Working Groups

The Protest Spaces Research Network is organized around six thematic and methodological working groups.

Visualizing Protest Spaces

  1. Why do organizers choose specific spaces for protest events? 
  2. How does location, historical or cultural significance, or accessibility affect these choices? 
  3. How do tools like GIS mapping, network visualizations, virtual and augmented reality, and data visualization enable researchers to engage different questions about protest spaces? 

Teaching and Learning

  1. What are best practices for educators who teach protest events? 
  2. Explore which pedagogical techniques work best with this content such as project-based learning, service learning, interdisciplinary collaboration etc.
  3. How do we increase K-12 educator use of archival protest sources for instruction?

Engaging Activist Communities 

  1. How do you disseminate your messages? How do preserve your messages? 
  2. What kind of legacy will your activism leave?
  3. What happens to your materials when the event or campaign is over?

Repositories & Datasets

  1. What types of data/sources do protest events generate?
  2. Who are the audiences for repositories? For various datasets? 
  3. What are best practices for crowdsourced datasets, metadata or repositories?

Expression and Communication (Modalities of Protest)

  1. How has the focus of protest events shaped the format? 
  2. Do particular issues or movements lend themselves to specific types of protest? 
  3. How do symbols and types of protests (such as die-ins) move from one protest movement to another? 
  4. How have changes in the media (for example, the rising influence of social media and the waning influence of broadcast news) changed protest strategies?
  5. When and why has  non-violent civil disobedience been incorporated into protest movements, and what has the efficacy of this form of protest been?

Planning and Space Governance

  1. How has 9-11 and terrorism more broadly shaped the governance of public space in recent years?
  2. How do planners consider protest in the creation of new public spaces?
  3. How are new technologies, including social media, smart phones, and facial recognition software, enabling novel kinds of surveillance of public spaces, and how is this influencing protest movements? 
  4. How are activists resisting surveillance? 
  5. How are archives collecting important social media data related to protests (for example, #BlackLivesMatter) without assisting in government surveillance of those protest movements?