Contentious Politics and Changing Media

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)


Spring 2018

Taught By: Markus Schulz

Section: A

CRN: 6968

Credits: 3

This research-oriented graduate seminar explores the relationship between social struggles and media, with special attention to the Internet and related new technologies. Movements rely on different types of media interfaces to inform, inspire, communicate, connect, mobilize, and co-ordinate. The accessibility, structure, organization, and inherent dynamics of media influence how movements can connect internally and to larger publics. The seminar investigates how movements adapt to the operative logic of mass media to get their messages broadcast, how they often fail—and sometimes succeed—to maintain control over their message, how mass media influence or even shape movements, and how movements create diverse arrays of own media from open discussion circles, word-of-mouth propaganda, human mikes, songs, and drumming to mass marches, flash mobs, sit-ins, camps, street theater, masks, dresses, graffiti, murals, banners, puppets, clandestine printing, pirate radio, email list-serves, websites, mobile messaging, and social media. What formats, strategies, and practices can yield what kind of outcomes? How can resources be mobilized? How can spaces for resistance be expanded? Under what conditions do the horizons of imagination open up? What roles do cognitive frames, ideologies, emotions, codes, and memes play in challenging dominant regimes? The cases under consideration range from historical revolutions and the student movements of the 1960s to the contemporary transnational mobilizations of the Zapatistas, globalization protests, human rights activism, anarchist direct action, culture jam, hacktivism, the Indignados, and Occupy Wall Street. The overall aim of the course is to provide students with opportunity to engage with theories and empirical studies of social movements and their complex relations to media technologies, public deliberation, and the political-economic process.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:12am 6/25/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 600

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/8/2018