TrAIN Open Lecture - Professor Jane M. Gaines: The ‘Arab Spring’: How Online Activism Challenges Documentary and Media

Open Lecture


Chaired by Pratap Rughani

‘Arab Spring’ online activism is a test case for pressing theoretical issues that face the subfield of documentary studies: the relocation of activism from the streets to the internet and back again; the ascendance of capture and connection over recording; the loss of bodily experiential and perceptual parameters; the new evidentiary status of Big Data; the Arab World’s challenge to Western assumptions about technological progress.

Jane M. Gaines, Professor of Film, Columbia University; co-founder conference on Visible Evidence: Strategies and Practices in Documentary; co-editor, Collecting Visible Evidence as well as work on piracy, intellectual property, silent era motion picture history, philosophy of history.

There will be drinks and nibbles after this event.


Related People

  • Pratap Rughani

    TrAIN Associate Project Partner

    Pratap Rughani received support from the TAP fund in 2010. He used the resource to develop a documentary project on the ethics of coverage of atrocity, which led to the following further projects and publications in 2010:

    1) Following the show of some of this work at Find out more about Pratap Rughani