Cyberspaces of resistance: The limitations of global solidarity networks

Authors: Patricia Daley*, University of Oxford
Topics: Political Geography, Africa, Human Rights
Keywords: Cyberspace, activism, pan-African solidarity
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Truman, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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This paper discusses the potential and limitations of cyberspaces to promote global solidarity amongst radical scholars and activists in the context of the neo-liberalization of universities and the censoring of the print media in Africa. The focus is on one such space, PambazukaNews.org, and its attempt to link global social justice networks by tackling radical political issues in Africa that have pan-African and transnational connections. The paper examines how the need for international funding, the geographical location of subscribers, and interpretations of the role of the individual in pan-African solidarity, can serve to reproduce the unequal relations that activists seek to eliminate. The paper concludes with a discussion of lessons to ensure that the outcomes of these global connections do not constitute a suppression of dissent in Africa by radical activists and donors.

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