New Media and Democracy: Global Perspectives

Where: Knight Law Center

The “New Media and Democracy: Global Perspectives” conference will bring together a diverse set of scholars to investigate the changes in global political discourses and practices brought about by the digital revolution. The event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s theme of inquiry on Media and Democracy and is free and open to the public.


Thursday, April 9th (7:00-8:00 pm)

Dr. Sang Jo Jong will give the keynote address titled “South Korea as the World’s Most Wired Nation: Its Digital Democracy as a Real-Life Case Study?”

Dr. Jong is  Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law & Technology at Seoul National University. Dr. Jong previously taught comparative IP law at Georgetown Law center and at Duke Law School, and is currently a panel member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.



Friday, April 10th (9:00 am-3:45 pm)

Matthew Adeiza (University of Washington), project manager for the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington.

Tarek El-Ariss (University of Texas at Austin), author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political and editor of the forthcoming MLA anthology, The Arab Renaissance: Literature, Culture, Media. Associate editor, Journal of Arabic Literature.

Camille Crittenden (UC Berkeley), Director Data and Democracy Initiative and the Social Apps Lab, and Deputy Director the Center for Information Research Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). 

Sean Jacobs (The New School), co-editor of Thabo Mbeki’s World: The Politics and Ideology of the South African President and Shifting Selves: Post-apartheid essays on Mass Media, Culture and Identity.

Purnima Mankekar (UCLA), author of: Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India, co-editor of Transnational Erotics: Media and the Production of "Asia" and Caste and Outcast by Dhan Gopal Mukherji.

Leah Lievrouw (UCLA), author of Media and Meaning: Communication Technology in Society (in preparation), Foundations of Media and Communication Theory, and Alternative and Activist New Media.

Aswin Punathambekar (University of Michigan), author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry and co-editor of Global Bollywood and Television at Large in South Asia.

Margaret Rhee (UCLA), author of How We Became Human: Race, the Robots, and the Asian American Body (manuscript in preparation), co-editor of “Hacking the (Black/White) Binary”, a Special Issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (forthcoming), and co-founder of “From the Center.”

Joe Straubhaar (University of Texas at Austin), author of The Persistence of Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class and the Digital Divide in Austin, Texas and co-author of World Television from Global to Local and Television In Latin America.