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Social Media and the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions

  • Thomas Poell
Thursday 14 April 2016
WHAT's NEW?! Spring Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Lipsius 228

This lecture discusses how social media were involved in the 2011 uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. First, it focuses on the transnational Twitter communication on these protests. The examination shows how different publics were strategically addressed on this platform through a variety of languages. Second, the discussion shifts to the role of leadership in social media protest communication. Here most attention is devoted to Facebook, which is the most popular social platform in Tunisia and Egypt itself. Finally, the entire online and offline protest ecosystem is considered. The question is: how were street protests mobilised and, subsequently, communicated to global audiences?

About Thomas Poell

Thomas Poell is assistant professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His research is focused on social media and the transformation of public communication around the globe. He has among others published on social media and popular protest in Canada, Egypt, Tunisia, India, and China, as well as on the role of these media in the development of new forms of journalism. Together with professor José van Dijck, Poell leads the KNAW-‘Over Grenzen’ research program on Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space. He is one of the programme leaders of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, and part of the core team Audiovisual Data and Media Studies of the national infrastructural project CLARIAH (NWO). During the Spring semester of 2015, Poell was Research Associate at UC Santa Cruz, and visiting lecturer at the University of Helsinki. Please visit his university webpage


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