Seminar Social Movements and Political Action: Translating Protest
Monthly Seminar Social Movements and Political Action “Translating Protest: Networked Diasporas and Transnational Mobilization in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Protests”
Started in October 2014, the Monthly Seminar on Social Movements and Political Action promotes a multidisciplinary reflection on themes linked to social movements and different forms of political action, militantism and activism. The objective is to bring different perspectives, methodologies and approaches into dialogue with a view to developing an in-depth and innovative debate. The seminar also intends to take advantage of Portugal’s special position from a geographical, linguistic and epistemological point of view, to cross different traditions of studies on social movements and political action, the various European/North American and South American ones, as well as to cover cases and areas often excluded from this area of study, such as Portuguese-speaking Africa. In May, the topic under debate will be “Translating Protest: Networked Diasporas and Transnational Mobilization in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Protests” with the participation of Tetyana Lokot (Dublin City University) and Olga Boichak (University of Sidney)
Associate Professor in Digital Media and Society at Dublin City University’s School of Communications, Tetyana Lokot, investigates threats to digital rights, network authoritarianism, internet freedom and internet governance in Eastern Europe; is the author of Beyond the Protest Square: Digital Media and Augmented Dissent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), an in-depth study of protests and digital media in Ukraine and Russia. Olga Boichak is a professor of digital cultures at the University of Sydney and works, in her research, with the fusion of ethnographic and computational methods to shed light on the social implications of digital media in politics, migration and warfare; worked on political campaigns in Ukraine, where she directed the Center for Public Opinion Research (2005-2015), and was a youth delegate for Ukraine at the United Nations (2014).