Digital Democracy–Digital Divides

Thursday September 24, 2015, 1:00pm

Marriott Library

Gould Auditorium, First Floor

FONM 2015 Poster

Distinguished Keynote Speaker: Marwan M. Kraidy


Marwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, USA.

The recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Kraidy has published more than 100 essays and 6 books, including Hybridity, or the Cultural Logic of Globalization (Temple University Press 2005) and Reality Television and Arab Politics (Cambridge University Press 2010), which won three major prizes.

Kraidy has been the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, the Albert Bonnier Jr. Professor of Media Studies at Stockholm University, Visiting (Chaire Dupront) Professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, Assistant Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington, DC, and Assistant Professor of Critical-Cultural Studies at the University of North Dakota.

A frequent lecturer and media commentator worldwide on global and Arab media issues, Kraidy’s next book, The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World, which focuses on the human body as a locus of power and rebellion, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2016. He tweets at @MKraidy.

This year’s theme, “Digital Democracy, Digital Divides,” asks scholars, activists, and journalists to consider the past, present, and possible futures of the Internet as a force for good in the world.

2:30 PM – Digital Democracy | Digital Divides: A Roundtable

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone, Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies, University of Utah

“Mapping the Divide: A Brief Rhetorical History of Digital Division”

Ben Peters

Benjamin Peters, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Tulsa

“What is the digital doing in digital democracy?”

Joy Pierce

Joy Pierce, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Utah

“Communicating Silence: The Digital/Social Divide in a Mountain West Town”