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March 2018

The (Non)Americans: Tracking and Analyzing Russian Influence Operations on Twitter

Thursday, March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Deen Freelon, UNC

University of North Carolina's Deen Freelon will explain how he and his collaborators are addressing challenges to analyzing Russian political influence operations and present key preliminary findings from their ongoing project focused on this campaign.

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The Tip of the Iceberg: Sound Studies and the Future of Afrofuturism

Thursday, March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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andré carrington

andré carrington's research on the cultural politics of race in science fiction radio drama aims to expand the repertoire of literary adaptation studies by reintegrating critical perspectives from marginal and popular sectors of the media landscape into the advancing agendas of Afrofuturism and decolonization.

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Visual Representations of Race and Gender: Analyzing “Me” in #IfTheyGunnedMeDown on Tumblr

Thursday, March 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Jenny Korn uses critical race theories and intersectional feminist theories to analyze the visual and textual content of the blog #IfTheyGunnedMeDown to reveal constructions of social justice, respectability politics, media biases, racial stereotypes, viral popularity, and hashtag activism on Tumblr.

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Moving Broadband from Sea to Land: Internet Infrastructure and Digital Labor in Tanzania

Thursday, March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Lisa Parks

CMS/W Professor Lisa Parks presents what keeps low-income Tanzanians from accessing broadband services despite four undersea cable landings and an innovative regulatory regime.

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April 2018

Music Fandom and the Shaping of Online Culture

Thursday, April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Nancy Baym

Nancy Baym: "By the time musicians and industry figures realized they could use the internet to reach audiences directly, those audiences had already established their presences and social norms online, putting them in unprecedented positions of power."

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May 2018

Ordinary Violence and Network Form: On #blacklivesmatter

Thursday, May 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Scott Richmond

Scott C. Richmond argues that what is at stake in #blacklivesmatter is a Black political form that is also an emphatically network form, operating below, beyond, and to the side of what can be practiced, grasped at the level of the individual, of intention, and of representation.

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Imperial Arrangements: South African Apartheid and the Force of Photography

Thursday, May 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Kimberly Juanita Brown

Kimberley Juanita Brown will focus on US news media coverage of apartheid in the last year of its existence, and the images that anchored viewers' interpretation of the event.

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