a different type of protest and different kinds of accountability
    2. Technology and media
      1. e.g. tech companies manipulating data information to shape mass opinions i.e. Cambridge Analytica
    3. State power versus grassroots resistance
      1. Accessibility of information?
    4. Social media and climate change
      1. Ecofuturism and speculative fictions/futures (solarpunk specfic)
      2. Echo chamber of the Internet: is it a space for productive dialogue, and does it actually translate to meaningful action?
      3. Digital economies and the politics of form
        1. What forms a symbolic resistance against capitalism and how do we co-opt resistance tactics from neoliberalism?
  4. Next concerns
    1. Potential research topic: how are specific narratives about climate change marginalised/amplified on social media as a result of institutions/movements/location?
      1. How does climate change impact you depending on location i.e. global north versus global south? Who has the keys to power to effect change and where are they located geographically/politically?
      2. ACTION POINT: group members to do research on the theories and literature of their own disciplines for this topic, to be discussed at the next meeting.
    2. What is a creative way of presenting this research?
      1. Will there be any human participation required? Note that there is a form to fill out if this is the case.
      2. Tentative agreement to have a focused research question through which we will examine various case studies, rather than concentrating on any one specific case study
        1. Would be good to broaden the case studies out to various locations/cultures beyond the Anglo-American/Eurocentric sphere.
  5. Miscellaneous
    1. Note that the presentation will take place 25 March 7.30-8.10pm TBC location, provided there is no clash with anyone’s schedules.

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