EUMEPLAT work packages meeting
Ghent University, Ghent
14th – 16th December 2022
The EUMEPLAT partners will be hosted by the Ghent University from 14th to 16th December to discuss the state-of-the-art and next steps to be undertaken in some of the project work packages.
Two open sessions have also been organised: a round table on the movie sector, with the participation on different stakeholders, and a key-note speech by Eugenia Siapera on Europeanisation and platformisation.
The full agenda is available here.
To attend the two open sessions, please register here.
December 14, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm CET
Round table on the movie sector, followed by Q&A with:
- Guillaume Branders, Senior Industry Relations Manager UNIC/International Union of Cinemas
- Christine Eloy, Managing Director, Europa Distribution
- Juliette Prissard, Delegate General, Eurocinema
- Prof. Tim Raats, Head of Media Economics and Policy, imec-SMIT-VUB
- Chair: Daniel Biltereyst, UGent
December 15, 2022
10:15 – 11:15 am CET
Europeanisation and Platformisation: three views from below
- Keynote: Eugenia Siapera, University College Dublin
- Chair: Sofie Van Bauwel, UGent
This talk will focus on three provocations for standard understandings of Europeanisation and platformisation from the point of view of marginalized/vulnerabilized groups.
The first is the emergence of a form of Europeanisation coming from the actions and organizing of migrants; this does not take the ethnocultural form that is typical but a political form of rights claims (example: migrant women’s groups).
Secondly, while platformisation is typically understood as the extraction of data by corporations, its value as an infrastructure for organizing from below and for mutual benefit should not be underestimated (example: data and platform cooperatives).
Finally, digitalization is often seen negatively as a replacement of social life but experience from marginalized communities, for example the trans community, shows that digitalization enables them to create safe spaces.
Taken together these views from below provide an alternative imaginary to top down efforts to diffuse an ethnocultural version of European identity and to technophobic critiques of platforms and digital media. At the same time however these views show the difficulties and struggles involved in reclaiming or (re)socializing technologies developed by corporations for profit.