Workshop: Politics and Social Media in the Global South
Space 2435, North Quad, 105 S. State St.
The event will feature a keynote talk by Professor Merlyna Lim from Carleton University, and a series of talks by scholars researching politicians in various regions including Latin America, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia, as well as speakers/practitioners who have worked on political campaigns or large social media organizations on which such campaigns are played out.
In the last decade, politicians in various parts of the world have invested in social media campaigns, including in settings where a relatively small proportion of the voting public is actually online. Leaders may use social media for a range of reasons including to actively court constituents, to present a narrative on their political program to the international community, or to use the affordances of social media to frame the agenda on a specific issue.