RSM welcomes Raven Maragh-Lloyd for a discussion of her new book, Black Networked Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age, moderated by Visiting Scholar Meredith Clark.
This event will be held at the Berkman Klein Center (room 515) from 12:30pm-1:30pm ET. Lunch will be served! In-person attendance is limited to Harvard ID holders, but the general public is invited to attend virtually via Zoom.
“Black Networked Resistance explores the creative range of Black digital users and their responses to varying forms of oppression, utilizing cultural, communicative, political, and technological threads both on and offline. Raven Maragh-Lloyd demonstrates how Black users strategically rearticulate their responses to oppression in ways that highlight Black publics’ historically rich traditions and reveal the shifting nature of both dominance and resistance, particularly in the digital age. Through case studies and interviews, Maragh-Lloyd reveals the malleable ways resistance can take shape and the ways Black users artfully demonstrate such modifications of resistance through strategies of survival, reprieve, and community online. Each chapter grounds itself in a resistance strategy, such as Black humor, care, or archiving, to show the ways that Black publics reshape strategies of resistance over time and across media platforms. Linking singular digital resistance movements while arguing for Black publics as strategic content creators who connect resistance strategies from our past to suit our present needs, Black Networked Resistance encourages readers to create and cultivate lasting communities necessary for social and political change by imagining a future of joy, community, and agency through their digital media practices.”
Raven Maragh-Lloyd is an assistant professor of Race and Digital Media in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Program of Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 2018 and holds an MA and BA in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on Black digital media practices and their connections to power, resistance and longstanding efforts of community building and preservation.
Meredith D. Clark, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and the Department of Communication Studies, and director of the Center for Communication, Media Innovation and Social Change at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, media, and power. Her first book, We Tried to Tell Y’all: Black Twitter and the Rise of Digital Counter-Narratives, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her research has been published in Communication and the Public; Communication, Culture & Critique; Electronic News; Journalism & Mass Communication Educator; Journal of Social Media in Society; New Media & Society; and Social Movement Studies.