To date, there has been little published research dealing with the application of new forms of social and mobile media to combat racism. Research on the wider changes to understandings of race and types of racial inequality through the emergence of global digital cultures, though growing, is still quite limited, which is surprising given the visibility and frequency of online racialised discourse and events.
The Digital Antiracisms project aims to provide an international comparison of mobile and social media antiracism initiatives based on the understanding that ideas of race, racism and antiracism are always mediated and translated circuitously through various contexts (Lentin and Titley 2011). It will analyse and evaluate new antiracism apps and their usage and impact, the implications of big data for measuring and combating racism, and datafication more broadly.
The project will develop research collaborations and international networks to inform research and policy initiatives on antiracism and provide antiracism organisations with capacity-building opportunities, working together and with app developers to add to or develop antiracism strategies.
The aims of the project are:
1. To investigate and analyse how mobile app and social media antiracism initiatives are being used to combat racism, highlighting the tensions and problems associated with the digitisation of antiracism.
2. To examine how established meanings of race and racism are transformed through these initiatives.
3. To examine the use and impact of these initiatives, and their role in engaging and intervening in media issues, trends and controversies.
4. To research the use of media in past antiracism movements and organisations to understand the trajectory from and between ‘analogue’ to ‘digital’ eras and the genealogies of antiracism technologies.
5. To expand inter-organisational knowledge and collaboration among antiracism activists and organisations and provide opportunities for skill development and innovation.
Dr Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies. Her latest books are Racism and Sociology (with Wulf D. Hund 2014) and The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Gavan Titley, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Information, Communication & Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Patterns of Prejudice and in many edited volumes. She has given keynote lectures at the Berlin Jewish Museum, the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, and the The Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta among many others. She is a contributor to The Occupied Times, The Guardian, OpenDemocracy and Eurozine.
Dr Justine Humphry is a Lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and is a member of the Institute for Culture and Society (https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ics). Justine’s research focuses on mobile media cultures and networked publics, inequalities, racisms/antiracisms and changes to work and everyday life. Justine has lead research on homelessness and digital connectivity for the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and is experienced in participatory research and design. She has published in Routledge Companion to Mobile Media (https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Mobile-Media/Goggin-Hjorth/p/book/9780415809474), Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture (Oxford University Press) (https://www.oup.com.au/books/higher-education/social-sciences-and-humanities/9780190300654-sociologic), Journal of Media, Culture and Society, Journal of Information, Communication & Society, M/C Journal, Scan: Journal of Media Arts Culture and the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.
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