Past Event

Inflamed Publics: Social Media, Violence, and Resistance

April 14, 2022 - April 16, 2022
6:00 PM - 12:00 PM
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This event will take place over three days from April 14th to April 16th.  Registration is required for each session.

  • To register for the event, Panel 1: Subjectivity & Digital Saturation, on Thursday, April 14th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm EST, please register HERE
  • To register for the event, Panel 2: Genres of Incitement, on Friday, April 15th, from 10:00am-12:00pm EST, please register HERE.
  • To register for the event, Panel 3: Platforms of Self/Governance, on Saturday, April 16th, from 10:00am-12:00pm EST, please register HERE. *CU and Barnard ID holders only


Anirban Baishya, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Manuel Beltrán, Persuasion Lab
Radhika Gajjala, Bowling Green State University
Margaret Hillenbrand, University of Oxford
Daniel Mann, King's College London
Joshua Neves, Concordia University
Fathima Nizaruddin, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Nayantara Ranganathan, Persuasion Lab
Rebecca Stein, Duke University
Wanning Sun, University of Technology Sydney
Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania
Jinsook Kim, University of Pennsylvania 
Navaneetha Mokkil, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Debashree Mukherjee, Associate Professor, Dept of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), Columbia University
Ying Qian, Assistant Professor, Dept of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC), Columbia University
Laliv Melamed, Assistant Professor, Dept of Art, Culture and Media (ACM), University of Groningen

From online troll armies to digital warriors, camouflage to infiltration, the techniques and affects of war pervade global digital cultures today via social media platforms such as Whatsapp, WeChat, Twitter, and TikTok. As trending hashtags on Twitter become a statistical measure of the ebbs and flows of mass political sentiment, this symposium seeks to understand the relation between everyday digital media technologies, image-making practices, and violence in the 21st century. Over 3 consecutive days we will meet with film and media scholars, digital activists, ethnographers, and communications theorists to initiate a collaborative exploration of research methods to address the role of social media today with an eye to questions of aesthetics, sentiment, and sensory experience.

This event focuses on three geographical locations: China, India and Palestine/Israel, based on the three co-organizers' areas of research. Speakers are scholars working on media cultures in one of the above regions. Five out of twelve speakers focus on China, Hong Kong or Chinese diaspora. They are: Guobin Yang (China), Wanning Sun (Overseas Chinese), Laikwan Pang (Hong Kong), Margaret Hillenbrand (China), and Joshua Neves (China).

This event is sponsored by the Humanities War and Peace Initiative, Columbia University and co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Media, South Asia Institute and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Contact Information

Julie Kwan