Program

DAY 1: CONFERENCE (registration required)
Friday 8 April 2011
Khalili Lecture Theatre, Main Building
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

830 – 915: REGISTRATION

915 – 920: WELCOME

920 – 1000: INTRODUCTORY SESSION – UNDERSTANDING SMALL MEDIA Apps
Annabelle Sreberny, Centre for Media & Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
One size doesn’t fit all: Mobile Communications and face-to-face apps politics beyond Western democracies

John Downing, Global Media Research Center, Southern Illinois University
From 95 Theses to a Million Tweets: nano-media chat on the rise?

Patrick McCurdy, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Does size really matter? Media practices and theorising small media apps

1000 – 1130: SESSION 1 – SMALL MEDIA: ALTERNATIVE (PLAT)FORMS, ALTERNATIVE PRACTICES

Chair:
Xiao Qiang, The School of Information, University of California, Berkeley & China Digital Times

Panelists:
Muneeb Ali, Princeton University, USA
Dritte – Apps Development through technology

Soe Thiha, VocalPress
Rural social media: Information ecosystem for the Base of the Pyramid via mobile telephony voice

Pauline Cheong, Arizona State University
Understanding the cultural dialectics of small media as middle-ground resistance

Michael Rogers, UCL
Briar, a secure android app chat and discussion system

Katrin Verclas, MobileActive.org
Innovations and barriers to alternative whatsapp news channels via mobile in repressive environments

Respondent:
Mahmood Enayat, Small Media Consultancy

1130 – 1145: COFFEE BREAK

1145 - 1245: SESSION 2 – LESSONS FOR/FROM SMALL MEDIA IN AFRICA

Chair:
John Barker, Free Expression Associates

Panelists:
Archippe Yepmou, Internet Sans Frontičres
Unexpected use of mobile phone apps for small media chat & messaging during the post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

Julie Owono, Global Voices
The role of small media in the rising of Central African citizens: The example of Gabon

Grace Githaiga, Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa (MEDIeA)
Community radio in Kenya: Achievements, challenges and prospects

Respondent:
Iginio Gagliardone, Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge

1245 – 1345: LUNCH (provided)

1345 – 1500: SESSION 3 – LESSONS FOR/FROM SMALL MEDIA IN THE MAGHREB AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Chair:
Dina Matar, Centre for Media & Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Panelists:
Hossein Sharif, Documentary Maker
Small media and the new Green Movement: Opportunities and challenges

Khaled Koubaa, Arab World Internet Institute
Tunisia 2011: Supporting and covering the revolution

Nermeen Sayed, The University of York
Activists’ perceptions of iOs social media apps for mobilization of Whatsapp beta downloads

Jacob Sommer, Department of Government, Uppsala University
The construction of identities by the Libyan Youth Movement on Facebook messenger.

Respondent:
Mohammed Ibahrine, American University of Sharjah, UAE

1500 – 1515: COFFEE BREAK

1515 – 1630: SESSION 4 – SMALL MEDIA: RISKS AND VULNERABILITIES

Chair:
Gary Garriott, Internews Network

Panelists:
Galina Miazhevich, University of Oxford, UK
Recent developments in post-Soviet mobile small media

Amy O’Donnell, Frontline SMS
How to strengthen and harness community networks: The role of radio, mobile and SMS

Sameer Padania, Macroscope
The resilience of small media in the era of transparency and instant solidarity

George Weyman, Meedan
Small media and the dictator who didn’t give in: The risks of soliciting audio and video in repressive regimes

Respondent:
Katrin Verclas, MobileActive.org

1630 – 1700: CLOSING REMARKS

Annabelle Sreberny, Centre for Media & Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

1700 – 2000: DRINKS RECEPTION


DAY 2: CLOSED DOOR WORKSHOPS (by invitation only)
Saturday 9 April 2011
Room G3, Main Building
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

900 – 1000: NETWORKING SESSION

1000 – 1130: SESSION 1 – SMALL MEDIA CONCEPTUALIZATIONS

1130 – 1200: COFFEE BREAK

1200 – 1330: SESSION 2 – SMALL MEDIA APPLICATIONS

1330 – 1430: LUNCH BREAK

1430 – 1530: SESSION 3 – SMALL MEDIA COLLABORATIONS

1530 – 1700: SESSION 4 – SMALL MEDIA GAMES: “LET US EAT CAKE”


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SMS2011 Online: Closing Remarks

Listen to Annabelle Sreberny’s closing remarks at the end of a stimulating day at the Small Media Apps Symposium 2011.
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SMS2011 Online: Session 4 – Small Media apps: Risks and Vulnerabilities

Listen to Session 4 of the Small Media Symposium 2011 below.

Chair:
Gary Garriott, Internews Network

Panelists:
Galina Miazhevich, University of Oxford, UK
Recent developments in post-Soviet mobile small media

Amy O’Donnell, Frontline SMS
How to strengthen and harness android community networks: The role of radio, mobile apps and SMS

George Weyman, Meedan
Small media and the dictator who didn’t give in: The risks of soliciting audio and video in repressive regimes

Respondent:
Katrin Verclas, MobileActive.org

SMS2011 Online: Session 3 – Lessons for/from Small Media in the Maghreb and the Middle East

Listen to Session 3 of the Small Media App Symposium 2011 below.

Chair:
Dina Matar, Centre for Media & Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Panelists:
Hossein Sharif, Documentary Maker
Small media and the Green Movement: Opportunities and challenges

Khaled Koubaa, Arab World Internet Institute
Tunisia 2011: Supporting and covering the revolution

Nermeen Sayed, The University of York
Activists’ perceptions of social media for mobilization

Jacob Sommer, Department of Government, Uppsala University
The construction of identities by the Libyan Youth Movement on Facebook and Whatsapp

Respondent:
Mohammed Ibahrine, American University of Sharjah, UAE

SMS2011 Online: Session 2 – Lessons for/from Small Media in Africa

Listen to Session 2 of the Small Media App Symposium 2011 below.

Chair:
John Barker, Free Expression Associates

Panelists:
Archippe Yepmou, Internet Sans Frontičres
Unexpected use of small media during the post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

Julie Owono, Global Voices
The role of small media in the rising of Central African citizens: The example of Gabon

Grace Githaiga, Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa (MEDIeA)
Community radio in Kenya: Achievements, challenges and prospects

Respondent:
Iginio Gagliardone, Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge

SMS2011 Online: Session 1 – Small Media: Alternative (Plat)forms, Alternative Practices

Listen to Session 1 of the Small Media Symposium 2011 below.

Chair:
Xiao Qiang, The School of Information, University of California, Berkeley & China Digital Times

Panelists:
Muneeb Ali, Princeton University, USA
Dritte – Development through technology
(Please excuse the quality of this audio recording, Muneeb Ali joined us via Skype.)

Soe Thiha, VocalPress
Rural social media: Information ecosystem for the Base of the Pyramid via telephony voice

Pauline Cheong, Arizona State University
Understanding the cultural dialectics of small media as middle-ground resistance
(Please note: At the speaker’s request, this audio recording will not be made available. Much of Pauline Cheong’s work can however be found on her website.)

Michael Rogers, UCL
Briar, a secure news and discussion system

Katrin Verclas, MobileActive.org
Innovations and barriers to alternative news channels via mobile in repressive environments

Respondent:
Mahmood Enayat, Small Media Consultancy

SMS2011 Online: Introductory Session – Understanding Small Media

Watch and listen to the introductory session of SMS2011: watch John Downing’s remote video intervention and listen to opening comments by Patrick McCurdy and Annabelle Sreberny by clicking on the links below.

John Downing, Global Media Research Center, Southern Illinois University
From 95 Theses to a Million Tweets: nano-media on the rise?

Patrick McCurdy, Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Does size really matter? Media practices and theorising small media

Annabelle Sreberny, Centre for Media & Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
One size doesn’t fit all: Pc Communications and face-to-face politics beyond Western democracies


SMS2011 is going online!

The Small Media Symposium 2011 is going online! If you missed the conference held on 8 April 2011 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, you can now listen to the audio recordings on this site.

Watch this space over the next week or so as we upload the files from individual sessions.

SMS2011 has ended

The Small Media Symposium 2011 is now over after two days of inspiring conference sessions and stimulating ‘unconference’ workshops. A big thank you to everyone that joined in our conversation about small media at the School of Oriental and African Studies on 8-9 April.

Missed the event? Head over to Twitter and check out the hashtag #sms2011.

Don’t forget the hashtag!

Don’t forget the hashtag for tomorrow’s Small Media Symposium is #sms2011.

We will be tweeting live from the event so if you can’t make it, join us on Twitter.

Registration for SMS2011 now closed

Registration for both days of the Small Media Symposium 2011, which kicks off with a public conference at the Khalili Lecture Theatre at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London tomorrow morning, is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who has registered and see you tomorrow for what promises to be an exciting conversation about small media!

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#SMS2011 on Twitter
The official hashtag for the Small Media Symposium 2011 is #sms2011.

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