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The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest: Media, Communication and Contentious Politics

A Public Lecture by Prof. Bart Cammaerts

This talk presents a conceptual framework, denoted as The Circuit of Protest, that provides the tools to understand the various ways in which social movement discourses and frames circulate through a society. I argue that this circulation is increasingly shaped by what I have called the mediation opportunity structure. I studied the different moments comprising this structure in the context of the UK anti-austerity movement (Occupy, UK Uncut and student protests) and assessed the dialectic between opportunities and constraints at play in each of them. I conclude that while the anti-austerity movement has been highly successful at a discursive level, it also fed into populist politics which managed to co-opt part of its message and to link it to an anti-immigrant and fascist agenda antithetical to its goals.


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Bio: Bart Cammaerts is Professor of Politics and Communication in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research focuses on the relationship between media, communication and resistance with particular emphasis on media strategies of activists, media representations of protest, alternative media and counter-cultures, media histories, political theory and broader issues relating to power, participation and public-ness. He publishes widely and his most recent books include: The Circulation of Anti-Austerity Protest (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), Youth Participation in Democratic Life: Stories of Hope and Disillusion (co-authored with Michael Bruter, Shakuntala Banaji, Sarah Harrison and Nick Anstead, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015) and Mediation and Protest Movements (co-edited with Alice Matoni and Patrick McCurdy, Intellect, 2013). Beyond academia, Bart Cammaerts has for many years been active as a radio producer and as a musician and DJ.


Prof. Cammaerts’ lecture will be followed by a an open discussion with the participation of University of Calgary researchers and community panelists.

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