Can Media and Technology Help Make “Another World Possible”? Reflections from the Media@McGill Research Delegation to the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunisia

Authors

  • Stéphane Couture McGill University
  • Gretchen King McGill University
  • Sophie Toupin McGill University
  • Becky Lentz McGill University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2016v41n1a3056

Keywords:

Social movements, World social forum, Social movement learning, Media and technology activism, Community media, Feminism, Hacking, Alterglobalization, Autonomous media

Abstract

This research-in-brief summarizes activities of our research delegation to the 2015 World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, including our participation in two associated events: the World Forum on Free Media (WFFM) and preparatory meetings for an eventual global Internet Social Forum (ISF). The WFFM and ISF provided rich terrain for our delegation to document and study contemporary struggles around communication media and technology issues. We report on these encounters as a way to foreground the many similar opportunities available to Canadian media, communication, and technology scholars at annual WSFs, in particular, the WSF coming to Montréal in August 2016. Notably, the 2016 WSF will be the first forum held since its inception in 2001 outside the global south.

Ce texte résume les activités de notre délégation de recherche lors du Forum social mondial (FSM) de Tunis. Ces activités incluaient notre participation à deux événements associés : le Forum mondial des médias libres (FMML) et des rencontres préparatoires pour un éventuel Forum social d’Internet (FSI). Ces rencontres ont constitué de riches terrains pour documenter et étudier les luttes contemporaines concernant les médias et la communication. Ce compte-rendu vise à faire connaître aux médias et aux chercheurs canadiens les multiples opportunités offertes lors des forums sociaux annuels, en particulier lors du prochain Forum social mondial qui se déroulera à Montréal en août 2016. Ce forum sera le premier à se dérouler à l’extérieur du Sud global depuis sa création en 2001.

Author Biographies

Stéphane Couture, McGill University

Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec

Gretchen King, McGill University

PhD candidate in Communication Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec

Sophie Toupin, McGill University

Independent researcher and a project administrator for Media@McGill, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec

Becky Lentz, McGill University

Associate professor of communication studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec

Published

2016-02-16

Issue

Section

Research in Brief