Crisis and Social Change – Towards Alternative Horizons


1913 Lockout Podcast – Episode 4 – Media

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Episode four of the Unfinished Business 1913 podcast series is on the media, looking at different aspects of both mainstream and alternative media from 1913 to contemporary times. Henry Silke of Critical Media review took part in the podcast. For the rest of this excellent series see here

1913 Unfinished Business wants to reinvigorate class politics using the centenary of the Dublin lock-out as an inspiration and focal point.


We will engage in popular education about the events of 1913 and their contemporary relevance, producing imagery to provoke and research to inform.

2013 will see elite commemorations by government, political parties and a union leadership that has sold out the working-class. We intend to critique and oppose these attempts to sanitise this important moment in Ireland’s history of class conflict. We will endeavour to ensure, as we enter a decade of commemorations, that the workers’ story is told.

We want to work with rank-and-file union members to advance the cause of a modern, fighting union movement inspired by the one Larkin led one hundred years ago. It is time to restate the political nature of a union and reclaim the idea of it in people’s minds as a working-class, anti-capitalist institution.

We will challenge the right of today’s William Martin Murphys – oligarchs and organised business interests – to control our politics, economy and society.

The 1913 lock-out raised the fundamental question: who owns the city? Capital has shaped the urban landscape to meets its ends, we aim to assert the people’s right to shape the place where they work and live.

OurMedia Alternative and Community Media Conference Dublin 24th-25th June 2013

camprotest‘Dealing with Crisis: Community, Alternative, Citizens’ and Social Media in Times of Change’ 

OURMedia, in cooperation with the Community Communication section of IAMCR, the
Community Radio Forum of Ireland (CRAOL) and the Global Media and Social Change
section of the ICA. There is no charge for attendance. 

Pre-Conference to IAMCR 2013

City Wall Space / Dublin City University,
Dublin, Ireland
June 24-25, 2013


VENUE: Wood Quay venue, City Wall Space
Dublin City Council Civic Offices,
Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Tea and coffee, conference pack collection from 8.30am

OPENING (9.30-10AM):

Welcome and Introduction to the Pre-Conference

SESSION 1 (10-12PM):

‘What news does Dublin need? An exploration of models of news and information that we should build for our city’

PANEL SESSION: This session is organised by Dublin City Community Media Forum with
speakers from community and alternative media groups around Dublin.


  • Donal Higgins, The Live Register (DCTV Current affairs show)
  • Jack Byrne, CRAOL / NearFM
  • James Redmond, Rabble
  • Other contributors to be announced



1PM-2.30PM (Concurrent Sessions):


  • ‘Media Power, Activism and Technology: Activist Practices in Digital Environments’ – Hilde Stephansen, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Rethinking ‘communication power’: towards a non-media-centric approach tounderstanding communication activism – Stefania Milan, Tilburg University and The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto
  • Rethinking counter-hegemony in times of social media – Andrew O Baoill, Cazenovia College, New York.
  • Engaging with emerging technologies: opportunities and challenges for community-based media – Kate Coyer, Central European University, Budapest.
  • Feminist technology collectives and women’s rights activism –Emiliano Trere, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (México) and Alejandro Barranquero Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (España)
  • Techno-myths in new social activism. Case study: 15M / Indignados movement in Spain


1PM-2.30PM (Concurrent Sessions):


‘Community Media and Working with Disadvantaged Groups’


This session features representatives of various community groups discussing the advantages they have gained from working with community media. The panel will be made up of migrants, people with disability and youth.

Facilitator: Sally Galiana, Radio Coordinator with NearFM, CRAOL treasurer, and AMARC Europe Vice-Chair



3.00-4.30PM (Concurrent sessions)


‘Aswatona (Our Voices): Community Media in the Arab World’

In February 2013, more than 100 community media and civil society activists gathered in Cairo for Aswatona (Our Voices) 2013 , – the second regional conference on community media in the Arab world. We heard from activists creating new community media initiatives in Gaza, northern Syria, Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, among others, whose experiences make all too tangible the challenges of doing community media in conditions of conflict, crisis and political transformation. This panel witnesses the role of community media in political transformation in the Arab world – how activists engaged in community communications have responded to conflict and crisis.

  • Panel Proposer: Steve Buckley, CM Solutions
  • Facilitator: Eman Jaradat, CM Solutions/Aswatona
  • Panellists:
  • Eman Jaradat, CM Solutions/Aswatona (Jordan); Radio Al Balad
  • Ahmed Samih, Radio Horytna (Egypt)
  • Wajdi Raweh, Yemeni journalist with Sheffield Live
  • Steve Buckley may join the panel live from Gaza City, connectivity permitting

SESSION 3, 3.00-4.30PM (Concurrent sessions)


‘Community Media for Peace and Development in Cyprus’ PANEL SESSION:

This panel explores the emergence of the Cyprus Community Media Centre in the UN buffer zone in Nicosia, supported by the UN Development Programme Action for Cooperation and Trust in Cyprus (UNDP-ACT). It explores CCMC’s role in bringing together Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot civil society organizations, participatory communication and development processes, and digital storytelling projects as a method of building bridges between the divided communities (

  • Facilitator: John W. Higgins
  • Panellists:
  • John W. Higgins, University of San Francisco, USA (Facilitator and presenter)
  • Seán Ó Siochrú, NEXUS Research Cooperative, Dublin, Ireland
  • Pembe Mentesh, Programme Analyst, United Nations Development Programme, Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT), Nicosia Cyprus [via Skype]
  • Larry Fergeson, Project Manager, Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), Nicosia Cyprus [via Skype]

4.30pm: DAY END

7.30pm – Evening Event

2013 is the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, a major industrial dispute that took place through pickets, strikes and competing media views in the newspapers of William Martin Murphy, the media baron who led the employer’s side and the newspapers and propaganda of the Irish Transport Union and James Connolly.
To mark the occasion and link into the OURMedia conference, DCTV is hosting an event in Liberty Hall, one of the most iconic buildings in Dublin. We will hear a historical account of the lockout and the media of the time and then a keynote speech by Frank Connolly, Communications Officer of SIPTU, Ireland’s largest trade union and previously executive director of the Centre for Public Inquiry on ‘Workers media, 1913 and 2013’.

This will be followed by a social.


VENUE: Nursing Building, Dublin City University
Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Please note the sessions at the preconference are designed to group together like-minded papers, and to facilitate a panel-type discussion that is more informal than a structured conference paper session. The organisers encourage audience engagement and discussion in these sessions.




‘Social Media and Crises’

  • Fatemeh Khonsari and Shahriar Khonsari – The Role of Social Media in 2012 North-West of Iran Earthquake
  • Sirin Dilli, Giresun University Turkey, and Sjors Bos, Editor, – The ‘Like’ Times: Community media and the opportunities of crises
  • Jose Marichal and Russell Stockard, California Lutheran University – The Promise and Perils of Defining Crisis as a “Hacking Problem”- Minttu Tikka & Johanna Sumiala, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Mediatized Crisis – Media Anthropological Reflections of News Making on YouTube-Emiliano Trere, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México
  • Looking beyond social media centrism in researching activism: Mexican struggles against

neoliberal capitalism



‘Contemporary Crises in Community Media? Issues of Scale, Policy and Technology’

This panel discusses some of the recent thinking and gaps in knowledge about contemporary community media. It unpacks a set of possible crises and illustrates the value of comparative global research.

  • Facilitator: Jo Tacchi
  • Jo Tacchi, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) (Facilitator and presenter)
  • Florencia Enghel, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Elske van de Fliert, University of Queensland
  • Pradip Thomas, University of Queensland
  • Verena Thomas, University of Goroka
  • Silvio Waisbord (contributing, but not present for panel discussion)


SESSION 2, 11.30-1.00pm

(Concurrent sessions)

  • ‘International Perspectives on Community Media Innovations and Challenges’- Folker Hanusch, University of Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • Emphasising cultural values in creating alternatives to the mainstream: An empirical study of Māori journalists’ professional views and motivations – Rob McMahon, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Community-based broadband development in Canada: First Nations Innovation at the First Mile – Gergely Gosztonyi, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Alternative (?) Media: Aspects of the legal regulation of community media [Hungarian experience]- Priya Kapoor, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Community and Transnational Media Trajectories: Community Radio in India-Manuela Grunangerl, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Old values in bottomless pits? Dealing with the challenges of a changing media landscape:- The case of Austrian community television
  • Raúl Rodríguez, Patricia Peña, Chiara Sáez, Universidad de Chile- Crisis y cambio social en Chile (2010 – 2013). Experiencias de comunicación comunitaria y ciberactivismo: radicalización de la democracia o sólo una ilusión? Crisis and Social Change in Chile (2010-2013). Experiences of community communication and cyber-activity: Radicalization of democracy or just an illusion?


11.30-1.00pm (Concurrent sessions)


  • ‘Alternative Media, Activism and Participation’ – Bu Wei, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Conceptual crises and opportunities of ‘our media’ in China: Social transformation, media power, and action-orientated media by migrant workers – Melissa Wall, California State University, USA
  • Citizen Media and Domestic Workers in Lebanon: When the Story Goes Viral – Helen Odame, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Participatory and Citizen Approaches to Video-Mediated Communication for Social and Environmental Change in Rural and Northern Canada -Sergio Villanueva Baselga, University of Barcelona
  • Documentaries produced by communities: A review of the participatory mode of representation proposed by Bill Nichols – Alejandro Barranquero and Miriam Media, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid
  • From purity to mediations. Agenda, participation and diversity in Spanish community media – Marcos Pereira Dias, University of Melbourne
  • Playing with crisis: reflecting on media ideology through participatory art





‘Other communication, Our Media and a critical environmental perspective’
(Panel primarily in Spanish)


This panel will explore the communication dimension of environmental projects in different parts of the world: two cases in Colombia, two in Bolivia, one in Chile, and one in Spain.

Facilitator: Amparo Cadavid
• Amparo Cadavid (Facilitator, and presenter), Uniminuto, Bogotá
• Alejandro Barranquero, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid
• Eliana Herrera, Uniminuto, Bogotá
• Jenny Ampuero, Universidad Autónoma “Gabriel René Moreno”, Santa Cruz
• Jair Vega, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla
• Carlos Camacho, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, La Paz




‘Watchdogging the Humanitarians through Alternative, Networked Journalism’

Workshop by Jane Regan, Université d’Etat d’Haïti and Tufts University (USA)
Coordinator, Haiti Grassroots Watch

The objective of this session is to discuss with interested activist-scholars the Haiti Grassroots Watch model and its potential for replication in order to examine “development,” the “humanitarian industry” and “disaster capitalism” in other global south countries from a grassroots perspective. The session will include discussions of international law and practice as regards the humanitarian and development “industries” in the global south, the “watchdogging” track records of the commercial and state mainstream media of the global north, and a case-study section about the Haitian experiment and its principal challenges.

SESSION 3, 2.00-3.30pm

‘Using Participatory Video to Re-discover the Community’

A video-letter from children from Tlaxcalancingo (Mexico) to the world Video presentation and discussion: Claudia Magallanes-Blanco During the academic semester of fall 2012 a group of students form a private Jesuit university in the Mexican city of Puebla learned to use participatory video and then worked with children (from 6 to 13 years old) from a marginalized/semi-rural community named San Bernardino Tlaxcalancingo in the production of a videocarta (video-letter) about their community and their interests and realities. In the midst of learning or un-learning (especially for the college students) how to use the video camera the children became the teachers about their community and its traditions.


SESSION 4, 4.00-4.30pm

Closing Session: Summary of the Pre-Conference: Plenary and Discussion
‘Alternative and Community media issues for Ireland, and beyond’


The Future of Irish Alternative Media: Towards an Alt-Media Network?

3.15 Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, Dublin – as part of the Left Forum

Register for the meeting here

alt mediaIn recent years there has been a flowering of Irish alternative media. Quality material is now being produced regularly in all mediums including print, blogging, radio and television. As part of the Left Forum on the 18th of May the media section invites those working in Irish alternative and community media (and those who wish to work in community and alternative media) to come together to discuss how the various publications and channels may work together in the future. The idea of a network will be discussed; such a network could be a basis for pitching articles, blogs or broadcasts to publishers and for publishers to commission articles, blogs or broadcasts. The network may also act as a basis for sharing resources, training and education and discussing funding strategies. The meeting also invites those not yet working in alternative media (but who wish to) to attend.

This meeting will be the beginning of a process which will continue with the Ourmedia international alternative media conference to be held in the city centre and DCU on the 24th and 25th of June.

Participants from the following media groups and media research schools will be in attendance, we hope more will follow:

  • Look left (Magazine)
  • Liberty (Newspaper)
  • Irish Left Review (Blog)
  • Irish Anarchist Review (Magazine)
  • Rabble (Newspaper)
  • Dublin Community Television (TV Station)
  • The Live Register (TV show)Dole
  • Spirit of Contradiction (Blog)
  • Critical Media Review (Blog)
  • Cunning Hired Knaves (Blog)
  • Anarkismo (website)
  • Workers Solidarity (Newspaper)
  • Radioactive (Radio)
  • Irish Student Left Online (Blog)
  • Soundmigration (Blog)
  • Dole TV (TV show)
  • School of Communications – Dublin City University
  • Media Centre – National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • School of Media – Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Univerity College Cork

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Major International Communications Conference to be held in Dublin June 2013

Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders

IAMCR 2013 Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin, 25-29 June 2013

The conference theme centres round the concepts of crisis and “creative destruction”, with connotations of historically-rare periods of intensified flux and challenge, accompanied by all-round or multi-dimensional processes of innovation.

Thus, this theme invites reflections and papers addressing whether or how the current deep economic/financial crisis and its attendant gales of “creative destruction” may engender various shifts in the geo-political and communication order. Examples include considerations of whether and how the current crisis may serve to:

.a) Reshape the roles, operations and key features of mediated communication services,institutions and practices, as well as enhancing the role of social media forms and practices;

.b) Amplify tendencies or shifts towards new geo-political configurations, including, including an enhanced role for the communication and cultural industries in the operation of global power and hegemony.

.c) Accelerate change in the nexus of ‘new’ and ‘mature’ media institutions and their associated practices, cultural forms, and and policy frameworks;

.d) Accelerate the search for new and more relevant theories and concepts in the expanding and rapidly diffusing field concerned with the study of mediated communication.

For more information:
Call for papers:

Challenging Orthodoxy – The Political Economy of the Left Press: Content, Distribution and Audience

Round Table Discussion – Anarchist Bookfair 2012

The 2012 anarchist bookfair hosted an interesting discussion on the Irish alternative media, entitled ‘Old Media in the Age of the Internet‘ the talk focused on the continued relevance of left wing print media in the internet age.  The discussion looked at issues of production, including content and aesthetics, the role of radical publications, the relationship between the publication and its audience, and distribution. The session also included some discussion on Irish mainstream journalism and the lack of space therein for left wing ideas or working class representation.  This is a brief report of some of the major issues of the  discussion, focusing on content, audience and distribution, the entire discussion can be watched below.

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