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Sociology/CESAGen Seminar with Marina Levina

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

Venue: FASS MR3

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.

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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

Keywords: Film, Media, Media and genomics, Technologies, Technology


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