Occasional Talk - Rachel Kuo

Movement Media: Racial Solidarities Across Platforms

Monday, April 12, 2021
2 - 3:30 p.m. Arizona time 
Looking at processes behind media-making and information sharing, this talk demonstrates ways that racial justice movements create and sustain connections across incommensurable and uneven racial differences. As a collective site for political work, movement media make up a broad array of internal and external information produced and circulated by and within social movements for organizing purposes--from meeting agendas and text threads to social media posts and public statement letters. I bring archival materials from the Third World Womens' Alliance (1968-1979) alongside interviews with present-day organizers in order to challenge the overvaluation of individualism in dominant narratives of computing and networking. In tracing the tenuous pursuit of solidarity, this talk addresses both the possibilities and challenges in building movements for the long-haul in today's digital landscape.
Dr. Rachel Kuo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life and School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has a PhD and MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. Her research interests bring together studies of race, technology, and social movements. She is a co-founder and current affiliate of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies and also a co-founder of the Asian American Feminist Collective. https://www.rachelkuo.com