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Artivism and the Fight Against Marginalisation in the Global South

Read here about our full webinar series on Inequalities and Media Education

In this first webinar, we aim at reflecting on the potential of media activism and artivism to create more sustainable connections between Global South communities and to promote a dialogue to challenge colonial legacies and promote social justice. It explores how creative digital media practices can be used as tools for youth movement building in the Global South, by a) establishing dialogical spaces for young people and b) mobilising memories and histories. We unpack those elements according to an agentive theory of change for media literacy encompassing access, awareness, capability and consequences. We achieve this by reporting the experience of two experimental animation workshops in which young artivists in Brazil and Kenya produced two artefacts: Portrait of Marielle and Homage to Wangari Maathai, to honour the legacies of two powerful Afro-feminist figures.


DAY: Thursday, September 21st, 2023



The talk is based on the AHRC eVoices Project, and on the book that stem from it: Media Activism, Artivism and the Fight Against Marginalisation in the Global South and on the two above-mentioned animations:

Portrait of Marielle:

Homage to Wangari Maathai:



Andrea Medrado

Andrea Medrado is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster. She is the leader of the Cultural Identities and Social Change theme at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and the Course Leader for the BA Digital Media programme. She also worked as a tenured Associate Professor at the Federal Fluminense University. Currently, she is a Co-Investigator on the project "The Social Foundations of Cryptography" (funded by EPSRC, UK). In 2018–2019, she was a Co-I in the AHRC project "e-Voices: Redressing Marginality". She is currently the Vice President of IAMCR. She has published widely in leading academic journals and has recently published the book “Media Activism, Artivism and the Fight Against Marginalisation in the Global South” with Isabella Rega.


Isabella Rega

Isabella Rega is an Associate Professor in Digital Media for Social Change at Bournemouth and co-chair of the Working Group on Distance Education of the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). She has led several research projects funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the British Council, the Swiss National Fund for Research and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation. She has published articles in various journals. She serves on the advisory board of the Journal of Media Literacy Education and is a board member of IDIA (International Development Informatics Association).


About This Webinar Series

The ‘Inequalities and Media Education’ (IME) webinar series explores the relationship between media and inequalities as well as justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the (digital) media literacy and education space. The webinar series aims to ask critical questions and delve deeper into current  research conducted globally to understand how scholars have studied and aimed at reducing inequalities along with ramifications for media literacy and education.

We hope to continue engaging with our community and invite hosts for future meetings and discuss a cool book, podcast, video or any media related to our interests on inequalities. Please get in touch:

Jocelyn Young, Webinar Series Manager |

Devina Sarwatay, Webinar Series Manager  |