11 March, 2014: Food for Thought with Marianne Maeckelbergh
In the first Food for Thought meeting this year Marianne Maeckelbergh (CA-DS) talked on 'Citizenship in a Digital Age'.
Does mobile digital technology transform citizenship relations? Does it change the way we think about participation, equality and rights? Despite the rise of terms such as 'digital citizenship' and 'netizens' and a widespread belief that digital technology will revolutionize democracy, many scholars argue that the emancipatory potential of digital technology is overstated. At the same time leading scholars argue that representative democracy is currently in crisis.
In this Food for Thought presentation Dr. Maeckelbergh will talk about a future research project that aims to intervene in these debates in an innovative way. She will explore how citizens involved in selected projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mumbai and Barcelona use mobile, networked digital technology to create, reproduce or challenge forms of 'differentiated citizenship' (Holston 2008) within these diverse democratic contexts.