Sociology/CESAGen Seminar with Marina Levina

Date:9 October 2012
Time:4.15pm to 6.00pm

Pandemics, Citizenship and Digital Media Technologies

Abstract: In the last several years there has been a significant consideration of how digital media, in particular social media, can be used as a tool to fight pandemics. Digital media prevention strategies focus on harnessing online social behaviors to track pandemics and to distribute actionable, consumer-based, information. In this presentation, I will address how digital media construct pandemics as a global problem that transcends the boundaries of nation-states. I will argue that, consequently, these technological developments constitute citizens' health in relationship to their online environments and networks in general. I will present a theoretical framework that allows for conceptualization of pandemics in the context of network citizenship, which, as any citizenship, constitutes a particular set of loyalties, moralities, affinities, and addictions.

Marina Levina Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis and an Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Research on Women and received a PhD in Communication in 2006 from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to UofM. She was a faculty at the Media Studies program at the University of California, Berkeley and an Affiliated Faculty at the Berkeley Center for New Media. She was a UCB faculty expert in new media during 2008 election. She has consulted for Bay Area companies on new media's impact on various social and cultural practices.

Her research focuses on cultural studies of science, technology and medicine, critical/cultural theory, and media studies. I published work on health information technology, personal genomics, networks and globalization, and visual culture's engagement with scientific and medical research. Marina is an avid fan of monster and horror media and regularly teaches a course on monster films. Currently she is working on a book manuscript titled Pandemics in the Media (under contract with Peter Lang ) and an edited collection Monstrous Culture in the 21st Century (under contract with Continuum Press; first editor with Diem-my Bui)

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Associated staff:Richard Tutton
Organising departments and research centres:Communication Systems, Computing and Communications, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Linguistics and English Language, Sociology
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