Streets to Screens: Mediating Conflict through Digital Networks

Sarah Maltby and Helen Thornham will be talking about some of the preliminary findings of the DUN Project at the Streets to Screens event at Goldsmiths University on the 7th November.



7th November 2014
Goldsmiths, University of London

From Gaza to Ukraine, Afghanistan to Syria, social media is being used by people within conflict zones to organise, document and communicate their lives and struggles from the streets to our screens. As these pieces of content travel through time and space, they come into contact with various actors – from activists, to NGOs, news agencies, and global audiences – who attempt to claim purchase on the narrative of those events as they unfold. Over the course of the last decade, we have seen the emergence of forms of reportage that seek to navigate the diverse and fractured media ecology. These mediations are said to challenge the ways in which the mainstream media cover conflicts and global publics are invited to bear witness.

This one-day symposium will explore a number of key issues in mediating conflicts today, and will address some of the following questions:

  • What role do networked eyewitnesses, activists and citizen journalists play in conflict communication today?
  • What are the challenges faced by those mediating conflict online?
  • In what ways are social media content produced within the zone of conflict shaping the coverage produced by news organisations?
  • What are the implications of these forms of reportage for eyewitnesses, activists, citizen journalists, perpetrators, NGOs, journalists, news media, audiences and global publics?

Confirmed speakers:

  • ·      Stuart Allan, Cardiff University
  • ·      Kari Andén-Papadopolous, Stockholm University
  • ·      Tamar Ashuri, Tel-Aviv University
  • ·      Malachy Browne, Storyful
  • ·      Lilie Chouliaraki, LSE
  • ·      Sam Gregory, WITNESS
  • ·      Andrew Hoskins, University of Glasgow
  • ·      Sarah Maltby, University of Sussex
  • ·      Mette Mortensen, University of Copenhagen
  • ·      Ben O’Loughlin, Royal Holloway
  • ·      Helen Thornham, University of Leeds
  • ·      Einar Thorsen, Bournemouth University
  • ·      Eugenia Siapera, Dublin City University
  • ·      Liam Stack, New York Times
  • ·      Katrin Voltmer, University of Leeds
  • ·      Claire Wardle, UNHCR

Tickets are FREE but registration is required. For more information please visit:

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