From the Street to the Screen and Back: Toward a Theory of the Sense of Capability in Hybrid Activist Movements
History Major (College of Arts & Sciences)
Kefaya Diab (College of Arts & Sciences)
This project theorizes the role of humans sense of capability of affecting change on their actions of resistance by analyzing the Arab Spring 2010-2013 as a case study. Part of the project requires tracing social media and news media components that were circulated online among Arabs during the Arab revolutions in 2010-2013 in both English and Arabic. Students who are interested in contributing to this project will be trained on analyzing the traced components for expressions of the sense of capability among Arab protestors and activists.
Technology or Computational Component
Students will practice online research, data analysis, and triangulations while learning about activism in multiple cultures that might be new to them. Students will examine the mechanisms of social media that facilitate and control content circulations in specific ways. Also, they are going to learn to use screencast software and make short videos to aggregate online content to be used as showcases in conference presentations.