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  • The activist shown, as depicted by the graffiti artist Banksy , is throwing flowers instead of rocks.


  • 1. What kind of activist are you?Positioning, power and identity in political online activism in EuropeJakob Svensson, Karlstad University (Sweden)Christina Neumayer, IT University Kopenhagen (Denmark)Alexander Banfield-Mumb, UTI Research Group (Austria)Judith Schoßböck, Danube University, AustriaCEDEM 12, Danube University, Austria
  • 2. Background Internet and activism – not only coordination and mobilization – but also identification Online negotiation of identity in three cases – Sweden, Austria and Germany Computers underline identity negotiation and community building Social media – self representation – mundane citizenship (Bakardjieva) Exploring identities – exploring common goals
  • 3. Background Power – in the form of we-them delineations Friend-enemy constellations Depart from a radical democratic perspective (Mouffe) Which types of activism are represented in these representations?
  • 4. Cases[1] middle-class activists in Sweden fighting to save their bathhouse[2] student protests in Austria[3] anti-fascist protests in East Germany
  • 5. Cases - criteria• Counter-discourses outside established power centres• Identity performances• Strategies to challenge power• Sharing political positions through digital communication platforms (cooperation, community identification, mobilization, coordination of collective action)
  • 6. Findings Activism as renewing/developing citizenship participation – a coalition of excluded opinions The Other could be another activist community/ politicians/entity We witnessed temporary coalitions of US – different political positions Floating definitions of adversaries and enemies Difference between those ready to act in civil dissobedience or not
  • 7. Outlook Political action in contemporary democracies – a multiplicity of voices Activism awareness – What type of activist am I in which context/cause? Activism vs. identification with political causes online Other dimensions (e.g. physical presence, anonymity...)
  • 8. Contact Jakob Svensson jakob.svensson@kau.se Christina Neumayer chne@itu.dk Alexander Banfield-Mumb alexander.banfield-mumb@uti.at Judith Schoßböckjudith.schossboeck@donau-uni.ac.at